Bassi Montreal Villager Complete Cycle

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City and light-touring all-rounder steel bicycle
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This build of Le Montréal has long been our unofficial favourite, and you'll see many Montrealers cruising around their neighbourhoods on the previous editions of the Montréal built up just like this one, so we decided it was finally time to make it official. It's also ideal for weekend trips out of town and long commutes across the island, with a compact double transmission for a wide range of gears without needing to go full racer. The city of Montréal is built around a mountain, after all.

First released in 2013, Le Montréal has been our most popular frameset and our most versatile. Inspired by classic 1980s touring bikes, Le Montréal features eyelets for front and rear fenders and racks, three bottle cages, and our signature shoulder strap. The wheel size is proportional to the frame size, making the bicycle more comfortable and controllable for variously-sized riders.

Available in Classic Black & White for 2022.

Le Montréal frames will be restocked late summer 2022, at which point we will be able to build complete bicycles. Please consider pre-ordering to reserve your frame.

Build Specs

  • Shimano 2x8-speed transmission
  • Bassi compact double crank (46-34t) for a wide range of comfortable gears
  • Super-tough city/touring wheels
  • 11-34t Shimano Cassette
  • Puncture-resistant all-surface tires
  • Tektro CR720 traditional cantilever brakes, great braking power and loads of room for fenders and racks
  • Bassi city saddle
  • Tange CDS headset
  • Bassi stem
  • Bassi Backsweeps handlebars for a semi-upright position
  • Bassi frame strap

New features for the Montréal V3

  • Oversized tubes on all sizes for better stability with a touring load (or your kid) on the rear of the bike
  • Extra bottle cage mount under the downtube (that's three total)
  • More rooms for wide tires, up to 45mm on all sizes (with fenders!)
  • Reduced toe overlap by using three wheel sizes across the range, also making the bicycles more proportional to the rider for more pleasant handling
    • 46cm and 49cm for small riders use 26" wheels
    • 52cm and 55cm for average riders use 650B (27.5") wheels
    • 58cm and 61cm (our largest frame yet!) use 700C (28") wheels
  • A return to diagonal dropouts, for singlespeed fans
  • The first Montréal with colours: in addition to the classic (and classy) black frame there will be a new design with a top-to-bottom blue-to-white fade.

Frame specs

  • Tube Type: Oversized 4130 CrMo steel (double butted top and down tubes and triple butted seat tube)
  • Bottom Bracket: 68mm wide, British Threaded
  • Seat Tube inner diameter: 27.2mm
  • M5 eyelets at mid-fork, on seat stays and drop-outs for rack and fenders
  • Three bottle cage mounts
  • Eyelets on seat tube and top tube for shoulder strap
  • Cantilever brake bosses on fork and seat stays
  • Chain hanger inside right seat stay
  • Forged diagonal rear drop-out


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