At Tune

Freiburg is a beautiful city, surrounded by a multitude of fantastic trails.

Once, coming to the Rappenecker Hut for a wedding rather than to cycle, and discussing the older processes, and the lengthy manufacture times attached to them, we decided to visit Bugginen, about half an hour away.

We stopped in front of an unassuming little building, only a little sign outside confirmed we were in the right place. Poking our heads round the door, we were greeted by two smiling women in the process of packing some saddles. “Hi, we confirmed a last minute visit with Harry?”

“Well then you must be Moni and Frank, please, follow us.”

We were led into the adjacent room, where Harry was sitting concentrating intently on a computer screen, bashing the keyboard with one hand, the other appeared to be in plaster… He looked up and said, ‘Just a second, let me finish this email’ which duly done, he got up to greet us.

“Welcome to Tune”

Seeing us stare at his arm, he pointed out the window and said with a grin, “The tress grow so quickly up by my house in the mountains, sometimes they seem to appear on the trail almost from no-where’

But how wonderful to have his home mountains within view.

Wandering back through the dispatch department, we saw the wheel sets, saddles and all the other parts that get their final inspection there, before they’re packed into boxes for their long journeys. Further down, we came to the production centre, and saw how a hub comes into being, the epitome of being ‘born in the Black Forest.’ The CNC machine seems to conjure a 70 gram hub out of a single kilo lump of aluminium. The discarded 93% is collected for re-cycling. Every part is milled there, and then de-burred, and then finally polished in the ceramic washer. The next machine provides the laser engraving on some of the first Spurtreu tools.

The Service and Assembly department is just adjacent, and here we met the Polish and Spanish specialists. The aura of pride surrounding the production of the components created a noticeable impression.

At the rear of the room, we saw a wheel being assembled, and noted with astonishment the engraved ghost logo … Harry explained they’re building wheels for Ghost, Cube and Haibike amongst others.

Harry went on to eulogize about the MIG/MAG Skyline wheels being built into the lightest production series road bike, the Trek Emonda SLR 10.

On the upper floor, we saw the legend himself, the man every lycra short wearing biker would know, the man who sought to break the 13 kilo barrier, and who bought Tune to the world, Uli Fahl.

Sadly, there was no homemade apple-juice for us this visit, but we did have time to sneak a quick picture with the lord of weight savings.

So we wanted to thank you all very much for having us, thanks to Harry who gave up so much of his time to show us through Tune-world. Next time I hold one of those coveted Tune products, I’ll imagine the vast amount of love and work that went into its construction. It makes the longer waiting times and few additional Euros that much easier to bear…

Thank you Tune.