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Pro bike: Dhani Jones' custom Speedvagen for SBT GRVL

Speaking exclusively to Cyclingnews, former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones enthused about his lifelong passion for cycling. How it led to the most unorthodox of cycle-commutes in which he would ride his fixie to the stadium on game day - wading through the tens of thousands of fans - as a way to warm up; and how he finds himself "mesmerized" by the scenery when riding gravel. 

That passion has led the former New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals player to ride 150 to 200 miles per week in retirement, and to ride SBT GRVL - Steamboat Gravel - later this month. He will do so aboard his custom made Speedvagen frameset - a brand that features in our own guide to the best steel road bikes - complete with an Enve carbon fork, SRAM Red eTap AXS groupset and a host of components from Zipp. 

Referring to his stature - at 1.85m and 107kg - Jones describes himself as a Clydesdale on a bike, stating this as one of the motivators for going for a custom Speedvagen bike. 

"Being a Clydesdale on a bike, knowing that they had the engineering and the tools where I wouldn't lose any power, the bike would look good and perform beyond my imagination. It's lived up to all of that."

And the decision to choose Speedvagen over another custom brand came through the bike's builder and founder of the Vanilla Workshop, Sacha White, who Jones describes as a "legend". 

"I've been a fan of Sacha White for a very long time. And when I heard about Speedvagen, I knew that that was going to be the next bike that I wanted customized."

Tech Specs: Dhani Jones' Custom Speedvagen

Dhani Jones' Custom Speedvagen
FrameSpeedvagen custom
GroupsetSRAM Red eTap AXS
BrakesSRAM Red eTap AXS
WheelsetZipp 404 NSW
StemZipp SL Sprint
HandlebarsZipp Service Course SL-70
Power MeterSRAM Red AXS Power Meter
PedalsLook Keo Blade Carbon
SaddleSpecialized Power Expert
TyresSpecialized Roubaix Pro 2BR
ComputerWahoo Elemnt Roam
Bottle CagesZipp SL Speed
Computer mountK-Edge Aero Wahoo Roam mount
HeadsetChris King Tapered Nothreadset
Bar tapeLizard Skins DSP V2 3.2mm

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