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Is there a fully accessorized City E-bike of timeless elegance and a distinctive classic and stylish character on the market - and this at a total weight of just 18.7 kg (41 lb.)?

Not until now!

With velocipede-fogliaverde we change this! Ride in Style, E-smart and light weight.

Because a stylish and joyful journey is as important as the destination!

Meet the family of velocipede-fogliaverde E-smart City bikes. There are currently two members to the family:

Piacevole Corsa (available in 5 different colors).
Piacevole Corsa (available in 5 different colors).

 

La Specialita Ruggine (rust finishing)
La Specialita Ruggine (rust finishing)

velocipede-fogliaverde is the ultimate combination of form and function: Beautiful, classic design, inspired by the elegant cult bicycles of earlier days, innovative and smart E-technology, carefully chosen, useful accessories and a record setting light weight. Designed for modern urban riders and sophisticated commuters.

Together with our obsessive attention to the last detail, this adds up to precious pieces of workmanship, making every velocipede-fogliaverde bike a prized luxury vehicle. Hand-made with love and dedication.

Stripped down to the essentials (including E-smart hub, spring leather saddle, wooden pedals, brakes, hub dynamo, front and back lights, bamboo fenders, anti-puncture tires), the velocipede-fogliaverde E-smart bikes weigh a mere 15.0 kg (33 lb.), making them the probably lightest E-bikes on the market.

From this starting point we get our bikes ready for every day use by adding stylish, high end and useful accessories like a heavy duty lock in a leather case, a leather saddle bag with tools, two steel porters, wooden chain guard, leather carrying strap, kickstand, bell and reflectors. The result: The most stylish fully equipped E-smart City bikes at a record setting 18.7 kg (41 lb.).

The probably lightest E-bikes on the market!
The probably lightest E-bikes on the market!

Get around the City as stylish, smoothly and efficiently as possible – and enjoy the admiration of by-standers! 

At first sight you would not guess that our velocipede-fogliaverde bikes are full-fledged E-bikes. But they are!

E-bikes available on the market today are not for design enthusiasts. Large battery packs and bulky engines spoil the overall picture. The average weight of these bikes of 25 kg (55 lb.) or even more is not really appealing either.

velocipede-fogliaverde is different!

No wires. No visible battery. Simply beautiful!
No wires. No visible battery. Simply beautiful!

 

Hardly visible, the award winning and innovative E-hub with integrated battery from Zehus gets you ready for the smartest and most stylish ride around the City – a wonderful piece of tech! Your pedaling effort is automatically reduced by the engine. Need a big hand up a hill? No problem, you always get the power that you’re after – that’s smart. And it is regenerative too!

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Efficient and beautiful all-in-one design without any disturbing wiring or external battery. All necessary components are contained in the tiny and elegant rear hub, including brushless motor, batteries, electronics and sensors. Everything stays within 180 mm (7 in.) diameter and 120 mm (4.7 in.) width in an elegant chrome plated aluminum housing. So all components are sealed from the elements and no water or dirt can affect the electric parts. With a battery capacity of 160 Wh and a weight of just 3.0 kg (7.0 lb.) this E-hub has the best energy/ weight ratio on the market. And it looks great too!

How is this possible? The system uses advanced torque and slope sensors rather than a traditional axis sensor, so when set to the Bike+ hybrid mode, the engine supports the rider only when he needs power to accelerate or to ride up-hill. Because of this intelligent support, a lower capacity battery can be used that is lighter and much more efficient.

More efficient due to advanced technique with torque and slope sensors.
More efficient due to advanced technique with torque and slope sensors.

 

The award winning E-hub represents the next generation of E-technology. With a velocipede-fogliaverde bike you have an E-smart bike that, if set to the hybrid Bike+ mode, does not need to be recharged! The motor supports you when you need it during strenuous actions (starts, accelerations, up-hill) and recovers energy (kinetic energy recovery system KERS) when it would otherwise be lost (braking, higher constant speed or downhill). This technology seamlessly optimizes your efficiency while riding, decreasing your effort by 30-40%. It is the first non-plugin parallel hybrid E-hub on the market!

We are all connected, why shouldn’t your bike be? Low energy consuming Bluetooth connectivity allows you to connect your smartphone (App supported by iOS and Android) to the E-hub. From seven different pre-defined settings you select your favorite power mode and fitness benefit, you manage your trip data and even lock the bike. Your smartphone also acts as a gateway, allowing you access to services such as online diagnosis, bike-oriented navigation or mobility statistics.

Check your information dashboard. Customize your riding experience.
Check your information dashboard. Customize your riding experience.

