Speedvagen OG1: Everyman's handbuilt bike
The Vanilla Workshop of framebuilder Sacha White introduces the Speedvagen OG1: a stock, handbuilt bike that can be delivered to the customer in around two weeks.
The Vanilla Workshop, run by master frame builder Sacha White in Portland, Oregon, introduces the OG1 road machine, the first model in the Speedvagen Ready-Made program. With the Speedvagen Ready-Made program, customers will get a workhorse race machine – designed, built, painted and assembled in The Vanilla Workshop. This program is 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.
Sacha White says, “We are making the OG1 for people who value handmade, and who don't feel a need to choose every last little detail. They want a beautiful bike that's made by a company they feel a connection with and that excites them. They trust us. They want what we offer. We are presenting those customers with a complete package that is our idea of a great bicycle.”
Even stock handbuilt bikes come with unique touches you're not likely to see on machine-built bikes. Photo: The Vanilla Workshop
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. The goal is to have a bike 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.
An Army issue handbuilt bike? The Speedvagen OG1 comes in a very utilitarian-looking olive green paint scheme. Photo: The Vanilla Workshop
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.
With the Speedvagen Ready-Made program offering a stock option for a handbuilt bike, the question arises: will this new market rival demand for full-custom bikes?
White answers,”Maybe. I like the idea of people buying production bikes from companies who actually make their own stuff, so more production from small shops like ours would be great. Since the beginning, I've wanted to build bikes for friends and fellow racers. Keeping my bikes attainable (both in lead time and financially) is a core value of mine. But the challenge is, how do you do that without watering things down and outsourcing? The OG1 is an example of us pushing back and doing what we think is right.”