Interbike 2012: VeloOrange’s new Campeur Touring Frameset and other Very shiny Things
VeloOrange is known for their French names and their shiny parts. Now they are going to be know for their touring frame as well. For 2013, they are producing this heavy duty, on or off road touring rig dubbed the Campeur. The frame and fork are made from 4130 double butted chrome-molly steel, and includes three bottle bosses, rear rack mounts, low rider front rack mounts, and it even has a pump peg. Double eyelets front and rear are present, and brakes come in the form of Cantilevers. A 1″ threaded headset is used to keep with the VeloOrange style. For a very reasonable $600 this lovely grey metallic frameset can be yours. The paint really does look quite nice in person, the graphics are tasteful, and there is even a metal head badge to boot.
Clicking through will net you more images of this bike, plus information on all the new super shiny bits that VeloOrange had at this years show.
The Campeur frameset is very versitle. Build it up as a loaded touring bike, randonneur, a grocery getter, commuter, or even a gravel racer as pictured above. For the show, the guys at VeloOrange decided to see just how big of a tire they could get on the Campeur. Turns out a 61cm frame will fit the Panaracer FireCross tire (thats a 45c tire). Stepping down in size, you can still run a 40c.
New for 2013 is the Sabot pedal. This shiny platform has removable pins and allows for toe cages. Shhhh, don’t tell the fixie crowd, but with those large openings, these would be ideal for straps as well. The bearings are easily serviceable, and MSRP is set at $95. They should be available for purchase within a month.
VeloOrange has their name on several brake sets, but the Zest canti’s have to be the coolest. They have a toe in adjustment (by using a 4mm allen), quick release on either side, and come with a barell adjuster as well. I am told that the long arms give these stoppers great power as well. The Zest cantilever brakes are sold in two pairs (a complete bikes worth), and come with all the hardware you need for $135.
The Grand Cru crankset from VeloOrange is a popular choice when going for the classy aesthetic. Want more of a race look to the bike? Then the Dirillium crankset is for you. Both inner and outer rings are drilled, and it uses a 110BCD with a 48 / 34 ring combo. The first production batch was small, and no pricing was given yet.
What we have here is the Plume Alaire chain guard, and it has to be one of the pretties things I saw at this years show. It works with up to a 46t ring, and MSRP is $58.