Readers’ Rides: Yann from Cycles Khelonys Folding 27.5+ Touring Bike


Readers’ Rides: Yann from Cycles Khelonys Folding 27.5+ Touring Bike

Yann from Cycles Khelonys sent in the folding 27.5+ touring bike the team displayed at this year’s Concours de Machines, winning them third place. Let’s check out the process and final build below…

Photos by @crealens

We are proud to announce that we ended up 3rd at the Concours de Machines 2024!

This year the goal was to build the best bikes to self-sufficiently explore the mountains for two days while being able to carry the bike on the train.

The more we develop technologies, the more we increase our environmental print. That’s why we have offered a fully rigid 27,5+, which lead to a much more reasonable riding style, closer to our environment.

How Does It Work?

1. Remove the wheels
2. Unscrew the plugs under the seat stays
3. Screw the plug in the rear spindle location and wrap the chain around to flat the derailleur cage
4. Use the small stainless steel plate on the fork to lock the direction
5. Use the wheel spindles to fix them on both side of the bike by using the threads under the seat stays displayed on picture 2.
6. Handlebar can be fixed along the fork

Other Details

1. Stem cap and compression screw can be reused to align the wheel directly on the bike if a spoke break.
2. Rear light mount is also a beer opener
3. Brass plate under the fork dropout to preserve the paint when the wheel is out
4. Lateral bags can be remove without any tool thanks to the MIK system by Basil
5. The front stainless gusset prevent the cable from removing the paint
6. This construction ensure no constraint in the seat tube slot

Process Photos

Here are some in-process photos from the shop during construction.


Frame: Homemade
Fork: Truss homemade
Bars: 16° backsweep homemade
Rack: Stainless steel homemade
Drivetrain: Shimano Deore M5100 11v Shimano Deore M5100 11v 11-51
Brakes: Hope Tech 4 E4
Discs: Hope Centerlock
Cranks: Miranda 170mm / 32t chain wheel
Bottom bracket: Miranda
Headset: Hope EC34
Rims: DT Swiss M582 Ø27,5 x 40mm ID
Hubs: Hope Pro 5
Saddle: Brooks C17
Grips: Herrmans Rib Lock
Seatpost: Kind Shock Lev Integra
Front light: Knog PWR 2000Lm
Rear light: Knog Plus free



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