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The Vielo R+1 is a radical new 1x disc brake road bike - we interview its designer

We speak to the designer of the new Vielo R+1 at the 2019 Cycle Show

There were many hot bikes on display at the 2019 Cycle Show but possibly the most interesting from a design point of view was the new Vielo R+1. We chatted with designer and company founder Ian Hughes about this radical design. 

We've already had an exclusive first look at the second bike from the new British company and you can read all about it here. To recap, it's a road bike designed entirely around disc brakes and a 1x drivetrain, with a focus on both comfort and aerodynamics. 

The R+1 is designed around disc brakes with clearance for up to 30mm wide tyres and is only compatible with a 1x drivetrain, not dissimilar to the 3T Strada we tested a couple of years ago. Just like that bike, the new R+1 will divide opinion, many of which I'm sure will be aired in the comments section. 

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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RobD | 4 years ago

My only real criticism would be that it 'only' has clearance for 32mm tyres, I'd have expected a bit more, but I suppose that's when you run into aero issues

bendertherobot | 4 years ago

Be interesting to see how much more radically comfortable that rear end is to something that looks, on the surface, similar, like the Ribble Endurance?

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