Just when I thought it was safe to check the balance of my bank account, Velo Orange quietly introduces a new frame. While I like VO, I never loved VO. The Polyvalant is a great idea, the Pass Hunter is sexy, but I have trouble getting past the 650B paradigm, plus it seems they are stuck on 32c being the biggest tire for their frames.
So out of nowhere comes the Camargue , a steel rough road tourer that accepts very wide rubber. They’ve basically designed a budget-based Bombadil, only with a mid-trail fork. And it’s that mid-trail that sets it apart from other frames, and I’d really like to try.
There are already complaints about the color, but I find it reminds me of the original Surly LHT Sage Green. With the appropriate accents, it might pop just right.
So where would this bike fit in the line-up? I’m thinking that I’d probably cull the herd a bit and replace the X bike with a fat-tired adventure tourer. In fact, it might even become the main tourer with just swapping tires/rims between smooth fat tread for road and knobby fat tread for trail.
But isn’t the LHT the current tourer? Sure, but it’s still a great errand/knock-around bike that’s a joy to ride. I could see putting a lighter duty rack on the rear and continue to use it for groceries, fitness rides, and general joy riding. Other than that, why mess with a good thing?