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Germany’s VANDEYK unveils Rapha Continental bike

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. 

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He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

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