Vanilla Workshop introduces Urban Racer commuter bike

New steed is light, fast, and designed not to attract attention (sort of)

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When you can't be late to work, the Urban Racer is the choice. Photo by John Watson/The Radavist

When you can’t be late to work, the Urban Racer is the choice. Photo by John Watson/The Radavist

The Vanilla Workshop is expanding it’s line, introducing a new model called the Urban Racer, which is part of the Speedvagen line. It’s designed to be a “super” commuter, getting you around town as fast as possible.

The Urban Racer is billed as a no frills bike that is lightweight and tough. The idea is that you can lock it up in front of a movie theater or grocery store without attracting too much attention. For this reason, the graphics, while bringing hits of raciness, are also understated and fit the bike’s intended use.

The bike is based around a 2-speed coaster brake hub from SRAM, and is available in 3 sizes (S/M/L) with multiple upgrade options to enhance your riding experience. Full custom is also an option. Complete bikes start at $4895.

For the Urban Racer, Vanilla wanted uncluttered and very sturdy racks and bags, so they designed this thing from the ground up, without being tied to convention. The result is very light, painted to match, and holds a bag that’s big enough for a laptop and a couple pieces of clothing, or a few groceries. Photo by John Watson/The Radavist

For the Urban Racer, Vanilla wanted uncluttered and very sturdy racks and bags, so they designed this thing from the ground up, without being tied to convention. The result is very light, painted to match, and holds a bag that’s big enough for a laptop and a couple pieces of clothing, or a few groceries. Photo by John Watson/The Radavist

“I used to think that a bike for getting around town could be as heavy as it needed to be and if that meant it had more utility with lights, racks, integrated everything, then the heavier the better,” said Vanilla’s Sacha White. “While there’s a place for the mule, or grocery-getter in every stable, what I’ve gravitated toward with this new bike is fun. A light bike that has some good volume to the tires, has a minimalist, modern, sexy design and above all is something that I totally want to shred on.”

Bike Specs
  • Tire Size: 650B x 42mm
  • Headset Size: 1 1/8” upper, 1 1/2” lower
  • Bottom Bracket: Ecentric for PF30 shell/24mm spindle
  • Rear Spacing: 130mm
  • Front Chainring Capacity: 39T
  • Bottle Bosses: 1 set on downtube

For more information visit www.thevanillaworkshop.com and check out the extended photo gallery below.

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  • Don says:

    I’m willing to drop over 5k on a mountain bike or road bike, but what possibly makes this worth almost 5k? A 2-speed coaster hub that retails for $70?

    Perhaps it’s the exclusivity that makes this bike worth five thousand dollars. I do believe that it will be a pretty exclusive group that has this bike since most people dumb enough to spend 5k on a bike like this would be unlikely to have that much money to spend.

    “Hi, what bike can I buy for 5k that will make me look like I drink PBR?”

    • Marco Monteiro says:

      Fully agree Don, I can build a much nicer bike for a lose 1.3k. This is non sense… For the same 5k I can build a road bike full 22spd, electronic shifting, aero wheels, proper brakes and still weight the same as this. What a joke!

  • Jamie says:

    This mystifies me as well. $5k for a bike that looks like it came off Craigslist? If you want a bike that rides like a dream but looks like a clunker, just buy a $1k bike on CL, and cover it with duct tape.

  • Alex says:

    Essentially a ridiculously overpriced brakeless fixie with no actual fixed sprocket.

  • jeff L says:

    I think they meant 489.50…simple mistake right? Unless they are not then someone wants to pad that bank account baby!

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