Vogel Randonneur

Vogel Randonneur

Before he started creating svelte custom bike frames, Ulrich Vogel worked as an architect. The two fields cannot be more distantly related, yet Ulrich manages to reconcile his experience by producing bikes that, like a thoughtfully designed space, integrate with the human body to elevate the spirit.

Vogel Randonneur

Loosely translated by Google, Vogel means Bird in German, an apt description for Ulrich and his bikes. In 2013, the Rapha Continental team took a Vogel frame on their Hidden Europe tour, which must have resulted in a spectacular journey through some awe-inspiring landscapes.

Vogel Randonneur

This is a more recent frame, similar to a Continental bike only in that both must be able to travel long distances comfortably. The Rapha bike was a very modern steel frame, whereas this randonneur, adorned with ornate hand-carved Fleur de Lys lugs, is definitely more of a classicist, albeit with the latest refinements.

Vogel Randonneur

Ulrich incorporated fastback seat stays into the rear cluster, topped by a Campagnolo mast. TA Specialités cranks revolve around a Phil Wood bottom bracket, driving a Campagnolo transmission and a White Industries T11 / H Plus Son TB14 rear wheel. The front wheel centres upon a SONdelux hub, powering front and rear lights.

Vogel Randonneur

The matching stem and forks also feature the Fleur de Lys lugwork: high-polished and stark against the bronze and antique white paint. The Gilles Berthoud fenders were painted to match, offset by the inspirational sight of two chequered flags.

Vogel Randonneur

The Vogel Fahrradrahmenbau workshop is located in a Bavarian town called Bamberg, home to eight breweries and is known especially for its smoked Rauchbier. Sounds like an ideal locale for a sport of randonneuring. Special thanks to Stefan Schmidhofer for the photos. See more on his website, and contact Ulrich through the Vogel website.

Vogel Randonneur

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  • jeremynorth

    This a lovely bike with plenty of beautiful details, not least the lugs. I have a couple of minor niggles, one of which is entirely subjective.
    I don’t like the colour.
    The one which struck me though was that the front rack slopes down. For total perfection, it would be level like the rear rack.
    Lovely lovely bike though.

    • hans

      looks as though the whole bike is forward sloping due to the stand the rear wheel is on

      • jeremynorth

        Yes it is but only very slightly, the front rack is on a real slope of its own.

  • Tranquilizer

    Very nice, only thing that struck my eye is the colour (and shape) of the front light and unflattering shape of the rear reflector. But amazing job anyhow.

    • ablejack

      Careful when criticizing a Bavarian about lighting systems. These choices are currently among the best in the world. B&M Lumotech IQ2 headlight and B&M Toplight-Plus in the rear. Both powered by the SONdeluxe generator hub. There really is no better performing system. Granted the Schmidt Edelux headlight is very pretty. For truly elegant rear lights; retrofit a modern system into a classic french polished aluminum housing!

  • James Moore

    i love the colour. just beautiful.

  • Western Rapid

    Anyone know what bars this uses? Nitto, possibly? Anybody know a model number?

    • schs

      It’s a Nitto B-176. I listed all the parts on my blog (linked above).

  • resty refuerzo

    But why not SPD’s, the walkable type? Considering it’s for touring.

    • schs

      Pedals are Shimano PD-A520 – these are SPD type pedals.