Dan Chabanov’s Van Dessel Hellafaster Frame is Made in the USA Feb 5, 2015

Photos by Dan Chabanov

The Van Dessel Hellafaster caught me off guard when it launched. It, along with the Aloominator, boasted performance-minded precision with a phrase you don’t see too often for a $1,500 frameset: made in the USA.

These bikes are made in Portland and are ready for anything. With Di2 compatibility, 28mm tire clearance – fenders! and a sick, black anodized finish, it’s no wonder the Hellafaster is a prime choice for a training or race bike.

Perhaps that’s why Dan Chabanov picked one up? For whatever reason, I’ve had these photos for a while, but totally blanked on posting them, until Dan just called me out – albeit for the 10th time.

Frames like this are important to the US-made cycling industry, so shame on me for blanking on posting these photos. Van Dessel, you’re doing it right.

See more of Dan’s photos below and if you have ANY questions, Ask Dan at his Tumblr.











If you’re looking for an affordable, aluminum race machine, look no further….

  • mywynne

    Hole in the headtube is for…. optional Di2 port?
    Beastly looking bike.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Yeah di2 compatible.

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  • Justin Scoltock

    Frame pump game is on point!

  • ninetubes

    Dan’s the man.

  • recurrecur

    what a monster…
    I love that it takes fenders.

  • AidanNW

    *In deep baritone voice* YESSSssssss

  • Tommy Horton

    Undoubtedly you just sold about 10+ more of these frames..

  • dan chabanov

    Thanks for putting this up John and thanks to everyone for all the positive comments! I’ve put almost a thousand miles on this bike since getting it and I have to say that it’s my favorite road bike I’ve owned. I also want to be clear, this is not a sponsor bike. I bought it from Edwin at Van Dessel.

    Also in case anyone cares, with race wheels and none of the creature comforts this bike comes in at 15 1/2 lbs.

  • awesometown

    I’ve had a Van Dessel Rivet for 3 years now. One of my favorite bikes I’ve owned… plus the updated frame can fit 28c tires!