BIKE CHECK :: VOTEC VFR

The Votec VFS

Votec is a small company, located in Germany, with the sole aim of providing their customers with the highest end hand crafted bicycles. The Votec VFR is thier 200mm downhill offering, based on a similar frame design as thier freeride bike.  This is the only Votec that is in Australasia. So if you havent heard of Votec this isnt a suprise, what may be suprising is that alot of the riding world hasn’t heard of them either. However Crankbrothers did catch on, and have a Votec VFR as a display bike.

The bike has been built from the ground up, with a lightweight race bike in mind. The drivetrain is predominantly SRAM powered with XO Carbon cranks and an XO DH carbon rear derailler, this is actuated by an XX shifter, which I find convenient for DH as it has a shorter thumb lever so its not in the way, the only non sram item is the Shimano dura-ace cassette, which has been modified to a 7 speed.

VFS in waterfall

The suspension is all Fox Shox, RC4 with a Ti spring, and up front Fox40 with a complete gold ti bolt kit. From here out, everything gets a bit carbony, so look away if that scares you. The post and seat are visibly carbon with a 3k weave, the Selle Italia saddle matches the FSA K-force post very nicely.

The Votec rolls on Enve AM rims laced to profile elite hubs, which provide 206 points of contact. Enve also holds the cockpit together, with their DH carbon bars. Finally new Shimano Saints provide the stopping power, through hope tech rotors.

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FULL SPEC LIST
Frame     Votec V.FR 1.4
Fork        2012 Fox 40 Fit RC2 With Gold Ti Hardware
Shock     2012 Fox DHX RC4 With Ti Spring

Cockpit & Controls  
Headset    Acros
Bar             Enve DH
Stem          NukeProof Warhead
Grips         ODI
Bar ends    Brave Gold
Top cap    Dartmoor ‘Ride Your Way’
Seat            Selle Italia SLR
Seatpost    FSA K-Force Light Carbon
Clamp      Votec Super Light

Wheelset 
Front hub    Profile Elite
Front Rim    Enve AM
Rear hub    Profile Elite
Rear Rim    Enve AM
Spokes    DT Swiss Comp
Nipples    Enve AM
Tubes    Maxxis Lightweight
Tyres     Schwalbe Muddy Mary

Brakes    
Calliper    Shimano Saint
Lever    Shimano Saint
Brake Lines    Shimano
Rotors    Hope Saw Rotor (203mm)
Rotor Bolts    Gold Ti

Drivetrain
Cranks    Truvativ X0
Chainguide    cSixx 150g
Pedals    Crank Brothers Mallet DH Race
Shifter    Sram XX
Derailleur    Sram X0 With Gold Ti Jockey Wheels
Chainring Bolts    Token Gold Ti
Chainring    E-13 ‘The Hive’
Chain    YBN Gold Ti
Cassette    Shimano Dura-Ace Custom 7 Speed
Cabling    Clarks Carbon

**Weight **    15.5kg

Words and Photos : Jason Stevens

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