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I love my Piolet. This bike feels super planted and smooth and eats up trails like it’s nothing. Currently have it set up as a gravel/bike packing set up but everything feels so interchangeable that I might make it a jammer/ATB instead.
my only problem as someone who is stuck between frame sizes I wish I’d have gotten a M instead of a L. Guess I’ll have to get another one!
I really like the ride. I purchased the frame to be my new bikepacking/gravel touring bike. It does a great job. I ride it with some comfy flat bars. It handles gear well and once up and riding I don't even notice the load too much.
I bought this frame back in March. It took me four months to get everything in and built up. It is now the exact bike I wanted. It is outfitted with the VO Grand Cru gooseneck stem, VO headset, Growtac Equal mechanical brakes, Curve Walmer 60cm dropbars, RaceFace Atlas Cranks, Shimano XT 11-46 cassette, Profile Racing Hubs, Sun Ringle rims, and Teravail Sparwood 29x2.2 tires. Originally I had some Specialized Butcher 29x2.6 tires on, but they were a bit too meaty. Great for single track, but not optimal for gravel.
I love this bike. It rides great, and fits me perfectly. I wanted a gravel/bikepacking rig, and that's how I built this up. It's definitely a unique ride, and the only one like it I've seen. I do not regret this purchase at all.
I've had my Piolet since they first launched; this beast has been my go-to for bikepacking adventures. I've tried every configuration under the sun, from the VO's Far Bar to their Klunker Bar, and I can truthfully say that this bike is fun no matter how you build it up. In 2019 I used this bike for a week-long road tour with the Far Bars down the West Coast, and then the following year, I toured the Baja Divide with Klunkers. The versatility of the Piolet is unmatched, and I've got to say, the simplicity of QR axels is far superior to thru-axel, IMO.
I'm 5'8, and I went with the Small; if I could do it again, I might go with a Medium for more frame space, although I love my Small frame for shredding some gnarly DH trails in our local forest.
My current setup is most likely my favorite with 2.8" Maxxis Minions, dropper post, and Klunker Bars.
the quality is good I love it but there are some paint chips