Piolet Frameset

Piolet Frameset
Piolet Frameset
Piolet Frameset
Piolet Frameset
Piolet Frameset
Piolet Frameset
Piolet Frameset
Piolet Frameset
Piolet Frameset

Piolet Frameset

Regular price $925.00 Sale price $786.25 Save $138.75
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The Piolet is our bikepacking and rough-road riding frame. It's designed for off-road touring, including dirt and gravel roads, double track, and single track. We built it to be sturdy, simple, and very capable. As with our other frames it's double butted chromoly steel. The fork is triple butted for reduced weight and extra strength. The seatstays come together in a cool mono-stay wishbone and compliment the segmented fork. The frameset is covered in bosses for easily mounting any racks, water-bottles, gear cages, and even fenders. It's happily set up in bikepacking fashion or as a traditional rack and bag tourer! 

The Piolet handles similarly to a XC mountain bike, but slightly more in the touring direction. Feels natural with drop bars or flat bars. Non-suspension corrected fork handles predictably with or without a load!

Size Small is designed around 26 x 2.4" tires. Medium, Large, and XL use 29 x 2.4" or 27.5 x 2.8" tires. 

Here are some frame details and features:

  • Frameset material: 4130 double butted chrome-moly
  • Fork: 1 1/8" threadless, heat-treated triple butted
  • Wheel Size: 29" & 27.5+ (M, L, XL), 26" (S)
  • Tire: 29" x 2.4" or 27.5 x 2.6" (M, L, XL), 26" x 2.4 (S)
  • Rear Spacing: 12x142mm thru-axle
  • Front Spacing: 12x100mm thru-axle
  • Bottom Bracket: English threaded 73mm, mountain cranksets only
  • Brakes: 160 - 180mm disc rotor size, IS mount
  • Seatpost: 27.2mm, non-integrated 30.0 mm seat collar (not included)
  • Front Derailleur Size: 28.6mm, bottom pull/bottom swing
  • Water bottle mounts: 3 sets on frame, 2 sets on fork blades
  • Fender bosses: seatstay bridge, chainstay bridge, under fork crown
  • Dropouts: Thru Axle with 2 braze on's
  • Lowrider thru bosses on fork
  • 2 sets of seatstay rack eyelets
  • Replaceable stainless steel derailleur hanger
  • Paint: Metallic Moss


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 charge page, and add the fee to your order before checkout.

Note: Oversize charges may apply when this item is shipped outside the contiguous US (e.g., Alaska, Hawaii, international, and military addresses). Free shipping discount may not apply. We will notify you of shipping charges prior to shipping.

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 11 reviews
Ryan Kelley
I like it!

A very nice frame for the price. I wasn't sure about the color at first but it's grown on me, it looks great in bright sunlight.
I'm taking it on a long tour this spring, I'll write another review after that.

Sean Campbell
Comfortable Cadillac for the road and trail

This is one lean mean green machine. I have built this up to do double duty. Currently I have it in road + light gravel mode. With 700x41 Surly tires this is a great every day bike. Stable is the way I describe how it rides with this setup. I can feel confident in riding with our without hands as well. Input can feel a bit sluggish on the road(this is to be expected).

If you are looking between the Polyvalent and the Piolet. I have both and the Polyvalent is like a small commuter car. Quick and zippy easy to accelerate and ready for anything you throw at it. But you do feel the road chatter on the Polyvalent. This is more like a Cadillac slower to accelerate, turn, and like you are riding on a cloud. But if you give it some extra input it will surprise you in what it can do.

Also if you are looking for a shorter stem length I have an XL in both the Polyvalent 2022 and the Piolet 2023. I have a 563mm reach from tip of saddle to back of bar. I use a 110mm Stem on the Polyvalent and a 70mm stem on the Piolet. This is with the VO Grand Cru Long Setback Seatpost, VO Nouveau Randonneur Handlebar(46), and a Brook C17 on each.

I plan to add some bigger meats built up with Chris King hubs. This will be to match the Bottom Bracket and Headset later once the trails open up next spring. As well as some better brakes.

TLDR It is a great frame ready for the gravel, road, and some under biked mountain trials.

-Piolet XL Frame
-Chris King Headset 1 1/8th
-Chris King Bottom Bracket 30mm
-175 RaceFace Atlas Crankset(Green)
-34 Tooth RaceFace Atlas Chainring(Green)
-RaceFace Atlas Pedals(Green)
-11-50 10 speed cassette
-Microshift Advent X derailer and Brifters
-Surly ExtraTerrestrial 700x41 tires
-Gold 10 speed KMC Chain
-VO Nouveau Randonneur Handlebar(46)
-VO Grand Cru Long Setback Seatpost(Black)
-Brooks C17
-ESI silicone bar tape

Great frame, but sizing was tough

I love my Piolet. This bike feels super planted and smooth and eats up trails like it’s nothing. Currently have it set up as a gravel/bike packing set up but everything feels so interchangeable that I might make it a jammer/ATB instead.

my only problem as someone who is stuck between frame sizes I wish I’d have gotten a M instead of a L. Guess I’ll have to get another one!

Piolet all day

I really like the ride. I purchased the frame to be my new bikepacking/gravel touring bike. It does a great job. I ride it with some comfy flat bars. It handles gear well and once up and riding I don't even notice the load too much.

K.M. Williams
One of a kind

I bought this frame back in March. It took me four months to get everything in and built up. It is now the exact bike I wanted. It is outfitted with the VO Grand Cru gooseneck stem, VO headset, Growtac Equal mechanical brakes, Curve Walmer 60cm dropbars, RaceFace Atlas Cranks, Shimano XT 11-46 cassette, Profile Racing Hubs, Sun Ringle rims, and Teravail Sparwood 29x2.2 tires. Originally I had some Specialized Butcher 29x2.6 tires on, but they were a bit too meaty. Great for single track, but not optimal for gravel.
I love this bike. It rides great, and fits me perfectly. I wanted a gravel/bikepacking rig, and that's how I built this up. It's definitely a unique ride, and the only one like it I've seen. I do not regret this purchase at all.

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