Vielo made its debut last year with a carbon gravel/all-road machine. Now, the British brand is launching an aero road bike loaded with interesting features that make it stand out from the pack.
The R+1 is one of a small but growing number of road bikes designed exclusively for 1x drivetrains. In the case of aero-road frames, designing around a single chainring allows for wind-cheating Kamm-tail tube profiles with an oversized bottom bracket shell and wide-set chainstays to bolster frame stiffness. Vielo claims the R+1 is 30 percent stiffer than comparable aero frames designed for 2x drivetrains.
In keeping with its aero intentions, the carbon frame lacks cable routing. The Vielo R+1 is designed around SRAM’s 1×12 wireless AXS Red and Force wireless electronic groupsets. Thankfully, the R+1 still includes mounts on the top tube for a bento box and a pair of bottle mounts inside the main triangle.
Aero roads frames may be fast, but they’re not always comfortable. Vielo sought to improve vertical compliance through the use of kinked seatstays that give the frame its striking lines.
Vielo plans to bring its frames and complete bikes to the US through partnerships with select bike shops. Riders can also buy directly through Vielo. The R+1 frameset with the company’s integrated bar and stem retails for $5200.
Learn more at www.vielo.cc.