11 April, 2012

Developments

Here are a few new developments that may interest you.


This is the little model name decal that will go on our Polyvalent-700/Campeur frame. The frames are now being made, but we don't have an ETA yet. The drawing is by artist and writer Dan Price. He's an amazing guy; check out his web site.

Our long delayed container is here and we have a couple of new products. It may take a couple of days to get everything checked and entered on the site. The next shipment, in about two weeks, will have all our rims and hubs along with a few miscellaneous components.

The amazingly powerful Zeste brakes are here; I'll write more about them soon.

The new Grand Compe ENE shifters have also arrived. We have both the down tube and the bar end versions. These use the same internals as Silver shifters, but have more attractive levers. they also use the newer and stronger friction washers.

We also have more 50.4bcd double hardware that many of you were waiting for.

We are changing the finish on our seat posts. They will be machine polished rather than hand polished. The advantage of this is that diameters will be more consistent. In the past we had issues with over enthusiastic polishers polishing them so well that they ended up slightly undersized. The disadvantage is that they will not be quite as shiny.




19 comments:

Mauricio Babilonia said...

I think it's really great that you got the hoboartist to make your decal. Nobody knows camping like that guy.

Anonymous said...

The shifters are friction only, correct?

VeloOrange said...

The shifters are friction, not index, but that's a good thing.

C said...

Those brakes look a lot like the "custom" cantis the Rabobank team has been running for the past couple of years. Here's a pic of them at Paris-Roubaix: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/photos/pro-bike-lars-booms-rabobank-giant-tcx-advanced-sl-1/217254

Anonymous said...

Ordered some touring pedals and half clips! Looks like I found this place just in time!

Noah said...

Any word on when the new camp racks will be in stock?

Kilroy said...

Greetings,

When is the tentative date for camper frameset?

Best regards

Anonymous said...

i like the name of the frameset but the graphics seem a bit silly. will it *only* ever be used for camping? the shifters are beauts!

Anonymous said...

Will the frame come with the decal applied? I hate to be negative, but I agree that the font and drawings look a bit childish. I'm really surprised that you guys would endorse branding that is neither classy nor timeless.

John said...

The decal is more "cutesy" than "classic."

Anonymous said...

I love the decal because it's humorous. Most bike companies take themselves way too seriously.

Anonymous said...

Also love that the drawing is done by an artist who lives the life. It's not just another graphic design creation that looks like so many others.

VeloOrange said...

C, The brake engineer & factory that designs/makes our brakes also makes stuff for Giant/Rabobank. But I don't know if they are identical.

We made some last minute changes to the camping racks, which you'll like, so they are still at least 2-3 months out.

We'll have an ETA on the frames soon.

Anonymous said...

Don't want to get greedy, but any news on the rumored Pass Hunter frame? Looks like it would be a perfect match for those brakes!

-Dave

VeloOrange said...

The Pass Hunter frame is still months and months away, sorry.

Hans Jatzke said...

With the advent of the Polyvalent 700/campeur bike frame does that mean the original Polyvalent is going away? I'm assuming that the "700" Moniker is referring to the size of the wheel that the frame is designed for. No more 650b frames?

VeloOrange said...

There are no plans to discontinue the 650b Polyvalent so long as they sell well, as they do now.

Anonymous said...

Do the down tube shifters have a clamp for mounting?

Anonymous said...

They don't have mounting bands, but you can find clamps (bands) on e-bay that work with them. The Shimano and Suntour bands do.