Here are some updates for those who have asked about the Evasion lite.
The Evasion lite is a stripped backed version of the original Evasion and the differences include the following.
1: Straight 1,1/8th Crust carbon fork with internal dynamo routing and brake cable routing. 100mm X 12mm.
2: Flat mount front and rear.
3: Fixed 142mm X 12mm rear dropouts. No rocker dropouts on this one, in efforts to shave weight.
4: Integrated headset cups.
5: All sizes up to the Large have 28.6 D.T and TT, the Large and Xtra-Large have a 28.6 TT and a 31.8 DT. All sizes are heat treated CR-MO
6: The steel plate on the drive side has been axed, you guessed it, save weight. However by doing this it slightly minimizes the max tire clearance.
It has a 73mm standard treaded BB and takes a MTB crank just as the original Evasion. Fender mounts are also there. Rear rack mounts are not.
Max tire size.
700c x 55. This is with a Rene Herse Antelope hill on the rear and a Fleecer Ridge on the front. Both mounted to Velocity SS blunts. This combo raises the BB height around 5mm then is listed on the chart, putting it at 295mm.
27.5 X 2.8. This is with Scwalbe G-ones. Rear tire was mounted to a Stans Sentry rim and the front an Enve G27. This combo also put the BB at 295mm in height. Please note more aggressive 2.8s would potentially not fit.
26 x 3.0 fits in the front and 26 x 2.8 is the max for the rear. This combo put the BB at 285mm
40T front ring max. For all double set up configurations please contact Zach at bike insights.
Single Speed Break-Away Lightning Bolt
Single speed Lightning Bolt with Ritchey break-Away couplers.
Rear spacing is 120mm Horizontal dropouts.
front is 100mm QR
Heat treated chromoly tubing.
1 inch treadless steer. Yes that is correct, not a typo.
Belt drive compatible.
Threaded 68mm English BB
27.2 seat post
fits up to a 650b x 48 or 700 x 32
Geo is the same as the Canti lightning bolt. Hence why it shares the same name.
Hand made in Taiwan.
Canti brake Lightning Bolt
The premise of this bike was to make a high quality production, low trail, Rando style frame that would flex in ways often talked about in Bicycle Quarterly. So we used small diameter, very thin walled tubing. (By todays standards) This means that the frame is not for “getting rad on.” Or riding single track, or fully loaded touring or whatever else you may see Mr Ultra Romance doing on his. Think about it like this. If you would not ride the Reńe Herse ultralight tires down the road you are on, don’t ride this frame down it and then come crying to me. If you are heavy or over around 90kgs then don’t buy this frame, it will most likely become too noodley for you. But this is not a science it is just feed back from people in that weight category, maybe it will be just what you are looking for.
If you are not to much over that 90kg mark and want a steel frame that will feel great and keep up with most ugly carbon frames on pavement, then this frame is for you.
Standard diameter top tube and down tube on all sizes aside from the two largest, they have oversize down tubes.
Heat treated double butted chromoly tubing.
130mm rear spacing 100mm front.
English threaded BB.
650b x 42mm tires with fenders 48mm with out.
28.6 front derailleur clamp.
Hand made in Taiwan.
The Nor Easter is a the love child of the Evasion and Romanceür.
It is a bike you might want to take on the tour divide route or just use it to ride to work or the local shops.
*1x specific due to internal cable routing.
*1, 1/8th treadless.
*12mm thru axle front and rear.
*100mm spacing for the fork, 142mm on the rear.
* E.D coated.
*Lugged in places, fillet brazed in others.
*68mm English threaded BB. ( You still need Mountain cranks or longish square tapper spindles to clear chain stays.)
*Flat mount rear brake.
*27.2 seat post.
* 52cm & 55cm frames are designed around a 27.5 X 2 tire, or a 26″ X 2.8 (max, can not fit 3″.)
*58cm & 62cm frames are designed around a 29″x 2 tire or a 27.5 x 28 (max, can not fit 3″.)
Designed in my mind, made in Taiwan.
The Bombora is a slimmed downed Evasion that can take a road crank.
Still has all the braze ons for racks and such, still can get you off on a fun multi day trip, or to work so you have the money to buy all this bike stuff.
Now with an updated fork crown with braze-ons on the top.
100 x 12mm thru fork.
142 X 12mm thru axle rear.
Comes with both front and rear thru axles.
Clearance for 650b 2.2- 2.3 depending on rim tire combo.
Heat treated chromoly frame.
