Neo-Retro - Singular Osprey
I hope you'll excuse me if this comes across a bit spammy, but as it's something which is not yet available and I thought might be of interest to this board I hope I might get away with it :-)
I'm more of a regular over at the mtbr forums as the dirt is where my heart lies. However I do really enjoy riding on the road and have long admired classic french-style randonneur frames such as Herse and Singer as well as more modern takes on such designs like those from J.P.Weigle and Velo Orange.
The Osprey is a frameset I've had in development for quite a while, and this is the latest round of prototypes. There are a couple of minor details to iron out, but this is basically the form she will take. Any constructive criticism is certainly more than welcome!
Osprey final prototype by Singular Cycles
Osprey final prototype by Singular Cycles
Build list is:
Singular Osprey frame and fork - this is the chrome seatstay and dropout version, production ones may not have this.
Nitto noodle 48cm bar, technomic stem and S83 seatpost
Campagnolo Veloce 10s levers
Shimano long drop brakes
Sugino compact cranks
Brooks B17 special saddle and Brooks leather tape
Shimano Ultegra hubs on Open Pro rims with Paselas
Shimano Ultegra rear derailleur & 8 speed cassette
Velo Orange 1" threaded headset (I intend to offer both a threaded and threadless fork option)
Velo Orange hammered mudguards.
1. It's really pretty.
2. How would you mount a front bag to it?
3. It's really pretty.
Does it have a dedicated bolt under the crown to mount fenders or do you make do with a daruma bolt? because the dedicated bolt is really nice.
What's the max tire size with fenders?
It's really nice to see these bikes coming back. Nice job!
I like alot.
I wish most road riders would wake up and enjoy the ride on something like that.
Pretending to race isnt as much fun as riding.
Cycling should be fun. The rules are stupid. Ride because you love to ride. --QED
I like it. I'm a sucker for contrast panels. Would definitely consider this for an all-around bike. Nice component choices, reliable, functional.
What pricepoint would this bike target? Just wondering if the Veloce levers & the Ultegra rear derailleurs will play well, as I'm not familiar with the combinations that work. Will there be rack eyelets? Will the sell as complete bikes alone? or available as framesets? Good luck.
Thanks for the nice comments guys - just to answer a few questions....
The production frames will have discrete rack mounts front and rear.
At present there is a daruma bolt, though a dedicated boss on the fork is an idea, I'll look into it. I used to have a Mercian like that which worked well.
Max tyre size with mudguards is 28mm though it depends a bit on the exact tyre and mudguards used. In the build shown above they are Pasela 28s with Velo Orange guards and there's not room for much more.
Final pricing is TBD though I expect it to come in around £500 for the frame and fork without the chrome treatment this one has. The chrome adds a huge amount to the cost....
I primarily offer framesets only but also take on custom builds myself where I can and certainly all my dealers can also do custom builds.
Campag 10 speed levers and Shimano 8 speed derailleur/cassette works well, though probably wouldn't be what I would spec for a complete production bike. This is my personal bike. I like the shape and ergonomics of Ergolevers, but I like the reliability, longevity and price of Shimano 8speed chains, cassettes and derailleurs - for me it's the ideal combination.
If it was me, I'd want to see that frame fit 32s with fenders. Because I'm 6'2", 210 pounds. And I love 32s.
The chrome is nice but it's not going to make me want to pay more- figure close to $800 American is already plenty.
I love that you're showing it with a quill stem. To my way of thinking this kind of bike looks and works best with a quill. If you do threadless, a custom painted stem would be a nice addition and I'd bet that people would be willing to pay extra for that (rather than chrome).
And hey, while I've got your attention, convince me to get a Singular Peregrine instead of a Rawland Drakkar.
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