Skip Town on the Speedvagen GTFO

I’m up in Portland to document the Vanilla Workshop Build-Off bikes and hang out in town for a few days. We’ll go into the event in-depth later, but the gist is, there are six bikes on display designed by various brands and individuals, of either completely new concepts, or simply a new paint scheme. The attendees and web-users will get a chance to vote on the best bike and that will become the next ready-made bike.

One of those bikes is perhaps the most unique builds to come from the Speedvagen brand. The team began with the idea of the Urban Racer – a stripped down, fast-paced, innercity bike – and expanded on its usage to the city and beyond. After design meetings and prototype, the GTFO was born, a bike designed to get you out of the city as fast as possible for an overnighter.

The GTFO will come with Syntace dropouts, making it easy to run either geared or singlespeed, in two models; the PRO model will come complete with Andrew the Maker bags, a painted to match bullmoose cockpit, and ZIPP wheels, or the normal package, which comes sans bags, a standard painted to match stem, and EA70ax wheels.

If this bike gets the “people’s choice” vote, it’ll join the ranks of the OG-1 and Urban Racer in Speedvagen’s Ready Made program and price will be determined then. We’ll be posting at a later date with details on how to vote!


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  • Zian

    Whoa! This bike is screaming rad adventure time!

  • dan scheie

    Jumping Jehoshaphats! That’s the bike you want to ride when you need to get the campsite before anyone else!

  • Kawika Samson

    Dayum! ATM kit looks killer on that thing. Chee!

    • Andrewthemaker

      Thanks! Colors on point!👌

  • Alex

    God damn, nice work Workshop crew!

  • Ryan Davis

    take my money!

  • rcatleastthreecharacters

    I haven’t seen the other bikes yet but I’m voting for this one

  • Nicholas Petersen

    I’m don’t usually like flat bars on road bikes but dang. The fact it’s a SS just makes me so happy.

  • Every single detail of this is just off the charts. This is a bad ass bike.

  • dc

    The perfect bike for the dentist dirtbag?

    • Johnny Rhubarb

      Yup, roughly the same appeal like an olive matte Lambo, sorry Speedvagen.

  • Andrewthemaker

    Great pictures as always John! Also, that framebag is like 4yrs old and made for another bike. Still fit pretty decent!

    • bicyclecrumbs

      And it keeps on kicking.

  • Peperbek

    This looks a lot like a early nineties mtb: high sadlle, low straight bar, longer stem, non suspension corrected fork, almost level top tube, short headtube, wheelset has almost the same diameter as a 26″ knobby tired wheel. And I’ll bet my left arm the geo won’t be far of the classic NORBA geometry. Welcome to the revolution. But a very nice bike it is.

    • Chris Lowe

      Just needs a pair of Onza titanium bar ends.

  • Harley Raylor

    What fork? Is it a Rodeo?

  • Chris Lowe

    Those handlebars look painfully low for a touring bike.

    • Yeah, the ISP hasn’t been cut to the right height yet…

  • Damn if this is the first bike out, I feel like this is going to get wild, can’t wait to see the rest!

  • Sean Quill

    This would pair nicely with a G.I. Joe collection.

  • Reggie

    What are those brakes and are the bars Ritchie?

    • Brakes are Shimano’s “commuter” brake line. Bars are Ritchey.

  • Chris Andrews

    I really don’t see the point in putting $$$ wheels on a bike essentially designed to go slow

    • That bike is designed to go fast, IMO

    • I’m not usually one to defend carbon anything, but I think, 1: this bike is clearly designed to go fast. I mean just look at it. Yea a 40×20? Isn’t very fast on an open road (somewhere around 54 gear inches) but off-road, this is a fast bike.
      2: the Zipp 303’s can handle anything this rig can give them, especially with 50mm tyres. I would agree that it’s a bit excess. Ok maybe a lot, but I would also say it’s a really good fit for this bike.

