The Camargue is a touring frame for folks who often ride on unpaved roads. It can carry a substantial load for long unsupported trips, yet handles very well even with no load at all. It can be ridden with traditional racks and panniers or bike packer style. Being a mid-trail design it works well with both front and rear loads.
Many Camargues have also been built up as rugged city, or utility, bikes. With wide tires and fenders they make terrific all weather commuter. Add racks and you can ride it to work or the grocery store during the week, and take off on a backcountry tour for the weekend.
The Camargue's geometry is designed so it handles like the much-praised Campeur, even with larger tires. This frame is not suspension corrected, allowing us to better fine tune handling.
In case you were wondering, it's named after an ancient breed of French horse reputed to be especially rugged and intelligent.
Here are some of the highlights and specs:
- 4130 double butted chrome-moly frame and fork.
- 1-1/8" fork with lovely French-style bend.
- 700c (29er) wheel size on 56-62cm frames; 26" on the smaller sizes.
- 135mm rear spacing.
- Bi-plane fork crown.
- Clearance for 1.9" (48mm) tires with fenders or 2.25" (57mm) tires without fenders (don't use fenders with "knobby" tires).
- Canti brake bosses.
- Seatstay cable stop.
- Beefy horizontal dropouts, so you can use an internal gear hub.
- Double eyelets front and rear.
- Fender bosses under fork crown, at seat stay bridge, and at chainstay bridge for easy fender mounting.
- Three water bottle cage mounts, two on 47cm and 50 models.
- Lowrider through bosses and seatstay rack eyelets.
- Metal head badge.
- Carmargue decals on top tube showing three ancient horses galloping. They are removable.
Includes frame and fork. Headset not included.
Here is what you, or your mechanic, need to know when building up the frame: The headset is 1 1/8" threadless, canti brakes, BB is standard ISO (or British) with a spindle length to match your choice of crank, 27.2mm seat post, it takes a 28.6mm clamp size front derailleur, 135mm rear spacing, clearance for 1.9" (48mm) tires with fenders or 2.25" (57mm) tires without fenders. Wider tires, above 1.9", will require MTB drivetrain.