The Sogn is a 650b gravel grinder bike. One of the few and the proud. Somewhere between a 29er and a touring bike, the previous Sogn came with either canti posts or disc brakes (cSogn or dSogn) and though designed for 650b wheels ideally, would take 700c x45 as well. The bikes were pretty amazing. Though Sean has gone on to produce his newer frame, the Drakkar and stopped producing the Sogn, many were sad to see the Sogn go.
Then three days ago Sean Rawland of Rawland Cycles dropped a bombshell: They’ve decided to re-release the Sogn! Better still, they’re first holding discussions in public forum about what people would like to see in the re-released Sogn (informally dubbed the Rawland rSogn).
Starting tomorrow, we will post discussion topics until the 30th when we will wrap up the refinement process with a final design recap by Rawland. And then we will accept $250 deposits for the $500 Sogn frameset until October 15 when the price will increase to $600. Production would start on October 31 for estimated delivery month of February.
Timeframe and Topics
- Tuesday, September 7, Announcement
- Wednesday, September 8, Tubing and Wheel Size
- Thursday, September 9, Brake Configuration
- Monday, September 13, Geometry
- Thursday, September 16, Tire Clearance
- Monday, September 20, Fork
- Thursday, September 23, Dropouts
- Monday, September 27, Braze-Ons
- Thursday, September 30, Color Choices
- Friday, October 1, Final Design by Rawland and Announcement of Color
- Friday, October 1, $250 Deposits for pre-order special of $500
- Wednesday, October 15, Pre-order deadline and Price increase to $600
- Sunday, October 31, Production begins
- February, Delivery
We will need to receive approximately 25 deposits by October 15 to start production of the lightweight and streamlined Sogn on the 31st. This special project will not proceed if we receive less than that. Do spread the word on this exciting endeavor!
During the course of September, daily conversations will held about deails like geometry, brake options, wheel/tire clearances, tubing and whatnot, all to be handled on their blog. Come October 1 they begin taking $250 deposits (first comers will get the frame for $500 – late comers will get it for $600) and send the final design off to get produced – frame delivery will happen in February (estimated).
This is exciting for several reasons. I don’t know another vendor thats ever opened it up to 30 days of public discussion before sending it straight to production. It’s obvious every idea on the table won’t make it into the final design, but this is a good opportunity to get a word in (pro or con) and possibly have some input into an excellent small-run production bike. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity, even if you don’t choose to participate in the discussions, to witness the germination of a really great bike.
In my perfect litle world the rSogn will be a 650b bike with clearance for 700c x2.1 wheels – so I can use my 29er wheels/tires with it. I like the 650b size and would go with it as my preferred, but in a pinch I like the freedom to jump it to 700c without having to re-invest in new tires/wheels. In my perfect rSogn world it will also have plates for removable canti-studs AND mounts for disc brakes – mounted inside the rear triangle. Personally I hope he doesn’t use the dropouts he used on the Drakkar – paartially it’s aesthetic and partially because I have some misgivings about the structural integrity of them; I dislike big plate dropouts in general.
I hold little hope for the 700×2.1 clearance request, but I hope to see both brake mounts. I have no idea what he’ll do with the dropouts.
Man I have so much stuff to write about. I am so behind. Gah! By the way, I’m moving (or trying to move) to Japan around New Years so selling off all my bikes and looking for one bike to rule them all. This is a big reason for my interest in the Sogn at present. But more on that later. Or something. I swear.