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."

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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.