by Marc Basiliere
November 8, 2013
Straight outta Perpignan
Good news from across the Channel and over the Pyrénées this morning as Caminade announces the availability of their unique range of French-built full-suspension, hardtail, and road bikes. While the flowing top tube, low-slung suspension, and handsome colours catch the eye, lovers of all things ferrous will know what makes these imports truly unique: Reynolds and Columbus steel construction.
The lovely One4All shown here is designed as an all-day trail or Enduro bike. The same frame can be configured to run either 26in (155mm travel with a 160-170mm fork) or 27.5in wheels (135mm travel, 140-150mm fork), allowing riders to reconfigure or upgrade to suit their preferences. Manufactured entirely in France, the steel frame features an electrodeposited frame treatment to prevent corrosion and as such is guaranteed for life, regardless of owner. The 44mm Reynolds head tube can be made to work with most any fork on the market, not to mention angle-tweaking headsets. The rear end uses a rarely-seen (and quite tidy) hex-head Syntace X12 thru axle nestled in cowled dropouts.
More pictures? Oh, alright.
Granted, the rear shock lies in the path of flying mud and stones and reaching for the lockout lever could be a bit perilous, but somehow looking at the photos all is forgiven. The automotive paint is available in four stock colours (orange, blue, black, and white) with custom options also available at additional cost. Pricing starts at 2,200€/£1,835/$2,950 before options or shipping but including VAT.
Update 8 November: We’ve just heard from Caminade that:
the One4All is going to be sale with a rear-shock protection against the mud, it will come for free with the bike. It’s important regarding weather in North of Europe.
Almost certainly a good idea.
In what may be a contender for “model name of the year,” the Simpletrack 29er hardtail is designed around a 120mm fork but will happily run anything from 100mm to 140mm depending on rider preference. Dropper posts are accommodated for more technical riding and the same 44mm Reynolds head tube buys a bit of versatility. Again manufactured entirely in France and guaranteed regardless of owner, the Simpletrack is also available in white, black, orange, blue, or custom colours.
Only available in two sizes (590mm and 610mm top tubes), the Simpletrack has a 69° head tube and a 73.5° effective seat tube. Starting at 1,010€/£840/$1,350 including VAT, the Simpletrack can be ordered as a package with a Hope headset and/or bottom bracket. More at caminade.eu.