Vielo V+1 Strato x CHPT3 first ride review

We put David Millar's dream build through its paces

Vielo V+1 Strato x CHPT3
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The V+1 Strato from Vielo’s collaboration with CHPT3 has had David Millar’s influence stamped all over it, from the innovative paintjob to the heavy inclusion of Campagnolo components. These felt a good match for the bike’s racing aspirations, and it still felt rapid even with chunky 45mm tyres.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Striking paintjob

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    1x optimised and specific

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    Sprightly feel

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Expensive (likewise the lower spec builds)

  • -

    Ekar groupset sensitive to setup

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For this collaboration, Vielo supplied its recently released V+1 Strato frame (now in its second generation) while CHPT3's founder, ex-pro David Millar was in charge of the spec and the paintjob.

The V+1 is designed to be a race-oriented gravel bike  – as opposed to being a modern version of a long-distance tourer or as essentially a mountain bike with drop bars.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg