Caminade Announces Tailor Made Titanium ChillEasy

Sep 13, 2019
by BUISAN Geoffrey  


After a long summer, riding in the Pyrenees on our ChillEasy, it's time to show our final version. You’ll find all the specifications, pricing and production times below. ChillEasy comes from the idea to make one bike to do it all: classic enduro spins, some bike park laps and some big enduro days across the valley. To fulfill all those criteria we thought of something light, something reliable, something fun.

ChillEasy details
• Wheelsize: 29er front and 27.5 rear
• Fork travel: 160mm 51mm offset
• Coil or Air options, 210 x 55mm
• Tailor made Titanium frame
• Reach: 470 / Head angle 65° / Chainstay lenght 445mm
• 12x157mm rear spacing
• Weight : 14,46kg / 32lb
• Lifetime warranty
• Price: 6,185€, 3950€ frame w/ head set and crank set
• More specs: Caminade website

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Specific crankset machined in France by Specialites TA due to the concentric pivot
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OneUp component EDC tools on Geoffrey's bike.

In-house production and values

You might know that in our workshop, we build a lot of titanium bikes. Titanium is a raw material which is perfectly suited to building a mountain bike. Lightweight, durable over the long term in both mechanical strength and appearance, and makes a rad looking bike to make the purest mountain biker smile.

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Erwan, R1 framebuilder working on a special project.

What about our values? Yes, we want to talk about values and what motivates us, because if we wanted to be rich these days, we would subcontract production of the ChillEasy to a Chinese company. However, we prefer challenging ourselves to create employment in our region and to think differently to keep the dream alive!

Tailor made fabrication

We are craftworkers. Your buying experience will be completely different because you will talk directly with the engineers (Brice and Geoffrey) who conceive, design and develop your bike. Through this discussion, we will co-create the ChillEasy according to your measurements and your riding style. You will have a specific reach, stack, head angle, fork travel. Customization is a euphemism here. Then, the fabrication part is in Erwan’s hands who welds your titanium frame in our workshop. It’s completely crazy how this entire path is condensed in 80 square meters in Ille-sur-Têt.

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Refined design around the rear shock.

The ChillEasy was designed keeping in mind our know-how. We may be limited by a craftworker’s financial means, but we are unlimited by our agility. The kinematics of the bike are simple: a concentric pivot around the bottom bracket. A progressive-linear ratio, a neutral anti-squat. The objective: to reduce the number of parts on the bike by relying on the latest shock developments which are very well managed hydraulically. The result: a bike which pedals well and a controlled compression curve.

Our mastery of bending tubes in our workshop since the outset, allowed us to draw a bike with a refined and disruptive design. Its asymmetry is compensated mechanically by machined parts and titanium tubes to stiffen the frame.

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A custom build

Our online configurator allows you to build your dream bike with the best components on the market. We ride, test and check all the products we put in our configurator. It’s up to you to choose what goes on your made-to-measure ChillEasy! Production times are around two months. If you order now, you could have your bike for the end of November.

Find the configurator on Caminade website

Photo and video credit: Gaetan Clary

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  • 45 10
 Why does Pinkbike keep plugging this thing? It was fun to see once, it is eye candy, but now it's just kind of sad.
  • 23 1
 Yeah I get it. It's Ti, it looks kind of cool.

But why is it getting front page when there are so many actually well-engineered bikes out there, with modern suspension designs and with some modicum of thought regarding reliability?

We knew two decades ago that designs like this don't work well. Worse in Ti or steel with less stiffness. PB would be better pointing out to people the potential issues with a design like this. Educate the masses.
  • 4 1
 So, what is the rear travel on this bike?
  • 78 0
 @endurocat: Laterally or vertically?
  • 4 2
 Well, it's a press release...
  • 9 2
 "Why does Pinkbike keep plugging this thing", well, there are two reasons - one it the money Caminade has payed for it and second is money from people clicking this article Wink
  • 1 0
 @endurocat: Ah ahhh!!! you killed me with that one. Big Grin
  • 1 1
 @Powderface Because in an open-minded website people are invited to be open-minded... and tolerant.
  • 2 0
 @mmmitch: uh, it's an advertisement...
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: agreed. Caminade should spend some money on an actual engineer instead of thinking throwing at at advertising a POS 1980’s suspension design bike will make people buy it.
  • 20 0
 This horrific sound of chain slapping the frame will haunt my dreams for the next few days/weeks....
  • 18 3
 Poor shock abused with side-loads...
  • 17 1
 Poor frame abuse, with shock side-loads...
  • 2 0
 BAM!!! bottom out the shock once, and you're never getting it off!
  • 3 0
 This frame is screaming two rear shocks one coil, one air just because.
  • 1 0
 @ctd07: Unless you snap the bolts, then it'll come off with ease
  • 3 0
 Single shear, proven wrong by every off road enthusiast...;
  • 3 1
 It appeared to handle a decent amount of abuse in the video! I guess it's possible that they could have swapped frames out between clips, but seems like if that were the case then no one in their right mind would bother bringing this to market.
  • 5 1
 @skerby: That's why the video starts with the rider next to the bike, then a "cut scene" with a rider going by. In that split second there was a catastrophic frame failure and they had to replace the whole frame. In fact there are 57 such edits in the video where the bike just totally explodes and they have to source a backup, or just take the parts and weld them back together and try again.

Actually the only reason they were able to make this video is that the rider(s) is a family of nonuplet boys who all compete in the EWS secretly under different names. That way that had nine identical riders so that while several were recovering or still in the hospital that one ore more of the other brothers were available to continue riding the trail making it possible to continue filming.

