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Polyvalent Build List - A Future-Proof Touring Bike with Downtube Shifters


Velo OrangePolyvalent Touring Bike with Downtube Shifters and Rene Herse Compass Rat Trap Pass

This Polyvalent build was a lot of fun. I think this is the quintessential touring bike that straddles old and new, practical and elegant, modern and timeless. There isn't anything particularly special about it, but that's the beauty of this composition. It just works and will be dependable for years and years to come.

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Frame Polyvalent, 57cm
Crankset 50.4 with 46/30t rings
Bottom Bracket English Threaded, 118mm
Pedals Sabot
Wheels Rear and Front Touring Hubs - both laced to 26" Voyager Rims
Tires Compass Rat Trap Pass Tires
Tubes N/A, Tubeless
Rim Tape Stan's Tubeless Tape
Handlebar Nouveau Randonneur Bars, 46cm
Handlebar Grips proto
Handlebar Plugs proto plastic
Stem Removable Faceplate Quill Stem, 90mm
Headset 1" Sealed Bearing, Silver
Shifters Dia-Compe 11sp Downtube Shifters
Derailleurs Microshift Advent 9 speed front and rear
Cassette Microshift 9 speed, 11-42t
Shift Housing Metallic Braid
Brake Levers Shimano Aero Brake Levers
Brakes TRP Spyke
Brake Housing Metallic Braid
Saddle Smooth Touring Saddle
Seatpost Dajia Cycleworks 1b, 27.2
Fenders 650b Smooth, 60mm
Fender Accessories N/A
Racks Campeur Front Rack
Bags Randonneur Handlebar Bag + Day Tripper Saddle Bag
Water Bottle Cage Mojave High Capacity Bottle Cage
Water Bottles N/A
Bell N/A
Lights N/A


Dia-Compe 11 speed Downtube Shifters on Velo Orange Polyvalent 650b Frame 

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