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The Piolet is Velo Orange's adventure touring frame. It's designed for off-pavement touring, including dirt and gravel roads, dual track, single track or no track at all. This is the original, blue edition. Includes fork.
The Piolet frame is not suspension fork corrected. This really improves the appearance and helps optimize handling. It's built from double-butted chrome-moly, including the fork. The seat stays are a mono-stay design. The fork is a segmented design and loaded with bosses for mounting racks, water-bottles, gear cages, and even fenders. Both the frame and fork were tested to meet MTB standards.
It uses disc brakes. You can go with hydraulic brakes or the simplicity of mechanical (cable) actuation.
The Piolet is designed for 700c/29er 2.4" tires, but larger tires will fit. You can also use 650b (27.5") wheels. 650b x 2.8" wide tires have almost the same diameter as 700c x 2.4", so handling will be as intended and there is sufficient tire clearance.
135mm rear spacing with vertical dropouts. IS mount disc brakes, cable or hydraulic actuation. 27.2mm seat post. Bottom pull and bottom swing front derailleur. 73mm standard British, or ISO threaded bottom bracket. 1-1/8 inch headset. There are proper fender mounts. There are mounts for five water bottle cages. Two of these are on the fork. The Piolet has full mounts for front and rear racks. You can set it up like a traditional touring bike or bike packer style. The mid-trail geometry allows for front or rear loading.
The Piolet works equally well with drop bars and with flat bars.
Check out this Adventure Cyclist review complete with geometry details: https://www.adventurecycling.org/adventure-cyclist/online-features/road-test-velo-orange-piolet/