Early morning practice with sprint starts, targeting precise lines, and seamless mounts/dismounts. Race weekends, turning ourselves inside out, choosing our moment attack and digging to find another 10 minutes of maximum suffering even when we wanted to stop. And best of all, battling, laughing and crashing in the mud with friends.
There's something special about the dedication that a racer brings to reach the pinnacle, contrasted with the humility and humor of racing in mud bogs, being heckled (lovingly?) on run-ups and the unknown that each race-day brings.
And while we've found a new love in our Urban Racer and will always like long days in the saddle, we will never lose our connection to CX.
You may or may not know that Vanilla and Speedvagen have been on the top step of the podium in national championships, more state championships than we can count, and have done battle in world championships and world cups. Our team started back in the very first days that Sacha was building bikes in a hole in the wall and has grown to include a tight family of racers in Japan, Australia and the US.
Well, Cyclocross season coming up and we're about to dig into this year's team bikes.
For the 2017 Cyclocross Team Issue we're going to do 3 paint offerings: Ghost graphics in Army, or Vanilla Blue and a new blocky, punchy, sassy team paint scheme that's an evolution of our super popular 2016 Surprise Me paint scheme.
You'll have a choice of components:
The CX-R with Sram Force 1 with super race-able Mavic Ksyrium Allroad Disc wheels, Pro Plt, painted to match stem and seatpost head, etc.
The CX-X with DuraAce Di2, Chris King, Enve, Easton's awesome new crank, XTR brake callipers and rear derailleur. The CX-X also comes with a set of hand built wheels by our very own master mechanic, Woody, DT240s laced to HED Belgium plus disc rims in either tubulars or clinchers. All of this together makes a full on world class race machine, built right here in The Vanilla Workshop, USA.
Pre-order is open for 2 weeks and then we need to get to fabricating!!
The plan is to deliver by early September just in time for the season to start. To get the process started place your deposit before AUG 1st
*Delivery may be influenced by component availability. Substitutions may be available and/or necessary
Questions about our Team Issue Cyclocross bikes? Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org