Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rawland Sogn

The Rawland Sogn steel frameset, with its signature biplane fork, can easily be built up as a versatile, do-anything bike. Most notably, the wide fork allows for swapping knobbies and road tires and wheels (700C or 650B). You could keep two wheelsets and have two very different bikes using the same frame.

Ready for the road.  Courtesy: Gino Zahnd
Ready for the trail.  Courtesy Gino Zahnd.

And now for some news.

Rawland Cycles recently announced that it will reissue the Sogn after listening cyclists' suggestions for “refinements of this venerable model.” The price is $500 for frameset orders received by October 15, then the price will go up to $600.

For more on the Sogn, check out the Cycling Spokane blog.  If you own a Sogn, leave a comment and let us know how you built it up and whether you're enjoying it.


Doug said...

I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of Rawland recently at a ride. His bike was gorgeous! I look forward to a reissue of the Sogn. 29"/700C rims are super versatile, and 26" rim brake rims are becoming hard to find.

Erich said...

I have a Sogn built up as a camping bike, and it rides great. The big 650b tire clearance is awesome, and I really think that there is little this bike couldn't do. It's a heavier frame than you'd want for road racing, but that's about it.

Velouria said...

These are interesting bikes and I would love to see one in person. I *love* the fork crown.