Heron Production to resume!

Heron is under new ownership. It is now part of Bicycle Classics.

(Please excuse our temporary mess!)

Production of the Heron line of framesets is scheduled to resume soon. They will be built with non-oversized NOS Reynolds butted 531 tubing. Geometries are changing, and the frames will be optimized to more traditional designs.

Only one NOS Heron Road frame remains available. It is a Shippingsport Silver 50 cm. Road model, which requires 26-inch (or 650c) wheels. If you are interested in this final frame, please inquire at Bicycle Classics. Waterford will remain available for repairs, repaints, and warranty service for the old Herons. So, prior customers will not be left without support.

12/2/2014

The Concept of Heron
Handcrafted in the USA, Herons are lugged, silver-brazed frames that are as versatile as they are comfortable. While they may look traditional, make no mistake, they are designed for today's cyclists, with timeless design and understated elegance. Steel is real!

Comfort
You won't be comfortable on any bicycle unless your position is just right. With the Heron geometry, we optimize the saddle and handlebar positions. This not only feels better, it makes the drop portion of the bars more usable. . Ride on the tops for fun rides around town. Ride on the hoods for long distance comfort. Ride on the drops for competitive club rides, races, or just battling a tough head wind. Get the most out of your handlebars!

Versatility
Optimized clearances, dropout eyelets, and lots of brazed-on fittings allow a relatively wide range of tires, and are fender-, rack-, and accesssory-friendly. We can't find any downsides, yet this is what makes a Heron great for brevets, commuting, road racing, club rides, light touring, or just plain fun. It makes you wonder why more builders don't do this!

Construction
Herons are American-made handcrafted steel frames. There are far cheaper methods and locations to build frames, but we think that ours are still the best, and will create a product of lasting value. We use lugs because they look great and add an external reinforcement to strengthen joints. Herons are silver-brazed because it is gentler on the tubing. We chose to do this even though it is more expensive and more difficult to do.

While the methods used to craft these frames are quite traditional, Herons are unlike most of the lugged steel frames of years past. Our mix of non-oversized NOS butted Reynolds 531 and Kaisei tubing provides strength and light weight, and also offers that oh-so-wonderful non-oversized classic-steel-frame ride quality. Our lug design combines the style of older lugs with the precision of today's best investment castings. We strive to give you custom frame quality at a production frame price.

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