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Old 11-03-12, 08:40 AM
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I assume we're talking about high quality lightweights here? OK, so there were numerous low-volume custom builders in Germany, but you have those almost everywhere. How about a medium- to large-sized mass production company like Gitane, Raleigh, Bianchi, etc.? I have never heard of such a German company-- which seems kind of strange for the premier industrial nation in Europe.
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Outside of their homeland german racing cycles seem to be quite unfamiliar. There were many, often small brands:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...icycleshttps://

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I had a Matthias Stollenwerk Bicycle once , It was a ten speed racing bike, and quite light and very well made . It was on a par with my old Raleigh Grand Prix from the early 70's, and made about the same time. The only Kettlers I have seen in my part of the US are exercise bikes except for a cargobike I once saw in a pawnshop . When I was a kid,I think my mother had a bike called a Wanderer . I think it may have been a three speed.
Apart from many very basic 1970s 10-speeds, Stollenwerk especially in earlier decades seemingly was quite well-known among german racing cyclists for their lightweights:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rembeti...n/photostream/

Engineering-wise I particularly like the quirky pre-war Adler 158, featuring a 3-speed gearbox in its BB:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rembeti...7628630739879/
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This Velo-Schauff passed through my workshop last year. Very nice mid-range bike .
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Old 11-17-12, 05:01 AM
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I came across this Kalkhoff not-lightweight bike with 80´s features on the swedish CL.
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Not sure of the brand name or model, but it's a West German made 3 speeed with a 1971 dates S/A hub. A Craigslist find, paint is almost flawless, bike is 100% original.

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https://stahlrahmen-bikes.de/ Huge list. Ed
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On local CL: https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/bik/3437024576.html

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volkscycle is japanese made and was distributed out of Los Angeles
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Close! I've found another, Volkscycle. What else is there? Any high-end german bikes?
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A Markant Luxus-Klasse utility bike, guessing from the mid 80's. Lugged gaspipe frame. Simplex derailer and stem shifter. Malliard hubs with Rigida chromed rims, Regina freewheel, ITM stem with Italian made, hard plastic grips. Altenburger brakes. Internally wired 6v lighting.
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hmm isnt XB3 from somewhere around there?
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I have a Goldrad
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I live in Germany and one of the better brands here is an Albuch Kotter. They are common in the south were Kotter Racing team had their stomping grounds. I found a really nice one with great lugs and full Campy Record for 290 euros. If you get lucky you can find one with pantographed forks and seat stays too.

https://www.google.de/imgres?um=1&hl=...r:26,s:0,i:167

https://www.google.de/imgres?start=16...:19,s:200,i:61
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Dancelli is also a good brand. Earlier frames were made in Italy and later on in Germany.
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My Grandfather had a small bicycle factory in Germany in the 1920's. He even employed a racer. Anyone seen or heard of a Pepi ?
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still looking for some info/decals on my nordstern...
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...n-SLX-columbus!
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still looking for some info/decals on my nordstern...
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...n-SLX-columbus!
Me too buddy.
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A German friend back in the mid-70s owned 2 custom Kothkes with full Campi when I still lived in Michigan.
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Old 12-14-12, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by shoota
This is a typical German bike of the 70's-80's. Countless numbers of them were made, and you can still see them by the thousands locked up in front of train stations and post offices and universities etc all over Europe. It is a sensible, tough, no-frills bike made for getting around. There is nothing really special about it, and nothing really wrong with it. Looks like it has a Shimano three speed hub, which is great when it works, and it usually does, but people who like to work on three speed hubs usually prefer not to work on the Shimano ones.

From what I can see, it's well worth that price. I hate those foil decals, though!
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Typical department store bike. Don't know how en vogue they are over on your side of the pond, but those go for 10€ at flea markets gere The Brand is nothing too sexy, either.
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Thanks for the info guys! They're certainly not en vogue but as you can tell by the sellers description you don't see too many german bikes here.
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Me too buddy.
You own a Nordstern or were you looking for a info on the bike on CL?
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info. but I got it thanks to martl. Confirmed my suspicions that the bike i was looking at is a dept store bike.
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Hi,

I'm Camilo, from Colombia.

This is my granpa's bike. He used it to go to work and to get the materials to build the family house in the 50's.

I haven't find another bike like this in my country and know very few about it.

I'd like to lnow more about it.

Thanks!
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Diamant out of Chemnitz. Its been around 1895. Now owned by Trek:

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