Speedvagen's New 650B Rugged Road
Purveyors of incredibly lust-worthy custom bikes, Speedvagen, have just launched a new bike to either add to your N+1 list or replace your entire bike stable! The new Speedvagen 650B Rugged Road bike was on display at SRAM’s Sea Otter Classic expo booth, but for folks that couldn’t make it to the show, here’s the skinny on this fat tired road bike.
There is a growing realization within the sport that most of us will never achieve pro-level performance on the bike, and that’s OK because we ride for a lot of reasons, and those reasons often don’t include proving our level of fitness to those around us. We get out there on the bike to explore new places, have adventures, build relationships, make new relationships, test our bike handling skills, and just plain have fun! When that’s the goal, a race bike often isn’t the best tool for the job. Enter the 650B Rugged Road.
The people at Speedvagen love racing, but also have other cycling aspirations that don’t involve pinning numbers on their jerseys. So they made a bike that prioritizes ride quality, fit, and versatility, but is executed with the high tech custom steel tubeset and gorgeous paint that’s made Speedvagen famous. The new bike is made to take either 650B wheels with 47mm tires (plus fenders!) or 700c wheels with 42c tires and no fenders.
You could build it up with an eTap HRD WiFli drivetrain like you see here, or the super rugged wide-range Force 1 HRD drivetrain with a 10-42 cassette for the same gearing range with the simplicity and chain retention SRAM 1x drivetrains deliver. Speedvagen can make any custom build you want, but if you are looking to go all out, here’s the spec list from the bike at the show:
Shifter/Brake Levers: SRAM RED eTap HRD
Brakes: SRAM RED eTap HRD flat mount
Brake Rotors: SRAM Centerline-X 160mm 6-bolt
Crankset: SRAM RED BB30 (50/34)
Bottom Bracket: SRAM PF30
Chain: SRAM RED 22
Cassette: SRAM XG-1190, 11-32
Rear Derailleur: SRAM RED eTap WiFLi
Front Derailleur: SRAM RED eTap
Wheelset: Zipp 303 Firecrest 650B Tubeless
Tires: WTB Byway 47
Headset: Chris King
Handlebar: Zipp Service Course SL80 Ergo
Stem: Zipp SL Speed (custom painted)
Saddle: Fabric Scoop Shallow Pro, Titanium Rail
All photos courtesy of Speedvagen and shot by Bob Huff