Vandeyk VDX – first look

Boutique cyclocross bike from Germany

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High-end German bike designhouse Vandeyk has revealed its first cyclocross machine – the VDX.

The striking frame is the fruit of a partnership with Crema Cycles’ ex-pro ’crosser and mountain biker Ken Bloomer, and is made from Columbus Spirit and True Temper Platinum OX steel tubing – hand built and TIG welded in either standard 49 to 60cm sizes or with custom geometry.

The steel frame is partnered with an Enve fork, and is available with either a 1 1/8in head tube for a classic slim look or 44mm (1 3/4in) head tubes for a chunkier front end.

Vandeyk appears to be particularly concerned about the VDX’s fine finish, which is achieved with liquid paint. The company says: “The creative approach for the graphic design work 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.”

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It’s certainly a beautiful machine, but as it’s priced at €3,450 / US$3,850 for frame, fork and seatclamp, you’d need deep pockets and a carefree mindset to thrash it around the mud and mayhem of a cyclocross race.