Urban Velo

Fleet Velo The Joust

fleetvelo Potentially the first hardcourt polo specific frameset is now available under the Fleet Velo brand. The Joust and the Fleet Velo brand itself actually come out of the Waterford factory, with a legacy and family name that touches on nearly every piece of the modern bicycle industry in some way. The Joust was first shown at the 2009 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, with Tucker Schwinn’s (great-great-grandson of Ignaz) personal bike in the Waterford booth… and potentially involved in a rogue polo match in an adjacent vacant convention hall just after this picture was taken. The Joust is a 26″ wheeled bike with steep geometry and a high bottom bracket, with a fork and front end designed for the tight maneuvering and inevitable crashes of polo. Extra-long track ends allow a wider range between two different single gears on a double-sided hub, making The Joust a capable street bike for the off the court. The frame and fork is available in five sizes for $650 – by some measures a steep investment in a bike meant for relatively harsh polo play, but a deal as compared to high end mountain and cyclocross framesets that ultimately meet the same fate. It was inevitable that purpose-made frames would appear at some point as the game grows and changes, The Joust is just first in line. The clock is ticking until we see commercially available complete hardcourt mallets.

6 Comments

  1. FattyAugust 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    this is pretty much my dream polo bike…

  2. St Cago Polo WorksAugust 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    “The clock is ticking until we see commercially available complete hardcourt mallets.”

    You give me 10,000 dollars for injection molding and aluminum extrusion and I can make that happen. Otherwise, me and TPL are doing the best we can with what we can all afford.

    -Lucky

  3. MarcusAugust 27, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Cheers Lucky!

  4. Urban JeffAugust 28, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I’m looking forward to trying out my Lucky mallet head.

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  6. machineFebruary 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Just qualified for the NAH wildcard tournie in Calgary on my Joust. What an awesome piece of equipment. Thanks

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