My OD OG1 Speedvagen Road with SRAM Rival

Ever since first reviewing the All-City Mr. Pink and then the lavender Speedvagen OG1, I really wanted a steel road bike again. After some finagling, I managed to buy an OG1 frameset, along with a few painted-to-match parts from the Vanilla Workshop. Now, since the OG1 is a ready-made, off-the-shelf geometry, it’s not as pricey as the other Speedvagen frames. I also didn’t feel the need to go custom for this frameset, since the OG1’s stock geometry fit me pretty well. All I needed was a spacer under the stem to get the same reach and extension as my Argonaut road bike.

For me, a road bike is the simplest tool in my quiver. There are no rack mounts, no disc brakes, it’s just a straight-forward road machine.


The Olive Drab paint was allowed to cure for about two months. Something I’ve found is essential with wet paint. The paint booth to consumer timeline with custom bikes is ridiculously short and many people run into issues with early paint chips or bubbles from building their brand new bikes up too soon and then riding them on dirt roads. Paint needs considerable time to harden.


Unlike my Argonaut, which has standard road gearing, with this new bike, I wanted to go to a long cage derailleur and a 11-36t rear cassette for longer days in the saddle where my legs would be considerably sore climbing the steep, Southern California mountain roads. With the SRAM Rival long cage rear mech, the 11-36t cassette, paired with White Industries’ new R30 cranks and the 50/34 VBC chainrings, I got a very wide gear range for a road bike, while maintaining a classic look. I did happen to build this bike up just in time for our Three Ranges in Three Days trip, where it became very helpful on day two. Scratch that, it was helpful for the whole trip!

The rest of the build kit is pretty straight forward. I went with a 47mm wide Sim Works Misirlou Bar, with Sim Works-made Chris King 40th Anniversary bar plugs, my old EE Cycleworks brakes from my Bishop that I sold earlier this year, a painted ENVE stem, seat post topper and Silca Pump. The wheels came from the Chris King 40th Anniversary wheel build shop, and Fairweather traveler tires. After this shoot, I attempted to install the WTB Exposure 30mm tires, which measured closer to 32mm wide and they wouldn’t clear the ENVE fork. The main reason for doing so is the Fairweathers wouldn’t set up tubeless and it’s goat head season now.

I’ve put in a considerable amount of mileage on the ODOG1 and overall, I’m very pleased with it. I liked it before and I like it even more now. Whereas the OG1 I reviewed was built with racing in mind, this one’s a bit more relaxed in terms of the gear range and parts spec.

My Speedvagen OD OG-1 with Sram Rival

Now, buying an OG1 as a frame isn’t something the Vanilla Workshop currently offer since it is sold as a complete, but Sacha and the team at Vanilla are reasonable and if you really wanted one, they might make it happen. The guys at Golden Saddle Cyclery took care of the build, with excellent results. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend letting Mike or David wrench on your bikes.

If you’d like a proper review of the OG1, you can read my other post, this gallery is merely a showcase for my personal build. If there are any questions, be sure to drop them in the comments!

  • Pascal André Kägi

    so good!

  • Chris W

    Wish I had known your bishop was for sale! It looked to be exactly my size.

    Is there a pump peg on the OG1?

    • Yeah, I sold it and my Icarus track to Nils. Then I used the money from both to buy this. I gave him a really, really good deal…

      No pump peg, but you don’t really need one. I use that velcro 3M strap to keep it from popping off on rough roads.

      • Brian Richard Walbergh

        Prolly, without a track bike? Never thought the day would come.

      • Noel Smith

        not to pry but any reason in particular you sold the Bishop? one of my favourite builders and remember it being pretty nice

      • Shane Williams

        What pump is that? I am looking for a decent frame pump

        • Matt O’Donnell


  • Western Rapid

    Two things:

    First: are those Fairweathers a ‘fat’ 28c? Are they extra cushy, or just a regular fit? They look nice and wide.

    Second: how about a ‘family’ shot with the OD OG1 and the OD Urban Racer??

    • They measure 28mm on the nose on the HED Belgium + rims.

