The first Métier Vélo Mountain Bike is a collaboration with Poly-Shape, an additive manufacturing company based in Salon-de-Provence, France. As it happens, Salon-de-Provence is near the famous Roc d’Azur mountain bike festival—races, rides, and bikes—from 4-8 October 2017, and Poly-Shape will be there with the Métier Vélo MTB!
The Métier Vélo Super622 features 3D-printed titanium lugs paired with custom-designed, filament-wound carbon fiber tubes by Tim Crossman Composites exclusively for Métier Vélo. The geometry is based on the well-regarded Cannondale Super6 Evo with a few updates, such as graceful 8mm seatstays and a sloping, tapered top tube for the super-tuck position on descents. It features the Métier Vélo integrated saddle mount and custom dropouts in 3D-printed titanium. The frame is eTAP only, which keeps it super-clean, and the component selection features Utah-based suppliers TRP (brakes), ENVE (fork, bars, and stem), and Reynolds Cycling (wheels).
Been thinking about a custom frame? Going to NAHBS 2017 in Salt Lake City? I’m offering special pricing on a full custom Métier Vélo bicycle if you pick it up at the end of the show. Order by mid-January 2017 at the latest. Road, gravel, cross, MTB hardtail. Contact me for details.
"Use the product" is one piece of advice I've gotten from a friend who makes high-end, custom guitars. So here it is: the Métier Vélo Classic Race, my personal ride. Fabricated with 6/4 3D printed titanium lugs and carbon tubes from Rockwest Composites here in Salt Lake City.
Keep reading for details and some Bike Porn.
Consider a ready-to-race Métier Vélo bicycle. Complete with high-end wheels, powermeter, and top components, a complete Métier Vélo bicycle is in the same price range as a high-end manufactured bicycle from Cannondale or Trek.
With Métier Vélo, you're getting a full-custom bike, guaranteed for the life of the builder, with full no-questions crash repair or replacement. You're paying directly for the design, frame and components, not marketing, distribution, and dealers. Check out this blog entry on why you might consider a Métier Vélo bicycle.
Here are some package examples from the Bicycles page. Prices updated 5 April 2017.
Emma is a professional mountain bike racer and the 2016 Fat Bike National Champion. She needed a road bike. She is very patient. Finally! Emma’s Do-It-All Road Bike features 2x11 compact, wide-range 50/34 11-32 drivetrain, hydro disc brakes, thru-axles front & rear, a custom Syntace X-12 compatible rear dropout system with a hangar optimized for road derailleurs, and clearance for 33mm tubular tires.
Emma is relatively small, so her frame features stand over clearance provided by an 80mm bottom bracket drop appropriate for 165mm crankarms, and a 421mm seat tube measured bottom bracket center to top-tube center. She sacrificed toe overlap in order to run standard-sized 700c wheel. The 458mm top tube slopes down 12˚ for standover clearance. The rear seatstays are asymmetric; the left kicks back 10mm and up 30mm to accommodate a post-mount brake bridge mount for 160mm rear disc brakes. The relatively short 420mm chainstay, 73.5˚ seat tube angle, and stiff chainstays provide a responsive ride.
The bottle mounts keep the center of gravity low; the seat tube bottle bosses straddle the front derailleur clamp. The bosses are titanium from Paragon Machine Works bonded in with vibration-resistant G/Flex. A set of Arundel SideLoaders allow easy access to the bottles. Together, the low bottle mounts, 80mm BB drop, a 71˚ head tube angle, and 48mm of fork rake provide stability on long, rough descents. Cosmetics are printed directly into the lugs or bonded to the frame. The UV-protective finish is easily refreshed.
Completing the package are 1) a TRP CX fork, 2) a set of Rolf Prima Ares 4 clinchers mounted with Challenge Strade Bianche “30mm” gravel tires (measured width 32mm) for training, and 3) a set of Rolf Prima Ares 4 tubulars with Challenge Team Edition Chicane 33mm cross tires.
The Métier Vélo Winter Training Bike is a disc brake road bicycle with clearance for 33mm tubular tires. The relatively short 420mm chainstay, 73˚ seat and head tube angles, and stiff tubes provide a responsive ride. Seventy millimeters of bottom bracket drop and 48mm of fork rake give a stability on long, rough descents. Cosmetics are printed directly into the lugs or bonded to the frame. The Black-Ti finish of marine vanish and wax protects the carbon composite from UV and is easily refreshed. Displayed at NAHBS 2016!
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