VANDEYK VDX

VANDEYK VDX

For a country that’s famed for excellent engineering, we only see the work of a handful of German custom frame builders. That’s all right, though: one of them is the VANDEYK collective. A network of metalworkers, designers, artists and photographers, VANDEYK keep impressing and surprising us with their sculptural road bikes. Their latest creation, however, is destined to get a little dirty.

VANDEYK VDX

The initiator of the VANDEYK group, Arendt van Deyk, gives us the background to the new ‘crosser: “Cyclocross has been a long time favourite genre at VANDEYK, and so it was just a matter of time when to design our first model. Besides being a tool for serious racing action, we’re also loving this species of bikes for their minimalistic and pure go-anywhere versatility throughout all seasons.

VANDEYK VDX
VANDEYK VDX

“Without caring about changing terrain, or too much technical complexity, it’s a super fast and uncomprised companion to get lost into what is commonly tagged as #outsideisfree. Those already being aficionados, do know for sure about the high addictiveness of cyclocross.

VANDEYK VDX
VANDEYK VDX

VANDEYK partnered with Ken Bloomer of Crema Cycles, an ex-professional racer and fellow connoisseur of fine steel bicycles. The result is a frame built from a heady mix of Columbus Spirit and True Temper Platinum OX tubes.

VANDEYK VDX
VANDEYK VDX

“The creative approach for the graphic design work,” Arendt tells us, “is built around the ‘X’ as a central theme, which is translated into the VANDEYK signature ‘machine code’ on the top tube and fork legs.

VANDEYK VDX

“Options include a cantilever or disc brake version, both built around the stellar carbon fibre forks from our friends over at ENVE Composites. Head tube options are 44mm or a more classic 1 1/8” version. As usual at VANDEYK, the paintwork is executed in highest-grade liquid paint. The VDX is available as frame set including frame and fork.

Head to the VANDEYK website for ordering information.

VANDEYK VDX