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Special thanks to Michael Schmid
= framebuilder Fritz Fleck of
Mannheim, maker of
steel racing bikes as well as a pioneer in the use of titanium.
Sadly, Fritz Fleck passed
away in October of 2013.
with Fritz Fleck
by Stefan Schaefter, Speedbicycles GmbH
Fritz Fleck, born 1928, a technical designer and
manufacturer, made probably the first titanium racing
bike, under his the Flema brand and manufactured in
"Mr. Fleck, how you did
you come to build racing cycle frameworks?
FF: "I was
an enthusiastic cyclist from childhood and later I
became a proper racer.
Naturally I was also
always interested in the
bicyle and its mechanics (technical aspects).
Through my apprenticeship
as a construction plumber I acquired the
skills to build my first racing frame.This
one I brazed on the floor.
Later on I built myself a jig when also friends asked me
to build frames for them. "
The first Titanium race bike?
1971-72 (?) Flema Super
(This bicycle is believed
to be almost completely original)