When Vielo first debuted, their original V+1 was an all-road bike developed for British riders looking to be free from the constraints of smooth tarmac. Now three years later, that same V+1 has been reborn as a full-on gravel bike, still ready to take you on adventures from road to off-road with two different lightweight carbon frame options…
Vielo V+1 updated, more capable lightweight carbon gravel bikes
The new gravel Vielo V+1 looks quite similar to its original all-road iteration, but a complete redesign brings a number of key tweaks to make the 1x gravel bike more capable across a wide mix of terrain, yet just as fast as ever. Subtle reshaping give the bike and hourglass headtube up front, and wider-set symmetric stays in the back.
The new gravel Vielo V+1 employs all-new geometry with more bottom bracket drop, longer 435mm chainstays, slightly slackened head angle, a bit lower stack, and longer reach. All of it is said to put the rider’s weight a bit lower and further forward for improved handling and stability at speed off-road.
Overall, the V+1 is going to feel more capable off-road with the goal of maintaining on-road speed, and still in 5 standard frame sizes (XXS-XL).
The bike also moves to a fully 1x-only design with a stiffer symmetric chainstay & BB layout, again coming with a wide Token Ninja EVO PF86 bottom bracket
Out back, the same thinned & curved comfort seatstays move outward to fit bigger tires, now with ample room for 700c x 45mm or 650b x 50mm tires. Even with more tire clearance, Vielo founder Ian Hughes still sees the V+1 as a fast ‘race’ performance gravel bike, rather than a technical off-road bikepacking machine.
The other big update, the V+1 now is offered with a standard Strato carbon layup (1100g) and a lighter-weight Alto frame (880g) to fit a wider range of budgets. Although the V+1 still isn’t exactly cheap, it seems that exchange rates have driven up the price in British £ as the new Strato is priced higher than the lighter original.
Into the key details, the bike still uses 12mm thru-axles, but now is updated for flat mount disc brake calipers.
The Vielo V+1 features a 1.5″ tapered carbon steerer, conventional modular internal cable routing (optimized for moto brake setup), a hidden wedge clamp for the 30.9mm seatpost (with stealth dropper routing), hidden full-coverage fender compatibility, and plenty of bottle cage mounts. The new V+1 gets a 3-pack of bosses on the downtube so you can mount a single bottle lower, plus seattube, under BB, and toptube/bento mounts, as well. Not fork leg mounts, again focusing on speed over hauling capacity.
Vielo also has added to option for their own direct mount alloy chainrings (38-46T options) that fit SRAM carbon cranks, CNC-machined out of 7075 billet for max stiffness. Or you can opt for Vielo’s drop forged alloy crank arms too.
Vielo V+1 – Pricing, options & availability
The new Vielo V+1 is available either as a £3400 Strato or £3900 Alto frameset, or in several complete bike builds. Vielo doesn’t do black, so the V+1 is offered in one of four satin pastel paint jobs – Apple Green or Plum for the lower-priced Strato frames, Rock Salt Pink or Blue Stone for the lighter Alto framesets.
Complete Vielo V+1 Strato bikes start at £4800 with Shimano GRX mechanical, or £5700 with Campagnolo’s 13-speed Ekar gravel gruppo.
Vielo V+1 Alto complete bike builds start with Shimano GRX Di2 from £6000 or a SRAM Force AXS Mullet build from £6300.
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The first framesets & complete bikes (in M only it seems) will be delivered direct to customers and international dealers by the end of April, with remaining sizes becoming available throughout summer 2021 to those who pre-order now.