We design Speedvagen road bikes in the tradition of the great stage race machine.
They are comfortable for long days in the saddle and solid at high speeds. Well behaved while climbing and confidence inspiring in descents. Riding curvy roads, in the heat of “battle” the bike feels better and more fun the faster it goes.
It’s not the material, it’s what the builder does with it.
We’ve all ridden good and bad frames made out of carbon, Ti, Aluminium and steel. What the builder does with the material is what either brings it to life or leaves it wanting. Is your builder a master of their material? Are they getting the most out of what that material can do? Made from the latest technology, our new steel is to traditional steel what a Tesla is to a 60’s Ford. In reality, the material of our frames is so different from the traditional steel, that it’s more like a distant cousin. That cool older cousin from the big city who comes to visit you in Smallsville, Ohio. The one wearing a Metallica t-shirts and and driving an obscure hotrod and telling you all about the big world out there for the 6 days she’s in town.
Our new steel tubing is made up of the strongest alloys from True Temper and Columbus. The stronger the alloy is, the thinner it can be drawn. The thinner the tubing, the lighter it is. When you go thin and light, you also need to make the diameter of the tube larger to keep the frame stiff. Look at one of our frames—you’ll see larger diameters up at the head tube to deal with the twisting forces from the rider pulling on the handlebar in a sprint and smaller diameter at the seat cluster to help absorb shock. The down tube is bi-axially ovalized (fancy words for ovals being oriented at 90 degrees to each other) because you have vertical force up at the head tube and side to side force where the down tube meets the bottom bracket. The seatstays are curved to soak up shock and flattened to resist your pedaling forces.
With our new steel, 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.
Check out the deep dive on Speedvagen tubing.