Rawland Cycles produces production-level, Taiwanese-made frames designed through a unique iterative process that involves input from an online community of riders, many of whom will end up purchasing the frames they helped design. From Rawland:
The design phase of the rSogn included an interactive online dialog between Rawland designer Sean Virnig and a passionate and knowledgeable group of experienced cyclists. “Every detail of the rSogn design was discussed,” said Virnig. “Wheel size, tubing type and profile, load carrying optimization, color, sizing, brake type, braze-on types and locations, tire clearance, and more. IÃŠÂ¼m excited about this new frameset.” While the design of the rSogn was a public and iterative process, the final product represents VirnigÃŠÂ¼s vision of what a perfect fat-tired road bike should be. An archive of the dialog is available on the Rawland blog.
The Sogn series of frames are unique in that they have true road geometry—steep head angle, low-to-mid trail fork, and moderate chain stay length—combined with clearance for tires up to 2.5” wide. The latest model, the rSogn, will be made by Maxway in Taiwan (my Rivendell Sam Hillborne was made by Maxway). Framesets will be $625 and can be pre-ordered online or through Rawland retailers. Shipment is expected by springtime.
Rawland designer Sean Virnig will be featured in an exclusive interview on EcoVelo this spring.