Bike of the Day #15 – Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie
In honour of the cold weather descending upon us, we've decided to focus the BOTD on a cross machine - our tube-to-tube carbon Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie. An awesome company, with a true racing heritage across the northeast, and run by the amazing Edwin Bull, Van Dessel are producing some of the best value bikes around these days...
[caption id="attachment_1161" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Ready for battle - stiff, smooth and good lookin'"]
[caption id="attachment_1166" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Handcrafted Tube-to-Tube means outstanding ride quality from a stiff-as-hell racer"]
The Build :
SRAM Red (black edition), FSA K-Force Light BB30 crankset, Corima Aero 2D+
wheels, FMB cross tires
, Crank Bros. pedals, Fizik carbon post with Aliante carbon saddle, and ENVE carbon bar and stem.
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Front-end Stiffness: 9/10
BB Stiffness: 8/10
Total = 42/50
[caption id="attachment_1162" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Gnarly, aggressive imagery makes you pedal harder"]
Great combination of stiffness and comfort; ridiculous value for a full-carbon frameset with BB30 and tapered front end; Belgian styling, low weight, and a brand name that is far less ubiquitous around these parts than many others.
Not as huge a name as the big boyz, for those of you who like to follow the trends, as opposed to setting them.
We all like the simple looks and solid technology behind Van Dessel. We downright love the ride quality, geometry, and truly amazing price tag - $1999 for frame/fork/headset and available in custom builds.
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Check out the Van Dessel website
for tech specs or factory build options here
[caption id="attachment_1165" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Tapered carbon Van Dessel cross fork with sultry Corima carbon hubs"]