Vanguard Biscotti

Vanguard Designs Biscotti

Singapore-based bicycle boutique, Vanguard, have produced some eclectic combinations of vintage frames and components, but their latest creation, Biscotti, is a complete summation of their mission statement and design ethos.

Vanguard is a subsidiary of Angelus Novus Studio, a multidisciplinary agency that is now kept as busy with their bicycles as their regular contracts. Shaun and Jacinta Sonja are the creatives behind the operation, citing art, architecture, music, and the proportions of classic bicycles and motorcycles as their inspiration. Biscotti is compiled from a NOS, twin top-tubed Bridgestone frame, supplemented with a girder fork. It’s hauled up by a coaster brake, eliminating the need for levers and cables, while maintaining the Bridgestone’s individual silhouette.

All of Vanguard’s bikes are for sale, including Biscotti, the price available on request via their website. Special thanks to Shaun and Jacinta for the photography.

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Vanguard Designs Biscotti
Vanguard Designs Biscotti
Vanguard Designs Biscotti
Vanguard Designs Biscotti
Vanguard Designs Biscotti
Vanguard Designs Biscotti
Vanguard Designs Biscotti
Vanguard Designs Biscotti
Vanguard Designs Biscotti
Vanguard Designs Biscotti

  • I think it is one of the purest, one of the simplest, one of the most beautiful machine on two wheels I have seen so far.

  • Spiny Norman

    Groovy. More like this, please. 

    But please add end caps to those bars. Sucking chest wounds, um, suck. 

  • doug

    by the looks of this bike, their ‘mission statement and design ethos’ must be to make a bike as impractical as possible. exibit a) no way to mount a front brake, b) no way to mount fenders or racks, c) taping the bars everywhere except the drops, and d) the forementioned lack of end caps. if it’s supposed to be art and an example high-brow design piece, why are the dropouts so fugly?

    • Shane Spencer

      [email protected] def ways to mount front brake and a rear rack…if you know about customisation instead of cookie cutter bike land that you’re living in.. Like them dropouts plain and simple.

  • Albie

    Design other things, because bikes surely aren’t they’re thing.

    • Dael Franke


  • Rugbycaleb

    it totally needs a big ass bullet head light. otherwise pretty nice it def needs end plugs for safety. any idea what size rubbers those are they look freaking huge?

  • beautiful, i’m only bothererd with the clamping of the seatpost. the tires are ‘Fat Frank’s from Schwalbe available in 26×2.35 or 28×2.00.

  • Fpavao

    Who would ride in aero position with those tires?? Doesn’t make any sense.

    It looks like someone who doesn’t know bikes tried to do something as rad as possible, ending up with something unusable.

  • George

    I like how they crimped the fork in order to fit those huge tires. Riding ‘aero’ with those bars and suspension seat / suspension front / fat tires would be like wobbling your torso up and down like raving on shrooms.
    BTW, what bars are those? I like them

  • Archinaut

    Do those fork spring things do anything? “Ornament is crime”.

    •  That’s what I’m trying to figure out. It’s like a girder suspension…but nothing moves.

  • Keith F

    This bike is only about style. Look at that gearing. Is this bike only for riding down hills?

  • Kei Nishigawa

    Rear cog looks like a 20/22t. Look wise is intimidating with those cranks but overall ratio seems quite similar to most single speed bikes. Definitely café racer / Shinya Kimura inspired…awesomeness! A refreshing post from the status quo!

  • I’m down with form over function to a degree, and building a sweet looking bike that is hard to ride is a personal speciality of mine, so I like a lot of what is done with this one. My concerns are the 27″ fork; yikes and not that pretty and also the cotter-pinned cranks; so easy to get around. I fucking hate cottered cranks. The cranks and fork would prevent me from riding this one, I think. Nice design aesthetic though: polished silver, leather and salmon tread. Price should be a good laugh, I bet… 

    • Douglaswright1973

      cottered pin cranks are the literally bullet proof! just look at those WWII paratrooper bikes! 

  • Syndicatepeterkin

    A cleverly controlled and restraint work of a kinetic sculpture. Its what a pedal powered cafe racer should be. Overall sleek design language with subtle nuances of vintage cool. There’s no skool like old skool, well done!

  • Someone needs to teach them about girder suspensions… You can’t connect the forks and the suspension arms to the same mounting point. That’s all dead weight.

    • Scott

      to star off with, they are not even suspensions!! just because there’s springs…duh..they are vintage fork guards / protectors used on many balloon tire bikes from the 1920s to 1940s. someone needs to teach you about bicycle history……………..

  • Alexy Velichkin

    I want this one.