The Norther Lyon Ultra Light 650B Randonneur Frame Set
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The Idea Behind a Future Classic
The Norther Lyon is a true ultra light steel low trail 650B Randonneur bike, with all the boxes checked and every detail painstakingly scrutinized over.
They’re built in small batches by the custom bike builders Jeff Lyon and Mark Simmons and StarMichael Bowman of Norther Cycles.
It’s a silly inexpensive, (for what you get), ode to Jan Heine and his thoughts and reviews in Bicycle Quarterly, Jeff's 44+ years of frame building experience, and a little of our touch mixed in too. They’re made with a custom mixture of extra light 7.4.7 premium quality tubes from True Temper, Kaisei, Tange and Reynolds, with a 8.5.8 down tube mixed in for the best flex and performance, “planing” characteristics. (Measured in tenths of a millimeter, so very thin light tubes!) Fork’s all have the Kaisei super supple "Toei Special" fork blades and the super light, (hollow), and elegant Compass 54mm fork crown.
They’re made in small batches of 4-8 frames at a time. Each batch is usually one size, and about 8-10 batches are made each year, so every size gets made at least once a year, and the more popular sizes twice a year. Each frame is brazed together with small raw “no file fillets” by the amazing Jeff Lyon. Forks are fully silver brazed with a “lugged” crown by Jeff as well. Then we go about adding all the braze on options and bridges. Next it’s off to CC Coatings for color. Once done we pick them up and do all the pre-build prep so you don’t have too: we run a tap through every thread, and cutting tools over every face and bearing surface to make sure Bottom Brackets, Headsets and every bolt will fit and install just how they should. You know, the way frames should be.
Once prepped we either box them up and ship them out, or build them up first. Most people have us do full builds or at least install the hard stuff like, headsets, bottom brackets, dynamo wiring and often fenders. We also pre install any “Upgraded” parts you buy from us, such as Rene Herse or Compass brakes, and Rene Herse taillight.
The Norther Lyon is a built to order frame set. So unless you put in a deposit for one, it’s not getting made. We wish we had all the extra time and money to build extras and stock pile them, but we don’t. These are on offer for a limited time only as Jeff is in his 70’s and 1/2 retired. We recommend putting in a deposit sooner than later to make sure you don’t miss out.
*Norther Lyon Ultra Light Rando frames are so light and “springy” in order to “plane” that we're recommending a “maximum” rider weight of right around 180lbs-ish, (this is only a recommendation not a law, or exact science, we're not cops, do what you think is right for you). If you’re over the weight we also make a slightly stouter frame set called the Klickitat, and do custom built to order frames as well if you're looking for something similar but a bit more refined.
Stock Braze ons, and Upgrades:
The Norther Lyon comes with a standard set of specifications, with upgraded options available for a few select things. The Upgrades include modifying the frame with special braze ons + the special parts with installation labor included, (this way we can take some guess work and headache out of the build process for you).
For example; choosing the special Rene Herse Cantilever brake options includes specially modified cantilever brake bosses, specifically brazed onto the frame and fork in the ideal location for the Rene Herse Cantilever brakes, and the actual Rene Herse cantilever brakes (with your choice of their hardware options: Rack bolts/Titanium hardware and or angled washer upgrade), and having us pre-install them on your frame before shipping to make sure everything fits and works exactly how it should.
The same goes for any other option, including the Rene Herse Taillight, or Compass Center pull brakes (and matching CP-1 front rack). So for example the Rene Herse Taillight upgrade is a total of $319: $100 for the special braze ons and installation of the taillight +$169 for the taillight itself (Example price based on Rene Herse’s listed price at the time of this writing).
*Exceptions: If you have already pre-purchased a part you want to use on this frame we can discount the Upgrades the cost of the part, but we’d strongly recommend purchasing the parts through us. We’ll only sell you the correct part that actually works. We’ll match the current listed prices, pre-install, as well as not charge you the extra shipping! Win win win…
The fork comes standard with a 1in threadless steer tube and a custom under the Crown boss for M-6 x 12mm bolt (included).
