Speedvagen 650B RUGGED ROAD
Different strokes for different folks, right?
Why choose a bike built around pace-lining and head-down-hammering when for some of us that's not what riding is about?
Carry food. Real food. Not gel or goop or blocks. Hell, carry a beer! This isn’t a race, its life, and we want you to enjoy it. Leave your Garmin at home and find a new way home. See a new road or path? Take it.
We built this bike to be a best bud who always says yes. All day ride? Yes! Want to see how far outta town you can make it before sunset to set up camp? Yes! Night ride in the woods? Yes!
details make the difference
Details make the difference. The time and care we put into each bike goes toward the craft of hundreds of details big and small. Each refinement alone is not revolutionary, but when put together make for a rarified gestalt experience, on and off the bike. This sum, greater than each part, is a feeling — an emotion for how the bike rides that only a Speedvagen can give you.
From customer service, to metal work, to paint, build out, packing the bike on our Sled system, we put an average of 150 hours into each Speedvagen.
Ask around and you’ll find that in the world of custom bikes, this is an extraordinary amount of time. A mass produced steel frame can take just an hour to build while a basic custom frame can take as little as ten hours. There are a lot of bikes in the world – we are not here to crank bikes out and fill the world with more stuff, stuff that is just OK, or even stuff that is good. We are here to make you the best bike we possibly can and help you have incredible experiences on the bike.
speedvagen standard features
Flat Mount Thru Axle
Now optimized for 650b wheels and road plus tires. The 650b Rugged Road is our first bike to sport our brand new custom Speedvagen chain stays, thru axle flat mount brakes and room for 160mm rotors. The Rugged Road is ready to get even more rowdy.
Speedvagen steel is realer than real
Made from the latest technology, our new steel is to traditional steel what a Tesla is to a 60’s Ford. Speedvagen tubes are 4-6 times stronger than the tubing people typically associate with a steel bike. Because it’s stronger, it can be made lighter, resulting in a Speedvagen as light as 13lbs (6kgs) complete. Learn more about our tubing in our deep dive.
The integrated seatmast makes for beautiful lines. There are a couple of things that are unique to our bikes. Each length of every Speedvagen seatmast is finished specifically for its owner. We also use stainless steel around the top of the seat tube where our post head mounts, rather than the post head wearing on a painted surface. The result is lighter and cleaner than a traditional seatpost, and the collar looks great topped with our ENVE-made Speedvagen post head.
Frame Pump painted to match
The frame pump represents a recent shift in cyclists’ priorities. Instead of the lightest of everything, people are focusing more on how well something works and how much they enjoy using it. Unlike CO2 or a mini pump, with a full sized frame pump, not only will you always be able to get your tires up to full pressure, but you’ll be a best friend to everyone you ride with, cause you’ll always have enough air for them too.
Fenders painted to match
Riding in Portland 365 days per year, we know (and love) fenders. Honjo fenders (made in Japan) are the lightest and most beautiful available. For the Rugged Road we customize the fenders to size, they then paint to match so that they’re more of an extension of the frame, rather than more stuff that’s just bolted on.
Custom painted hubs
Hubs are a prime location to incorporate your Speedvagen frame color. Instead of the wheels looking like extra parts bolted into the bike, we like to carry the frame color down the fork and frame, through the hub and back up the frame/fork on the other side. ( not available on all hubs)