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VELLO Bike

Postby Blackstridaaustria on Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:01 pm

The VELLO Bike is a new folding bike with steel frame, manufactured in Europe!

http://www.vello.bike/
http://www.inseq.com/ullCms/show/vello-bike
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1844575826/vello-bike

VELLO URBANO - for the relaxed ride
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VELLO ROCKY - for the adventurous ride
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VELLO SPEEDSTER - for the fast ride
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Detail development at VELLO Bike such as

- magnetic latch and suspension
- foldable fender
- steering telescope
- integrated lights

by inseq - member of Stridaforum 8)

Congratulations on the developers team:

Valerie Wolff
Valentin Vodev http://valentinvodev.com/
Paris Maderna http://mcsbike.com/
Jakob Illera http://www.inseq.com/

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Re: VELLO Bike

Postby Bietrume on Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:22 pm

The Vello is indeed a nice looking bike, it follows somehow the Moulton bike philosophy.

But they could have further developed the folding mechanism. Once folded, it is for sure quite narrow (like the Strida) but rather long and I am not sure you want to take it in a bus during rush hour :?
I would also like to see how it rolls once folded. It looks like you need to lift it by the saddle to prevent the chainstay to touch the ground.Image
But is the steer lockable? If not, then it will not roll easily by lifting the saddle.

What about the actual weight? It should be around 10 kg to be really competitive.
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Re: VELLO Bike

Postby Blackstridaaustria on Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:56 pm

Bietrume wrote:But is the steer lockable? If not, then it will not roll easily by lifting the saddle.

What about the actual weight? It should be around 10 kg to be really competitive.


Guess it's not lockable - and it wouldn't be helpful, the front wheel can't be inline with the rear wheel. To roll it along you'll have to lift the front wheel.
Of course is the locking latch in danger to be damaged by touching the ground; Valentin replied at kickstarter to a request from Sang Jin regarding this issue:

Vello bike wrote:Indeed, we have thought about that and will deliver all bikes with a small stainless steel accessory that is almost invisible and prevents the magnet frame from being damaged when the bike is folded and rolled.


My suggestion would be to use two very small wheels (rolls) - similar to Brompton - left and right the latch.

I've heard from a delevoper's team member that they didn't receive the serial tube material by now, so I mean it's just honest not to claim a certain weight. Expected are below 12 kgs for Urbano and Rocky, Valentin wrote at a German bikeforum that they want to keep the Speedster's weight below 9,5 kgs.
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Re: VELLO Bike

Postby Bietrume on Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:22 am

Blackstridaaustria wrote:
Bietrume wrote:But is the steer lockable? If not, then it will not roll easily by lifting the saddle.

Guess it's not lockable - and it wouldn't be helpful, the front wheel can't be inline with the rear wheel. To roll it along you'll have to lift the front wheel.

On the pictures, it looks like front and rear wheels are parallel once folded (which would allow the rolling). Does it mean that the rear fork articulation is not perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the bike?
If the wheels are on the same line, then the front wheel would be shown rotated in the folded position, as it would otherwise collide with the rear wheel. :?:
Photoshop processing?
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Re: VELLO Bike

Postby Blackstridaaustria on Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:37 am

Understood, I don't think that's photoshopping, just an optical illusion.
I believe the steering clamp was loosened and then slightly turned to the right for the sideways pics. On the pic below you can see that the bar is turned left.
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Edit: But I'll try to find that out; latest once I could ride this bike, hopefully this week...
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Re: VELLO Bike

Postby Blackstridaaustria on Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:14 pm

Bietrume you're right!

The rear wheel is actually displaced by about 3 centimeters; just got reply from Jakob.
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Re: VELLO Bike

Postby Bietrume on Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:46 am

Interesting!

If I understand well, it means that when the suspension moves, the wheel moves slightly sideways :?
Of course this displacement will be very small: if it is 30 mm for a 170° rotation of the rear fork when folded, then in normal operation for a 15° rotation of the rear fork, the wheel will move less than 3mm sideways. That's about the same amount as on the Strida when you pedal hard :lol:
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