Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 12th, 2016 at 9:00 am
Now you can a bike designed, developed, and made in Portland from the legendary Vanilla Workshop in two weeks or less. It’s called the “OG1” and it’ll come fully-built for just over $5,000.
That’s huge news. Here’s why:
When southeast Portlander Sacha White burst onto the American framebuilding scene 16 years ago his Vanilla Bicycles were among the most coveted bikes in the world. But they were also hard to get. Because White never cut corners and believes deeply in his craft, the size of his waiting list ballooned along with his popularity. At its peak the waiting list for one of this bikes was about four years.
That inaccessibility bothered White. He’s in business to make superlative bicycles not just for the global cycling elite, but for his local friends and fellow racers. He started the Speedvagen line 10 years ago to create a more production, small-batch approach alongside his one-of-a-kind creations. He has since built Vanilla from a one-man shop to a team of builders and painters.
Now comes the OG1, built under what The Vanilla Workshop calls “the Speedvagen Ready-Made” program. Check the release below for all the details:
The Vanilla Workshop is proud to introduce the OG1 road machine, the first model in the Speedvagen Ready-Made program. With the Speedvagen Ready-Made program, you get our very best workhorse race machine – designed, built, painted and assembled in The Vanilla Workshop. Bringing a new definition of handbuilt bicycle to the market.
Speedvagen was born from a desire to keep handbuilt bikes accessible to friends and fellow racers. And with all Speedvagen up to this point being custom with a longer wait, this marks a return to the company’s roots with a bike that represents the core of the Speedvagen ethos of attainability. The OG1 (Original Gangster) is a beautiful, minimalist, bombproof race machine with a great ride. Each OG1 is meticulously built by hand at the Vanilla Workshop in Portland, OR.
OG1 frames are produced in small batches, keeping the cost down, while offering riders a truly hand built experience without waiting months or even years for a bike. Our goal is to have a bikes delivered within 2 weeks of ordering.
- 5 standard sizes ranging from 50 to 58 (50,52,54,56,58).
- 2 iconic color options – Matte Army & Matte Lavender.
- Painted in house, utilizing Speedvagen Ghost graphics.
- Berzerker dropouts.
- Integrated seatmast.
- Super light custom drawn steel tubing. (Columbus and True Temper)
- Strategically placed stainless steel reinforcements.
The OG1 component package has been selected for great function, shredability and longevity. You’ll notice a mix of Dura Ace and Ultegra – an old racer’s secret (performance where it matters and economy where it counts) as well as a nice lightweight year-round set of Mavic wheels. Here’s the full spec:
- Shimano Dura Ace mechanical shifters and rear derailleur.
- Shimano Ultegra front derailleur, cranks and brakes.
- Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels & tires.
- Fizik Antares saddle.
- PRO handlebar wrapped in Cinelli cork tape.
- Ritchey seatpost head & painted PRO PLT stem.
- Painted ENVE 2.0 road fork.
To deliver a bike of this quality within two weeks is a absolutely huge accomplishment. Congrats and good luck with the OG1 to Sacha and the entire Workshop crew!
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— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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