Garry Millburn's custom Speedvagen Cyclocross Disc

Pro-racer on a steel ride that is sure to make you jealous

Every year, throughout the Grand Tours, we hear rumors about big name pro riders receiving custom geometries on their team bikes so that they fit perfectly. More often than not they’re nothing more than rumors, but for Aussie CX pro Gary Milburn both of his race bikes are completely custom because his team is sponsored by Speedvagan.

Formerly riding for Trek, Millburn’s new team Speedvagen x MAAP was dreamt up by legendary action sports photographer Jeff Curtes.

Garry Millburn says of his move: “To sum things up, Trek Australia did not have the budget for cyclocross to offer me the kind of support that I needed to race here [Australia] and beyond at the highest level. Speedvagen x MAAP came about after a little chat over coffee with Jeff Curtes."

Millburn runs a full SRAM Force CX1 groupset
Millburn runs a full SRAM Force CX1 groupset

“He [Jeff Curtes] is SpeedVagen’s man on the ground here, you could say, and loved the idea of forming a new team. Being the networking man that he is, we formed a partnership between Sascha [White] of The Vanilla Workshop and Ollie and Jarred at MAAP. Both brands complemented each other really well and we have formed the team to get the presence of the brands out there in the 'cross scene down under!”, explains Millburn.

Cyclocross in Australia is still very much in its adolescence, it’s growing fast but still isn’t anywhere near what it is in North America and Europe. Not only are local racers still learning the rigors of ‘cross racing, so are local brands ― not so long ago you’d be hard pressed to find a shop that would sell you a CX bike in Australia.

For the Aussie CX season, which consists mostly of dry grassy courses, Millburn runs a 44t chainring up front, though for racing in Europe he goes for a 40t ring
For the Aussie CX season, which consists mostly of dry grassy courses, Millburn runs a 44t chainring up front, though for racing in Europe he goes for a 40t ring

Speedvagen x MAAP has also brought ENVE on as a components sponsor and Millburn noted that the team's willingness to provide ‘extras’ will help him get through not only the Aussie CX season but also the US and European races.

“I guess the advantage of working with a North American brand is that they understand that you need more than one bike and more than one wheelset to get through the season,” he said. “EVNE is also on board supporting the team with wheels and have given me a good spread to ensure I have the right tubs for the day. Although not always essential, it is really nice to be able to turn up to a race and have the choices all this gear provides and it will also make things much easier for overseas racing.”

For the race, Millburn was running 33c FMB tubulars on his ENVE CX wheels, which are 28mm wide and 31mm deep
For the race, Millburn was running 33c FMB tubulars on his ENVE CX wheels, which are 28mm wide and 31mm deep

With this new team, Millburn is working directly with Speedvagen and components sponsor ENVE to create a race bike to his exact specifications. Going in he told White that he wanted a bike that has shape steering, no toe overlap and short rear stays. The result is a fully custom steel race bike that includes a rad paint job, SRAM Force CX1 group, ENVE touchpoints and CX tubular wheels, and weighs 8.04kg. Millburn says, “I could go lighter, but I don’t need to.”

Speedvagen is best known for its Berzerker dropouts and custom paint jobs, but there are a few clever details that are more subtle. Underneath the paint, the seat tube is actually carbon and so is the fork, and the rear disc brake caliper actually sees one bolt going into the seat stay and one bolt going into the chainstay. Speedvagen says this mounting system helps braking forces to dissipate into the frame and allows the team to make a lighter and clean looking dropout.

The brake mount on Speedvagen's dropouts sees one bolt going into the seat stay and one into the chainstay
The brake mount on Speedvagen's dropouts sees one bolt going into the seat stay and one into the chainstay

A steel frame certainly offers a unique ride quality, especially when compared to the full carbon Trek Boone Millburn was riding last year, but he says it’s not something he really takes much notice of.

“The ride is certainly different to a carbon fibre bike, but when you're in the moment racing, striving for that win, you just want the bike to do what you need it to do and the Speedvagen does this," he says. "It's nice to ride a bike that has been designed around me and you do take a little more care with it, maybe even get a little upset with another paint chip here or scratch there. That’s racing and I guess these bikes are designed to be ridden hard and get dirty!"

The front sees a 15x100 mm thru-axle, however, the rear sees a standard quick release
The front sees a 15x100 mm thru-axle, however, the rear sees a standard quick release

With the Aussie CX season well and truly wrapped up, Millburn is headed to SuperCross in Japan in November but won't be heading to the US or Europe this year.

Flick through the gallery at the top to have a closer look at Garry Millburn’s custom Speedvagen ‘cross bike.

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
  • Beer of Choice: New Belgium La Folie
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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