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Van Dessel updates Whiskey Tango Foxtrot lineup

Published September 18, 2017

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Van Dessel has added a new limited edition model to its Whiskey Tango Foxtrot line.

The new WTF 853Ltd will be shown at Interbike and is shipping now. It features a limited run of Reynolds 853 tubing with the same geometry and specifications as the standard WTF, but with straight tubed Reynolds tubing for higher performance and a significantly lighter frame.

The frame comes stock with a full carbon fork and comes with matching custom USA-made handlebar bag, made of lightweight material so it can be stored in a jersey pocket, produced by Evan Murphy of The Fridge Goods of Portland, Oregon.

The standard model WTF gets an update as well. It now features fresh new paint, a new 44mm headtube that allows for the included steel fork, as well as an optional tapered carbon fork – not an option on earlier models. The new WTF is now compatible with Lauf forks for suspension. The WTF is compatible with 650b x 2.25-inch MTB tires with its steel stock fork.

Van Dessel also is re-releasing its singlespeed cult classic, The Country Road Bob.

The new Country Road Bob features the same curvy lines as its first iteration. Out of the box it will include a single speed wheel, a fixed cog and lock ring for those wanting to run a fixed gear set-up.  It features a double butted 6061 frame and a full carbon fork, TRP Hylex RS hydraulic brakes, WTB 650b tubeless compatible rims and Byway Road Plus Tires.  For those who prefer gears, the Country Road Bob is compatible with a geared drive train and will come with a derailleur hanger for conversion to a geared bike. This is a bike designed to be used as a gravel grinder, commuter, fixed gear, winter, mountain bike single track, cyclocross race bike.

Van Dessel founder Edwin Bull explained, “My main goal for the new Country Road Bob was to make it as absolutely versatile as possible while keeping the geometry and specifications well suited to cyclocross racing. All you would need to do to have a race-ready SSCX Nationals and SSCXWC bike is to swap out the stock 650b wheelset out for a set of ‘cross wheels.”  

Tire compatibility is 47mm-2.1-inch on 650b wheels and 25mm to 45mm on 700c wheels.  The top tube and seat tube are designed for maximum clearance and mud shedding, as well as easy portage.  The Country Road Bob will be $1,499 retail, complete. Custom, matching frame bags will be available separately. 

Van Dessel will be at Interbike at booth #20263. 

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