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VELLO bike: a city bike revolution. It is a high performance, hand-made folding bicycle.
VELLO bike: a city bike revolution. It is a high performance, hand-made folding bicycle.
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Update on the production of the frames

Posted by VELLO bike (Creator)
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Dear supporters,

First and foremost, many thanks for your patience. It’s been a couple of intense months. 

Our manufacturing partners are doing a great job in crafting the frames, but there have been some minor improvements to make over the last months. Regrettably, this has set us back in terms of the anticipated delivery to you. We’ve been back and forth now with the manufacturing prototypes making small but necessary adjustments prior to going into serial production, e.g. the rise-up stem seemed to stick a bit when it was placed all the way in the frame; the crank arm touched slightly on the rear part of the bike when it was folded halfway and rolled back, and there were some inconsistencies between the technical plans we’ve sent to the manufacturer and the manufacturing prototypes.  

With a one-off piece, such matters can be fixed easily but in production other factors come into play, such as changes to the molding form and production procedures. In a nutshell, we have to get it right from the start. In the meantime too, we’ve been working diligently in parallel to get the other specially made parts in motion with our suppliers. We have already received the suspension magnet, the lights, and we are about to receive the rear clamp, the folding mudguards, the front rack and the kickstand. 

We want you to have your bikes as quickly as possible but without any compromise to quality.

Here some impressions from our visit to the manufacturer. Below the frames with band-aid – we’ve marked the areas on the bike that need some fine-tuning:

And here with two ‘bike doctors’, who are reviewing the frame together with the designer (Valentin, not on the picture). They’ve come up with some great solutions!

bike doctors at work
bike doctors at work

We apologize that the delivery of the VELLO bike will take longer than expected with anticipated delivery latest in July 2015, but we are positive that the wait is worth it for you to get the quality that we want for your bikes and that you expect from us!

Many thanks for your patience!

Yours,

Valentin and Valerie

Here some pictures of the first raw frames and forks without the polishing and powder-coating (there have been some more frames since ☺):

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    1. VELLO bike 2-time creator on

      @Sungchan park: noted with thanks!

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      Sungchan park on

      Thanks for the update. I see the break was placed at the far end of the drop bar. As communicated earlier, could you install the break at the flat portion of the drop bar for the piece for me? It's unfortunate to see the delay but hope the wait is meaningful.