One of the most graphically arresting machines I’ve come across lately originates from a German company titled VANDEYK. Consisting of a highly skilled and technical staff with exceptional credentials, VANDEYK may be a newcomer to the boutique bicycle scene but they exist in a cycle-centric society and are intent on producing an exclusive, vibrant and visually refreshing range.
Founded by Arendt van Deyk, who is not only a bicycle enthusiast and former racer, but also a Head of Digital Brand Communication for ‘a major premium car manufacturer’. He recruited a highly creative team, all experts in their fields: a professional photographer, an author/writer/creative director, an artist/designer/partner in a cross-media design studio, a framebuilder who is also a former senior engineer for SRAM, another creative director who has worked on brands such as Leica and Maybach and a ‘Relations’ manager who is known as a ‘multi-connected party host’. Every bicycle design agency needs one.
This is the VANDEYK Nightstream model, limited to a production run of only 25, guaranteeing exclusivity. From what I can make out it’s designed for off-road use but I’d be damned if I’d risk that gorgeous paint in a rock garden. It definitely hearkens back to the pre-Rock Shox glory days of mountain biking. A suite of Paul Components has been specified for brake calipers, levers and shifters, while Chris King supplies the head set, bottom bracket and hubs. It’ll look just the ticket in my Berlin-addressed inner-city loft apartment but the first thing I’d swap out would be the tires for a pair of slick Continental or Schwalbe rubbers.
Have a look at the impressive résumés of the VANDEYK team on the website, where you can also place your order for one of the 25 Nightstreams that will be produced.