650B randonneuse project

I've wanted to do this for a while, and now I think everything is finally in place for a small run of semi-custom 650B randonneurs. Five to be exact, to be built this winter and ready in spring. They will be available as a frame and fork or complete bicycle. See my flickr page to follow the progress: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mapcycles/sets/72157622852473295/

Each will be custom in that they will have a rider-chosen seat tube and top tube length (within the 54-58cm range) and each will have the opportunity to add custom MAP handlebar bag rack or small rear rack as part of the package. There will be a few other options in terms of braze-on placement and paint, but the heart and soul will remain the same. Light weight standard diameter tubing, proven rando geometry, and clearance for big 650B tires.

There are a lot of details to go over in terms of the build possibilities and packages, geometry, paint options, etc. that I am not going to go into here and now, but for any interested parties, head over to http://www.mapbicycles.com/news.html and come January, I'll provide all the details about just what this bike is and what it is not and how you can get one. Cost for a the frame and fork with single color finish will start at $2000.

For now, have a look at the prototype to get an idea of where this is going.


jrdn said...

the prototype is beautiful--nice proportions
throughout. the thoughtfulness you apply
to both form and function continues to impress.
consider one of the five sold. i anticipate spring
2010 to be marked with some wonderful rides,
I can't wait to experience 650-b wheels with
the big hetra tires--funfunfun.

scott said...

Amazing. Is it possible to reserve one?

Mitch Pryor said...

Thank you Jrdn, I think you'll be pleased..

Yes, five will be built and three have sold at this point. Please contact me at info@mapbicycles.com if you're interested.