Well over a year since we originally set eyes on it, Thomson have named and made available their titanium gravel frameset; the Piedmont. Named after the Piedmont plateau near the Appalachian Mountains, this titanium frame is built with a geometry that would serve gravel riders in the region well, with tire clearance up to 44c and a carbon fork.
Thomson Piedmont Titanium Gravel Build Kit
As with the titanium Hooch Hardtail mountain bike, the Piedmont Gravel bike is sold as a frameset only. For $3,295, you get the base level build kit with Thomson’s own elite series stem, seat post, clamp, alloy bar, and carbon fork. Though, many riders will want to take advantage of the exclusive discount Thomson are offering on their premium components with the sale of the frameset.
The Thomson Piedmont is fabricated in Taiwan from 3al 2.5v aircraft grade titanium, serving up a 70° head tube and 74° seat tube angle. A tapered 1 1/8 to 1.5 internal head set supports Thomson’s 45mm rake carbon fork with a 395mm axle-to-crown measurement.
The titanium frameset is available in five stock sizes from XS-XL with reach spanning a 374mm to 410mm range. Standard 12mm x 142mm rear end spacing and 428mm chainstays give rise to sufficient clearance for 700c x 44c tires; see the bike here with Vredestein’s 44mm gravel tire.
Like the Hooch MTB, the Piedmont Gravel Bike runs internal cable routing through the front triangle, with the rear mech cable and rear brake hose guided externally along the chainstays. The front triangle can accommodate two full size water bottles within the downtube, with a spare set of bosses on the top tube providing purchase for a small pack or other accessories.
Rear rack and fender mounts finish off the frame as an adventure-ready bikepacking companion.
Pricing & Availability
Pick up the Thomson Piedmont Titanium Gravel Bike frameset with carbon fork and elite series finishing kit for $3,295, shipping now.