Vanilla Bicycles Monson

Vanilla Bicycles Monson

If you’re a little jaded after watching the world’s most advanced carbon fiber race machines careen over the highest mountains in France for the last three weeks during the 2011 Tour de France, Sacha White and his team at Vanilla Bicycles have the perfect remedy. Their lugged road bikes combine the ultimate in modern road-going components with the graceful classicism of a well-made steel frame.

While this creation reveals eye-catching details from every angle, like flawless metal flake paint and hand-pinstriping by Coat, it’s no show pony. It’s kitted out with a Campagnolo 11-speed Record group set and the DT hubs and HOPE skewers have been de-anodised and painted with matching stripes. A lot of Vanilla bikes bear matching hubs, Sacha says it’s an ideal way of bringing a bike’s paint scheme together into a cohesive whole. It’s those details that have earned Vanilla Bicycles their reputation. That’s important because, after today’s modern carbon fiber rigs have frayed and been shelved due to deterioration, these steel frames will be tomorrow’s highly sought after and still desirable classics.

Check out the Vanilla Bicycles website and flickr for more details.

Vanilla Bicycles Monson
Vanilla Bicycles Monson
Vanilla Bicycles Monson
Vanilla Bicycles Monson
Vanilla Bicycles Monson
Vanilla Bicycles Monson
Vanilla Bicycles Monson
Vanilla Bicycles Monson
Vanilla Bicycles Monson

  • Kyle Smith

    Beautiful. I ride carbon but lust after steel. Who’d have thought?

  • www

    Oxymoron bike. Disgusting seat too. Is this what ex fixie hipsters lust after?

    • Not only ex fixie hipsters, www, I’m a ‘normal’ (read: non-‘fixie’) person and I lust after this bike too. Whaddya think about that?

    • Joel

      Not at all, you do not find bikes crafted with such care like Vanilla bikes. There’s something about steel and lugs that just screams sex, its an acquired taste. Its a true master piece. And get off the bandwagon of hating on the brooks saddles, there is a reason why so many people love them. When it comes down to it a bike is built to a certain specification according to the rider, I would choose my 10 year old brooks over your scrap piece of carbon any day.

      • James Rice

        It would look better with a different seat, though… Since most of the other components seem to be carbon fiber, I think a more modern-looking seat would be fitting; this is only speaking aesthetically. I’ve never ridden a Brooks, but I hear they’re the bomb-diggity. Anyway, this is such a beautiful bike!

  • fpavao

    Beatiful. But this bike must cost like 5 thousand billion dolars.

  • Sam N

    “As of June, 2011 the wait for a custom Vanilla is over five years.” 

    Seems a bit long for any cycle. 

  • Should have sent a poet . . .