*Lets you mount the front fender without having to use a Daruma or L bracket and at the exact height for perfect fender line (very trick!).
Cantilever brake bosses for standard Cantilever brakes.
Double rack/fender eyes on the front drop outs, as well as mid fork barrels for fender and lowrider front racks.
Two reinforced holes on the drive side fork blade for running the dynamo wiring internally.
*All dynamo hubs are designed to have the wire attach on the right/drive side so we place the wire guides on the right/drive side, even though many racks only have the light mount on the wrong/left/non-drive side.
The frame comes with standard cantilever brake bosses.
Two sets of water bottle cage bosses: one on the down tube and one on the seat tube.
Traditional down tube Shift bosses (these will work with any down tube shifters or bolt on cable stops for bar ends or brifters.
Three split cable stops: two on the top tube for the rear brake and one on the chain stay for the rear derailleur.
A single rear fender eye on each rear drop out for fenders.
A reinforced hole on the under side of the down tube up by the head tube, and a hole in the bottom bracket shell for internal dynamo wire routing for rear fender mounted dynamo tail lights.
The bottom bracket shell will be drilled and tapped for a replaceable cable guide (included).
The seat binder lug is designed for a single M-6 x 20mm bolt (included).
Frame+Fork & your choice of color: $2,000
Rene Herse Cantilever brake upgrade: $150 + Current listed cost of the Rene Herse brakes with all the options you want).
Compass Hard Mount Center pull Brakes: $300 + Current listed cost of the Compass Center Pull brakes with all the options you want. Frames upgraded to hard mount studs will come with Compass braze ons for the Compass CP1 front rack+the cost of the rack with whichever light mounting option you want.
1in Threaded steer tube: $100 upgrades from a threadless steer tube for threadless stems to a threaded steer tube for classic style Quill stems. *Includes a filed slot down the back fork classic keyed style front cable hangers.
Seat tube mounted Rene Herse dynamo taillight: $100 + cost of the taillight *Size 54 and larger frames only.
Frame Pump: $125 Modified Large Lezyne frame pump located with two pump pegs on the non drive seat stay. (Super cool and highly recommended).
Pick your size, brakes, options and color. Then let us know: you can write it all down and mail it to us with a check for your deposit via snail mail. Or you can purchase it through the Pre-Order/Payment for the Norther Lyon section of our website.
First deposit is a minimum of $500, but you can pay up to the full price of $2,000 + optional upgrades, and deposits for components and accessories if you like. First deposit must be paid at the time of the order. This holds your spot in the next batch of your size. Full batches get made sooner, so get your order in sooner to get things moving.
Once your batch is up next we will need a second deposit of a minimum of $500 (if you haven’t already paid in full).
It’s typically 30-90 days from the day Jeff starts your batch, and all the way through the process, and back from powder and cleaned up and ready to ship.
When they’re back and cleaned up and ready to pack and ship we’ll want any remaining balance.
If you’re buying additional parts and having us do partial or full builds we’ll need an additional deposit of at least half the cost of the parts and accessories. And as early in the process as possible! This way we can order your parts and make sure they’re available in stock and sitting here ready for your bike. (It’s a bummer to have a whole project held up over some small little part being out of stock for months, or becoming discontinued or just plain unavailable forever).
Then we’ll build it up ASAP.
Next we’ll box it up and get you a shipping+handling+insurance price through BikeFlights.com
Shipping, Handling and insurance is typically between $150 to $250 in the lower 48 states, depending on distance and weight; whether it’s a full or partial build, East or West Coast.
Once paid off it goes right in the mail and arrives at your place so you can finish building it up or start ridding!
*Powder coating is the biggest variable, it’s usually only 2 weeks, but sometimes its 3 to 12, just depends on how busy they are…
Please email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can order online, but we'd strongly prefer if you mailed us a check! (Made out to, Norther Cycles and shipped to 5515 N Albina Ave Portland OR 97217). Please include your size, color, brake and upgrade options.
Thanks for your interest!