68mm threaded BB
Max Chain ring size is a 44T
Rear brake is flat mount. Fork I.S
Post size is 27.2
Designed around a 1 X. A double will work, but you are on your own with figuring it out.
Hand made in Taiwan.
28.6 front derailleur clamp.
The Evasion frame is designed around 26+ (26″ x 2.8 can also fit 3″.) tires on 45mm rims, for when you want to take those roads less traveled (which may or may-not really be roads.) But It’s just as happy on a 650b tire (27.5″) up to x 2.4
This bike is designed for dirt touring/ bike packing and all round getting loose!
It’s a randonneur bike on steroids, “The Satanic Rando” if you will. Comfortable for the long haul, but fast and nimble, while still being ready for some pretty technical/rough riding; if that’s what the route throws your way.
Its got rack mounts and water bottle bosses just were you would expect them and a nice long head tube, to get you in a comfy spot, for long days in the saddle, without a Fugly tower of spacers.
The dropouts are Paragon copies. So you will be able to run thru axel rear, skewer, geared, single speed or a Rolloff.
( Note Dropouts are NOT Paragon made, they are Taiwanese frame components designed to accept Paragon inserts. If you buy replacement Paragon inserts and they don’t for some reason fit, please contact us and not Paragon to resolve the issue. We have not had any issues, I just want to make it perfectly clear that if an insert did not fit, it should not reflect negatively on Paragon, because Paragon did not design or manufacture the frame components.)
The rear spacing comes 148mm.
The post is 27.2.
Head tube is 1,1/8.
Bottom bracket is a 73mm English threaded.
Fork spacing is 100 x 12mm
Notes about the Evasion frame geometry-
All sizes have sloping top tubes of different angles and a relatively large head tube extension to create more standover clearance and achieve a more comfortable bar height.
The “Imaginary” seat tube length is measured from the center of the bottom bracket to the intersection of an imaginary level top tube. This is sort of the same idea as “Effective” top tube lengths.
Bottom bracket height, standover clearance, and trail are all calculated with a 356mm (14″) radius tire.
This frame was designed around 26+ tires, you should also find plenty of clearance for 650b x 2.5″ tires.
Replacement dropouts here.
Frame and fork made in Taiwan.
The Scapegoat is our most off road focused touring machine. It is essentially a fully rigid MTB, with all the mounts you could ever hope for on an extended backroad/no road bike trip.
The frame is made from double butted heat treated chromoly and ready to withstand the abuse of life on the road.
Small frame is designed around the 26+ platform while every other size is designed around 27.5+
Max Recommended Tire Sizes:
All Other Sizes – 27.5×4″ or 29×2.8″ be aware that running 29+ will raise the bottom bracket some.
Anything beyond a 3″ tire and we recommend setting it up single speed as the tire will likely interfere with the chain line.
Max Rotor Sizes are 203 front and 180 rear.
Spacing is boost all-around. This means 110mm X 15mm up front and 148mm X 12mm in the rear.
Internal dropper routing. (31.6 post & 34.9 clamp.)
Rocker dropouts, so you can run single speed if desired.
73mm threaded BB.
Straight 1,1/8th head tube.
The Top tubes on these are long, with the use of short stems in mind. The theory behind this is two things. 1: frame bag space is increased and 2: the wheelbase becomes longer for a more stable ride.
Hand made in Taiwan.
( Note Dropouts are NOT Paragon made, they are Taiwanese copies, designed to accept Paragon inserts. If you buy replacement Paragon inserts and they don’t for some reason fit, please contact us and not Paragon to resolve the issue. We have not had any issues, I just want to make it perfectly clear that if an insert did not fit, it should not reflect negatively on Paragon, because Paragon did not design or manufacture the frame components.)If you have questions do not phone Paragon and hassle them, phone us. I don’t know how much clearer I can make this.
A romantic tale…The Romanceür
The Romanceür frame has a standard 1″ threaded steerer, meant for quill stems.
All sizes have level top tubes.
Bottom bracket height, standover clearance, and trail are all calculated with a 340mm (13.4″) radius tire.
The disc Romanceür was designed to have generous clearance for fenders around 26 x 2.3″ tires. 650b x 48 tires with fenders should fit equally well, and even larger tires will fit fine without fenders. If you go with the Canti version you are restricted to the 650b wheel size.
68mm standard threaded BB
27.2 seat post diameter.
