The Urban racer
If you're looking to classify it, you should probably keep looking. Based on our thoroughbred road bike chassis. Ready for whatever your can throw at it. Our Readymade Urban Racer delivers on the promise of an addictively fun ride, and it also delivers in about four weeks or so.
Complete bikes start at $3,495.
Passion, rather than pragmatism
You could take the most direct route to work or wherever, but what do you really want to do? Where is the fun? What makes you feel alive??
The Urban Racer is born from how we "want" to ride, rather than how we "should" ride. Designed by Sacha as an answer to his family's big, slow and heavy grocery getter. The Urban Racer is light and bomber, with geometry that likes sprinting up hills, riding down stairs, surfing concrete berms, or cruising one handed (or no handed) while carrying one's beverage of choice - all with the beautiful simplicity of your childhood bike. The one you used to explore your town with friends, chasing each other through fields, hitting jumps and laying it down in front of the store to run in and grab a soda.
And like that time with friends, the Urban Racer isn't about sport, or training, or commuting. It's not about being reasonable or responsible. It's about boom! And kapow! Laughing and shaking heads about doing stupid sh!t. Yes. Lets get back to that!
THE 2018 READYMADE URBAN RACER
We believe in US manufacturing, super high-end materials, tons of detail and an incredible ride. We also believe that attainability is directly related to usability.
The Ready Made version of our Urban Racer has the exact same design and materials as one of our custom Urban Racers, but built in small batches by our production partners, making the process more efficient.
The result is a complete Speedvagen Urban Racer, fully built for $3495.
Our goal though is not to make another bike that can be had anywhere, but instead to build a full on Race Machine that's made in the US, without compromise, and ultimately to change the way that people think about getting around town.
the stock build
- One iconic color option. Matte Army Green
- Three stock sizes
- Wheels: Front DT Swiss hub. Rear SRAM Automatix hub, both laced to Velocity Blunt SS with butted DT Comp spokes
- Tires: Schwalbe G-One
- Saddle: Fabric Scoop Ti rails
- Stem: Painted to match PRO PLT
- Bar: Nitto Jitensha handlebar
- Seat post head: Painted to match Ritchey
- Headset: Ritchey WCS
- Grips: Ritchey
- Crankset: Shimano FC RS500
- Eccentric bottom bracket
- Chain: KMC K810
- Speedvagen stainless coaster brake arm
- Plus, all of the features of our standard Speedvagen frame including Berzerker dropouts, integrated seatmast, superlight steel and strategically placed stainless reinforcements. Shazam!
urban racer standard features
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.
Meet the Berzerker.
This dropout is our lightest and smartest to date. The Berzerker dropout is cast from a super strong steel alloy and incorporates stainless steel inner and outer faces. The use of dual materials means that we get the strength of the base metal and the protection from wear and tear offered by raw stainless.
Yep, that's a coaster brake.
No complications, no distractions. We put a coaster brake on the Urban Racer for it's utter simplicity and it's complete skidability. It's paired with a two-speed internal SRAM hub that shifts automatically, for a return to simpler and slightly sketchier fun.
one piece bar / stem
A Speedvagen original design, Our bar/stem combo features a beautiful, minimalist swept back handlebar shape, with the binder tucked neatly into the stem. Our bar/stem combo is 100% steel and in addition to being foxy, it feels totally bomb-proof whether you’re out of the saddle, or descending hard (down a set of stairs?).
integrated lighting system
If you don't want to think about batteries, clipping lights on and off then our Dynamo Lighting system is for you. Weuse Supernova LED lights out of Germany and a German Schmidt SON generator hub. The wires are skillfully routed inside of the frame and the mounting points for lighting are discrete. This means that they’re out of the way when riding and they won’t distract from the raw lines of the bike.
front rack & bag
We’ve been making racks for many, many years. For the Urban Racer, we wanted uncluttered and very sturdy, so we designed this thing from the ground up, without being tied to convention. The result is very light, it’s painted to match, and it holds a bag that’s big enough for a laptop and a couple pieces of clothing, or a few groceries. We love the Brooks Norfolk Roll Top Pannier, so that's what we spec.