31 May, 2013
Posted by VeloOrange at 12:51:00 PM
29 May, 2013
The Campeur has been selling very well and we're out, or running out, of several frame sizes. Another production run should be here in 3-4 weeks and all sizes will be back in stock then. This has been our most successful frame and it's hard to keep it in stock.
The Pass Hunter is next in line and should be available in early fall.
The Polyvalent stock is even lower than the Campeur; sorry about that. The next production run is scheduled for late summer or fall so we may be six months out on those.
Another new frame, that I'll post about soon, is due to arrive a couple of months after the Polyvalents.
As for other items, we just received a container of components and accessories, so stock levels are pretty good on most. Another container arrives in late June. We'll receive any remaining out-of-stock items then, including Campeur racks.
Posted by VeloOrange at 12:15:00 PM
24 May, 2013
A guest post by Casey:
Some of you may be familiar with Marshall McLuhan. He was a philosopher of media in the late 1960s and on into the 70s. He is probably best know for the expression, "The medium is the message." What this means, at its most basic, is that the medium (i.e., radio, television news, youtube) intrinsically affects the message it carries. Paraphrasing this to the realm of design, it can also be said that the manufacturing process (i.e., cnc milling, forging, welding) is the design. The design of the new Grand Cru pedals that we announced last week provide the perfect platform for me to explain what I mean by this.
Posted by VeloOrange at 10:47:00 AM
20 May, 2013
Posted by VeloOrange at 11:54:00 AM
17 May, 2013
Every so often we review where our marketing dollars should go, or not.
We avoid the topic for weeks, then we're suddenly facing a deadline. I rail equally against print media and web ads, which I never ever click on unless my finger slips. I moan that in the good old days (2006) all we needed was the VO Blog as our main advertising vehicle, since there weren't as many bike blogs then as there are now. And also in the good old days, under our old ecommerce platform, every order was linked to a point of entry (e.g., if you came to Velo Orange from, say, a lingerie site, we knew it.) Then we again table discussion and move on to how our new coffee maker is performing.
And so we repair to our focus group, you, because I don't think we've ever asked you before: Where did you first encounter Velo Orange? Did you look for a specific item on the web? Pass a VO frame on the trail? Peruse a style blog? We'd greatly appreciate your taking the poll below; if you choose "other," please tell us in the comments what that "other" is.
Posted by VeloOrange at 2:29:00 PM
15 May, 2013
Posted by VeloOrange at 2:29:00 PM
10 May, 2013
wheels from our builder, including some that had been out of stock.
* This prototype has shielded ISK bearings installed (this note is only for you engineers out there).
Posted by VeloOrange at 11:50:00 AM
08 May, 2013
We sure got a lot of comments on that last post, so I thought I'd expound on why we designed the Pass Hunter frame as we did.
The bike is TIG welded, but with some "luggy" bits, such as the head tube reinforcement collars and seat cluster. I can't see the advantage of lugged construction for a frame like this. Not having lugs lowers the cost by $200 to $300. Lugs are pretty, but really high quality TIG welding should be appreciated as well, and our builders do some of the best anywhere. Finally eliminating the lugs saves some weight.
The trail was described as "mid-trail". That is to say it's between traditional French geometry and modern race-inspired sport-touring geometry. It's based on extensive research and trial and error here at VO world headquarters. We had to learn to re-rake our own forks so we could adjust the trail until it was perfect. We think this geometry, which has been much praised on the Campeur, allows front or rear loading, stable high speed descending, and just the right balance of quick handling and stability.
We decided to go with the 1-1/8" fork for several reasons. 1-1/8" is more-or-less expected on high performance bikes today and we wanted to make this bike appealing to non- retro grouches. Most Pass Hunters will likely be bought by experienced cyclists who probably know exactly where to set their bars, so quick stem adjustability was not as high a priority. Likewise, the vast majority of these will be built with drop bars, or perhaps MTB bars if pass hunting on gravel roads. I also, personally, wanted to try something different, not just make what's basically the same bike over and over again. The threadless fork is a little lighter and stiffer. And a stiffer head tube and steerer tube can't be a bad thing when bombing down from those high passes. We plan to make one more frame with a threadless fork, but we also plan to keep the Campeur and Polyvalent 1" threaded, as well as the mixte (when it returns in a year or two).
The cost has not been determined, but we're trying to get it under $600. We're still shooting for fall availability.
Finally, we've decided, after reading your comments and discussing staff preferences, to make the frame red. The decals were a harder decision, but we decided to go with two. There will also be a small decal on the seat tube.
Posted by VeloOrange at 11:45:00 AM
03 May, 2013
Here are a few photos of Pass Hunter Prototypes. Basically this new frame is a randonneuse, but with canti brakes. The cantis allow wider tires with fenders and more powerful braking. The Pass Hunter is built using slightly lighter tubing than the Polyvalent or Campeur. It has mid-trail geometry, much like the Campeur.
The term "pass hunter" refers to the sport of riding over mountain passes, more popular in France and Japan than here. Rules are explained on this page. In addition to randoneuring and pass hunting, the Pass Hunter would make a nice sportiff or even a fast credit card tourer. We hope to have them in stock in early fall.
|Casey built this one up as a lightweight|
|A new fork crow and plenty of fender/tire clearance|
|The fork crown in red|
|Cable stop with adjuster and integrated rack bosses|
|Seat cluster with semi-wrap stays|
|Scott is building this one up as his rando bike.|
|One down tube decal, or two? Red or blue paint?|
Posted by VeloOrange at 11:22:00 AM
01 May, 2013
Lots of riders have a favorite coffee shop to end a ride at. Judging by the number of comments we got when Annette asked about coffee makers, I think coffee may be the most popular "fuel" for cyclists.
With a rising interest in some rural gravel rides this year and some touring lined up for the late summer and fall, I think more small town deli's and cafe's may be in my future as I go from eating to ride to riding to eat.
What do you eat on long rides? Any suggestions for good foods to carry?
Posted by VeloOrange at 11:19:00 AM