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Old 04-11-07, 04:23 PM   #1
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Vanilla Speedvagen

Better get in line now. And hey, is that drool all over your chin?



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I think it's cool Vanilla is getting back to its roots with a hard-core race bike. The detailing and innovations are awesome.
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Old 04-11-07, 04:47 PM   #2
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Better get in line now. And hey, is that drool all over your chin?
I think it's cool Vanilla is getting back to its roots with a hard-core race bike. The detailing and innovations are awesome.
First... sweet bike, guy. I mean REALLY schweeeeet!

I saw that frame at the NAHBS. Now I see that it's connected to an owner.

Second... I am. That is - I am in line. I put a deposit in last July. I have - what - 15 months to go.

Okay, now how did you come upon the idea of an integrated seat post? Was that your idea? Or did Sacha propose that. Either way, I like it. Nice wheel set too. I was thinking of going with Reynolds carbon cross offering.
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Old 04-11-07, 04:54 PM   #3
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It's not my bike. I'm sorry if I gave that impression. In my dreams only. I'm a big fan of Vanilla and wanted to post it here. That's awesome you're getting one. I thought they'd be ready for the 2007 season though. 15 months?

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naw, 24 mos.

I'm prolly going the SS route ...not sure yet. Cross and SS will be new to me. I've got a 20+ yr long career as a mtb racer.

Regardless, I'm getting a Vanilla and it's going to be a cross.
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Is there a dedicated SS class in Colorado? I did one race on an old SS road bike here in Florida where the cross scene is pretty small. It was fun and all, but since I was pretty much lumped in with everyone else there was no way I could be competitive on a SS. I was pretty much riding around by myself. I went geared after that.
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Sick seat tube. I guess yo can do that if the frame is custom to your fit (no need to adjust).

I wish I had a few thousand bucks lying around.
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That bike makes me wish for cross season to start.
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I couldn't go for the no-adjusting of the seat height thing, not that I have the cash laying around anyways. It looks fantastic though. I'm really into the idea of a ridiculously light single speed these days.
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There IS room for adjustment of the saddle height. Look closely-- just under the seat? See the binder bolt?

I can't remember the exact amount, but it's just enough to allow for changes of pedals/shoes or saddles.

Sort of like a really really high seat post collar with a really really short seat post.

Pretty slick.

Re: Delivery date... i thought the idea was to deliver 30 bikes by the time the 2007 cyclocross season started?

Although i guess it doesn't matter. I can't afford one of those anyway.
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Old 04-12-07, 01:01 PM   #10
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The seat clamp is a modified Thompson. It allows about 5mm of adjustment. The integrated seatpost is sweeping the high-end road bike market this year. It's stiffer and lighter compared to a traditional seatpost, but it's only for those who know their fit precisely.
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Yo Dudes,

Thanks for checking out the Vagen.

I would like to chime in on a couple of details.

1- there will be 30 speedvagen delivered for this cross season.

2- each bike will be made to measure for it's owner.

3- We are machining an externally clamping seatpost (similar to the one pictured on the Prototype pictured above). There will be one centimeter of saddle height adjustment on each bike with the Ideal height for each rider nailed right in the middle. Basically this leaves each rider 5mm of wiggle room in either direction.

4- I am super pumped.

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wow, that thing is sick! I'm too much of a whimp to ride one gear with cross but it is nice and clean without all the cables. I really like the way the brake cable runs through the seat mast and stem...it looks like the left lever controls the rear brake and its hard to see the routing of the right lever through the stem. there was reference to an integrated braking system...
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Holy Crap what a cool bike.
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I think I just lost all self control right here where I sit.

Please excuse the mess.
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If I owned that bike I'ld run the whole race holding it with a clean, white, linen glove.


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That is just badass.

And Campy.....

I'll sell something.

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Old 05-01-07, 10:33 PM   #17
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its beautiful
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If I owned that bike I'ld run the whole race holding it with a clean, white, linen glove.
hahahaha.. nice.

And yeah, I saw pictures of the bike a while ago and wound up in therapy from it's sheer awesomeh powah. Looks like I'm going to have to go back in again!

My favorite bit (about the frame anyway.. nevermind the Zipps/Campy/etc): brake cable routing through the "seat post".
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So, um, has anyone gotten one of these yet?
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So, um, has anyone gotten one of these yet?
They are still in the fabrication process, but the project is on schedule for this season.

We are having a new generation Vanilla dropout machined, specifically for this bike. This is the last piece we are waiting on, and then, shazam!

needless to say, we are all super pumped on this end.

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unbelievable. breathtaking. art.
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ps. are they only ss or do they come geared?
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A big meh from this corner.

Nice frame, nice components, and beautifully lit photographs.
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The through-frame rear cable hanger is gratuitous. And there ought to be a replaceable something between the frame and cable.
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