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Sneak peek: Vielo V+1 Road Plus bike

New British brand's first model is designed for everything from tarmac to gravel and off-road tracks

This is the new V+1 Road Plus bike from Vielo, a UK brand that says it is “on a mission to create a small range of high performance bikes in an honest way, for British customers, to cope with British riding conditions”. The V+1 is designed for everything from tarmac to gravel and off-road tracks.

Vielo is the brainchild of Ian and Trevor Hughes, a father and son team that also distributes Lightweight wheels in the UK. We know Ian and Trevor pretty well here at but we’ve yet to see the V+1 for ourselves so all of this info comes from them.

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The V+1 centres on a unidirectional carbon frame with a claimed weight of just 890g, and a 400g carbon fork. The frame features a tapered head tube (1 1/8in upper bearing, 1 1/2in lower bearing) and is designed exclusively for a 1x groupset (with a single chainring matched to a wide-ranging cassette) and disc brakes. Those disc brakes are post mount rather than flat mount in order to allow the use of larger rotors. Vielo uses a 140mm disc at the rear but a 170mm disc up front for the extra stopping power required if you're riding the bike fully laden. 

Both the frame and fork use Token's A2T thru axle system that requires just two turns to secure a wheel.

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The flat and wide chainstays and seatstays are designed to promote give at the rear of the frame for comfort over rough roads.

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The V+1 can take tyres up to 42mm wide on 700c wheels, or up to 2.1in if you go for smaller diameter 650b wheels. You also get UK-specific internal cable routing (most of the rest of the world operates the front brake with the left hand lever), discreet mudguard mounts and rack mounts. 

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Vielo reports that optional upgrades include Lightweight Wegweiser wheels and a RockShox Reverb dropper seatpost that’s operated by the left hand shift paddle rather than via a separate remote lever (with no front derailleur there’s no need for left hand shifter).

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The V+1 frameset is priced at £2,999 with complete bikes – fitted with Vielo’s own carbon seatpost and handlebars and assembled in the UK – starting at £5,299.

The V+1 will be available from February in a small number of independent bike dealers where you’ll also be able to organise a test ride.

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Those are all the details we have right now although Vielo says that a range of road bikes, also 1x specific and designed for UK customers and conditions, are currently in development with the aim of July delivery.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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