Velo Orange Polyvalent Review

Looking over the handlebars of a velo orange polyvalent

If you’re in the market for a do-it-all bike, a Velo Orange Prevalent is a great choice for you.

Currently at version 5 of the frameset, the Prevalent sells (as of this writing) for $795 and comes in small, medium, large and extra-large sizes.  It is a popular item for the company, so you may find yourself on a waiting list to get your item, but it is a wait worth doing.

The Polyvalent - A Great All-Around Bike


A built polyvalent

This frameset comes as advertised as do-it-all.  Touring, commuting, out for the day, or if you want to find a gravel path someplace, you’ll find the Prevalent can accommodate you.  Its build allows for wide 650b tires or 26” ones and will need disc brakes.  Getting on and off the bike is easy for any who use it, including those of us that have lost a bit of flexibility in their bodies. 

Strongly reinforce and beautifully painted with a Metallic Sage color, the frame and forks have a multitude of mounting options for cages, racks, and fenders, all set perfectly for easy installs of each item.

If you are a shopper looking for only one bike for all circumstances, you can’t go wrong with the Velo Orange Polyvalent Mk5.

Polyvalent Specs Directly From Velo Orange:

  • Frameset material: 4130 double butted chromoly steel
  • Fork: 1 1/8" threadless, 4130 chromoly steel with elegant bend
  • Wheel Size: 650B or 26"
  • Tire Clearance: 650B x 48mm, 26 x 2.3" (either with fenders) / 650b x 2.1 or 26 x 2.3 knobby
  • Rear Spacing: 12 x 142mm, thru-axle with replaceable hanger (included)
  • Fork Spacing: 12 x 100mm, thru-axle (included)
  • BB: English threaded 68mm
  • Brakes: IS mount disc, 160mm or 180mm rotors suggested
  • Seatpost: 27.2mm
  • Front Derailleur Size: 28.6mm
  • Water bottle mounts: Triple on top of downtube, one set on underside of downtube
  • Fender bosses: seat stay bridge, chainstay bridge, under fork crown
  • Frame Eyelets: Double eyelets on rear dropouts for racks and fenders. Internal eyelets on seat stays
  • Fork Eyelets: Double eyelets on fork dropouts for racks and fenders. Triple thru-bosses on the blades for lowrider racks. Hourglass braze-on for Randonneur or Campeur Racks.