Tell me, apart from a Hetchins, isn’t this the most curvaceous rear end you’ve ever seen on a handmade bicycle? The Speedvagen, by Oregon’s Vanilla Workshop, is Sacha White’s own Magnum Opus, a proven frame in both cyclocross and road racing guises. This is one of the latest to roll out of the Portland plant, and takes the hi-viz aesthete to a whole new level.
Fluorescence plays as much a functional role in modern cycle style as a fashionable one, as it increases our visibility on the road. And although Speedvagen offer some of the most recognizable liveries around, including the wildcard Surprise Me! paint scheme, if you’re opting for one color, why not make it neon yellow?
This is a Speedvagen at its most basic, but that in itself is an irony. Here, there’s no extraneous details, even less due to the cutout branding on the head tube. A carbon fiber sleeve can be seen through the vacant space, touched with a contrasting blue. Naturally, Chris King supplies the hubs and head set, offsetting the matching PRO bar and stem combo, and the SRAM Red group.