Every year, custom builder Vanilla Bikes produces a small batch of Speedvagen frames. They’re intended to be performance race machines and can be identified by their unique color schemes and graphics. In addition to the three graphic options offered each year, Vanilla also produces a Surprise Me! edition.
Since 2007, this fourth paint option has given Vanilla Founder Sacha the ability to experiment with different colors and techniques, and the results are always extraordinary. So how did he outdo himself this year?
This year, the inspiration for the Surprise Me! frame came from a photo taken over a year ago. In it, a close up the paint over the masked details gave the unfinished produced a 3D effect that Sacha wanted to replicate. After some experimentation, he was happy with the look, but wanted to try sanding off some of the layers in order to give the paint more depth.
These SM! frames are the culmination of that desire, and each is unique, because the sanding is all done by hand.
…adding a little clear coat changes everything.
Head to Speedbloggen to read more about the process and check out more images of the beautiful new bike.