Polyvalent - Low Kicker

Polyvalent - Low Kicker
Polyvalent - Low Kicker
Polyvalent - Low Kicker
Polyvalent - Low Kicker
Polyvalent - Low Kicker
Polyvalent - Low Kicker
Polyvalent - Low Kicker
Polyvalent - Low Kicker
Polyvalent - Low Kicker
Polyvalent - Low Kicker
Polyvalent - Low Kicker
Polyvalent - Low Kicker

Polyvalent - Low Kicker

Regular price $925.00
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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 Glacier Blue.

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.

Here are the specs:
  • 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 for cargo cages. Hourglass braze-on for front racks like our Randonneur Front Rack.
  • Rear Brake Routing: Easy internal routing for rear brake cable housing/hydraulic tubing
  • Paint: Metallic Glacier Blue

and the geometry:

Velo Orange Polyvalent Low-Kicker 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 page, and add the fee to your order before checkout.

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.

For additional info, please visit our FAQ page or contact us.

Customer Reviews

Based on 23 reviews

I have to admit, I wasn’t sold on the color but now I know it’s going to turn heads and elicit admiration in a world of boring grays, blacks, and whites. Long graceful seatstays and chainstays and a relaxed central frame. It’s a beautiful frame and worth every penny!

Very nice metal!

It presented a few surprizes on build up because I am used to classic road bikes but frame configuration will keep this senior rider riding longer.

Brooke Gentile
Pretty spectacular

The bike is light weight and beautiful. Really the best of both worlds.

Lucy on the bike with poppies...

Just wanted to say how much we are enjoying our new Low kickers. The salmon-orange powdered coated one came out great and now they make a great pair with slightly different setups: a 1x11 and a 2x10. Both are shifted with Rivendell thumbies and I am happy to report the 11-51/Deore long cageDR on the 1x maxes out the entire possible cable stretch but it works without any other hardware!

With our daughter coming out as nonbinary, we became much more aware of gender preconceptions and even the bicycle is no exception...
I learned to ride on my grandma’s step through: when I got a little taller and I could actually sit on it she gave it to me as my first bike. I wasn’t too happy about riding a old “ladies" bike, but my Grandma being an artist would waste no time teaching me how to make it my own: Paint it, customize it: make it yours…
So after first removing the rubberbands on the rear fender (skirt protection of the day) the fenders came off - then a messy bubbly, drippy paintjob and some neon red PVC-foil work…and voila: it felt like my bike and it looked pretty much like my new Low-kicker!

Seems like the bike industry is catching up to more gender free concepts of bike riding: not just old school male racing and comfy lo-geared lady bikes… everything can be anything! Make it your own, be comfortable, sporty or whatever - mix it up… and Velo Orange for sure is an awesome place to get into this!

I love the convenience of the step trough design and how alive the Low kicker feels! Without much knowledge about bike geometry, it feels nimble and just fun, wether goin uphill, downhill - over some light gravel or just cruising on the paved LA river bike path on a sunny California day!

Our 10 year old Chihuahua mix was a little suspicious of our new activity at first but she is getting used to the front basket perspective - as long as we do stop for some walk breaks!

We are looking forward to taking the bikes on longer bike tours sometime soon and hope this is the just beginning to new adventures!

Jaime V.
Every Day Rider

Beautiful frame and paint finish! I'm in the process of sourcing all of the parts for my custom build. I wanted a bike that I could easily mount and dismount, as I'm older now. Intent is for casual riding around the neighborhood and near the beach. Can't wait to finish it!

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