B13: Velo Orange goes black! Launches two new framesets, and shows off one weird handlebar
Velo Orange, makers of notoriously shiny bits for your bicycle, have gone to black. That’s right, coming soon, you can obtain their seatpost, brakes, and even a headset in a nice black finish. While this photo doesn’t do them much justice, the parts look really, really good in person. Beyond the new color, they were also showing off two new framesets. The first is the Camargue, which is designed around a 2.1 tire with space for fenders. It’s aimed at the adventure touring set. The other is a more streamlined rando style ride dubbed the PassHunter. It’s set up to clear a 32mm tire with fenders and is good for credit card touring and randonneur riding.
Head past the break for images, plus details on their new, yet to be named wild handle bar, plus more!
The Camargue frame is set up with rack and fender mounts both front and rear. It can accommodate downtube shifters, uses a 1 1/8th steerer, and is made from tig welded double butted cro-moly tubes.
The larger 29″ wheels are used on the 62, 59, and 56cm frames, while the 26″ wheels are in place on the 53, 50, and 47cm frames. The geometry is not suspension corrected. No word on price yet, but my guess is it won’t be too far off from the $500 price the VO Campeur runs.
As for the PassHunter, it puts a nice wide 700c 32mm tire under you for comfortable road riding, commuting, and even light touring. And while intended for 32′s with fenders, a 35mm tire was mounted up sans fenders for the show, making me want to hit a gravel road on this thing. The integrated seat clamp is a classy touch. The frame, like all the rest of the VO line, is good old reliable double butted cro-moly Again, no word on price.
These yet to be named handlebars were being displayed in the VO booth as well. They are quite the eye catcher. The main section of the bar is a 23.8mm, while the “aero bars” section are a 22.2 diameter.
Also being shown off was this unique Rinko headset. Rinko is a style of touring via bicycle and train in Japan. When the bike has its wheels and front fork removed, it becomes small enough to fit on the train as regular baggage, thus not incurring an extra fee. That is where the Rinko headset comes into play. It is designed to allow the rider to easily remove the front fork without tools. Pretty neat!
And last but not least is this lovely handmade Grand Cru handlebar bag. It is made of canvas and leather with brass hardware. And, it’s sewn up in a small shop in Baltimore.