Four years ago we introduced the Pelican, an all-road low-trail steel frameset.  Box Dog Bikes designed it, and it is built exclusively for us in Madison, Wisconsin.

The first design meets all of our initial goals.  It performs well in a variety of conditions: as an upright town bike, as a long distance road bike and as a fire trail and off-road machine.  Moreover, it performs in all of those roles while maintaining its unique ability to carry a front load without the handling penalties normally associated with front loaded bikes.

Over the last few years, we have refined the design to meet feedback we have received from riders and to match our own higher goals for the frame.  We increased tire clearances, replaced horizontal dropouts with vertical dropouts, and changed the fork crown and blades for ones that more closely match French and Japanese constructeur frames and are better for long distance and rough road riding.  We have added provisions for generator lights, including fork mounted guides.  This year, we are adding internal routing for the generator cable in the downtube of the frame.  The Pelican is now a very capable randonnuering all-road bicycle, and still maintains the original emphasis on simplicity and practicality.

Effective today, the retail price of the Pelican is increasing to $1,400.  The greatest reasons for the increase in price are the increased cost of materials and that we are now paying our frame-builder a healthier wage for each frame set.  The modifications in design do not represent significant changes in the cost of the frame, but do represent significant improvements in the versatility and functionality of the frame.

The next round of Pelicans are due to arrive some time in November.  We ordered a full run of frames, and have already pre-sold the 56s and 60s.  If you are interested in learning more about the Pelican, feel free to call the shop or stop by during our regular business hours.  If you would like to order a Pelican, we will take a $600 non-refundable deposit.  Deposits can be made in store, or over the phone.


October 12, 2011 by Gabe
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Ian said:

I bought a Pelican in May and I love it. I’ve been commuting in SF on it all summer and love the handlebar bag and dynamo lighting for city riding. I also ride it on dirt roads in the Marin Headlands and beyond, where I appreciate the stable handling and wide tires. It’s a perfectly designed bike and a great deal for the price. Fast, comfy and useful in all conditions.

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