Rear spacing on disc model is 142 x12 thru axle. Canti model is 130mm QR
Front spacing 100mm on disc model is 100 x 12 thru axle. Canti is 100mm QR
Reynolds 853 double butted tubing. Sizes 50cm, 52cm & 55cm are 25.4 Top Tube and 28.6 Down Tube. 58cm & 62cm are 28.6 Top Tube and 31.8 Down Tube.
Made in Taiwan.
Now for some Poetry from Béne:
The ROMANCEÜR is a swashbuckling tender heart of a fantasy warrior, who not only seduces its rider, but acts as a psychedelic aphrodisiac on the psyche. Together you become thee Romanceür, a sacred, lustful partnership rendering all riding surfaces swooned out and speechless, pining for an intimate evening including a tray of rosé Jell-O shots.
SOOO, this is my take on the perfect bike. It is all my opinion, and not the popular industry opinion. It is an opinion shaped and molded over my 21 years on this planet. A lifetime of cycling that spans recumbents-PRO cat 5 road racing. There is no other bike like it, and I don’t really think it’s gonna catch on until 2020; the Romanceür is that advanced! If you EVER find another bike out there with a combination of LUGS, DISC, 1″ THREADED, and 26″ WHEELS, and WIZARD HEAD BADGE, I’ll get the big S to send me a Shiv and enter a triathlon.
So if you’ve read this far into my sales pitch you are likely brimming with amorous curiosity and wondering why you have read this far into a sales pitch… the answer is seduction.. you’ve been seduced, and you will continue to be seduced as you move ever closer to becoming a Romanceür avatar yourself, as the
seduced becomes the seduceür. That’s you!
So you deeply desire a bike that you can pack some snacks, a hammock, a full sized water bong and perhaps a tablet with all 4 seasons of Felicity on hulu + and head out for a day or 2 with the option to go just about anywhere in style, performance, and comfort? Until the inception of the entity that you are currently being seduced by, certain sacrifices in performance were necessary, as these “all rounder” bikes tend to be able to do anything, but not anything necessarily very well… with the Romanceür, you will find that compromise is an excuse used before you met your true love. This isn’t Craigslist or Tinder… this is E-HARMONY. you are here because you are perpetually divorced, 50-65, live in a small town, and are sick of picking up deadbeats at a fried seafood bar next to a shitty Sea-Doo dealership.
Below i have scrolled a comprehensive list of your deepest desires. you might not even know that you have these desires, but that’s seduction for ya!
-26″ wheels. remember when everyone thought skinny tyres were fast, aero, and #cool??? that was a compromise. A bike built for 1 purpose, and 1 purpose alone… to go for land speed records on a flat, featureless roads made of fine marble whilst wrapped in plastic, with a sewn in ass pad to protect yer taint if you were to accidentally get a little rowdy and hit a pebble. Thankfully we now have seemingly endless tyre and rim combinations that have proven high volume tyres are not only exceedingly more comfortable, but also fast, if not faster. One thing the 700c X 20-23 legacy got right was an ideal effective outside diameter (EOD). This, the light weight of a 20cm high thread count tyre, along with cold war UCI regs is why 700c is still relevant. buttttttt…. are you a PRO racer? do you get surprise pee tested? Do you train 30-40 hours a week on rollers staring at a brick wall? Do you sleep in a hyperbaric chamber set at 20k ft???? (ok, i do that). If you answered “no” to at least 3 of those questions, then why are you adhering to UCI regs ya square?? 650b x 38-42 high thread count tyres have the same EOD as the PROs, but are vastly more comfortable and versatile than any bike they ever get to ride, yet have been shown to give up little in terms of performance when riding on real life surfaces.
Shrinking the wheel and adding more rubber just makes sense. smaller wheels are stronger and lighter, big rubber is tunable and makes the bike corner better on pavement and do everything better when the road turns to trail and beyond. The Romanceür takes these performance and comfort characteristics yet another step using 26″ wheels with 2.3″ tyres. turns out 26×2.3 fits into that magic EOD of 700×23 and 650bx42. I’ve been into hacking old 26″ mountain bikes into drop bar mixed tourers for some years now, and found them to be the most versatile and capable bikes i was ever able to create. the limiting factor was always the unfortunate lack of tyre selection. when you are running a tyre with such high volume, knobs are of little use and end up just adding unneeded weight and rolling resistance off the trail. if you wanted a fat 26″ slick, the wire bead industrial schwalbe big ben or fat frank were the only options. then compass delivered a bouquet of roses to my heart with the 26″x2.3 rat trap pass. A true masterpiece of rubber, set up tubeless on 35-45mm rims, this tyre offers the most decadent ride quality i have ever indulged in. You would be hard pressed to find a scenario where this tyre and wheel isn’t ideal. It rolls on pavement turning even the most pocked chip and seal into the fine marble surface you may have tried to set a land speed record on whilst on one of your Tinder dates. You will notice that the big fat tyres and rims make yer bike look like its ready for pedal assist motoGP. this is more than just a look, lean hard on a fat rimed fat tyred high thread count slick and you will find that you have the best knee dragging bike on the market. One mountain descent and you will be ready to deactivate your EHARMONY profile and settle down with your new true love in a nice suburban neighborhood with high speed internet and a dish washing machine.
