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NAHBS – Vanilla Speedvagen, Dario Pegoretti Track Bike Collaboration

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NAHBS 2010Speedvagen, which is the “ready made” side of Vanilla Bicycles, used the 2010 North American Handmade Bicycle Show to announce their collaboration with famed frame builder and wicked painter Dario Pegoretti to produce the Speedvagen Track Bike. Yep, it’s official:

The bike features a lot of great features, not the least of which is the carbon-reinforced headtube with cutout logo treatment. All the details and tons of photos after the break…

On the one piece Track Bar/Stem, the headset cap/steerer tube clamp is machined from solid metal. It’s available separately for $500.

While you can expect some wilder paint schemes to be available once Pegoretti gets his hands on them, this cream white is one of the new 2011 colors that’ll be available. The seatpost assembly is carbon fiber made in collaboration with Edge Composites.

The chainstays are a massive 1-1/4″ tall, providing a lot of stiffness to the rear triangle, putting the power to the planks. The fork is an Edge Composites carbon fork with custom geometry

The dropouts start out as a solid piece, then machined out to drop about 33% of the weight while retaining enough stiffness. They use the same dropouts on their single-speed cyclocross bikes but place a cover over the cutouts to keep crud and mud from accumulating.

A steel edge is attached to the outside for strength against the axle bolt and a brass insert goes on the inside to provide better grip on the hub. They’re flipflopped in this photo, though.

Keeping with the subtlety that the Vanilla brand does so well, the logo is cut from the headtube, showing the carbon reinforcement sleeve underneath. I asked Sasha if the carbon sleeve was the original idea, then they thought it’d be cool to machine out the logo, or vice versa, to which he replied with wry smile something to the effect of “that’s a good question.”

The bike uses a Chris King inset headset.

There’s a lot of cool merch at the show, too, but they’ve got one of the best displays:

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