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Old 06-12-16, 01:21 AM
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Vello folding bike

In my search for the folding stem I came upon this site. BF-ish folder. I like it. It is not tiny but looks like good quality.

What makes it special | Vello
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Old 06-12-16, 07:49 AM
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I remember this bike from awhile back. Nice,...I didn't realize they rebadged the company.
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Old 06-12-16, 12:35 PM
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I don't remotely understand the appeal of a bike like this. It folds terribly, full stop. In its most compact form, it barely achieves a 1/3 size reduction. It appears to wheel around on its back wheel, which means you can't roll it backwards without its cranks turning, or possibly can't do it at all. Its cheapest form costs $1100 and weighs 27 pounds. Its lightest version costs $1700 and weights 24 pounds. Yet it claims to be "lighter" than a "non-folding bike". My wife's Trek 7.3, a pretty ordinary sport hybrid, costs $650 and weighs 22 pounds. Who would buy this bike?

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Old 10-01-16, 05:28 PM
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Vello

Why so aggressively negative feijai? I know that guy that build this bikes in Europe. I think you miss the point here, the latest bike that you referring to (24 pounds) is electric, means less then 15 pounds non electric, so way less then you wife's bike! The next point it folds smaller then my old Brompton!!! So Vello is 20" x 28" x 9" = 2,9 cu ft and Brompton 23" x 22,2" x 10,6" = 3,1 cu fi but compare to my Brompton, Vello has 20" and not 16". So...
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Originally Posted by Jorda123 View Post
I know that guy that build this bikes in Europe. I think you miss the point here, the latest bike that you referring to (24 pounds) is electric, means less then 15 pounds non electric, so way less then you wife's bike! The next point it folds smaller then my old Brompton!!! So Vello is 20" x 28" x 9" = 2,9 cu ft and Brompton 23" x 22,2" x 10,6" = 3,1 cu fi but compare to my Brompton, Vello has 20" and not 16". So...
This is a really nice looking bike. Have to say that I would like a non electric version though.
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Old 10-02-16, 01:06 AM
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As far as I understood they will have all their models also non electric with this new folding in few Mounts (March 2017)
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Old 10-03-16, 11:26 AM
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Hmmm.... interesting. I see a lot of potential with a bike like this one (specifically the Speedster model).

I wonder if a 20" 451 wheel would fit in the front forks versus the 20" 406 wheels it comes with? (It looks like the rear would be no problem fitting a 451 wheel.)

The integrated lights are a bit gimmicky, as lights are such a personal preference, but with some mods (lighter dropbars, upgraded drivetrain, other weight-weenie mods), I think the Speedster model of this bike could be improved upon to make it a truly fast folder!

I love the no-nonsense magnetic latching system. I wish more folding bike companies would go this route (...disclaimer... I'm a guy with a broken latch system for the rear triangle of my Birdy and it's a huge annoyance to me!)

I wish there was more information available on their website to detail that stem and how it locks and functions. It looks like it can be rotated 90 degrees and drop down into the headtube... with this in mind, how does the latching system for that stem work? ...if I'm on this bike and mashing at top speed, do I need to worry about the whole handlebar/stem system failing and dropping straight down into the headtube?! INSTANT FACEPLANT DEATH!

I wonder what the whole frame weighs, without drivetrain, wheels, seatpost and handlebars? In other words... just the proprietary product... the folding bike frame and handlepost/stem?

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Old 10-29-16, 07:35 AM
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I really question whether the regenerative aspect of bike makes sense. For a car, yes, but the weight of a car is much greater than the weight of its rider. With a bike the rider is the much greater portion of the weight. And the rider has to generate the power that charges the bike.
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The Vello Plus Kickstarter is now over, they raised just over 470,000 euros! Did anyone here order one?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...c-folding-bike

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Old 11-08-16, 02:21 PM
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I don't think many cyclist hit the brakes very often to generate power. This doesn't make much sense to me. I understand it in the Prius as I have played with one of them a lot. I don't see that the bike has much battery storage. I like the idea of the suspension.

A lot of the Kicstarter deals seem to be just building a bike that is a little different and selling it to the people without the retailer markup.
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Old 11-11-16, 05:40 PM
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TreeHugger Magazine posted info about the Vello, the discussion has been quite heated. The designer of the Vello, Valentin has posted replies with explanations regarding the design and capabilities of the electric assist.

Lightweight folding e-bike can charge itself while you ride it, for "unlimited" range : TreeHugger
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Old 11-15-16, 01:41 AM
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My car has KERS braking, dumps the juice back into the battery. I can see it being useful on a bike.

"the rider has to generate the power that charges the bike."

Aided, we presume, by gravity. Using the brakes chucks all that energy away. Stuffing it into a battery, you can get some of it back.

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