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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.
VELLO bike: a city bike revolution. It is a high performance, hand-made folding bicycle.
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It's hip, it's fast and it's foldable in a second! A high-performance, hand-made and lightweight folding bike with innovative features designed for the perfect ride in the city!

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A new city experience

VELLO bikes are folding bicycles developed for urban mobility. They include some of the best features of a city, racing and folding bike, while also integrating new functions to cope with the demands of the urban lifestyle. Its 20” wheels make the overall size of the bike smaller than most other bikes and more responsive, perfect for the city where many stop-go motions are part of your everyday commute.

The specially developed folding mechanism combined with a magnetic shock absorber ensures that the rear wheel can be brought forward with a simple rotary movement. This enables the bike to be rolled along everywhere; you can push it into a narrow lift or onto the subway. The front and rear lights are integrated into the frame and the foldable fenders protect your clothing in all types of weather. 

Our story

Valentin is a product designer who’s been fascinated with mobility products and wheels ever since childhood. In preparation for a trip to the Caribbean with two friends he made the first prototypes of VELLO bike to explore all corners of the country by bike, bus, train and occasionally car.

The trip was a true inspiration, and so he joined forces with Valerie Wolff, bike lover and startup enthusiast, to design a bike that is user-centred and to plan the market entry. The team eventually expanded to include Jakob Illera and Paris Maderna, mechanical engineers and product developers, to work on the details and to perfect the bike. The process involved drawing, redrawing, modeling, remodeling, building and rebuilding, testing and retesting - until all involved felt confident enough to put their stamp of quality on the folding bike.   

Here a picture of our first frame construction:

Now, 3 years down the road, we're ready: we would now like to introduce the VELLO, a bike that combines ease of fold with high-performance.  

Part of the VELLO bike team
Part of the VELLO bike team

Innovation in Design and Engineering

These innovative elements can be found on all VELLO models:

New folding system. Half-folding and rolling with a simple kick! The specially designed, easy folding mechanism has been optimized in a way that you don’t need to bend nor hassle with various hinges. The bike can be folded in half with one move and in one second without having to use your hands. Just flip the back wheel with your foot and roll the compact bike wherever you need to go. Take it along with you into small elevators, to your office or onto busy public transportation systems!

Magnet release + suspension in one: specially developed magnet release system combined with rear suspension. It was developed in a way that both functions, the folding mechanism and the suspension, are integrated in one design element, thereby saving on extra weight. The suspension helps to smoothen the ride on bumpy streets or pavements. 

Steel frame and unique design. The unique unisex bike frame is stable and shock absorbent, thus perfect for any terrain in urban areas. The design patented steel frame is characterized by two parallel running frames giving it extra stability and durability.

Front- and backlights integrated into seat post clamps (patent pending). You can ride at any time of day or night without having to think about bringing your bicycle lights along and, as they are integrated, they are well protected against theft.

Personalized and unique bike identification code. The code serves as a deterrent against theft. Every bike comes with an ID code which can be linked to your online profile on the VELLO website. The ID, in the form of a code, is placed under the varnish to protect it from vandalization.

The VELLO Models

VELLO bike offers three unique models to accommodate all riding styles in the city.

VELLO URBANO - for the relaxed ride
VELLO URBANO - for the relaxed ride
VELLO ROCKY - for the adventurous ride
VELLO ROCKY - for the adventurous ride
VELLO SPEEDSTER - for the fast ride
VELLO SPEEDSTER - for the fast ride

VELLO URBANO - designed for a relaxed ride

Urbano is fully equipped for all types of weather. The fenders and lights are integrated in the frame making the bike a sturdy companion even in the rain and at night. A front carrier is included on the Urbano. 

CHARACTERISTICS:
•Use of high-end city bike components•Comfortable, upright sitting for leisurely explorations in the city. Fenders and rack included•Moustache handlebars•8 speeds•Straight riding position

VELLO ROCKY - designed for all terrains in the city

Rocky is built with trekking and MTB bike components. Equipped with tires for responsive handling, 10 speeds and straight handlebars, it defies rough patches in the city.

CHARACTERISTICS:•Use of high-end trekking bike components•Secure grip and straight handlebar allowing a slightly forward-leaning sitting posture•10 speeds•Fenders included

VELLO SPEEDSTER - designed for racing in the city

The narrow high-pressure tires and the drop racing handlebar allow for an aerodynamic riding position and minimal rolling resistance. Speedster has 10 speeds and is equipped with some of the best racing bike components.