 

 Electricbikereview, October 2014:

"(...) let’s talk about what makes this system awesome! (...)".

"(...) That’s the wow factor… it’s an electric bike system that “never has to be charged” because it’s constantly charging itself when you reach higher speeds or use it to stop. (...)"

 

 

  • Battery: 30V Li-Ion, 160 Wh.
  • Weight: 3 kg (7 lb.).
  • Top assisted speed: 25 km/h (16 mph).
  • Motor power: 250 W.
  • Charging unit 220V/ 110V.
  • Charging time: 2 hours.

The cut-off at 25 km/h (16 mph) makes the velocipede-fogliaverde a normal bicycle in European Union legal terms. This means there is no legal requirement for additional insurance coverage, no obligation to wear a helmet (even though we suggest wearing one for your own safety whenever riding your bicycle) or a license plate.

Ride in Style! With a number of colors and in addition one special finishing, but always the identical accessories, the choice is yours. All our models are designed as single speed bikes, as the smart E-hub always gives you the power needed.

The Piacevole Corsa is the consequent combination of classic virtues and modern requirements. The traditional geometry, taken from Italian racing bicycles of the sixties, appears elegant and dashing at the same time.

Piacevole Corsa perla mezzanotte
Piacevole Corsa perla mezzanotte

 

Piacevole Corsa perla mezzanotte, front and rear view.
Piacevole Corsa perla mezzanotte, front and rear view.

 

Piacevole Corsa perla mezzanotte, details.
Piacevole Corsa perla mezzanotte, details.

Our in-house designed steel handlebar results in a comfortable, because almost upright, riding position for the City. See and be seen in City traffic.

The frame is made of high quality Italian Columbus tubes, double butted, fully lugged and hand brazed.

Adding to the concise appearance of the Piacevole Corsa are the available colors. Depending on the exposure to light, the two layer paint with pearl effect appears in a slightly different color. It is available in the trendy colors „perla mezzanotte“ (midnight blue), „perla crema“ (creme), "perla azzuro“ (light blue), „perla custano“ (maroon) and „perla mela verde“ (apple green).

Great, trendy colors with pearl effect!
Great, trendy colors with pearl effect!

You’ll get to choose your preferred color after the campaign has concluded.

The built and accessories of our La Specialita are identical to the Piacevole Corsa. However, the finishing makes this bike different and very special.

What from distance appears like an old and worn frame actually is an exclusive jewel. No paint, but real rust!

La Specialita Ruggine
La Specialita Ruggine

 

La Specialita Ruggine, details.
La Specialita Ruggine, details.

Following the controlled rusting process, each frame is sealed with a transparent coating, freezing the rusting process at the current state. Frame and fork thus keep their stability, because the corrosion is just on the outside and purely superficial.

The Specialita Ruggine is true hand work and the manual rusting process makes each Ruggine unique as no two frames look the same.

E-smart, classic design, highest quality and light weight are our guiding principles. However, we compromise on three topics: safety, security and suitability for daily use. Therefore, your velocipede-fogliaverde bike comes fully equipped! There is no extra spending on lock, fenders, light, kickstand and so on. All accessories have been chosen carefully to meet our high standards.

Each velocipede-fogliaverde delivers the following:

 

Utility features.
Utility features.
  • Two chrome plated steel porters back and front with laser-cut logo, front porter with practical fixing strap.
  • Saddle bag in high grade leather with logo, containing a tool set, cleaning cloth with logo and a nylon cover for saddle and tool bag to protect against rain.
  • Fenders made of bamboo, chain guard in cherry wood.
  • Stylish pedals made of extremely dense sucupira wood.
  • Saddle and handle bar tape in high grade leather, saddle with springs and imprinted logo.
  • Carrying strap in leather for easy carriage up and down staircases.
  • A box of leather soap to protect your leather goods.
  • Kickstand.
  • All cables internally routed for a clean and elegant appearance.

 

Security features.
Security features.
  • Strong folding lock with key in a high grade leather case with imprinted logo and fixed to the seat tube.
  • E-smart rear hub that can be locked via App and personal pin code.
  • Serial number and QR code. Register your bike on our website with the bike’s unique serial number engraved on the bottom of the frame. In case your stolen bike gets found, the QR code on the frame allows the finder of your bike or police to get in touch with you via our website.
  • All removable parts like saddle bag, porter strap and carrying strap are secured with either rivets or screws against easy theft.

 

Safety features.
Safety features.
  • Dynamo hub powered front and back lights 3V-6W with on/ off switch. You are visible whenever you ride.
  • High quality brakes Tektro 559.
  • Anti-puncture tires with high density fabric layer for superior protection.
  • Bell.
  • Front and rear reflectors on pedals.
  • Reflector on rear porter.

