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On a recent trip to Portland I was the lucky recipient of a guided tour of the Vanilla "factory" that produces these amazing Speedvagen machines. Unfortunately I was not taking delivery of one for myself, but I was fortunate enough to shoot this one, one of the first disc-brake-equipped Speedvagen CX bikes to come out of the factory.
Sometime in the future I'll elaborate on the adoption of disc brakes to Speedvagen as explained to me by Sacha White himself, but until then, suffice it to say the decision wasn't easy. Sacha had no desire to slap on a caliper mount and call it good, and by the final result I think we can all agree he has maintained the Speedvagen aesthetic.
Rather than going on and on about my love for these bikes I'll just dole out some specs. This example is running Shimano's Di2, a mix of Ultegra and Dura-Ace. Wheels are ENVE SES 3.4 disc to Chris King R45d hubs. Cockpit is also all ENVE, with a painted-to-match stem. Speaking of paint, this is the Ghost theme in Matte Army Green.
Enjoy staring at this bike. The vast majority of us will not only never be able to afford one, but may not even see one in person.
photos and words by Brandon Elliott