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Test the Velocite Syn aero road bike & keep the frame for a steal

Velocite Syn aero disc brake road bike

In February, Velocite announced their stunning new Syn aero road bike, and now they want you to help test it. The current version is in its third round of prototype testing, but they’re looking for real world rider feedback. That is, if your real world involves riding about 200 miles per week and you’re willing to provide back and forth communication on the bike.

If so, you can nab a preproduction frameset for $699 plus shipping and ride it for as long as you want (forever, even). Should you ever want to upgrade to a proper production frameset, that $699 would be applied toward full retail on a new frame.

The frames are fully EN tested and ride ready, and founder Victor Major says they’ve probably been more extensively tested than many production carbon bikes on the market today. Interested? Check out their blog post for details on applying and ordering, then slip past the break for hands on photos of the frame from this year’s Taipei Cycle Show…


Velocite’s new Venn Composite rims break the mold w/ filament wound, single strand carbon construction

Velocite Venn Composites Rev 35 filament wound carbon fiber road bike wheels

Velocite has launched a new brand called Venn Composites to produce rims unlike anything we’ve seen before. There are two models, one using a filament wound construction and one using a continuous fiber construction to eliminate seams and misaligned patterns. We’ll start with the filament wound version:

The traditional method of making carbon fiber rims involves cutting pieces from a sheet of woven or unidirectional carbon, laying them into or over a mold, and layering those pieces in precise positions and directions to create a rim. It’s then pressed inside an outer mold, heated and cured, and then out comes a mostly finished rim.

Filament wound rims, however, pull carbon tow straight off the spool, run it through the resin and wrap it tightly around a mandrel in one continuous fiber. The strand is under constant tension, and it’s always wrapping itself in the exact spot it needs to be.

The benefits of this design are numerous. For starters, it’s mostly automated, so it’s consistent and perfect from rim to rim. Second, there’s no adverse angles to the carbon strands. Anytime a fiber is bent too severely, it creates a weak spot, and since nothing is woven on the body of the rim, there are no fibers being crimped around one another. Then there’s the efficiency. Not only are labor costs lower, material costs are, too, since there’s no scrap being cut away from carbon sheets.

From a rider’s perspective, it creates a stiffer rim that might just end up being less expensive, too…


Velocite’s commits (to) a Syn with all-new aero road bike

Velocite Syn aero disc brake road bike

Held back from the press until the patent work was done, the new Velocite Syn aero road bike aims to leave current designs in the dust by focusing its aerodynamics on the complete bike and accoutrements we all take with us…namely, water bottles.

“We use the ‘real life’ adjective to differentiate from high performance in a wind tunnel or ideal test conditions.” said Victor Major, CEO and R&D Director of Velocite Tech. “For example, real life use of a road bike always involves carrying water bottles, and to date no bicycle design delivered optimal aerodynamic performance once water bottles are mounted.”

To accomplish their aero goals, the tube shapes and horizontal profiles were designed to create a complete airfoil shape with the bottles tucked into the frame. Major says the combined shape improves aerodynamics at a wide range of wind angles, thereby reducing turbulence and drag.


The Velocite RT50 Aero Wheels May Be The Most Extraordinary Use Of Computer Design In Cycling

Velocite-RT50-2nd-gen-front_r3qVelocite is constantly pushing the envelope of design, releasing the 2nd generation of the RT50 wheel set. Aimed at being aero, but not just in a straight line, the design story on these is long and technical, with Velocite breaking out computer hardware and software not typically used in the cycling industry.

They say the main objective in this redesign was to fine tune the handling of deep profile rims in crosswinds. The methods employed were cool to see, click through to get the scoop…


EB14: Lightweight Co-develops Unique Velocité Project e-Bike Solution with Research Partners

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The carbon fiber experts of Lightweight have been busy this year working on incorporating advanced electronic systems into some already market-leading products. Besides their Smart Wheels sensors that we just showed you last week, Lightweight has also been working on a totally unique and possibly groundbreaking e-Bike called the Velocité Project. Developed as an academic and commercial cooperation under a Transform: Mobility into eXcitement grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research, the project was a response to a call to develop key technologies to address urban electro-mobility.

Lightweight coordinated the joint project through their technology development division CarboFibretec. The bike they presented at Eurobike is a proof of concept demonstration of a Pedelec using the newly developed tech. Read on to see what makes this machine unique and what applications it might have…


Velocite Introduces Their First Full Carbon, Tubeless, Clincher Wheelset

You’ve seen their bikes on our pages before, now Velocite has introduced their first wheelset with the RT50. Rather than just another carbon clincher wheelset, Velocite went all in, making a road tubeless (RT) compatible wheelset that can use regular tubes and tires as well. While Velocite claims that the RT50s are the only RT compatible carbon clinchers on the market, Corima has offered their Aero+ Tubeless S carbon wheelset (also sold as Hutchinson RT1), along with MadFiber’s clincher wheels that claim they can be run with or without tubes. It still doesn’t take away from the fact that there are very few carbon RT wheelsets on the market, and Velocite is certainly early to the game.

With more and more tubeless tires popping up every trade show, are carbon RT wheels the next big thing? Read on to see Velocite’s take on the matter.


Velocite’s Newest Bike, the Geos

The Velocite family is growing. Meet the newest bike in the line up, the light weight Geos. The design goal of the Geos was always to create a light weight climbing bike, yet a climber that didn’t sacrifice any stiffness due to lack of material.

Obviously, designing a truly light and stiff bike is a tall order, yet there are many manufacturers who claim to have done it best so what, if anything, sets the Geos apart from the rest?

Find out after the break…


Velocite Magnus Evolved – The Updated Velocite Magnus Road Frame Is Here

2011 velocite magnus road bike framePress Release: The new Velocite Magnus offers greater stiffness than the acclaimed original Magnus while improving on aesthetics and comfort.  After over one year of refinement and development, encompassing extensive live testing and 9 different carbon layup alternatives, the new Velocite Magnus carbon road frameset is ready.

“When we set out to revise the original Magnus, we decided that we must deliver real performance improvements, rather than just aesthetic changes. We also had to ensure that we remained true to the Magnus’ core value of being the stiffest road bike in the market” said Victor Major, CEO of Velocite.  The new Magnus delivers exactly the same stiffness numbers as its predecessor while reducing the frame weight by 40g per size.

Hit the jump for details, photos and to read the rest of the press release. READ MORE ->

2011 Velocite Helios Aero Road Bike Unveiled, Magnus Updated

2011 velocite helios aero road bike for time trials and triathlon

After a couple years in development with designer Lewis Mathiske, Velocite has released the Helios aero road bike.

The bike is a full carbon monocoque frame with high modulus carbon fibers made using high pressure molding to eliminate wrinkles in the frame. The shape was tested in the wind tunnel in Australia, but it’s designed to be as laterally stiff as any traditional road bike. Additionally, Velocite says the aero shaping adds no significant weight penalty…it comes in at 1250g for size medium.

Check out all the features, more photos and the beautifully redesigned Magnus road bike after the break…