Speedvagen wants to make sure you’re paying attention this morning with their 2014 Horizon Plus road bike. Well, are you? Check out more at Speedvagen’s Flickr. There are so many details here, it’s mind-boggling.
I’d be willing to bet that if you surveyed a handful of frame builders, asking them what one of the bigger challenges they face would be, their answer would be paint. At least with the builders I converse with frequently, paint seems to be their biggest inconsistent component in the equation. From late jobs, to increase in rates, for someone who is trying to deliver a product on time, paint can be the literal last straw.
Perhaps this is why so many builders are moving towards in-house paint. Or, I should say, smaller framebuilders are moving to in-house paint. A move that Vanilla Bicycles decided would be a key development in their operations early on. The world looks to Speedvagen and Vanilla for inspiration, that’s no secret, but in an attempt to delve a little deeper, I asked Vanilla’s Sacha White to share Coat Paint Shop’s history and future in a Pass the Torch feature here on the Radavist…
Photos by Jeff Curtes
Ok, technically they’re not the “gold” team, but the new Speedvagen cyclocross team is looking damn good, especially through Jeff’s lens. Check out more at the Speedbloggen!
Having a back-story to your product is just as important as the design itself. Most of the time, anyway. Case in point is the Speedvagen National Kit. When I look at it, I see a brightly-colored ensemble that’s tastefully done, with a dab of wasabi to top it off (that vest!)
For the entire story behind the National Kit and check out the pre-order, head over to Speedvagen.
Check out more product shots below.
Just when I thought Speedvagen’s paint jobs couldn’t get any more elaborate, they post this beauty to the Speedbloggen. Head on over to see more photos, including the process Coat utilized on the finish.
The 2014 Schwarzwald Giro – Kevin Sparrow
Photos and Words by Kevin Sparrow
Most of us got a good night sleep in our camper. The nights in Freiburg are chilly and it doesn’t start to warm up until the sun peeks over the tree line later in the morning. Everyone met at Biosk at 9:30, for a planned roll out at 10. It would have been nice to get a decent breakfast but Josh and I downed a bowl of cereal and I took a nutrition bar for a reserve. Others stuffed their jerseys full of snacks. We all knew we had a long day ahead of us…
Ever since I first got to use one of Speedvagen’s Integrated Cross Stems, I was in love. After deciding to “archive” the CX Worlds Edition, I commissioned Speedvagen to make me an all-black version. As long as my cross bikes use cantilever brakes, one of these stems will be resting atop of the steerer… especially since they look so good in all-black!
It’s such a simple design, on a high-tech component. It greatly improves the usability of a cantilever cross bike, for a small upcharge to the retail price on a standard ENVE stem and right now, Speedvagen is offering free Shipping on all Speedvagen Integrated CX stems for 1-week. Use code: SHIPMYSTEM at the Vanilla Cycles Boutique.
Each year, Speedvagen delivers a lookbook for their forthcoming cyclocross frames. Shot by Jeff Curtes with the team both on the road and at home, these photos remind you that cross is coming.
Head over to the Speedbloggen to pick up a copy.