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Old 04-13-12, 01:31 PM
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Velo Vie Bikes

Anyone else hear of them or seen them around? I just upgraded to their 300R+ frame with the full SRAM Red group and I am more than impressed with the quality of the frame and the amount of bike I got for the money.

Just curious as I had never seen them around or heard of them before my purchase.

I just wrote a review on mine since its been about 6 months since I purchased it:

https://nick0li.hubpages.com/hub/Velo...se-300R-Review

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The link you provided to generate traffic to your website via BF is blocked.
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Old 04-13-12, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6
The link you provided to generate traffic to your website via BF is blocked.
I'm not trying to generate traffic to anything (just the site I was registered on)... here is the review:

THE STORY
Being an avid road cyclist for the last five years, the one thing I think everyone will agree on is that cycling is not a cheap hobby to have. From bikes weighing less than a 6 month old baby to having the $300 pair of shades that match the color scheme of your bib shorts. I consider myself a pretty reasonable person when it comes to making rational purchases, but I would be lying if I were to say that the thought of spending extra money on cycling equipment to look good on my Saturday group rides didn't cross my mind every once in a while.
For me, the biggest step in progressing as a cyclist was going from a aluminum frame to a full carbon frame. I will never forget the group ride I was on when I made the decision that the days on my aluminum bike were officially numbered. As with any component of cycling equipment, your options with bikes are almost endless. You ultimately end up deciding how much you are willing to spend at the end of the day, and equally as important, what kind of riding you plan on doing. In addition, you must decide on whether or not you are the type of person that HAS to purchase everything locally instead of possibly saving a few bucks, doing your research, and buying online. Is the 300 R+ a good first full carbon road bike? Probably not. But once you are ready to really take yourself to the next level, look no further than this Vitesse frame to be your weekly work horse.
Let me first just say that being skeptical of any bike that doesn't carry the mainstream brands of TREK, SPECIALIZED, CERVELO, etc. is completely okay. These mainstream bicycle manufacturers put a lot of research and marketing into their products and have been around long enough to have a reputation that is deserving of being slapped on the jerseys of the world's finest riders. In addition, there are definitely some shady bicycle manufacturers putting out bad quality frames.
Being the person I am, I knew that I wanted a complete bike (when I say complete, I mean COMPLETE) that would last me a while, allow me to get stronger, and also allow me to be competitive among other cyclist. I also had a small budget (sub $4000) that was going to make it VERY difficult to find something I would be happy with. I knew that my budget wasn't going to get me anything but false hopes at my LBS and didn't feel comfortable buying a used bike off Craigslist or eBay... and that's when my online research went full swing and I came across this small company in Arizona with a name I will not soon forget - Velo Vie.
THE PURCHASE
As with any new bike purchase, save yourself a headache and learn how to take measurements and relate them to the geometry of the bike you are looking to purchase. Although Velo Vie offers many frame/component options, I opted for the 300R+ as it seemed to provide the weight/stiffness/geometry that I was looking for. Not to mention the color scheme with the flat black frame made me drool on my keyboard just a little bit. If you haven't purchased a bike online before, set aside an additional $100-$150 to get your bike fitted and tuned after the purchase at your LBS. Velo Vie offers what they call a "Probuild" option for an additional $150 where the bike is basically completely assembled, tuned, and partially disassembled for shipping by their experts before receiving it. Although this is a great option, there is no subsititue for getting your new bike tuned after it is completly assembled. The Velo Vie website made purchasing and customizing the bike as easy as selecting a few options and hitting SUBMIT. My purchase included the full SRAM Red group along with the Reynolds Assault carbon wheelset. I previously rode a Ultegra/FSA group and was anxious to see what the hype of SRAM Red was about. The Reynolds Assault wheels provided good aerodynamics and stiffness while not acting like wind sails on those windy days. All in all, this bike cost me around $3,500 shipped to my front door... not too shabby.
THE FIRST IMPRESSION
A few weeks after my purchase (and what seemed like an eternity), I received the bike and I remember first noticing how well the bike was disassembled and packed for shippment. Literally I only had to unwrap everything in the box, install/tighten the handlebars & wheels, and I had my new complete bike. The first impression was that the quality of the frame and the color scheme exceeded my expectations almost immediately!
THE FIRST RIDE
After getting the bike fitted, slapping on my old saddle and pedals (that I just couldnt part with), I was more than egar to get this thing on the pavement. I mentioned earlier that I chose the 300R+ frame to provide more stiffness. The one complaint I had about my previous frame is that it felt like the bike was not giving me 100% of the output that I was putting into it. This of all things is a motivation killer when you are running on empty! Almost immediately upon clipping into the bike I noticed what seemed to be a much more rigid/stiff frame. I don't quite know how to describe this feeling other than the bike just felt fast! This feeling was confirmed as I continued my first ride climbing the same hills and cranking away on the long flats that I had for the past few years. I can't give all the credit to the frame though, the Reynolds Assault wheels were equally as stiff and the SRAM Red hype lived up to its expectations with crisp (and I mean CRISP!) shifting. All in all, the 300R+ was exactly what I was looking for to help push myself to the next level since I could no longer blame my bike for underperforming.
6 MONTHS LATER
Once I hit the 6 month mark and still had a smile on my face every time I loaded this bike up for a ride, I knew that I made the right purchase. I can honestly say that having this confidence in my bike has made me a harder trainer, a stronger rider, and a Velo Vie customer for life. One thing that never gets old is all of the compliments I get on my bike, and being able to back those compliments up with proven performance and a growing company that stands 150% behind their products. I'm sure that I have only skimmed the surface for my Velo Vie experience, so do your own research and check out their webpage at https://www.velovie.com for more information on the company and what they represent.
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I have one myself. Nice bike.

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Nice - Love the color scheme! How do you like your frame? They didn't have the SE available when I bought mine, but I think they had just released the 400 frame so I got mine through a promotion they were having with SRAM Red.

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I have one myself. Nice bike.

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Velo Vie definitely caught my eye when I was searching for a new frame set. Something else fell into my hands but I was on the brink of getting the 300R+. It really is a sexy bike and I'm sure it will ride great for years. You should post some larger pics of yours!
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Originally Posted by NICK0LI
Nice - Love the color scheme! How do you like your frame? They didn't have the SE available when I bought mine, but I think they had just released the 400 frame so I got mine through a promotion they were having with SRAM Red.
It is a very stiff frame with very precise and quick handling. That was my initial impression coming off a Trek 2007 5.2 Madone.
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actually i have been thinking about buying the 300 r forte price you can't beat it.. i have been checking out neuvation FC 500 as well
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I saw one in B&W on a ride I did. I have no clue about the ride, but the graphics are sharp. Really nice type treatment, much better than most bikes. Made me want one just for that.
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