  • Love the Practical Build Components & Gearing! Just enough splash here and there to make it personal; like the Paul Skewers and White Industries Cranks. I remember back when SRAM introduced Wifli I was laughed out of comment sections by some for suggesting it as an option as it wasn’t man enough. Inspiring Build!

  • That haze!

  • Beautiful bike mate. Truly. Steel is and will forever be, real. Like a proper mechanical watch, camera or proper hand made quality shirt, jeans or shoes, a steel frame is a true life long investment. Possibly multiple life long investments if it’s passed on and loved. Lovely photos as well. Some of the beauty of the od green is lost in the haze of the sunlight, but it sure gives a dramatic backdrop!

    • Yeah, I was going to use an off-camera flash for some fill like I do on some photoshoots but I liked the au naturel effect of the old glass and end of day light. We all know what OD green looks like, right? hehe.

      • I can personally understand that. Older glass in my opinion always does better with shots like this and natural light in general. Older multi coating or lack Therof depending on how old we’re talking just produces some amazing results wether on film or digital. I think you made a great choice!

        • There are a few photos in the set that blow my mind at high res – like this one:
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          • Absolutely gorgeous mate. I know you use leica and have some incredible glass. (Lest I stop drooling over the London noctilux photos) but what lens was used here? If you don’t mind answering of course. I’m not a Leica user myself. I have Pentax 6×7 mf setup and several film and digital bodies using old and new Zeiss glass. So some of my ‘old’ glass both Takumar and Zeiss are as old as late 50s. Of course the quality of your film or sensor is just as important.

          • It’s a 135mm lens from the 80’s – since RF cameras can’t really focus at that focal length, not many people buy them and they’re cheap. I got this for $300 – versus the canon (albeit AF) lens which goes for $1000 new. I use an EVF with the M240typP to make focusing easier.

  • Matthew J

    Excellent point on cure time for wet paint. All custom builders should warn their customers about this. Few years back I marred the hell out of seat tube paint on a brand stinking new MAP Rando Project bike trying to get the front der set perfect.

    It was so depressing looking at it I wound up selling it at a healthy discount a few months later.

    • Why not just mask / repaint the seat tube?

      • Matthew J

        At the time I was perhaps more touchy about that stuff than now. After all the process and waiting guess mucking it up before the wheels were even made came across as a let down. Quite sure the dude I sold did just as you recommend.

  • nothingfuture

    They say everything that’s old is new again, and this build is a great (positive) example of that. It’s all “old” stuff, with a new twist. Steel, but new school steel (and welded!). Pump painted to match is a lovely old throwback, but the matte paint is a new twist. Still a double chainring, but a new-school extended gear range.
    It’s amazing to me how right some of the old builders got some of this stuff by today’s standards; it’s more amazing still we continue to find ways to improve.

  • Brad

    Lovely build and awesome colour. The King 40th kit is the perfect partner indeed.

    Looks like a nice all rounder.

  • Eric

    Are you running a Wolf Tooth Road Link or comparable extender for the rear derailleur to work with the 11-36 cassette?

    • nielubieto’em all

      Doesn’t look like. Looks like regular mid-cage(?) Rival 22 derailleur.

    • Nah it’s the long cage Rival

      • nielubieto’em all

        Is it actually long cage model or what SRAM calls “mid cage WiFLi”? Asking ’cause technically there’s no such thing as long cage Rival derailleur (at least not according to SRAM webpage)…

        • Yeah, I “think” it used to be called long cage. But it’s the mid-cage spec.

      • Kevin Mulcahy

        That’s awesome. I think those are rated to 32t, but it’s good to know that it can stretch to 36t.

  • Chris Valente

    Man that is gorgeous. The tires, the cranks, the haze…

  • Erik_A

    love those caliper brakes!

    • They’re so good. It’s a shame the new ones aren’t as nice. They took away the adjustabile mount height. :-(

  • JohnD

    Beauty! All around! Even the saddle bag (what kind is it?)! Thanks!

