You should be seeing more Vivelo frames on UK roads soon now that the brand has UK distribution through Cycling Components.
Do you know where Vivelo are from? Have a guess. Nope, have another guess. Still wrong. The brand is Bulgarian. It was established in 2007 and was supplying Pro Continental teams by 2009. Now they provide the bikes for the Caja Rural team, among others, which has a wild card entry for this year’s Vuelta a España.
Cycling Components will be supplying three framesets: the Vivelo Arc RS, the Erg RS and the Erg ISP. They’re all race-focussed, designed to provide the maximum power transfer without feeling excessively harsh.
The top-of-the-range option is the £1,750 Arc RS, a high-modulus carbon monocoque frame/fork with a tapered (1 1/8in to 1 1/2in) head tube, oversized bottom bracket and internal cabling. The down tube is designed to be aerodynamic while the seat tube curves around the rear wheel.
Vivelo give the frame weight as 980g (52cm model) with the fork at 320g. A headset and carbon fork are included in the package.
Cycling Components will also offer the Arc ISP which is soon to be released. It’s a similar frame but with an integrated seatpost – hence the ISP – and it’ll be priced at £2,195.
The Erg ISP will be priced at £1,595 and the Erg RS at £1,395. Like the Arc, the Erg frames are high-modulus carbon fibre – but with a unidirectional rather than a 3K finish, You also get a tapered head tube and internal cabling, but the down tube and seat tube have conventional profiles rather than aero shaping. Vivelo’s official frame weight for the RS version is 970g (52cm model). That’s pretty darn light, even for a small frame size.
The Vivelo framesets are now listed on the Cycling Components website and you’ll soon have the option of various different bike builds.
Vivelo offer a range of colour schemes, and customers get to choose either a gloss or matte finish. They also offer a Personalised Frameset System that allows you to select your own colour scheme and have your own name and national flag applied for the full pro look.
Cycling Components hope to be able to add this feature on their own website, although for the time being you have to visit the Vivelo site. Get yourself along there and have a play – it’s good fun.
We’ll put on our politest voice and ask nicely if we can get a Vivelo in for review.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.