We know that saying it’s fast is cliche, but it is. In fact, it’s not just fast, the Vlaanderen is a damn rocket from Hades. It’s asphalt-devouringly stiff and yet paradoxically comfortable to ride. Like Eddy having his morning coffee, the Vlaanderen is a monster in a silk robe.
is constructed from the highest quality, high-modulus Japanese pre-preg carbon in a monocoque construction. Molds are C-N-C’d from computer models and then a precise pattern of carbon sheets are hand-laid into the mold in a exact pattern. High-pressure vacuums and heat is then used to push all excess resin from the carbon fibers and produce a extremely rigid yet amazingly light structure.
A Ritte undergoes deflection analysis.
Each frame takes dozens of man-hours: from the layup process, to several stages of hand-sanding and finally many days of painting. From a design standpoint, the Vlaanderen features a BB30 bottom bracket system and massive chain stays for power transfer, a tapered steer tube for precise handling and an integrated seat mast to convey all those lovely road sensations straight to the rider. The geometry was developed to be a good all-around competition rig: as comfortable on day-long rides is it is confident in hectic criteriums. Take it down a high-speed descent and you’ll really see where the Vlaanderen is a true stand-out; its slightly longer than typical wheelbase give it conference-inspiring stability while its rigid front and rear end give you the power to carve the corners.
Designed in Los Angeles and constructed in cooperation with one of the most exacting composite facilities in the world, our aim with the Vlaanderen is to provide an excellent bike at reasonable price to people who want to ride something a little different than the status quo.