    • It’s a Strawfoot / Ringtail bag. Not sure when it’ll be for sale. He had them at Grinduro, so I bought one.

  • prefontaine

    Sorry have to ask — why unload the Bishop and buy a Speedvagen?

    • The Bishop was built for me when I was 220lbs and was not very flexible. Now I’m around 190 (last year, I was down to 175 – my weight fluctuates depending on diet / drinking / type of riding I’m doing ) and very flexible. The 220 head tube + external headset proved to be a very upright riding position and one that wasn’t ideal or comfortable for me. It literally sat in my storage unit, along with other bikes that I never rode for whatever reason until 6 months ago when I unloaded all of my unused gear.

      • Alex Beecroft

        If you lose any more weight / gain any more flexibility sell me your argonaut. Your fit looks very close to mine.

  • yuhankuo

    Thanks for the great article John, I’ll definitely keep in mind about the paint whenever I get a new wet paint bike!

  • Smithhammer

    Both gorgeous and practical. And one thing you have to love about SRAM is the ability to mix and match road and mtn drivetrains. I’m currently running SRAM road cranks (50/34) with an 11-40 mtn cassette and an X7 derailleur on my gravel bike and I love it.

    • Andreas

      True for 10sp, not for 11sp

      • Smithhammer


  • Everett Koh

    Why the Misirlou Bar? Any features that make them unique?

    • It has a classic look / feel and a 31.8 clamp. Plus the width. Also, being made in Japan is a huge plus!

      • boomforeal

        i get the madeinusa homerism, but why are you stoked the bar is madeinjapan?

        • I like made in Japan, made in Germany, made in Sweden, made in Canada, and made in the USA products. Made in the USA is just easier to come upon in the US.

          I don’t particularly care for the “designed in X, made in China” idealism supported and promoted by the bike industry. If it’s important enough to be put into the market, do it in the country where it was designed. That’s my general approach to consumerism. Granted, I deviate from that but I try to be conscious of where / how something is made if I’m going to buy it.

          • Alex Beecroft

            A tip for next time – McNair make amazing wool shirts / jackets from merino wool in Huddersfield, Yorkshire.

          • Oh my, nice shirts. I am always looking for awesome Merino but wow….that is a high price point.

  • Brent Kyono

    How do you like the Fairweathers? Ideas on how they stack up against Gravel Kings or Open Pave’s? Also, your OG1 coverage as of late has made me lust for steel like never before :<

    • They’re super smooth feeling, just avoid anything that would cause flats.

  • Robert Mead

    two question: what saddle bag is it? and why sram rival and not a force22 or a red. Because i would like to make the same setup, but my local shop (in a very insistent way, so much so that I do not trust him now) advice me to take the other two!

    • It’s a Strawfoot bag. Rival is an affordable and reliable group. I already have Force and Red bikes, so I didn’t see the point of spending more money.

      • Robert Mead

        thank, i’ll buy one

    • breed007

      IMO, Red/Dura Ace – unless someone is paying you to ride it – is ridiculous.

      • And if you can easily afford it and simply want it? Opinion is opinion, but not everyone does or looks at things the same way. Nothing ridiculous about anyone’s equipment choices. Just different.

        • breed007

          Do whatever you want. I’m just saying the price to performance gains are really minimal. And I think a lot of people would approach a build like this and think they “had” to use a high end group set in order to make it look right and that just isn’t true.

          • I agree on your first point, which is especially true with shimano groupsets. The same could probably be said about campagnolo as well with the intro of the potenza, and of course the venerable Athena. But I think you are making some broad assumptions about people on your second point, and that’s what I was driving at. But let’s be honest, if you have 2 or 3k to drop on a custom frame, you probably won’t have any problem also affording the best of the best to bolt to it. I think it’s probably better to assume that if someone bolts a dura ace 9150 Di2 to their brand new custom hand made frame, it’s because that’s exactly what they wanted. So why waste time and energy judging people’s decisions just because you don’t think it’s necessary?

  • CruisinE2W

    Beautiful ride, sir. Gotta get another run of Radavist stickers going!