-Lugged steel. if you’ve made it this far, then you don’t need any convincing that steel is the only material for a bicycle. you should know that the Romanceür is constructed of air hardened Reynolds 853, the finest your desires can desire. these tubes are joined together with brass and a tastefully elaborate lug-set, we use lugs because lugs are timeless. Romance is timeless.
-disc brakes. i don’t care how retro grouchy you are, even poorly operating disc brakes are better than anything else on their best days. You can use hydraulic brakes if you want, although i personally don’t see the appeal.
-3 sizes. This bike is a neo traditional design and does not feature a sloping top tube. Stand over is not much of a consideration, what we are looking for here is nothing more than the olde Italian bike fit protocol of “a fist full of post” and nothing more. this will ensure your handlebars are close to level with your saddle, how any classic randoné bike should fit. So size up. sizes offered c-c are 50,52,55, 58, and 62. I’m 6’3″ and am on a 62cm, while my 5’4″ partner rides a 52cm quite comfortably. consult the NASA calculated geometry chart for more beta data.
– 3 water bottle mounts. This is so you can load this bike up with enough rosé to supply an intimate picnic in the countryside and assure you are hydrated enough to get back to your suburban house with high speed internet and dish washing machine. The Romanceür has a reinforced 3 bolt mounts to accommodate full sized bottles of just about anything. Bottles of molten lead? No problem. Three $5 foot long subs? Yes, but that’s gross, and yer better than that.
– Lowish trail geo. This is not a touring bike, if yer looking to tour with yer whole life strapped to yer bike, get a Evasion. This is a bike designed for a modest front load of just about anything you’d need to stay out all day, or for a lightweight tour. I wanted to make it light and springy, not as dëd as Nancy Reagan. I hope that when you pedal this bike, it begs to be pedaled harder. Comfort, style and versatility meets performance. That might seem a bit ambitious, but the prototype i’ve been riding for the past 6 months is just that. I can only imagine how good its gonna be with the few changes that have been made.
-Multiple wheel and tyre size options for the disc version. The quickest and easiest way to change a bike for multiple purposes is to simply swap the wheels out. This bike will fit 26″ x 2.3 with fenders – 26″ x 2.4 knobbies with clearance for mud – 650b x 48 with fenders – and 27.5 x 2.2 knobbies. All sizes measured on velocity dually 45mm rims. if you only have a 700c or 29er wheelset, you can use that too with 42mm tyres and fenders. If you only have a 20″ wheelset, you can swap out for 100mm crank arms and ride that too. Maybe put sum pegs on it. Sweet!
-aaaaaaaand finally for all the haters 1″ threaded: Long live 1″ threaded. Oversized head tubes are a gimmick. If you want a wicked stiff bike that you are gonna set yer land speed records on, then perhaps tapered threadless is for you. Or if you are into park rat suspension bikes, hucking yer nuts off down a mountain at 40-50 mph. Then 1” threaded may not be for you.
Bikes should flex, they should absorb high frequency vibration and offer a compliant ride over rough terrain. If yer riding unsuspended, the best way to do this is to allow the frame to flex and offer simple built-in shock absorption. making the front end of your bike stiffer is doing yourself a disservice. Are your bike rides a bunch of track sprints? are you looking to wear the green jersey on the champs elysees?? then you don’t need a stiff front end on yer rando bike. Why threaded? because I believe it looks better, classics never go out of style. want to know whats not classic? The 75mm of stack washers yer running on your threadless set up, that you need to get yer bars high enough to be comfortable. ( But I guess the L.D stem helps with that.) The elegance of a 1″ nitto quill stem is unrivaled, and offers an ease of adjustment that you might remember, or have never known. plus it adds yet another element of high frequency shock absorption to the package.