Our bikes and accessories will be tested in accordance with, and fully complying with, European Union standard EN 14764, the most stringent bicycle safety standard.

 

Weight saving features.
Weight saving features.
  • Innovative and lightweight E-system with the best energy/ weight ratio on the market.
  • Smallest and lightest dynamo hub currently available.
  • Double butted high quality tubes – tubes are thinner where there is little pressure.
  • Skeleton seat post.
  • Drilled chain wheel.
  • Front wheel with just 32 spokes, rear wheel with 36 spokes.

Every single component of your velocipede-fogliaverde bike has been carefully chosen for its quality, durability, design and weight - down to each screw and rivet. Nothing has been overlooked.

Parts available on the market but not up to our standards or expectations, we have produced according to our own design exclusively for velocipede-fogliaverde, e.g. all leather goods, handle bar, fenders and chain guard, front and rear porters as well as front and back lights.

velocipede-fogliaverde bikes are designed and assembled in Switzerland to ensure highest quality and best workmanship.  

Piacevole Corsa: Fully lugged steel frame made of double butted and high-quality Italian Columbus tubes for optimized weight. Hand brazed for best quality and looks.

La Specialita Ruggine: Fully lugged and TIG hand welded steel frame in strong and lightweight 4130 CrMo quality. Tubes double butted for less weight.

What does double butted mean? The tube varies in thickness in order to save weight. At the ends, where the most pressure is, the tubes are slightly thicker and are thinner in the center where there is less pressure. Only the best for less weight – small things make the big difference.

What does lugged mean? The tubes are not simply welded onto each other, which would result in visible seams, but hand brazed into stylish lugs. Therefore, the tubes are seamlessly connected – small things make the big difference.

The details make the difference. Beautiful lugs.
The details make the difference. Beautiful lugs.

 

Lightweight and award winning design and technology, invented by a spin-off of the University of Milan, Italy. No ugly battery pack or cables disturb the overall picture.

The Shutter Precision dynamo hub is currently the smallest and lightest dynamo hub on the market. Thanks to its innovative technology, this hub has an extremely low rolling friction and high energy efficiency.

It’s the little details that make riding a velocipede-fogliaverde bike easy and comfortable.

The COBWEB technology in our 700x28C tires consists of a high density fabric laid between tread base and casing of the tire. An additional lightweight cloth barrier within the casing provides for even more superior protection.

Riding a bike should be fun, not painful. Engineered for comfort, the velocipede-fogliaverde design encourages a more comfortable riding position, relieving pressure on the rider’s back, spine and buttocks, while providing optimal power transfer and an unmatched comfort level.

The small details make the difference. We take pride in our brand, so our brand name is not simply printed on the frame but applied to the frame with 3-D aluminum plates.

The small details make us different. 3D name plates.
The small details make us different. 3D name plates.

 

We grant a two-year warranty on all our velocipede-fogliaverde bikes.

Once your velocipede-fogliaverde bike arrives, you’re only minutes away from your first ride (to enjoy your first E-support experience, however, the battery needs to be charged for approx. two hours). The assembly process requires no previous technical knowledge and no extra tools. All necessary tools are included and all steps are described in detail in the manual coming with your bike.

Our velocipede-fogliaverde bikes come with a standard frame size of 56 cm (22 in.). This size is ideal for riders of 170 cm (5.6 ft.) height or taller.

The foundation for velocipede-fogliaverde bikes was laid back in 2014.

I needed a bicycle to go on rides with our daughter who grew old enough to learn cycling. I was not looking for an ordinary bike, but an elegant City bike matching my high aspirations regarding design and quality and I wanted it to be fully equipped - a jewel on its own terms. But my market search for this unique, ready for everyday use and comfortable design City bike was quite disappointing. Shops were either full of sporty, colorful and high-tech racing bikes with as much as 21 gears but no accessories, clumsy mountain bikes with even more gears, stripped down single gear bikes without any accessories or heavy E-bikes with large and ugly battery packs and motors. So what to do?

As a hands-on person with strong technical skills I decided to realize my dream on my own. By accident I discovered the more than 25-year old racing bicycle of my wife in the basement of her parents’ house in 2014. I disassembled the bike down to the last screw and rebuilt it from scratch. The result was first expensive, as I had to buy all new parts in the retail market, and second it created such overwhelming feedback that a new plan took shape: build ultimately stylish, fully accessorized and E-smart City bikes for urban riders and commuters.

