Tradition meets modernity with New GX-1200
With the prospect of the brand’s 35th anniversary in 2022, vsf fahrradmanufaktur is expanding its range with a new, sporty product category. The brand is well-known for its range of particularly high-quality, durable touring and trekking bikes based on steel frames. In line with the brand claim “Ride your bike at home”, the traditional brand under the aegis of cycle union based in Oldenburg is now entering the market for high-quality gravel bikes with a limited first edition.
Together with its renowned brand ambassador Johanna Jahnke, vsf fahrradmanufaktur is presenting an uncompromising high-quality debut model in the gravel bikes category. The brand with its GX-1200 1st Edition will therefore show from the outset what the gravel scene can expect in the future.
Finest craftsmanship made of steel
The centrepiece of the 1st Edition is a particularly exclusive steel frame, handcrafted in Germany, which impressively validates in practice the comfort characteristics typical of the material. The perfection of the workmanship can be seen in numerous details, such as fine weld seams, intricate dropouts, numerous eyelets or a soldered stainless steel plate with a continuous serial number. The frame also scores highly with its sporty, balanced geometry, which makes the GX-1200 a true gravel all-rounder. The model will excel on a quick cycle ride at the end of the day and on a multi-day bikepacking tour.
The elegant frame made of Columbus tubing is complemented by a Columbus Futura rigid fork. The carbon fork is not only a visual treat, but also allows the use of tyre widths up to 47 mm, typically used on gravel.
“The amazingly lightweight GX-1200 model offers unprecedented ride comfort compared to carbon or aluminium bikes and an incredible performance thanks to the Campa Group. I am very happy with this bike to which I was able to offer my experience and know-how from the outset during the development phase. Not only did it fulfil a little dream, but the result actually exceeded my expectations and made me a real lover of bikes made of steel.”
Johanna Jahnke, brand ambassador and scenic podcaster of the “The Wondrous Cycling World”
Steel frame combines Campagnolo and a lightweight design
The limited edition in a “Dirty Mustard” colour has been exclusively equipped with the finest gravel components. Worth particular mention here is Campagnolo’s Ekar groupset, which the manufacturer themselves describes as the most reliable and lightest gravel groupset in the world. The 1×13-speed drivetrain is impressive in practice with its excellent performance and particularly low weight.
Complementing the Ekar groupset, the FX-1200 1st Edition has top-class Campagnolo Shamal Carbon wheels, fitted with Schwalbe G-One R brand new tyres.
Ritchey WCS carbon components provide a lightweight design and excellent ergonomics. Ritchey Venturemax handlebars with their discreet flare also enable comfortable grip positions even on long cycle trips, while the carbon seatpost with noticeable flexibility provides the incomparable ride comfort of the steel frame.
Ride your bike at home – now also on a gravel bike
The 9.3 kg steel gravel bike from vsf fahrradmanufaktur is a real success. With this category, the brand is opening a completely new chapter, continuing on its previous journey as a “Ride you bike at home” brand impressively and appropriately.
The GX-1200 1st Edition is a special robust gravel bike model with absolutely top-quality equipment that will blaze a trail as an exclusive small edition of 50 units at a MSRP of €5.999.90. Bikes should be available at selected dealers as of Q1, 2022.
vsf fahrradmanufaktur is already working together with Johanna Jahnke on the development of the standard gravel bike range for the next model year. What is certain today is that there will be a small but exclusive range of gravel bikes, which will serve different price segments with different equipment variants based on steel frames.