Vielo Sport has set out to sell a small range of bicycles, designed for UK riders and UK conditions. It positions itself as an indie boutique brand.
Vielo’s founder, Ian Hughes has over 35 years’ experience in the bike trade. He says that many bike brands sold in the UK are simply not designed to handle the poor state of the UK’s roads and the variable weather conditions in these isles.
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The first model in the range will be the V+1, designed to provide performance on UK roads and to take in gravel and forest roads too. It’s got skinny, bump-absorbing seatstays and the disc brakes you’d expect on an all-terrain machine. Interestingly, Vielo has opted for a 170mm front disc, rather than the more usual 160mm, for extra stopping power. It uses post mounts, for their additional versatility.
It’s also designed around single ring groupsets exclusively, as there’s no mount for a front mech. You can fit a dropper post, if you’re looking for ultimate off-road ability and there’s outer cabling built into the frame. There are bash guards on the chainstays, forks and behind the bottom bracket to keep your paint job looking smart.
The V+1 has a unidirectional carbon frame, with a claimed weight of 890g and clearance for 42mm 700c tyres or up to 2.1 inches if fitted to 650b wheels. Cables are routed internally, with the frame ports designed so that you don’t get too sharp a curve from the bars, when the bike is cabled for UK riders. You also get hidden mudguard mounts and the option to fit a rack if you want to use the bike for bikepacking. There are lots of luggage mounts too: a third bottle mount under the down tube and a set of mounts on the top of the top tube, to fit a bag.
The V+1 frameset is priced at £2999, with a complete build with SRAM Force 1, carbon seatpost and Vielo’s own flared bars starting at £5249. Add a dropper seatpost for £250 – it’s operated by the left hand shift lever, for a really neat look.
Availability is expected from February and will include rideable demo bikes at the brand’s 12 dealer network. There are light blue and navy colour options as well as custom paintwork. The complete build weighs a claimed 7.9kg, which is very competitive for a bike of its type.
For a closer look at the Vielo V+1, head over to the brand’s website.
The range is expected to expand in July 2018, with the launch of additional models with UK-oriented features.