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German Bikes?(22 posts)

German Bikes?raboboy
Dec 14, 2001 7:01 AM
Does anyone know if there are any decent German manufacturers out there? I know there are American, Italian, French, Danish to name a few, but I haven't seen any German bikes. Just a curiosity, really.
Don't know if they are "decent" butcyclinseth
Dec 14, 2001 7:45 AM
I believe that Corratec is a German bicycle manufacturer. But it is funny that considering the legendary German engineering, thier presence in the bicycle industry is totally absent. Swiss as well I suppose
Swiss Companies...TJeanloz
Dec 14, 2001 8:03 AM
The industry isn't completely devoid of Swiss engineering- though true to form, they tend to stick to small, precision pieces.

There are:

DT/Hugi, a Swiss spoke and hub maker.

Alpina, also a spoke maker.

Germany has:

Continental, the tire maker.

That's all I can think of, but I'm sure there are more.
I almost purchased a Corratec.SSgt Jeremy in Germany
Dec 14, 2001 3:37 PM
I was really close to buying a Corratec bike this summer. It rode nice on test ride. Decided to go with a Cannondale though.
Last year my parents went to Germany to visitcyclinseth
Dec 14, 2001 8:41 PM
family and business associates, so I told them to bring me back some kind of local shop jersey. and they return home with this blue jersey with vertical colored stripes. One of my best looking jerseys. The local euro ones are the best
Kettler, Gazelle and...rollo tommassi
Dec 14, 2001 7:53 AM
a quickie Friday morning google search found this nugget:
Kool, I bet the frames are really light! nmdzrider
Dec 14, 2001 8:14 AM
Gazelle was Dutch when I bought mine . . .DCW
Dec 14, 2001 8:29 PM
in 1971. Only a modest 10-speed, but I fell in love with cycling.
re: German Bikes?dave woof
Dec 14, 2001 8:20 AM
I believe Torpado is a germnan frame. Used to see them in the early 80's

Dec 14, 2001 9:52 AM
try again.

Was Puch German? Who made the "Porsche" MBs?Retro
Dec 14, 2001 8:25 AM
Come to think of it, Puch was probably Austrian. I remember seeing some road frames with a Daimler label on 'em (Daimler was a German carmaker) about 10 years ago, but I have no idea who made those. And Porsche did a mountain bike promo deal in the '90s with two different bikes, both labeled Porsche, that you got in a package with the cars. Can't remember anything about them except that they added WAY too much to the cost.
Porsche MB = Votecohio
Dec 14, 2001 10:20 AM
The Porsche bikes were made by Votec I think, which I also think is a German company. There are some other German shops that specialize in downhill and are supposedly decent, but it's not my event or interest so I don't know more than that.
Porsche MB = Votecp1rana
Dec 14, 2001 3:16 PM
I think they have a carbon roadie now too, i just got mailed a mini catalogue with porsche stuff, dunno where it is now.
Porsche MB = Votecwalter
Dec 14, 2001 5:33 PM
The brand was Austro-Daimler and was a subsidiary of the same company that sold Puch bicycles and mopeds as well as Mannlicher rifles. A-D was Austrian made and was a big player in the 70s and into the 80s. Their top of the line was as good as most. Another Austrian company is Capo. Apparently fair sized in 60's now very small custom maker.

Twice on eBay I've seen quality German framed roadies of 70s-80s vintage. One was NOS and apparently a replica of the bike the German team rode in the 1976 Munich Olympics. Usual mix of Columbus/Campy you'd expect from a quality roadie of that era. I can't remember the brand name but am pretty sure they're not current or at least no longer imported.
days of yore..........DA
Dec 14, 2001 8:32 AM
re: German Bikes?raboboy
Dec 14, 2001 9:07 AM
Hmm, found this link, too:

Links to different mfg's in different countries.
Not a pretty site, but interesting stuff nonetheless.

Looks like Centurian is a German company, too. A friend of mine had one of those back in the late 80's. Don't think I have seen one since.
Dec 14, 2001 9:40 AM
must be a list of companies that have offices in Germany... they list Bontrager!
bogus - not really. It lists both, actually. nmraboboy
Dec 14, 2001 11:06 AM
so how do you know the difference?sike
Dec 14, 2001 4:50 PM
Stranger than fictiondzrider
Dec 14, 2001 11:26 AM
I once saw a black Pinarello with pink decals and Simplex Derailleurs in Salvation Army. It was made in Germany. I would have bought it if it weren't so big.
maybe it wasnfm-
Dec 14, 2001 11:43 AM
a black made in Germany bike with Pink Pinarello decals and simplex derailleurs?
re: German Bikes?Duke249
Dec 15, 2001 7:48 PM