The Velo Orange Rando frame is designed for spirited long distance road riding and light touring. It can be thought of as a frame that's halfway between a racing frame and a touring frame, suitable for a “credit-card tour,” a 1200km brevet, or a fast club ride.
Construction is lugged and of traditional diameter, not oversize, 4130 double butted chrome-moly tubing. The lugs are classic medium point style with small reinforcement webs. Tubing specs and geometry are virtually identical to those used on our semi-custom Pass Hunter and Rando frames. The frame is designed to give a supple and comfortable ride.
The paint is dark blue with just a bit of red, giving a slight purple tint. A single decal graces the downtube, in the traditional constructeur style.
The rando frame is designed for long reach caliper brakes; you can use either long reach (like Grand Cru) or extra long reach (like Tektro R556). The ideal tires for this frame would be high quality supple 25-30mm 700c tires such as Pasela 28mm, Grand Bois 28mm, or Challenge 27mm (which are really 29mm). Such tires will provide optimal handling, a very comfortable ride and low rolling resistance 43-45mm fenders fit perfectly. Maximum tire size without fenders is 32mm.
As with all VO frames the emphasis is on comfort and perfect handling, handling that is neutral and forgiving even after 12 hours in the saddle. We use a low trail design as perfected by the French constructeurs and famed for it's ability to "take care of a tired rider." Since low trail geometry is perfect for use with a handlebar bag, and there are braze-ons for a VO rando rack. This keeps the bag within reach, but low enough to ensure that it does not adversely effect handling.
Braze-on fittings include:
- Two battle cage mounts
- Threaded fender mounts on chain stay, seat stay bridge, and fork crown.
- Mounts for a traditional rubber slap guard
- Mounts for a VO Rando front rack
- Vertical dropouts
- Eyelets on front and rear dropouts.
- Shifter bosses
- Chain hanger
Here is what you, or your mechanic, need to know when building up the frame: The headset is 1" threaded (ISO), brakes are long reach (47-57mm), BB is standard ISO (or British) with a spindle length to match your choice of crank, 27.2mm seat post, 130mm rear spacing, 45mm fenders with 30mm tires or 32mm tires without fenders.