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Named after the somewhat obscure sport of Pass Hunting, Velo Orange has a new frame that’s perfect for the task. Considered an All Road frame by design, the Pass Hunter Disc continues with big tire clearance and a steel frame with features befitting the style Velo Orange is known for. Blending modern and retro style, the Pass Hunter disc could be a great option for your next bike…

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Keeping with VO tradition, the Pass Hunter Disc is built from 4130 chromoly with a matching fork. While the fork goes disc, it keeps with classic style with a French bend, 1 1/8″ straight steerer and a custom VO designed brake mount. Out back the standard IS mount is tucked inside the stays and will accommodate 160mm rotors. The frame and fork stick with quick release axles spaced at 100mm front and 135mm rear.

The frame does have one bit of internal routing for the rear brake, but it uses a full length brass tube so you can push in the brake housing and it will pop out the other end. Cable routing is meant for full length housing/hoses for the brakes, and is split for the shifting allowing for downtube or STI style shifters.

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Along with a threaded bottom bracket you get two water bottle mounts, fender and rack mounts, and a replaceable derailleur hanger. Tire clearance allows for 35mm tires with fenders or 40mm tires without. Using the same geometry as the canti Pass Hunter, the Disc frame and fork will sell for $620.

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To match with a few other black components, the Grand Cru crankset will now be offered in the stealthy Noir Drillium option. Available with a 110 BCD 34x48t chainring set, the cranks will sell for $200.

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If you’re looking for a dirt drop bar for your off road tourer, VO now offers the Dajia Far Bar. Available in black or silver and 44 or 48cm widths, the bars use a 31.8mm clamp and will sell for $54. By the numbers the bars have a 21° backsweep, 110mm drop, and 76mm reach. Weight is a claimed 292g.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Eeew, internally routed hydraulic lines….. Other than that though, that Pass Hunter is a pretty sick whip, seems like a somewhat reasonable price too.

  2. Pretty interested in this frame. Geo looks nice. Top tube in 55cm is well suited for be and nice trail numbers. A third bottle mount would have been nice. Lastly it would have been nice to see this in something like Columbus or Reynolds tubing, but that frame wouldn’t come in at $620 either. ☺

  3. @Hank.. Eh, it’s not that bad as long as you use Shimano and don’t get DOT fluid everywhere when routing pre-bled cables 🙂

    The alternatives are mechanical only stops, zip ties, or clamps like my WTF has.. The clamps are easy to deal with but.. they just don’t look clean after a while.

  4. I really like this frame. Why though does no one put two bottles on the downtube and one on the seat tube? Like some late 80’s, early 90’s MTB frames. I built a frame for myself like that and the triple bottles inside the main triangle work well.

  5. @Craig – as frames moved toward compact geometry and sloping top tubes most just lost the space to have 3. Many riders wouldn’t run 3 anyway because of the weight penalty. Some bikes geared for longer rides are starting to fit more in though. My 2015 Trek 920 has three inside the frame that will all hold 24oz bottles and an additional one under the downtube. It is a 58cm though, not sure how well it works on smaller frames.

  6. I wish more mounts were included not so I could carry three bottles, but so I could have more options how to carry two as well as mount other items like a pump, bag, or the all important bottle opener.

  7. It’s a beautifully designed, versatile frame, at a nice price point. Great job VO. This statement coming from a picky buyer who chose to buy custom frames, twice, when he couldn’t find a frame with everything he wanted. If this frame doesn’t meet your needs, don’t buy it. There’s always custom. However this frame meets the needs of many riders better than many frames offered these days.

  8. They got the BB drop and chainstay length just right. And I love that VO uses proper fender mounts (particularly under the fork crown), which is rare on a production bike. The real deal-killer is the long trail measurement – how does VO expect us to mount a front rack+bag with that much trail/wheel flop? 35c tires will make it even worse.

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