Road, gravel and MTB frames have a distinctive curved design

When Cycling Weekly visited the Pyrenees for the launch of Mavic’s new Allroad wheel and clothing range recently, we stopped off to visit the workshop of French framebuilder Caminade.

Caminade works from this single room workshop in southwest France

Based in the small town of Ille-sur-Têt, around 25km from Perpignan, the brand operates out of a single-room workshop, producing made-to-measure bikes to order.

All Caminade’s bikes are built to order

Caminade’s speciality is its gravel bikes, but it also makes road and MTB frames. All feature the brand’s distinctive curved top tube with an up-curved cross-brace between this and the seat tube. Caminade works in titanium and steel. Its titanium frames use tubing from Dedacciai, while the main tubes of its steel frames are made by Columbus. The curved steel top tube comes from a French foundry.

Caminade’s frames are fillet brazed

The area around Perpignan can be windy, so gravel offers the opportunity to get off the open road into the forest, where there’s a bit more shelter and an extensive network of fire roads, canalside paths and singletrack to ride.

Frames waiting to be finished

With frames made to order, Caminade has a six month waiting list. To help address this and offer gravel framesets and complete builds at a lower price point, Caminade has recently introduced the AllRoad Titanium frameset.

New AllRoad gravel frame uses titanium tubes glued into carbon lugs

Rather than being welded, this uses titanium tubing bonded into carbon fibre lugs, using aerospace grade adhesives. The seat tube and seatpost are a single titanium tube, with a separate seatmast cap providing some adjustability. There’s a fully enclosed cable and hose run through the enlarged bottom bracket shell. The frame will accept 40mm 700C tyres or 47mm 650B.

Caminade’s new titanium and carbon gravel frame will increase its output. Photo: Jeremie Reuiller

Caminade offers the AllRoad Titanium in four single ring builds with 10-42 cassettes, from SRAM Apex 1 at €2790 up to SRAM Force 1 at €3990. All come equipped with the new Mavic Allroad wheelsets.

Delivery time is between six to eight weeks from order.