Hand Made for Rob


Anyone who speaks Flemish (or the Dutch variant) is cool in my eyes. Especially if they’re a cyclist. Being able to ride at 45 degrees into a vicious cross wind, whilst freezing rain batters the life out of them, bouncing on cobbled roads all the while heading towards a 1 in 4 steep ‘berg’ makes them all heroes in my opinion. No matter what speed they do it at. Having ridden the Ronde van Vlaanderen Sportive I can appreciate the toughness needed to ride in the low lands – both physically and mentally. And the day I rode it, it was damp but still. No horizontal rain for me to contend with!

I can also appreciate how good a bike needs to be to endure these sorts of roads and weathers, and extol their rider with confidence in it’s abilities. Which is probably why a lot of Flemish speakers seem to be buying Legend’s. Ron Versteeg is one such owner.

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“It started three years ago. I was looking for a new road bike.

I had a Colnago , but was looking for a custom built bike. One thing was certain it had to be Italian. I had read a lot about all sorts of small factories on the Internet and came across Legend.

The most important for me are two things – passion and craftsmanship .

On the way back from a vacation in Italy, I stopped by Legend in Bergamo and met Marco Bertoletti. He gave me a tour of his company, on a Saturday morning  and we chatted with the help of his laptop and Google translate!

After my visit I knew enough.

A few months later I was visiting Jean Habets the Dutch supplier of Legend. Jean is a great guy with passion for Italian bikes. We discussed what type it should be. I wanted a mix of comfort and speed.

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The result is this HT 7.5 frame and fork which arrived in Jean’s shop in the south of Holland. Where the bike was built up and finished.

I am very pleased with the great co-operation between Marco and Jean and his team. The bike is great with good performance. I did 1000km on it this summer during my vacation in Tuscany. As well as it’s ride qualities  I received many positive comments about it’s looks.

Coupled with my  Mavic R – SYS SLR wheels it’s a joy to climb.”

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Rob’s HT7.5 looks superb in the deep metallic red finish, and has a nice touch on the inside of the chainstays. It’s been finished off with a Campag Chorus groupset, Deda Zero 100 finishing kit and Prologo saddle.

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