Rawland Cycles rSogn

Rawland rSogn

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. Iʼm excited about this new frameset.” While the design of the rSogn was a public and iterative process, the final product represents Virnigʼs vision of what a perfect fat-tired road bike should be. An archive of the dialog is available on the Rawland blog.

Rawland rSogn

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 rSogn

Rawland designer Sean Virnig will be featured in an exclusive interview on EcoVelo this spring.


8 Responses to “Rawland Cycles rSogn”

  • Teemu Kemppainen says:

    Beautiful build with nice retro downtube shifters ;)

  • JonathanE says:

    I think if you had to have just one bike, this would be it. Ability to fit fat tires, rack mounts, fender mounts, etc. It looks really nice. I imagine it with a nice front platform rack.

  • arevee says:

    Very Rivendell like and beautiful lugs at that price point. I don’t need another bike, but if I did, I’d give this frame consideration.

  • Lovely Bicycle! says:

    I like the fork crown.

  • Tim D. says:

    This thing would make a fat touring bike. Very cool.

  • Adam B says:

    I love watching the decay of the commonly held notion that a bike should fit into one functional mode. I don’t have anything against flat bars, but I like riding my Riv 48 noodles on trails…

    I have emailed Sean twice with questions about his bikes. Super guy.

  • Adam B says:

    Anybody know when Sugino started making hollow/outboard bearing cranks?

  • Garrett says:

    The new sugino cranks with outboard bearings were released some time in 2010. The key feature to these two cranks (road and MTB) is the dual BCD double chainring design with low Q factor.

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