CHARACTERISTICS:•Use of high-end racing bike components•Narrow high-pressure tires•10 speeds•Aerodynamic, forward-leaning sitting position for fast riding•drop racing handlebar•Brooks leather saddle and leather bar tape •Optional: fenders

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Where we currently stand with VELLO!

We've developed several prototypes in an iterative process seeking users' feedback at every step of its development. The feedback from our first users have been overwhelmingly positive! All the technical drawings are ready for serial production, all we need to do now is to work on some minor details which have to do with the branding of the bike. But that is a matter of a couple of weeks. We will start production in the winter and should be able to send you the bike in the spring of 2015 - so that you are one of the first to get your VELLO bike. We'd like to stay in touch with you to get your suggestions and feedback on your riding experience!

Help us untap VELLO's potential!  

With USD 25 000, we will offer a front rack for free to all our backers who order a bike!

With USD 50 000 we will be able to produce various colors. 

If your reward is a bike, we will get in touch with you directly regarding your preferred color. 

Some of the possible colors
Some of the possible colors

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The VELLO impact

We are committed to environmental sustainability. Our goals include to reduce the carbon footprint by optimizing the production process continuously, to strive to use resources efficiently and to minimize carbon emission. We will abide by the waste management regulations as well as all other environment legislation and prevent waste as best as possible.

Introducing the core team

VELLO bike is the brainchild of Valentin Vodev and Valerie Wolff.

Valentin Vodev is a Product Designer. He holds two Master's Degrees from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and from the Royal College of Art in London. He had developed several acclaimed mobility products, among others the Roller Buggy. Furthermore, he is a three-time winner of the International Bicycle Design Award as well as a recipient of a Red Dot Design Award. 

Valerie Wolff is the co-founder. She has a background, among others, in Economics from Bard College, New York. Aside from influencing the design of the bike, she is in charge of business development, public relations, marketing and the budget.

Contact

If you like us - spread the word!! We are so thankful for any support we can get to finish the last steps of the VELLO bike project!

If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact us by either using the "Ask a question" button below, send an email to hello@vello.bike.

Risiken und Herausforderungen

We have already completed the design, prototyping and test phase. The bike frames will be made in Europe by a producer we know and trust and the bike will be assembled by us. We are therefore very confident to be able to produce the bikes in time. However, we need to rely on third parties for delivery and that could cause a delay in the shipment. However, as we are planning ahead for all eventualities, we think that the delay in the delivery is unlikely to happen.

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    REAR LIGHT for Seat Post Clamp - one of the VELLO innovations that fits most bike frames (35 mm)

    Always want to make sure you have your bike lights along? And want to make it harder for your lights to get stolen? Then this rear light integrated in the clamp is a good choice. Size: 35 mm seat clamp for use with 31.6 or 31.8 mm posts. Free shipping.

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    EARLY BIRD - VELLO Urbano

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    Our first supporters get a special price. Be one of the first to ride the VELLO Urbano, personally signed by the designer! The innovative folding bike is built with premium components and designed for urban mobility. Foldable fenders, 8 speeds and a front rack ensure a great ride in the city. VELLO bikes are handmade in limited edition in Europe.

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    EARLY BIRD - VELLO Rocky

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    Our first supporters get a special price. Be one of the first to ride the VELLO Rocky, personally signed by the designer! Rocky is built with high-end trekking and MTB bike components. Equipped with tires for responsive handling, 10 speeds, and straight handlebars, it defies any rough patches in the city. VELLO bikes are handmade and produced in limited edition in Europe. Free shipping.

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    VELLO Rocky

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    EARLY BIRD - VELLO Speedster

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    Our first supporters get a special price. Be one of the first to ride the VELLO Speedster, personally signed by the designer! Our VELLO Speedster model was especially developed for the ones who like it fast. 10 speeds, narrow high-pressure tires and a drop racing handlebar allow for an aerodynamic riding position and minimal rolling resistance. Speedster comes with high-end racing bike components. VELLO bikes are handmade and produced in limited edition in Europe. Free shipping.

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    VELLO Speedster

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    Be one of the first to ride the VELLO Speedster, personally signed by the designer! Our VELLO Speedster model was especially developed for the ones who like it fast. 10 speeds, narrow high-pressure tires and a drop racing handlebar allow for an aerodynamic riding position and minimal rolling resistance. Speedster comes with high-end racing bike components. VELLO bikes are handmade and produced in limited edition in Europe. Free shipping.

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    CUSTOMIZE YOUR VELLO

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    Get your individual VELLO bike – any color and with top-end components. As a special thank you we would also like to give you some of the original sketches of the VELLO bike. VELLO bikes are handmade and produced in limited edition in Europe. Free shipping.

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