The New Vitesse 500 from VeloVie: The Stallion of the Stable
The Vitesse 500 from VeloVie Bicycles is a dark, stealthy, horsepower-house of carbon. If road bikes had engines, the Vitesse 500 would have a hole cut out in the hood with a rumbling blower motor.
In a road bike, we’re all looking for balance; aerodynamics, comfort, stiffness, weight, responsiveness, etc. Trouble is, we know that in the search for balance, we have to play the “give and take” game. Give up some stiffness, for weight loss. Cut some grams but loose the comfort. It’s a vicious circle, really. The Vitesse 500, however, captures the balance we all want.
The geometry is highly aerodynamic, using VeloVie’s Carbon Axis Formula. It has a sloping toptube to get that “compact” ride quality and a big powerful tapered headtube to steer the ship. The seat stays go from thick and triangular to thick and boxy at the wheel. The chain stays look like thick blocks of bacon, like the Achilles tendon of a heavyweight boxer. You’ll appreciate those even more when you hit a pothole going 45mph on a big decent.
When you build your VeloVie Vitesse 500, you get to pick your group set, pick your wheels, pick your handlebars, pick your crank length, etc. Available with a BB30-designed SRAM Apex, Force 22, or Red 22 and a choice of 4 different Reynolds wheels, from basics to full-race-ready 66mm carbon Strikes. Outfitted with an FSA alloy cockpit stock, you can trade in the alloy for carbon for only $399.
As much as has been said about the bike, the best part is the price tag. Coming in thousands of dollars less then some of its competitors, this bike is absolutely gushing with value.