Jaegher is a Belgian brand which build “tailor-made” steel bicycles. It was founded by Odiel Vaneenooghe, a racing cyclist. Now, Odiel’s grandson, Diel Vaneenooghe owns the brand and he is also the master framebuilder. He measures every customer meticulously, builds every TIG welded frame (Interceptor and Ascender) and verifies every Jaegher cycle before it leaves the workshop. He grew up amidst the steel of our workshop in Ruiselede (West-Flanders).
Diels’ father Luc (1958) is built of no lesser steel. For Luc, Eddy Merckx is not a god, but just one of the many racers who would stop by the family’s workshop. Merckx would come to pick up the bikes with which he won just about every race on the planet. When you choose a Jaegher frame with lugs (Raptor Pistier or Phantom), you can be sure that Luc will weld it state of the art.
Luc learned his craft from his father Etienne (1932). Obsessed with bicycles, he started a café-come-bike shop in the fifties, in Ruiselede. Pouring pints and building bike frames, it doesn’t get more Belgian than that.
Etienne’s father Odiel was the first of the family with bike fever in his blood. If you wanted to participate in Milan-San Remo, you had to cycle to Milan first. Those are the times he lived in. He won the toughest leg in the Tour of Belgium in 1932. That was the start of the Jaegher adventure. Odiel was a phenomenon, and rest assured, only the one letter and the four generations separates him from Diel.
“When it comes to aesthetics, nothing beats a hand-crafted steel bicycle: it’s stylish, timeless and pure. And when it comes to performance, steel is definitely top dog. To put it simply, there is still no better material to build a bike with. The latest generation of steel has made this more true than ever.”