The Pass Hunter is the speediest of our offerings and is designed for light-packing adventures over mountain passes, Sport Touring, and even the weekend club ride!
While this may look like a traditional randonneur, don't let that elegant Cool Blue and nostalgic 80's Burgundy paint and metallic logos fool you. This frameset is packed with modern design and features.
The wishbone rear triangle is a Velo Orange custom arrangement. By simplifying the connection points, it makes the rear end light and springy for optimal power transfer.
The main triangle uses an oversized 35.0mm downtube and a standard 28.6 top tube. It makes the bike planted, comfortable, and with flex in all the right places.
Lastly, the front end. The headtube is tapered to allow the use of aftermarket carbon forks that are available such as Rodeo Labs and Whisky, along with many others that fit into the "utili-fork" genre. The steel fork offered with the frameset has an axle-crown of 393mm with 51mm of rake.
Here are the frame highlights you need to know:
- Frameset material: 4130 double butted chromoly steel
- Fork: 1 1/8" -> 1 1/2" tapered threadless, 4130 double-butted chromoly steel, EC44/40 lower cup, EC34/28.6 upper cup
- Wheel Size: 650b or 700c
- Tire Clearance: 650Bx42mm and 700x32mm w/ fenders, 650bx48 and 700x35mm without fenders.
- Rear Spacing: 12x142mm thru-axle
- Front Spacing: 12x100mm thru-axle
- BB: English threaded 68mm
- Brakes: Flat Mount disc
- Seatpost size: 27.2mm, non-integrated 30.0 mm seat collar (not included)
- Front Derailleur Size: 28.6mm
- Water bottle mounts: Double on top of downtube, under downtube, and on seattube
- Fender bosses: seat stay bridge, chainstay bridge, under fork crown
- Rear Dropouts: Vertical with aluminium alloy replaceable hanger
- Frame Eyelets: Single eyelets on rear dropouts for fenders, internal eyelets on seat stays (for rack that does not exist as of yet).
- Fork Eyelets: Double eyelets on fork dropouts for racks and fenders, triple thru-bosses on the blades for cargo cages, hourglass braze-on for Randonneur Rack.
- Rear Brake Routing: Easy internal routing for rear brake cable housing/hydraulic tubing
- Paint: Cool Blue or Burgundy Red with metallic VeloORANGE logo
- Thru-Axles included
and the geometry:
If you are getting a VO Headset along with your frame, you can get it installed for a reasonable fee. Simply click here to navigate to the installation charge page, and add the fee to your order before checkout.
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Awesome, I left a review on the web.
I was looking for a bike that could handle the less than stellar roads here in northeast Pennsylvania. It would have to be compliant, climb well and look great. Well, all boxes have been checked.
I built it up with the 50.4 Grand Cru Crankset, 11-32 cassette, SRAM RED shifters, SRAM Force derailleurs and Growth Equal brakes. I took the Grand Cru stem, Grand Cru seat post and the Nouveau Randonneur handlebars from my previous road bike. I added a set of carbon wheels and 700X32mm tires and presto.
It initially weighed in at over 23lbs. I thought this to be a little on the heavy side, until I finally got out for a ride. This bike rides like a 17lb race bike. It climbs so well that I'm not sure if it is the 46/30 crankset or the frame itself.
The frame is so smooth, my 57 year old body can ride for 3-4 hours with no issues. I love the rear brake routing and I'm a big fan of full brake housing. I also can't say enough about the stopping power of the Growth Equal brakes. I'm a rim brake fan and own 2 sets of Grand Cru Long Reach brakes. But this is a whole new dimension in stopping.
The cool blue with silver components and black drive train make this the prettiest bike in my stable, except for the Piolet, well, I'm not sure. They're both pretty awesome!
The frame itself is awesome! It’s looks awesome, it’s pretty light, has an amazing feel to it! To make it clear - I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! However there are few things that surprised me and seemed to be not very well thought. I got size small, so there’s a quite a bit of toe overlap I’ll be dealing with, which I fine and I guess it’s just small frames issue in general? I was surprised there’s not much clearance between pedal and ground when it’s all the way down so, not sure what’s up with that because the crank is a standard size… Also one minor thing that bummed me out - those awesome silver cables turned out to be too short! So ended up having to add a piece of black cable for both brakes. And finally - the pretty major issue - the fork is almost as heavy as the frame itself and was a huge bummer (3.19 lbs) 😑 we had to work pretty hard to fit in another carbon fork on it because needed the adapter and it’s just was kind of a pain.
Ready bike with another fork feels quite nice light, but also sturdy. The builder of my bike put in a lot of thought into it though.
Pedal issue I guess I’ll have to learn to be mindful of it and hopefully I’ll just get used to it. But would be cool if it would be thought through better in future 🤷🏻♀️
2022 large pass hunter. Nice looking frame, great looking welds and an excellent finish. Rides very well. Fast, stable, predictable steering. The only real negative I have is the rear brake routing. I wish it was on top of the chain stay like the polyvalent instead of under and looped around.
Overall I’m very happy with this purchase and should get a lifetime of riding out of it.
This is a lovely frame. I’m building it up nice and light for road riding. The only gravel I expect to encounter will be hard-packed and mostly smooth.
I’m using a Campy 12-speed Chorus group with hydraulic brakes, 32-48 crankset and an 11-32 cassette. I’ve ordered wheels from Wheelbuilder.com (old friends) - DT Swiss 350 hubs, 411 rims and aero spokes. Also en route are 35 mm Rene Herse Extralight tires, XTR pedals with the 3 mm shorter spindles and a Brooks Swallow saddle. Zipp Service Course SL-70 handlebars and 3T stem.
By the way, I’m sticking with the steel fork, but Wound-Up makes a Gravel-X fork that’s an exact match in length and offset. I have Wound-Up forks on two bikes. They’re very nice.
I’ll try to upload some pix and build notes when I’m finished.