Luscious long-haul steel machine rolls out of Stuttgart

The latest addition to Rapha’s Continental project, which features long rides through less-travelled parts of the world, is a collaboration with VANDEYK Contemporary Cycles of Stuttgart, Germany.

Arendt van Deyk’s bike for Rapha Continental is TIG-welded by hand from Columbus XCr stainless steel tubing. It’s a custom one-off so Van Deyk isn’t putting a price on it, but his frames in the material start at €6,950.

“With Rapha Continental working with the finest framebuilders around the world, VANDEYK was excited to built a bike for the fleet of the programme,” says Arendt.

“To handle the wide range of terrain that the Continental riders encounter, the handbuilt Columbus XCr stainless steel frame features added tyre clearance, longer seat stays and disc brakes.

“The code design on the seatstays and fork blades translates as ‘Continental’.”

Of course this is just a thin excuse for us to run a bunch of bike porn, and we do love a black bike shot on a black background, so check out the gallery for more pics. 

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.


aidanr [9 posts] 4 years ago

Very pretty, but I don't think that whoever specced that bike has ever done "long rides through less-travelled parts of the world."

Double chainset, skinny tyres, racing saddle... really?

Osprey [19 posts] 4 years ago

Note there is added tyre clearance so some wider crossers/tourers could be fitted.
I wouldn't say the saddle is the bit to be worried about, more the compliance of the seatpost, MTB/CX saddles are much the same as road bikes. Apart from fit, there aren't really many ways to improve saddle comfort, something like that Specialized Roubaix seatpost or the Thomson suspension seatpost would be perfect, which could be added aftermarket like the wheels.
The target market, as with most Rapha kit, is likely people who want really quality stuff and have lots of spare money to throw. In all honesty if money wasn't an issue for me I'd probably buy one. Unfortunately, it is.

musicalmarc [107 posts] 4 years ago

Mike Hall did a rather long ride on a carbon fibre frame with skinny tyres and carbon wheels. In fareness it wasn't your everyday long haul ride.

timbola [248 posts] 4 years ago

Pretty nice machine - Campag instead, though ?

farrell [1946 posts] 4 years ago
Osprey wrote:

The target market, as with most Rapha kit, is likely people who want really really desperate to be seen as having quality stuff and have lots of spare money to throw.

Edited for you.

(Just a joke Raffalovers)

Cracking looking bike.