As it was, the reason there are so many shots of the bike on it's own, without a rider is because some days, even with all of those identical riders available to film, they would still run out of riders. In fact brothers Isaiah and Joeseph only made one ride each before Isaiah had a seat tube pierce his abdomen. While Joseph did indeed get his leg hair caught in the coil springs a many fear. Unfortunately this was with the new and improved frame which lasted a total of 7 minutes before exploding and due to the completely uncontrollable bike design he could only hold on until the bike exploded. (the one time a rider was unable to make the bike skid) And as you can guess during that 7 minutes the skin from Josephs leg was torn completely off... he may never ride again.
  • 2 0
 @stiingya: Made my day! Thanks bud, hahah
  • 13 1
 Goodbye leg hair.
  • 9 0
 Nothing sells a bike like locking a rear tire and skidding off the trail, widening nice single track so it starts looking more like a fireroad!
  • 6 0
 Reminds me of the Sinclair C5 for some strange reason.
Possibly only old UK residents will know a C5, the brain child of a genius inventor trying to re-design transport.
This bike appears equally mad:-)
Nice looking though, until you see the shock placement.
  • 10 1
 it's like the kooky stoner lovechild of a specialized stumpjumper and an orange
  • 1 0
 I keep seeing Sunn Radical - dunno why
  • 5 0
 I saw this bike out in Morzine and spoke to the rider about it, it’s different, looks cool and from how he was riding it seemed to ride pretty well to be honest.
Pinkbike readers are the first to hate in something that’s different yet they’re also the first to say if a bike also “looks like a Trek”.
No one is happy, just go ride bikes.
  • 5 1
 I don't get the bitching - not at all - the video is rad, really nice edit...
And the bike: I love the look of it, and the unconventional solutions that come with it. Today a metal frame deserves credit in where the major part of the industry goes composite.

After years of owning highest end bicycles, I went back to a simplistic steel hardtail. It is rewarding, if you know to focus on what matters most.

This thing looks like the ticket - maybe it isn't, and I don't know... but I am sure most of you who bitch don't either...
  • 6 0
 So should I just copy/paste the top comments from the last article? Or do we have to try and come up with new ones?
  • 12 0
 It may be expensive, inefficient, and unreliable, but at least it's heavy.
  • 6 1
 “I really want an EVIL” - then sees left over fence post leaning against his welder
  • 4 0
 As an engineer, it's clear to see this bike is actually perfectly designed for doing a big drop straight into a RH turn, but only once.
  • 2 0
 Where's all the single shear shock bolt comments from the last article? Unsophisticated suspension design? Sure, but I bet it rides just fine despite it. Mounting a shock bolt in single shear now, on the other hand...
Do you want a bent shock bolt? Because this is how you get a bent shock bolt! And probably a permanently installed (albeit slightly cock-eyed) shock.
  • 4 0
 The only part going uphill on the video was done pushing the bike. BB concentric SP, wtf?
  • 3 0
 I hate the location of the shock. Imagine getting your pants/shorts or worse your leg caught in between the spring Eek I get it looks cool but it’s not practical
  • 1 0
 On the one hand the bike criticism is to be expected. Ti is expensive in the first place, so building a fairly expensive bike with expensive materials and expensive shocks on a low tech suspension design that "also" is somewhat complicated in construction is an odd choice? If your NOT trying to hit a low price point, or going for simplicity/less maintenance for harsh conditions than why?

Though I do agree that shocks are so good these days that you can get a great ride out of simple suspension. AND even on "high end" suspension designs with initials on the chainstay I'm still often dialing for more platform on the way up and often looking for more traction on the way down... So cool linkage is nice, but great shock for the win!

And at this point several companies are running offset shocks on production bikes and it hasn't shown itself to be an issue?

Personally I think the bike looks RAD. But for sure at this point if PB comments have any relation to dollars spent by customers than this company needs to get one in the hands of Pinkbike Staff for a full review to try and win back some support?

Note, the pushing up, skidding on the way down edits is an all too common FUBAR by many bike companies are guilty of. This one was particularly bad going way off the trail to make that turn faster/more exiting. FAIL
  • 2 1
 I want some specialist to analyse the suspension design. This sure looks cool, but even specialized ditched the concentric BB for a traditional 4 bar to have some pedalin efficiency ON THE DOWNHILL BIKE.
  • 2 3
 It happens many times that what looks weird and unacceptable to the mass, it turns to be genius and pratic. Those guys make very nice bikes and I guess that if they made the bike this way they know why. All your sarcasm and acid comments are inappropriate, especially because none of you actually tried it. Show some respect for those guys.
  • 2 0
 I like everything but the name...
  • 2 1
 No dw links? What’s wrong? Maybe dt could help out after the announcement of the new turner bikes lineup?
  • 1 0
 In a few years this might be the best way to buy a used Ohlins TTX shock. Second hand Caminade and throw the frame away.
  • 1 0
 Is it just me or is that the loudest bike on the market?
  • 1 0
 I'd prefer my bike being made by a frame builder rather than a tailor.
  • 1 0
 That looks SO sexy! Oops. I mean flexy
  • 1 0
 Good job hiding the shitty welds in these photos.
  • 1 0
 Please stop
  • 1 0
 Weird. All of it.
  • 1 0
 Oh the rattle...
  • 1 0
 Savage chain slap!!!
  • 1 2
 This is just a disaster waiting to happen. NEXT!
  • 4 7
 Nice job, Cannondale!

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