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Updated 5.31.2011

Flema = framebuilder Fritz Fleck of Mannheim, maker of steel racing bikes as well as a pioneer in the use of titanium.
Fritz Fleck passed away in October of 2013.

Interview 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 small series…
Interviewer: “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. ”

1960s "Golden Century" model

Flema Spezial touring