Every year around this time a group of bike threads fall silent as a new crop of SpeedVagen devotees await their frame from Portland, Oregon based builder Sacha White.
SpeedVagen is a collaboration between Vanilla Bicycles’ Sacha White and a few other choice builders to put together a rapid run of “production” frames (if you’ve seen one they are hardly an off the shelf affair) for a devoted group of cyclists who have filled out a silly application, part of which, at one point, involved duct taping some object of your choosing to a piece of A4 paper, and then penciling in what the words “radness” brought to mind.
There is something breathtaking about each run, as they are offered in “SM” or “surprise me” paint schemes which vary wildly from fluorescent hues, to early 1990’s Klein splatterpaint throwbacks.
There is a veil of secrecy around the surprise me scheme each year until all of the frames have met their new owners, and this year we are starting to see the results of both the cross and the road frames trickling into the flickrspace.
Keep your eyes peeled, as they are always worth drooling over.
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