Rare bike porn to the max! This ultra rare bike is a late 90’s or very early 2000’s all mountain / DH bike from Germany. Votec is the company that built the Porsche bikes of the same era (Porsche S, Porsche FS, Porsche FS Evolution, Porsche R). They also made small batches of high quality, handmade mountain bikes. Not many were ever imported to the USA! This particular model is a bit of a mystery. I contacted Votec, and they confirmed it is in fact a Votec made in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. They stated they didn't really have an “assembly line” which gave them the ability to make many prototypes and one-off bikes. The representative could not identify this bike's model. A few people very familiar with Votec did not recognize it either. Could easily be a bike built for a trade show, or a dream bike some Votec engineer built for themselves. We can't even find a picture of this bike anywhere online! When you own this bike, you will almost certainly NEVER see another with the same bike.
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VALUE: There has not been even one Votec bike of any model listed on Ebay or elsewhere in the past 365 days, thus we have no direct comparison to base value from. The closest comparison is the Porsche FS, which has sold for $5000 on Ebay. The parts on this frame are worth approximately $1000 Ebay value, not including the frame or fork.
FRAME DETAILS: This bike was likely designed as a downhill bike, due to its double crown fork and big travel for it's era. This bike is similar to the Porsche FS Evolution (MSRP $10,000!) in it’s basic frame design. It features the same “V” shaped top tube, same style double crown fork and double clamp stem, (though this one has an upgraded air model!). The fork appears to be about 80-100mm travel, rear shock is air/coil, about 60-80mm. The bike weighs 27.2 pounds w/o pedals. Click Here for the RetroBike forum post with some comparisons of this bike.
RIDE CHARACTERISTICS: This Votec rides like an extremely rigid full suspension cross country bike. It's fast, quick handling, and comfortable. The front end is extremely stiff due to the fork/stem, and thus has a “goes where it's pointed” type of ride quality. The 80-100mm air fork is plush and smooth, not terribly different in feel from a high end Fox Talas. When the rear shock is in locked out mode, power transfer is incredible. It is a true lockout, with zero travel. When the shock is between the full open and lockout settings, it's approximate 60-80mm of travel is plush and responsive. Soaks up the bumps well. There is a bit of pedal bob, as it was made well before shocks had a way to prevent bob. At only 27 pounds, just ride it up the mountain with the lockout on; then bomb downhill at rocket speeds with the suspension wide open.
BUILD PARTS: All parts are 100% period correct, and very high end! The rare Kooka Billet crankset with a super rare Boone Engagement Ring chainring is the highlight, and the XTR M952 derailleur, brakes, and levers are highly sought after as well. Wheels are a very early version of the venerable Mavic CrossMax. Rounding out the build are a “Ultiimate Machine” seatpost clamp, Canadian Syncros Titanium BB, and Kevlar/Ti SDG saddle.
SIZE: The frame is a large, and should fit someone roughly 5ft 9 to 6ft 1. The seatpost is rather long, could be great for very tall females with a shorter torso. Seat tube measures 20” center to top of seat collar, virtual top tube measures 22.5” c-c. It fits more like an 18.5” or 19” than a 20” though.
CONDITION: Overall EXCELLENT condition! The bike has been ridden very little, as evident by the very clean & barely marked condition of the bottom of the downtube and bottom bracket shell, as well as the amazing condition of the components. All components are period correct, and very likely original to this build. The frame has ZERO cracks, dents, bends, or other structural issues. Only a couple paint chips. There are some light paint marks here and there, but nothing major. Decals look great, with only a few minor wear spots. Suspension bushings are tight and free of grit, although the there is a bit of play in the rear shock's lower eyelet. It is moving about 1mm on the horizontal post it fits around. Unsure if this is normal for this shock. Unnoticeable when riding. See link above for 100 detailed pictures.
- Frame: Aluminum
- Fork: Votec double crown, air, 80-100mm. possible model is Votec GS97, though pics I've seen don't have the red rebound adjust knob on top. (Great shape, super smooth with no air/oil leaks, just a few minor marks)
- Shock: Helix 60-80mm air/coil shock, w/lockout (EXC, smooth, some paint marks on coil)
- Drivetrain: 8x3
- Wheelset: Mavic CrossMax, 26 spoke, w/original Mavic skewers (Great shape: hubs smooth and tight, rims true, minor braking surface wear and paint. Hubs EXC cosmetically)
- Crankset: Kooka Billet, 44/32/20t, 2 Kooka rings, inner ring is RARE Boone Engagement Ring (Great shape, just a few light scratches on arms. Non-drive arm end is very slightly scraped. Rings in great shape with very little tooth wear)
- Bottom Bracket: Syncros Hardcore Titanium bb (EXC, very smooth w/no play)
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR RD-M952, non-Rapidrise (Great shape, some minor marks)
- Front Derailleur: Sachs Quartz Plasma, braze-on (EXC)
- Shifters: Sram Attack Gripshifters, 8 speed (EXC)
- Brake Levers: Shimano XTR BL-M952 (EXC, very few minor marks)
- Brakes: Shimano XTR BR-M952 V-Brakes (EXC, very few minor marks, brand new XTR pads)
- Saddle: SDG S2000 Ti, Titanium rails (Great, some marks, no tears)
- Seatpost: Unidentified anodized 1990's, 2 bolt (anodizing is wearing off)
- Stem: Votec double clamp (EXC, minor scratches)
- Handlebars: Titanium Votec (EXC, minor scratches)
- Tires: WTB Moto Raptor 26 x 2.0 (Great shape, 85% tread left, not dry)
- Pedals: Not Included
- Weight: 27.2 pounds w/o pedals