Rides of exploration, travel and heading off the map are what inspired the design of the Gypsy, and to bridge the gap between a traditional touring bike and a mountain bike. Designed to take up to a 29 x 2.1" MTB tire or all the way down to a traditional 700c x 37mm touring tire. Custom Japanese cromoly tubeset with swapable dropouts 135mm QR or 142mm E-thru. Bomber nickel plated finish - Ships with matching fork.
The Gypsy is at home on broken pavement with a 700c x 45c slick tire as it is loaded up on a desert trail with a knobby MTB tire. With a tough frame built from our custom butted Japanese chromoly, it has just enough braze-ons to mount racks/fenders and water bottles, (5 water bottles if a front rack is not used) It inspires a fast and light approach to touring, rather than the traditional fully loaded, everything including the kitchen sink style of touring – but that’s not to say you can’t load it up if you really want to!
While we designed the Gypsy as an adventure touring machine, its a home riding city streets, commuting to work, weekend club rides, hey stick some 50mm MTB tires and ride your local MTB trails… but wherever you ride it - just ride it as a bike and have an adventure!
Frame specifications –
Full custom butted Japanese 4130 chromoly frame, that’s minimally formed and ovalized to provide a comfortable yet stiff frame, that tracks well on road or off, loaded or not. XL frame weight - 5.1lbs
Braze-on mounts on the frame to carry 3 x full size water bottles, rear pannier rack mounts.
Custom designed chromoly fork that features custom rack/lowrider bosses plus the option to mount 2 water bottles if racks are not installed. IS type brake mount tabs with reverse forged dropouts (reversed to resist axle slippage from brake forces)
Fully rustproof ED coated under paint. Frames delivered with fully chased BBs, head tubes and seat tubes.
Traditional 1 1/8th chromoly head tube, for a standard 1 1/8th headset, machined, relieved and reinforced.Custom forged dropout design, with “swappable” dropouts to accept either a traditional 135mm for use with widest possible choice of hubs, or swapped to accept any of the newer 142mm x 12mm through axle hubs with the optional dropouts. The forged mount disc brake tab located inside rear triangle for strength and stiffness. This dropout and disc brake mount design is used on all disc equipped Penhale Bicycle Co. models, B’stard, Scruffian, Gypsy and Vagabond.
Down tube routing for the rear brake cable/hose guides and traditional cable stops for serviceability and precise shifting.
Forged 68mm bottom bracket shell, compatible with road or MTB cranks – max ring sizes MTB 28/38/50, Road 34/52
27.2mm I/D seat tube, for traditional seat post compatibility, 30mm seat collar, 28.6mm F/D clamp dia.