VSF Fahrradmanukfatur (literally: 'bicycle manufacturer') was born in Germany, a country that is similar to Canada for its four-season climate. In this regard, a Fahrradmanufaktur is similar to other Northern European bike manufacturers who make low-maintenance, high-quality, all-season city bikes. But, that's where the similarity ends.
Unlike small, flat, and dense cities like Copenhagen or Amsterdam, Fahrradmanukfatur was born in Berlin, a Northern European city similar to Toronto in size, sprawl and seasonality. Like Canadians, Germans are city folk with a strong outdoorsy streak, and that's why their bikes use modern geometry and lighter-weight materials, designed for longer commutes, hills, or weekend exploration.
Making bikes that are durable but lightweight and efficient yet low maintenance requires high standards and precision engineering. Like an F1 car, regulations drive performance, and performance drives competition. Fahrradmanufaktur practically invented the German regulations for a city bike (see right sidebar) and each bike is chock full of parts made by other German companies who use their engineering heritage to compete for lighter, stronger, and higher performance parts; all at affordable prices.