***Please note that we will not be expecting a restock of Piolet Framesets until the Summer of 2023***
The Piolet is our bikepacking and rough-road riding frame. It's designed for off-road touring, including dirt and gravel roads, double track, and single track. We built it to be sturdy, simple, and very capable. As with our other frames it's double butted chromoly steel. The fork is triple butted for reduced weight and extra strength. The seatstays come together in a cool mono-stay wishbone and compliment the segmented fork. The frameset is covered in bosses for easily mounting any racks, water-bottles, gear cages, and even fenders. It's happily set up in bikepacking fashion or as a traditional rack and bag tourer!
The Piolet handles similarly to a XC mountain bike, but slightly more in the touring direction. Feels natural with drop bars or flat bars. Non-suspension corrected fork handles predictably with or without a load!
The Small are designed around 26 x 2.4" tires. M, L, and XL use 29 x 2.4" or 27.5 x 2.8" tires.
Here are some frame details and features:
- Frameset material: 4130 double butted chrome-moly
- Fork: 1 1/8" threadless
- Wheel Size: 29" & 27.5+ (M, L, XL), 26" (S)
- Tire: 29" x 2.4" or 27.5 x 2.8" (M, L, XL), 26" x 2.4 (S)
- Rear Spacing: 135mm
- Bottom Bracket: English threaded 73mm, mountain cranksets only
- Brakes: 160 - 180mm disc
- Seatpost: 27.2mm
- Front Derailleur Size: 28.6mm, bottom pull/bottom swing
- Water bottle mounts: 3 sets on frame, 2 sets on fork blades
- Fender bosses: seatstay bridge, chainstay bridge, under fork crown
- Dropouts: Vertical with triple eyelets
- Lowrider thru bosses on fork
- 2 sets of seatstay rack eyelets
- Replaceable stainless steel derailleur hanger
- Paint: Deep Metallic Blue
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.
Note: Oversize charges may apply when this item is shipped outside the contiguous US (e.g., Alaska, Hawaii, international, and military addresses). Free shipping discount may not apply. We will notify you of shipping charges prior to shipping.
Free Shipping for Retail customers with subtotals over $150: Velo Orange offers free shipping to the lower 48 States for retail orders with a subtotal of at least $150. Use the coupon code 150SHIP when you check out to get the deal.
Free Shipping for Wholesale customers with subtotals over $400: Velo Orange offers free shipping for wholesale orders to the lower 48 States with a subtotal of at least $400. No coupon code required for this deal.
Oversize international shipping: Large products including (but not limited to) frames, fork, fenders, handlebars, racks, and rims may incur oversize shipping charges. We will notify you of additional charges.
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
Love this bike!! It has been through many configurations and loved each of them. If you are looking for a unility bike that can do it all then you have found it. I have done a century on it, gravel rides, MTB rides, coffee rides, little adventures, and rides around the block. Just a fun comfertable bike capable of just about anything.