Poppin’ Purple: The New Velo Orange Piolet

Poppin' Purple: The New Velo Orange Piolet

Maryland’s Velo Orange has been creating components for the leisure and touring cyclist for more than a decade now. They added frames to their catalogue a few years ago, and this is the latest iteration of their adventure tourer: the Piolet.

Poppin' Purple: The New Velo Orange Piolet

There are four frames in the VO range, each catering for different niches of the cyclotourist spectrum. There’s the Campeur for paved riding, the gravel-ready Pass Hunter, the chunky-tyred and versatile Polyvalent and, finally, the dauntless Piolet.

Poppin' Purple: The New Velo Orange Piolet

The Piolet, named after the two-headed ice axe used in mountaineering, is a formidable platform that can be built up in a multitude of configurations. Officially, this is the second version of the Piolet, and they’ve beefed it up into a serious mountain muncher.

Poppin' Purple: The New Velo Orange Piolet

Designed to inhabit the same sector as the Specialized AWOL and the Surly Troll, it caters for riders who want a virtual rigid mountain bike as much as a capable bikepacking rig, able to be built up with drop bars, flat bars or ‘alt’ bars.

Poppin' Purple: The New Velo Orange Piolet

Geometry tweaks mean that it can accept 29″ & 27.5+ wheels in the medium, large and extra large sizes, and 26″ wheels in the small and extra small frame sizes. It’s sold as a frameset, and is meant to be matched with its exceptional segmented fork.

Poppin' Purple: The New Velo Orange Piolet

The frame is double butted chrome-moly steel while the 1 1/8″ threadless fork is triple butted, and both are manufactured offshore to VO’s exacting standards. The main frame is a truly intriguing design, with a mono-seat stay and horizontal bridge.

Poppin' Purple: The New Velo Orange Piolet

The frame and forks are covered with bosses for cages, racks and fenders, enabling it to be turned into a fully loaded tourer with any amount of luggage. Simultaneously, without bags, you can still huck it around the local trails on weekends.

Poppin' Purple: The New Velo Orange Piolet

At this stage, there’re two colours in the offing, this Poppin’ Purple and a classic off-road ‘Desert Stan’ hue. Regardless of the final colour, the Piolet is a destined to become a favourite of those wanting a versatile, steel, rigid, adventure machine.

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Poppin' Purple: The New Velo Orange Piolet