    • More importantly, I need a new shipping intern haha

  • Nathan Cozart

    John, any others on your radar like this one and the all city? I bought the All City Mr Pink for my wife and LOVE the lugged details here and there. This one is likely out of my price range, but I am in the market for a do anything steel road bike. I would like to get it under 20lbs and keep a fairly sporty profile as I have the adventure/touring front covered. On the fence between disc and caliper brakes. Too many options.

    • My first inclination is Cielo, which makes damn nice road frames. Other than that, I’m not really sure. While this is production, it’s still US-made and honestly, costs about the same as going fully custom on say a Stinner or the like. Raleigh makes some nice steel road bikes and the All-City Mr. Pink is a great ride too!

      • Nathan Cozart

        Thank you sir! Happy riding, and Merry Christmas!

    • nielubieto’em all

      Take a look at Soma Fabrications framesets, they’ve something similar (and new models coming up for 2017). Seven Redsky is another mid-reach brakes road bike (don’t know how pricy it is, though).

  • Soup

    What would you change about it if you could?

    • About the frameset? Nothing, really. It built up great and rides great. My only qualm is with the ENVE road fork. I wish it would fit a 30mm tire but that’s not really their fault. I’d love to switch to a steel MAX fork at some point, but paint-matching would be an issue.

      • Trevor H

        A MAX steel fork would create quite the look, and give you that opportunity for the 30mm tire. I am curious, do those bars flare at all? I ride a lot of 46cm stuff (c-c) and would love to try those bars out if they size out appropriately! Good looking bike man.

        • No flair on the bars. :-)

          • noob_sauce

            Looking at the bars on SimWorks’ page, what’s different about it? Short reach, deep drop?

  • Keith Gibson

    This turned out great!

  • Germanflea

    How do you like the cranks? I have a steel cross bike getting built soon and can not decide on cranks, shimano ultegra group but their cranks just dont fit with the classic look of steel. No interest in campy either!

    • Rob X

      I put a set on my new Space Horse Disc that I’ve been riding for about two weeks. They’re sooooooo good and money well-spent imo. They’re stiff and kinda light and beautiful and basically everything else I want in a crankset. The R30 (road version) should work well on a cross bike. Go with the silver cranks and one of their new silver 1x TSR rings for a totally classic look.

  • Robert Mead

    where i could find those bar ends? online or in la

  • Jonathan Harris

    What’s the official name of the paint color? Looks stunning.

  • Peter Chesworth

    Proper bike. Made of, like, actual tubes of metal. By a person with a torch. And weird bits from small parts makers. Carbon + a group set = dreary.

  • Rob Quinones Jr.

    Where can I get a pair of those Paul QR’s in the Rasta colors? Their website only has them in black or silver.

    • Yeah, they made them as a limited release. I think Golden Saddle has a set in stock. Message them on Instagram @GoldenSaddleCyclery

  • Ethan

    Your comment on a road bike being something that should be simple is spot on. No DI2 or disc brakes is just how it should be. That bike is spot on.

  • Scott Sattler

    John – what’s the make of the cute little seatbag you have on the last in-article photo of the post ? Great looking bike !

  • Dexter Deveau

    I remember having 11-36 and compact on my Willier in Vancouver. Love doing the triple crowns and still being able to walk after :)

  • ncoffeeneur

    Is that a braze-on or clamp derailleur? If it’s a clamp which clamp did you use? Im having trouble finding a 28.6 clamp for my SRAM front derailleur.

  • Tim Travis

    First got my bike painted by Jordan Low cause of your review… now I’ve ordered an R30…. must not read any more ;)
    Crank will get here in a few weeks

  • Alex Beecroft

    Dredging this post, as I am seriously considering an OG1. Is this the matte or gloss army finish?

  • myoopje

    Excellent build! Your saddle seems shifted back a lot, so is there a particular reason you opted for the ENVE zero setback topper instead of the regular one with 25mm setback?

  • mark rothschild

    The Page just Switched from an,All-City Tank Bike…to Speedvagen Wonder Bike…YES!!!!