Van Dessel WTF (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot)

 

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WTF Bike

 

The resurgent Van Dessel has just released their second-generation Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a steel monstercrosseur that can be built up very nicely as an ultra low-maintenance urban bike. We’ve added the WTF to our lineup because of its extraordinary versatility combined with its distinctive design, featuring an arcing twin top tube that adds lateral stiffness without adding weight. How does it ride? It feels like magic. The build shown here is an urban mix featuring belt drive, Alfine-11, Shimano mechanical disc with 180 mm rotors, 2″ Schwalbe Big Apples, Shimano Alfine dynamo hub, handbuilt wheels based on Velocity Dyad Halo rims, PDW Speed Metal grips, and a carved-out leather Selle Anatomica saddle. This build allows for high-speed cornering and flashes a big fat middle finger to any pothole, railroad track, or other urban obstacle that is unlucky enough to be in the WTF’s way. This particular build would run about $3000. A starter build with the same Gates/Alfine drivetrain and the same brakes as shown here would run roughly $2300-2400.

Rohloff compatible? Verboten at this time. Don’t. (See the Soma Wolverine instead).

Fenders and racks: of course.

Geo chart shows the smaller sizes run big, e.g., the 53 is effectively a 55:

Size

50cm

53

56

59

 62

Effective top tube length

53

55

57

59

62

Seat tube length

44

46

49

52

57

Seat tube center-center

41.5

42.5

44

45

50

Head tube length

10

12.5

15

17.5

20

Seat tube angle

74

74

73

73

73

Head tube angle

71

71.5

72

72.5

73

Fork rake

45

45

45

45

45

BB drop

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

Chainstay length

45

45

45

45

45

Wheelbase

105

Front-center

59

60.5

61

63

65

Standover

Stack

Reach

Seat post diameter – 27.2

BB spec – PF30

Front derailleur – 28.6 clamp on

Maximum tire capacity – 2.1”

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Frame, fork, and FSA headset: $699.

Max tire width: 2.1″

Belt-drive or chain

 

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