Polyvalent - Low Kicker
The Polyvalent is Velo Orange’s “do-it-all” frameset. It is the ideal platform to build a sturdy tourer, practical commuter, comfortable all-day randonneur, or a rugged gravel bike.
Tire clearance is generous. With fenders: 650b x 48 or 26 x 2.3” (smooth). Forgoing fenders, the Polyvalent can gobble up 650b x 2.1” or 26x2.3 (knobby).
The graceful, swoopy top tube is what we call a Low-Kicker. While especially useful for easily mounting and dismounting with a loaded bike, the lowered top tube also makes the frequent getting on and off the saddle in urban environments more comfortable. Lastly, for those that have limited flexibility, it allows the rider to have a super practical and beautiful bike with modern touches and clearances - something that was, until now, significantly lacking.
There are star reinforcements on nearly every braze-on on the frame and fork. The rear brake routing is internal and features super easy installation via a brazed in tube - no more fishing for the housing. The paint is a brilliant Metallic Sage.
The rear end of the bike features dedicated rack and fender mounts.
The fork has an elegant French-style bend that features braze-ons for a multitude of mounting options including: Rando-style front racks, side-mounted cargo cages, and low-rider pannier racks.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Velo Orange frame without proper fender mounts that face the tire to create a perfect fender installation every time.
- Frameset material: 4130 double butted chromoly steel
- Fork: 1 1/8" threadless, 4130 chromoly steel with elegant bend
- Wheel Size: 650B or 26"
- Tire Clearance: 650B x 48mm, 26 x 2.3" (either with fenders) / 650b x 2.1 or 26 x 2.3 knobby
- Rear Spacing: 12 x 142mm, thru-axle with replaceable hanger (included)
- Fork Spacing: 12 x 100mm, thru-axle (included)
- BB: English threaded 68mm
- Brakes: IS mount disc, 160mm or 180mm rotors suggested
- Seatpost: 27.2mm
- Front Derailleur Size: 28.6mm
- Water bottle mounts: Triple on top of downtube, one set on underside of downtube
- Fender bosses: seat stay bridge, chainstay bridge, under fork crown
- Frame Eyelets: Double eyelets on rear dropouts for racks and fenders. Internal eyelets on seat stays
- Fork Eyelets: Double eyelets on fork dropouts for racks and fenders. Triple thru-bosses on the blades for lowrider racks. Hourglass braze-on for Randonneur or Campeur Racks.
- Rear Brake Routing: Easy internal routing for rear brake cable housing/hydraulic tubing
- Paint: Metallic Sage
and the geometry:
I have been with gravel bikes for more than 5 years; bought this frameset just because of the looks with no idea yet on the full bike set up. Finally, it becomes a fun gravel bike.
Just had it finished at local bike shop and plan to add fenders and front rack basket.
I've been searching a while for the perfect around-town commuter and shopper. I wanted something that could get me places fast, but with both fun and comfort, if not style, and I want to be able to carry loads. This bike does it all. Standing at a stoplight flat-footed, carrying a 12-pack in front with ease -- as a triangle frame + rear-pannier veteran, these are things I was not expecting and it now puts a smile on my face every time. I never had fat, supple tires in the city before, and now not only do I not avoid every bump and gouge, I actually sort of enjoy them. I went tubeless -- another first for me -- and I might now be a full convert. The 650bs start up fast using some nice lightweight Sector GCA wheels I found. I also went with the VO 165 single crank and it's perfect for my 29" inseam legs on a medium frame. I got the VO 44mm rando bars, and they are a good match with the Restrap rando bag I chose, leaving just enough room for comfortable "brifting". The Sensah shifter group has been great paired with some Juin tech brakes.
The ride is everything I expected after reading about "low trail" forks. It's a very steady ride, but maybe a little less easy to do quick maneuvers. I read that this type of fork handles front loads well, and I can attest that it does nicely, perhaps even a little better than unloaded. But I haven't tried no hands yet :). Thanks, VO! it's a great design.
I am completely pleased with my new Low Kicker. The finish is perfect, love the sparkly sage green color. The ride is smooth and the handling is nimble and balanced. The building was easy, everything was right as it should be-threads, facings etc. I built it using mostly parts from another bike, but added new cockpit bits. It is currently riding on big Schwalbe balloon tires, but they leave no room for fenders so they will have to get replaced with something a bit more slender. As a long-time Rivendell customer and fan (and old MTB retrogrouch) I appreciate VO accommodating modern tech like discs and through axles. Cheers to Igor and Connor who helped me when I picked up the frame at Annapolis HQ
Even more beautiful than pictures. Perfect sparkle in the sun.
This bike is wonderful! I love how smooth the ride is (steel tubing + big tire clearance = glides over bumps, potholes, etc), it has mounts for pretty much any kind of rack / cage you could want, and the weight / handling still feels nimble and zippy (without being squirrelly like a traditional road bike can feel). Well-balanced with a front load, feels predictable and effortless on the road, and it shreds on gravel and light single-track as well! I don't understand why everyone is leaping at the diamond frame vs. this one - yes, the classic horizontal TT look is cool, but the Low Kicker is honestly so much more versatile, comfortable, and just sweet-looking. It's nice to not have to worry about the standover height if I have to leap off while doing something sketchy off-road, and it's easy to dismount while riding which makes me feel cool. I almost didn't get this bike and I'm glad I did!