First Look: Vielo V+1 Rival gravel bike

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Rachael is happiest on two wheels, she's been riding bikes for a good few years now after horses got too expensive! Partial to a race or two Rachael also likes getting out into the hills with a big bunch of mates. She's been writing for publications such as, Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine, Mountain Biking UK, Bike Radar, New Zealand Mountain Biker and was also the online editor for Spoke magazine in New Zealand too. For as long as she's been riding and is equally happy getting stuck into a kit review as she is creating stories, she also coaches mountain biking and when she's not busy with all the above she's serving coffee from a horse trailer!

7 comments

9 months 4 weeks ago

heliuscc wrote:

ianahughes wrote:

 

Requires tools that mean you don’t have the easy job of a threaded bb in a home workshop, and they can ovalise, and creak.

my main issue with this is the massively inflated price though. I don’t see the justification. I’d be interested to see an actual cost of production, and yes I’ve heard it all on development costs etc. But I’d personally still rather see the hours involved in a craftsman built Ti or steel machine.

wheres the pedigree as well? 

 

 

heliuscc wrote:

 

 

Have to agree with andrew above here. Pressfit BB, and still near Open prices but without the pedigree. Mason Bokeh, Reilly Gradient, Fairlight Secan, all better buys. For carbon the Orro, that new Wilier, or an Open UP. 

 

 

 

May I ask why you don't like press fit BB ? 

 

 

 

We have designed the V+1 frame for 1X only. This is to provide maximum lateral stiffness in the BB area which in turn, ensures the best acceleration performance for the rider. This performance is noted with every customer and journalist who has riden and tested the V+1. A threaded BB restricts the BB width by nature of the threaded cups. We can simulate all these stats on computer to show just how much performance is gained by engineering the widest BB. 

Yes, press fit BB’s do have a reputation for creaking. But only if the machining the frame BB tolerance is not taken care of. Vielo is not a mass produced frame so we can pay really attention to every tolerance detail. 

The price argument / discussion is very subjective. We will never compete, or try to compete with corporate or volume brands. We do pay a huge amount of detail and time to our frames and products. This will never change.

Pedigree.  I think with over 36 years experience working with some of the biggest and most prestigious  global brands in the cycle trade, plus a small team of people with engineering craftsmanship and science know how,  plus beautiful design has provided Vielo with a pretty sound foundation to develop our pedigree

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10 months 8 hours ago

ianahughes wrote:

Requires tools that mean you don’t have the easy job of a threaded bb in a home workshop, and they can ovalise, and creak.

my main issue with this is the massively inflated price though. I don’t see the justification. I’d be interested to see an actual cost of production, and yes I’ve heard it all on development costs etc. But I’d personally still rather see the hours involved in a craftsman built Ti or steel machine.

wheres the pedigree as well? 

 

 

heliuscc wrote:

 

 

Have to agree with andrew above here. Pressfit BB, and still near Open prices but without the pedigree. Mason Bokeh, Reilly Gradient, Fairlight Secan, all better buys. For carbon the Orro, that new Wilier, or an Open UP. 

 

 

 

May I ask why you don't like press fit BB ? 

 

10 months 2 days ago

heliuscc wrote:

 

Have to agree with andrew above here. Pressfit BB, and still near Open prices but without the pedigree. Mason Bokeh, Reilly Gradient, Fairlight Secan, all better buys. For carbon the Orro, that new Wilier, or an Open UP. 

 

May I ask why you don't like press fit BB ? 

10 months 3 days ago

I respect everyone's thoughts and views and happy to engage with any questions. 

10 months 3 days ago

Please allow me to enter open (not the brand) discussions here without becoming a shooting target.

I really appreciate and respect that everyone has their favourite bikes, bike brands and opinions and what they believe is value for money.  Also, I would never knock or disrespect another brand or company.

I do have considerable experience in the bicycle trade, over 36 years working with leading global brands, marketing, distributing and now launching and establishing our own brand Vielo. Behind the Vielo brand are a small team of people with a vast range of engineering knowledge and craftsmanship, design and styling and solid business practice.

I'm happy to engage with, share experiences and answer any questions with honesty and integrity Smile

 

 

10 months 3 days ago

Have to agree with andrew above here. Pressfit BB, and still near Open prices but without the pedigree. Mason Bokeh, Reilly Gradient, Fairlight Secan, all better buys. For carbon the Orro, that new Wilier, or an Open UP. 

andrew.swindells61's picture
10 months 4 days ago

Even if it wasn't too expensive for me, Pressfit BB? Sorry, but I'm out. Bokeh remains my dream, Ti I suppose if I'm really dreaming!