VELO ORANGE CAMARGUE is a touring frame that is perfect to ride on unpaved roads. Not everybody wish to race, some of us prefers to take the time to enjoy the landscape and life around them riding their bike. VELO ORANGE (headquarters is in Annapolis, Maryland USA) has developed relaxed bikes that are comfortable on a century ride. NO HURRY !
The CAMARGUE is about it. It is named after a quiet natural area / region in the south of France : http://www.camargue.fr/ wellknow in France for its white horses "Chevaux camarguais" (see decals on the top tube) and its strong black bulls.
Made of Cromo 4130 Double Butted, it is design like a tank, a tourer ready for unpaved roads or a bikecamping vehicle: it can carry a substantial load for long ride over days. It has stouts tubes and long chainstay (from 430 to 460mm...smooth !). The tire clearance is up to 57mm (2.25") without fenders (Clearance for 1.9" (48mm) tires with fenders. Regarding wheels size, from 56 to 62 it is 700c (29"), and 26" on smaller frame. The dropouts are strong enough for an internal gear hub like Shimano NEXUS, ALFINE, Sram G8.
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. You can mount cantilever brake like cyclocross bikes for a better clearance, or v-brake. There are enough eyelets to mount correctly a pair or fender.
This frame is not design to be set up with a front suspension, geometry is not studied for it.
You do not want to go camping...but you like the CAMARGUE, just make it your next strong city bike ! With wide tires, fenders and racks to go to the grocery shop... it is an awesome all weather city bike. And keep using it on the week end for an off road ride.
The VELO ORANGE CAMARGUE is only sold as a Frameset (Frame + fork) but if you miss inspiration for the spare parts, VELO ORANGE has designed a huge collection of parts and accessoiries (chaingard, fender, handlebars....)
VELO ORANGE : http://velo-orange.co
VELO ORANGE ACCESSORIES : http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/accessories.html
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CAMARGUE – FRAMESET 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.
- 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.