We have our first demo bike in the shop.
The Vello Bike is a compact city bike with a fast and tidy fold. With a steel frame and conventional sized 20" wheels, this is a bike which is light, strong and capable of using standard gearing and braking options and weighing as little as 8.9 kilos. It is also available as an electric assist option using an all-in the-hub system which charges when braking or going down hill to keep your battery topped up.
We currently have two demo models, a Vello Bike Plus and an 8 speed Urbana. Most models are available to order except for titanium frames which are due to be shipped in September.
The original Vello Bike was not a folding bike, In fact the design brief was to produce a compact and manoevrable bike for city use with excellent handling and riding characteristics. It was only after a couple of years of production that it was realised that a few refinements would transform it into a really compact and easy to use folder. This is why it handles so well, but the addition of a hinge in the fork crown has transformed what was already a great bike into a truly excellent machine.
Steel is Real
The heart of the Vello Bike is a hand made steel frame, because steel is the ideal material for a folding bike. Aluminium does not make good hinges and neither does carbon fibre. Steel is torsionally strong, fatigue resistant and tough enough for thousands of folds without distortion. With the steel frame the Vello Bike can weigh as little as 10.9 kilos. If you want something even more exotic the Vello bike is also available with a main frame made from titanium, saving grams!
All models come with the folding frame, but with the Airborne 1 singlespeed and the Airborne 11 Alfine you get a titanium main frame with Gates Carbon Drive belt drive transmission. Apart from its quiet, smooth and long lasting operation, the belt drive has the extra benefit on a folding bike that it is always clean and dry, making it much less likely to get your clothes dirty. It is also ideal for riding all through the winter as it is not affected by salt, snow or corrosion. The Airborne models also both come equipped with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for the ultimate in smooth all weather braking.
Vello Bike+ with Power Assist
The Vello Bike+ is the version with the new smart technology from BIKE+ by ZEHUS. Everything is inside the rear hub. Brushless motor, batteries, electronics and sensors. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to connect your smartphone* (iOS and android supported) to your Zehus device to select your favourite power mode, manage your trip data and even lock the bike. With a battery capacity of 160 Wh and a weight of just 3 kg this all in one hub has the highest energy/weight ratio on the market. Energy is harvested by riding downhill, braking, and pedaling. Pedalling energy can also be converted into electrical energy thanks to the integrated kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) commonly used in motorsports, allowing the bike to gain some charge without plugging it in to a power outlet. You can get the quick start guide here and the user manual here. There are two models, one with chain and V-brakes, the other with Gates Carbon Drive belt drive transmission and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. There is a nice video review here.