The difference between Diel and Odiel? One letter and four generations. Diel Vaneenooghe (1983), the cyclo-maniac who obsessively screens and scans every Jaegher frame to the millimeter is not named after his great-grandfather only because of the colour of his eyes. He also inherited his passion for racing and for steel. Diel 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.