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Speedvagen was born on the cross course 

Early morning practice with sprint starts, targeting precise lines, and seamless mounts/dismounts. Race weekends, turning ourselves inside out, choosing our moment to attack and digging to find another 10 minutes of maximum suffering even when we want to stop. And best of all, battling, laughing and crashing in the mud with friends. All of this is why Speedvagen was started. The goal was simple, get race bikes to those who wanted innovation, performance, and most of all to ride their bikes HARD.

For a while it was only about making bikes, and growing the company. As companies grow though, things change new energy can bring new focus. We were pedaling less and building more, pushing ourselves to the limit. Eventually we asked ourselves why? Our hearts longed to get back on the bike...together. No longer did we want to squeeze in solo rides alone between building. Why couldn't we all enjoy the bikes we work so hard to get to our customers? The answer is we can, and the Speedvagen SSCX cross team was born. 

 

 

 

Built in house

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From start to finish our team bikes are built in house by those of us who will be racing them. Each employee/racer played the same role they would around here for a customer bike, but to simply batch out 13 team bikes. Each member then worked on their own distressing for the Detroit Agate sections of the fork and frame. A special touch with a bit of a backstory. We had a customer send his well loved Speedvagen back for a fresh repaint. At the time his bike had our Overt scheme, which was our most complicated paint job. We were sanding down his bar/stem combo and got a blend of great tones and color which reminded us of Detroit Agate. A gemstone like material created by polishing chunks of paint peeled off fixtures in major American automobile manufacturing facilities. We then decided to see how we could achieve this look on the production level by stacking up multiple layers of paint and hand sanding it down to show the layers below. The Detroit Agate section are a homage to american manufacturing and to remind us to take pride in the work that we do every day at The Vanilla Workshop.

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The Bikes

 
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Sponsors

From the start of this idea we had a killer build in mind. No sacrifices all performance upgrades you could tangibly feel. We were then lucky enough to pick up a lot of those component brands as our sponsors. Chosen deliberately for durability on the cross course. 

 
 
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Easton EC90SL Cranks 

The start of our cross build was the crank set. The Easton EC90SL cranks are unmatched in terms of weight, stiffness and bang for your buck. The narrow/wide chain ring keeps things flawlessly in place and the raceface cinch technology makes swapping out rings easy.  

 
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Industry Nine Torch CL Hubs

Engagement is what its about reliability comes with it. With Industry 9's 6º of engagement it ensure our single speeds are putting direct power from the pedals to the rear wheel. Allowing you to muscle up tough sections easier. The I9 Torch hubs feature custom Teflon contact seals for the endcaps, which are manufacture in-house. They fully seal the hubs from mud and water, tight enough for a muddy Portland CX season

 
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Enve M50 Flat Bars

The trend of flat bar single speed cyclocross bikes might not have started in Portland (we are pretty sure it did though). It simply makes sense. More control + more leverage on a single speed = more fun. Carbon bars provide a little bit of flex and cushion for the bumpy stuff, at the same time the M5 bars provide nearly 100g of weight savings over traditional alloy drop bars. 

 
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Donnelly PDX Tires

Donnelly (formerly Clement) has been making some of the best cyclocross tires for years. Their PDX, named from our local airport was developed to race here in the rain and mud. Although the PDX excels in the mud, this tire is truly an all-conditions performer. The center knobs are aligned to give you a fast roll on hard pack and pavement, no matter what the weather conditions. Aggressive side knobs offer superior cornering, and the leading edge of the knob gives you extra traction for acceleration out of the corner. Now available in both tubeless clinchers and tubulars, this was our tire of choice for the season. 

 
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Chris King Headsets

Simply put Chris King headsets are the best in the industry. 98% of the bikes we sell have them installed when they roll out the doors. Engineered, manufactured, and assembled in Portland with a 10 year warranty. There is no better choice. Being that they are also one of our closest partners (have you seen the King OG?) there was no other option. We are stoked to have them onboard with this project.

 
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Fabric Scoop Saddles

Much like Chris King headsets theres are reason almost all of our bikes leave the shop with a Fabric saddle. They just seem to fit the largest number of people. Comfortable for long days in saddle but work equally well for those short punchy attacks of a cross race.

 

Our Team

 
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Jim Graves - Jenn Levo - Patrick Collier - Lucas Strain - Sacha White - David Nelson - Woody - Benjamin Jaspers - Dean Proteu - Dan Harrison - Richard Pool

 
 

Our Non Bike Specific Sponsors

In order to take on such a large project we needed a little help from our friends. The following are our sponsors and partners who do not make bike parts but still played a huge partin getting our team rolling.

 
 

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