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…
These darker tradeshow booth pics don’t do the bike justice, it’s gorgeous in person.
Plenty of tire clearance for running bigger rubber. Note how the downtube splits the air around the water bottles.
Flat mount brakes will be standard.
Wires and cables will both enter the frame directly behind the stem.
Thru axles front and rear, along with the frame design and layup, make this a stiff bike aimed more at performance than fondo style riding.
The test bike program only includes large frames that’ll come all black. Measurements are:
Seat tube angle: 73 deg
Head tube angle: 73 deg
Top tube length: 570 mm
Head tube length: 175 mm
Frame weight: ~950g bare
You’ll also be able to order the slick new Venn filament-wound carbon wheels at a great price if you need disc brake wheels to go with the bike.