Even if you’re unsure of the need for disc brakes on your touring rig, it’s nice to have options. Options like the new Grand Cru Disc Touring hubset from Velo Orange. Based on their tool-less design from other Grand Cru Hubs, the Disc Touring models are sold only in 100/135mm front and rear with standard quick release axles. The high flange design keeps the classic look but offers modern brake performance and still uses high quality Japanese cartridge bearings in common sizes.
Along with the disc hubs, Velo Orange also has a new bottle cage that might be of interest if your favorite bottle is stamped with Nalgene…
Thanks to the tool free design, the entire hub can be pulled apart with your hands revealing the 3 pawl freehub mechanism inside. Available in 32 or 36 spoke variations, the hubs use a standard 6 bolt rotor mount and are offered in polished silver only. The rear hubs are sold with either steel or aluminum Shimano 9/10 speed compatible freehubs or Campy compatible as well. Pricing is set at $180 for the rear in any drilling or freehub configuration and $78 for the front, available now.
Even though it wasn’t on hand at Frostbike, the new Velo Orange Mojave cage is worth a mention. If you’re planning on touring through the Mojave, or any desert for that matter, getting enough water is pretty important which means carrying it with you. Created with an expanding design the Velo Orange Mojave cage will fit your 32 oz Nalgene bottle or even a 40 oz Kleen Kanteen stainless bottle. The 5 mounting holes give you some leeway in positioning the cage inside your frame but also allows for mounting to 3 pack bosses on fork legs. Available now, the cages retail for $28 each.