So I teamed up with an Italian industrial designer with long standing experience in the bicycle industry and a Swiss bike mechanic to design, develop and prototype the first velocipede-fogliaverde bikes. After almost two years of dedicated work and many night shifts we are now ready to hit the market!

The process of going from samples to series production involves extended testing for safety (homologation), organizing distribution logistics, re-testing the entire production and assembly processes and growing the team.

Our target: get our backers ready for the bike season 2017 starting spring 2017!

Our planning is quite conservative as we do not want to disappoint our backers with late delivery. One note, however: our below timeline is based on 250 bikes. Should our campaign exceed this, following orders will likely be shipped on a first come, first serve basis. In any case we will ensure a timely communication on delivery.

Ready for the start of the bike season 2017.
Ready for the start of the bike season 2017.

  

 

Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!

  

We will ship from Switzerland to any country listed below. Should your country of domicile not be listed, please get in touch with us and we check estimated shipping costs to your destination (info@velocipede-fogliaverde.ch).

Shipping costs (incl. insurance cover) for complete bikes will be charged separately just before delivery. The below shipping costs are confirmed as of the start of our Kickstarter campaign and may change until we ship in April 2017.

Li-Ion batteries are considered dangerous goods in transportation terms. Air freight is therefore quite complicated and requires the involvement of trained dangerous goods handlers. At current state we are in a position to offer air freight shipment to the United States and Canada, however, at rather expensive terms due to the stringent IATA rules. As an alternative, we can arrange for shipment by sea. Get in touch with us to determine the best method of overseas shipping.

CHF 45.00 (incl. insurance): Switzerland.

CHF 180.00 (incl. insurance): Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom.

CHF 190.00 (incl. insurance): Denmark, Finland, Greece, Norway, Sweden.

CHF 210.00 (incl. insurance): Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.

Transportation costs (incl. insurance) for complete bikes and any customs duties, associated taxes and charges are additional costs and are the responsibility of the individual backer.

To bring our velocipede-fogliaverde bicycles to the market, we need to raise CHF 300’000 (approx. USD 300'000). This is a large amount, yes, however,

  • targeting this funding goal will help us to fulfill given MOQ-terms (Minimum Order Quantity) from our suppliers. We added various accessories that are custom-made just for velocipede-fogliaverde and thus make your bike quite unique.
  • our velocipede-fogliaverde bikes are of the highest quality, hand made and come fully equipped with many unique and useful accessories not included in other, cheaper, offerings.
  • there is no cheap China factor. We source the best parts globally and assemble our bikes for quality reasons in Switzerland.

The funds raised obviously also have to cover costs for the Kickstarter platform and credit card/ money transfer fees as well as Swiss income taxes.

velocipede-fogliaverde wants to bring stylish bike riding back to the cities around the globe. With the global reach of Kickstarter, we believe to be able to do so and make our vision become reality. 

Let us bring more stylish, E-smart and light-weight bikes to our Cities!

velocipede-fogliaverde is all set and ready for larger scale production. The only thing missing is your support!

We hope you are inspired and excited about supporting velocipede-fogliaverde. We truly believe there is no better, more stylish and lighter E-smart City bicycle for the urban rider or commuter on the market.

We would be highly thankful if you kick-started our project by backing us. If you are not in the market for the most stylish City E-bikes, please spread the word by sharing our project with your friends.

Thank you in advance for making velocipede-fogliaverde a success story.

 

Any questions or not yet persuaded as to why you should invest in a velocipede-fogliaverde bike?

Please contact me directly by email under peter@velocipede-fogliaverde.ch. I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges

You trust and invest in us, so we do everything we can to minimize the risks involved. You can take comfort that velocipede-fogliaverde is run by experienced and seasoned business people with passion and ambition.

All the tough work of designing, defining specifications, sourcing of parts, designing of production and assembly processes as well as logistics has been done. Final factory samples built on our assembly line have been tested and approved. So we are ready to go.

If unexpected issues with production or fulfillment do come up, we will be sure to update our backers in a timely manner and we will do everything in our power to ensure full customer satisfaction.

Forecasting Risk.
We’ve done our very best to create a solid production plan, involving all our partners delivering the various parts. Our production and delivery timeline is based on 250 bikes. Should our campaign generate interest beyond that, we’ll let you know as quickly as possible whether the time line can also be kept for orders beyond 250 bikes.

Supply Chain Risk.
We have estimated conservatively for lead times on our components and materials. However, this is one area that is out of our direct control and component delays or unexpected shortages may occur. If this happens, we’ll be sure to keep you informed and work towards quickly solving the problem.

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    Spring saddle and skeleton seat post.

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    LA SPECIALITA RUGGINE - real rust.

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