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Old 08-20-17, 06:30 PM   #1
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Vello Folding Bike from Austria

I recently had the opportunity to use a Vello bike and to visit the Vello studio in Vienna. Here is my blog post with my impressions and Vello information. https://stridacanada.ca/review-vello-folding-bike/

Disclaimer, I am planning on importing and selling the Vello Bike in Canada.

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It looks reasonable, particularly getting the drivetrain covered when fully folded. Can it be rolled in that configuration too? The foldable fender(s?) looks a bit iffy. The fact that it can be packed into a typical suitcase is a significant benefit. Hopefully some luggage and lighting solutions will be coming. For the designers these, together with fenders, often come as an afterthought but for commuters are central. To my knowledge Strida still has no serious luggage solution.

P.S. I see that there are some integrated lights in the clamps.

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I like the look of it a lot. Though it ought to be noted that whilst one would tend to think a folding rear frame would result in a smaller folded footprint than a fold-in-half Dahon design it doesn't unless the distance between rear wheel and crankset is reduced due to the hinge being significantly behind the bottom bracket. And in this instance it appears to be a fraction behind the bottom bracket, so perhaps this folds marginally smaller than a Dahon... actually it's neater and significantly smaller vertically.

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I recently had the opportunity to use a Vello bike and to visit the Vello studio in Vienna. Here is my blog post with my impressions and Vello information. https://stridacanada.ca/review-vello-folding-bike/

Disclaimer, I am planning on importing and selling the Vello Bike in Canada.

Cheers, Bill
That's fantastic news. I followed them from their kickstarter campaign too and to have it available locally would be great. Whereabouts are you located?
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I love the way this bike looks. I hope someone in the US starts to carry them; I need a test ride before I bite. So far, this is the only bike I've seen that could make me give up my Bike Friday (assuming it rides well). The fold is excellent and it seems easily customized.
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It is interesting that the Vello designer uses common sense and apparently listens to potential customers. Early design did not cover the drivetrain and employed belt drive. Now the drivetrain is to be covered and belt drive is offered as an option. Many designers are so enamored in their designs that they are oblivious to what the customers want.
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It looks reasonable, particularly getting the drivetrain covered when fully folded. Can it be rolled in that configuration too? The foldable fender(s?) looks a bit iffy. The fact that it can be packed into a typical suitcase is a significant benefit. Hopefully some luggage and lighting solutions will be coming. For the designers these, together with fenders, often come as an afterthought but for commuters are central. To my knowledge Strida still has no serious luggage solution.

P.S. I see that there are some integrated lights in the clamps.
Hi, yes the version 3 Vello as shown in the second video in my review at about 1:24 shows it rolling when completely folded. I didn't have foldable fenders on my demo but Valentin did show me the latest version. I think they will work OK and the are also easy to remove for cleaning. Vello do have a custom front mount rack as seen on their website and with version 3 it is possible to use a standard Klickfix. Yes there are built in lights, more for safety, the headlight is not very bright.

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That's fantastic news. I followed them from their kickstarter campaign too and to have it available locally would be great. Whereabouts are you located?
Hi I am located in the interior of British Columbia, Western Canada. Grand Forks is located on the border north west of Spokane WA.

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Post some photos. I have never seen this bike.
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Bill, what's the max rider weight and carrying capacity for the Vello?
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Bill, what's the max rider weight and carrying capacity for the Vello?
Hi, the Vello Bike manual reads, 100 kg for the rider, 12 kg for extra weight.

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