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.
Over the past few years, Chris King and Cielo have moved closer and closer to being able to offer the components to dress an entire bicycle. New to their catalog are the Classic and Racer Stems. Both of which are made in-house, from 4130, available in many lengths and 0 degree or +/- 6 degree. Each stem is available in a variety of paint colors and the faceplates all match the full Chris King anodizing spectrum.
See more information below and head over to Cielo to buy direct.
This collaboration has been in the makings for quite some time and it coincides with the new Airflow line from Cadence. Ritchey’s C260 stem got a wet coat with “Keep Going” painted on the top, along with the Airflow graphic.
In stock now at Cadence in various lengths.
To commemorate a forthcoming collaboration with Ritchey, Dustin Klein from Cadence took the time to personalize his new Swiss Cross frameset. I love seeing projects like this unfold, especially with companies like Cadence and Ritchey, both of which make exceptional products.
Personally, I think the Cadence x Ritchey stems look great and I can’t wait to see what else they’re cooking up!
Until then, check out the process and completed bike photos below!
Speaking of rad stems! Anthony at Velo Cult has been spending a lot of time documenting the work of Winter Bicycles. This track bike is probably my favorite Winter build of all time. Head over to Velo Cult to see more great photos!
No way. Personally, camouflage on your bike, or your person is just like any accent: use it sparingly. Case in point is this Swamp Things custom-painted 3T cockpit from Starfuckers. Granted, I’d like to see something like this on an all-black bike, but the intended ride ain’t bad either.
When Speedvagen first announced the Integrated stems earlier this year, people were split like a cable yoke. Some liked it, some hated it but I loved mine. I loved it so much that I paid Speedvagen to paint me a one-off (at the time) black on black Integrated stem for my Geekhouse.
Turns out, black on black looks great and so now, Speedvagen is offering this murderously-sleek stem in their web shop for $350.
Now, considering ENVE sells these stems for $280, I think that’s a fair price for internal cable routing and a sick in-house Vanilla paint job.
Need a review of the stem? Check out more below.
This is a beautiful photo of a beautiful stem, Mitch. I’m getting so pumped on NAHBS, I can smell the flux. Even if Map Cycles isn’t going to be in attendance, he’ll be there in spirit. Over the past few years, I’ve really come to admire Mitch’s work and his new digs in Chico seems to be working out quite nicely.
If you follow @thevanillaworkshop on Instagram, chances are you’ve already seen this project unfolding. Over the years, Speedvagen has been working with ENVE on their Integrated Cross Stem. This stem’s unique integrated front brake routing replaces the traditional cable hanger and the associated flex, weight, chatter and unsightly lines that come with it. Personally, I kinda liked my Funky Monkey but I’ll go with the Speedvagen mantra on this one: “Take away everything that isn’t essential and refine what’s left”.
I just installed the CX Worlds 2013 Commemorative stem on my already dialed Geekhouse Mudville and it instantly feels more patriotic. Unfortunately, I won’t be attending the CX Worlds but at least I can ride the shit out of this stem. Although, I will be missing the bourbon!
Pick up one of the CX Worlds 2013 Commemorative Speedvagen Integrated Cross stems here and the standard Integrated Cross Stem here.
Check out the technical info below and more shots in the Gallery.
Photo by Kyle Kelley
I didn’t get the chance to photograph Ty’s new Mudfoot-matching stem while I was in LA, so Kyle got some great shots of it for me. See the rest of this Speedvagen-painted ENVE stem at the Tracko Flickr.