“Vielo raise the bar with new V+1 in range of Brave New Colours”
Indy-Boutique brand Vielo is a brave, thought-provoking British brand that is ready to launch their second generation of performance gravel bike, the V+1 Gen2, to the global market.
Launched in 2018 the first V+1 gravel bike was critically acclaimed amongst journalists, dealers, and cycling fans around the world. Hot on the heels of the successful R+1 road bike, the second-generation V+1 Gravel bike builds on Vielo’s ethos of 1x only, lightweight, rider-focused, and tons of engineering attention to detail. The standard 1100g Strato carbon frame and 880g Alto carbon frame have been refined for improved rider performance.
Vielo was created by the father and son team of Ian and Trevor Hughes. Ian has over 36 years of experience in the bicycle trade helping build international brands in the UK market, through sales marketing and distribution. Ian Hughes (66) founder of Vielo sports said: “We absolutely love the first-generation V+1, it’s such a great bike. I wanted to keep all the key features that frame provided the ride – a Light, Fast, and Comfortable gravel bike. Plus, I wanted to position the new V+1 as a fast (race) performance gravel bike, rather than a fat tyre drop bar mountain bike or load-lugging, bike-packing type bike.”
The new Vielo V+1 may look like a subtle change, but it is in fact a full redesign. The geometry now features a slightly lower bottom bracket height, shorter seat tube, and slightly longer top tube. The idea is to bring the rider lower and further forward. The distinctive curved, flat, wide seat stays now take up to 50mm tyres and retain that comfort the bike has become known for. The chainstay and bottom bracket join is now symmetrical, optimising the frame entirely for 1x, while retaining the ability to run 650b wheels without a dropped drive-side chainstay. The extra-wide down tube to bottom bracket shell shares the same 1X concept as the Vielo R+1 road bike. Vielo has kept the option for mudguards which proved popular for British riders riding in British riding conditions.
Vielo continues with an 1”1/8th -1”1/2” tapered head tube, now with an hourglass shape. A new fork increases the tyre clearance at the front, while improving the fork stiffness and optimised for Flat mount brakes.
Hughes continued: “We are really passionate about putting engineering detail into everything we do. This frame is full of really small details that make up the whole sum of the bike, such as the 2 turn thru-axles, stainless steel scratch guards near the disc brakes, and our own Vielo 1x CNC machined chainrings.”
Visually Vielo continues with their ‘less is more’ branding and paint schemes. “We don’t do black!” Says Hughes. The frames come in 4 new satin finishes. The Alto (lightest) frames are Rock Salt Pink with Blue Stone Highlights inside the fork and on the seat stays, or Blue Stone main frame, with Rock Salt highlights. Similarly, the Strato frames are either Apple Green with Plum or Plum with Apple Green highlights.
The V+1 Alto and Strato is available as a frameset which with prices start at £3399 (Strato) and £3899 (Alto). Full Alto bike builds are offered with SRAM Force MX build at £6,299 or Shimano GRX Di2 for £5999. The full Strato bike build is offered with Campagnolo Ekar 13 speed £5699 or Shimano GRX mechanical at £4799.
Vielo will be delivering the new V+1 to customers and its network of international dealers at the end of April and is already taking pre-orders. You can see the full range and more at the Vielo Website