Project Description

SPEEDVAGEN ROAD HOLLATEXT   THE VANILLA WORKSHOP

Speedvagen Fit Tour

The Vanilla Workshop brings its Fit Tour to Melbourne once again, this time at the northside nook of all things nice that is the Rapha Pop-Up.  Follow @TheVanillaWorkshop on instagram for the full schedule of events.

It’s fitting to drop some snaps of this epic Speedvagen Road bike.  Only corners cut will be those bombing down the Gorge road, or the back of Falls on a twisty descent.

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Steel was always real.

Like all Speedvagen’s it features those curvy stays made in house, stainless steel facets to protect the paint at contact points and BESERKER rear dropouts.  The tubing is selected from True Temper and Columbus, drawn to super thin wall thickness for an incredibly light weight.  The downtube is bi-axially ovalized akin to my favourite tubeset of old – Columbus MAX.

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Inspiration

The parts lists ranges from Campagnolo Super Record ensemble, to ENVE-able cockpit with painted stem and carbon bars and those Lightweight OVERMEYER Schwartz hoops with Lightweight branded Continental tubs.

The paint is the HOLLATEXT design which is SPEEDVAGEN RACING in a fine stencil with a transition over a solid base.  The brilliant white base is a great choice for the pink-orange-yellow fluoro gradient which was pulled from the owners first road bike – a Roadmaster from Kmart.  A far cry from this two wheeled Unicorn.

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The ride

The proof of the pudding is in the ride, and it was qualitatively faster, quantified with a fresh set of PBs at the recent Tour Down Under.  Not bad when pitted against the likes of a BAUM Coretto and Colnago C59.  Not that was the motivation for choosing this Speedvagen, but feel the promise of a great riding bike was delivered.

It would be remiss not to mention the remastering of the Arione saddle by Mick Peel | Busyman Bicycles. Combined with the bartape, it is the cherry on top a super sweet bike.

Like the frame, it is made by hand.

It’s details like these which make the bike no faster, no lighter, no more utilitarian, but an absolute visual treat every time you see it.

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For the velospotters:

  • Speedvagen Road
  • Hollatext Paint scheme
  • Enve fork
  • Enve Stem (painted)
  • Enve bars
  • Campagnolo SUPER RECORD groupset
  • Ritchey topper 
  • BusyMan black kangaroo leather bartape
  • BusyMan  remastered Fizik Arione OO
  • Chris King Sotto Voce headset
  • Lightweight Overmeyer Schwartz wheels
  • Continental Competition 25mm tubulars with Lightweight branding
  • King Ti cages

 

SPEEDVAGEN ROAD HOLLATEXT – THE VANILLA WORKSHOP

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