Don't box me in, bro...
From the beginning, we've been known for color work. Hues that you don’t find elsewhere in the bike world, unexpected color combinations and graphic treatments identifiable as Speedvagen, even if spotted at a distance down the road. Dating back to the early years of Vanilla, it has been common for our customers to give us some info (Are they looking for mean, or fruity, or classy; colors that they like and don’t like.) and then turn us loose giving us freedom to do what we want with their bike.
We’ve learned over and over again that when people turn us loose and trust us, we are our most creative and excited. Probably true for everyone. Autonomy right?
When we launched Speedvagen 10 years ago, we took the notion of ultimate trust one step further and debuted our Surprise Me paint option. With the promise of “No hints. No regrets.” Each Surprise Me scheme represents the pinnacle of design that we’re most excited about in that year.
One and Done
We do each SM scheme for one year and then it goes in the vault. In a given year, we end up building and painting a handful of SM’s for riders on nearly every continent. The fifteen to thirty Surprise Me owners from a given year have a kinship with each other. Surprise Me owners as a whole have a connection with each other. Risk taking. A little rebellious. Doesn’t take stuff too seriously. Likes to shred.
2018 Surprise Me
Years, and years of meticulous paint work has made our shop and bikes known for the fine detail, but what if we blew that all up? The 2018 Surprise Me design is unlike anything we have done before, We have embraced the natural, random, and hands of our paint shop, all while rooting the concept in one of Sacha’s biggest passions, surfing.
The concept came from a recent shop design team field trip to a local surf shop. It’s funny how inspiration can hit at any moment. While looking at boards, it was the natural and loose edges of the glassing that we fell in love with. A bit transparent, stacked up color, fully organic, and uncontrollable. “Yes! lets do that." That set the course and after sketches, digital mock ups, painted test down tubes, and trial and error with paint overlays we got to the final 2018 Surprise Me layout.
To do this, the organic lines were balanced with sharp crisp graphics, much like how the hard line the stringer on a surfboard can balance out the overall appearance of the glassing. Paints are semi opaque and stacked up multiple times, delivering tones and depth. We continued with that transparent feel on the graphics allowing the colors to blend when they stack. 2018 Surprise Me is raw but refined and keeps that overwhelming Race Machine aesthetic.
Details and Colors:
Each Surprise Me is a different combination of colors, some more classic, some are tough. Any bike ordered now through the end of 2018 can be ordered as a Surprise Me and it'll get the same graphics layout, but with it's very own mix of Surprise Me colors, with accents like paint-to-match hubs, stem, frame and floor pumps from Silca each is a truly unique build.
The color work for 2018 is not held back, we are pushing the experimental, new, and fresh. As always though you give us the adjective and we will make it happen. Classy, Mean, Racey, or Fruity all can be achieved.
Just like all Surprise Me schemes from the past, this is truly a snapshot of where our heads and hearts are in 2018. A little loose, much more free and willing to put ourselves out there.
Thanks for sharing in our excitement!
speedvagen 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.
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.
Carbon Fiber Seat TuBE
We developed our carbon ber seat tube with our friends at ENVE Composites the same way we have worked with our steel tubing partners. Using the highest quality materials and most-exacting processes, we created a seat tube made to our exact specifcations for thickness, stiffness, and weight. The carbon seat tube will soak up shock from the road, it offers a weight savings of between 200-300 grams depending on frame size and comes standard on Superlight Speedvagen models.
Internal battery customization
We’ve developed our own integrated battery system which affixes the Shimano or Campagnolo battery neatly inside the top of the seatmast and under the seatpost head. The system is beautifully designed, weatherproof, and requires no tools for installation or removal of the battery for charging; it’s a pleasure to use.
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.