  • Derek

    Speedvagen puts out consistently well thought-out and cool bikes, with great touches like the tapered headtubes, stainless cover on the ISP, and the swept seatstays. Their mounting solution on the disc cross bike before flat mounts came out was ingenious. However, it concerns me greatly that at the price point and market they have slotted themselves in as a premier boutique bicycle builder that their welds seem to be so inconsistent. Many other builders put out consistently beautifully-stacked welds at less expensive price points (Hell, even my Taiwan-made Soma). I had the chance to see a Speedvagen at Sea Otter and saw imperfections, and pictures #14 and #15 of this build highlight some glaring issues. It just seems so out of place with the professionalism and perfection they carry out with every other part of their product. I’d love to own one someday, but seeing these makes me love the idea of a Speedvagen, not the end result.

  • Meshkat

    The coolest thing about bikes like this is when they use parts that don’t seem to exist but yet somehow there they are. Like, where the hell did they get a 24 hole SON hub? The Deluxe SON comes in a 24 hole but I can’t find a SON 12 or 15 in 24 hole anywhere. Nice work.

  • Carsten

    Nice, a SS, which bottom bracket is it?

    • The Beer Components Eccentric BB made by White Industries for Squid!

  • Julius

    Seriously, I am utterly unable to get the point of this bike. Short version: I think it is dull, overpriced and technically unimpressive.

    I take it that Speedvagens are supposed to be expensive, so maybe talking about the price tag is a moot point. But I cannot help pointing out that scoring a high-quality used rigid MTB/cyclocross will not only net you a very capable bike for adventures outside your city, but also leave you with the necessary cash to take it to the next paint shop and have it painted in olive drab if you so desire. More importantly, you will still be able to pay all the campfire drinks required to convince your buddies to join you for an overnighter.

    Aesthetically, I can see nothing special at all on this bike. The bullmoose is a nice touch, and I really like the logo stamp on the “stem”. But that lettering on the front just kills it for me. They should have considered to make the letters out of polished stainless steel, so they scream “Look, my bike was expensive!” even louder.

    And the nature of the hype this bike receives makes me wonder if I ran into a pack of paid influencers. What precisely makes this bike fast? It will be slow on the flats and even slower on the climbs when you need to get off and push. Remember, this is supposed to carry at least some load. I love single speed bikes, but if you want to outrun your pals, you should get some gears.

    Using a dynamo front light is a good idea, and the internal cable routing is a nice detail. But why not include a rear light with internal cable routing and a cool custom mount, e. g. on the seat tube? Heck, you might even mount it to the ISP. That would really set this bike apart and underline the reliability/flexibility claim that I believe it wants to make. After all, your adventures might leave you in a situation where you need to ride on public roads in the dark. Speaking of the front light, it looks like you would need to move it if you want to use a handlebar bag. I just hope the cable is long enough to place the light on the fork or the handlebar.

    • Moosemonkey

      No. No… this is Beef Milk. It’s totally different.

    • Matthew J

      You must not have read the article as it says the finished product will come with drop outs that allow choice of single speed or gears. Personally, I don’t care whether I’m outrunning anyone on my touring bike. Chris King SS works great for my touring as switching cogs depending on the riding for the day is relatively easy.

      I’ve had lights on quite a few of my bikes now. IMO center mounting above the fork as here provides the best light coverage when you actually need the light to see what is in front of you as opposed to helping you be seen by others.

    • I’m of the “live and let live” mindset. A few avid SS’ers I know in LA love this bike. For me, I’d change some things about it before pushing it to final spec, but I’m also just like ¯_(ツ)_/¯ people don’t read Auto Trend for practicality.

  • Craig Miller

    How isn’t this a Specialized Sequoia with a flat bar and a single speed 650b setup?

    • bicyclecrumbs

      How is a tater-tot not just a baked potato my man?

    • Savoldelli

      Given the welds in pics 14 and 15, I’d rather just get a Sequoia repainted. What an eyesore on the head tube…

  • Andrew

    LOL nothing can stir the pot like a single speed speedvagen w/ flat bars…

  • Jack D

    Maybe i’ve missed something, but how is the chainline maintained without spacers or a lock-ring on the free hub?

  • Suzette Ayotte

    Tires. What up wit dem? No mention of da rubber anywhere. They look bitchen’. Oh I sees now the logos. The Donnelly MSO. Rad. Those are the peeps that used to be Clement, ya?