There was a new Vielo that caught my eye at Sea Otter. The paint caught my eye at first, but then I noticed how clean the frame was — no plugs, no drilling, and very hot pink. It was the boutique bike brand Vielos’ newest offering to the gravel world, the V+1 Race Edition and it looks very fast.

Vielo V+1 Race Edition Gravel Bike logo

Vielos’ new V+1 Race Edition is a fully wireless 1X frameset. The frame itself is the Vielo V+1 Alto frameset (880g) and it passes on the drilling, instead routing everything through the company’s one-piece stem bar combo. There are no cables, no holes, and the bike is fully optimized for 1X drive trains. The result is a spotless, fast-looking machine with a very attractive paint job.

Vielo V+1 Race Edition Gravel Bike Sea Otter

Vielo Founder Ian Hughes explained, “The V+1 Race Edition follows the same design ethos as the R+1 Alto road bike. If you’re going to build it with a wireless group set, why not make the frame exclusively wireless?”

Vielo V+1 Race Edition Gravel Bike drive train

The Vielo V+1 Race Edition comes in three different build options and all are exclusively SRAM; Red, Force, and Rival XPLR. The model on display boasted a SRAM Red XPLR group set, Hope RX4+ brake calipers, Zipp 303 Firecrest wheels, Vielo carbon thru-axles, 3d printed carbon saddle, and Vielo’s one-piece carbon stem combo bars.

Vielo V+1 Race Edition Gravel Bike seat post

What about that paint job?

Vielo chose an Acid Red (pink?) to Orange fade paint job to compliment the updated frame. The fade (if you look closely) is an explosion of tiny ‘V+1s’ transitioning between the different colors ways.

Vielo V+1 Race Edition Gravel Bike fade paint job

Vielos’ second-generation V+1 gravel bike may look similar to the previous model, but it’s gone through quite a few changes. The frame gets slick updates; curved, flat, wide seat stays now take up to 50mm tires but the bike maintains a similar ride to the previous generation.

Vielo V+1 Race Edition Gravel Bike paint job

The chainstay and bottom bracket are now symmetrical, optimizing the frame entirely for 1x while retaining the ability to run 700 x 50mm tires without a dropped drive-side chainstay. This bike won’t take a front derailleur, so don’t even think about it. The extra-wide down tube to bottom bracket shell shares the same 1X concept as the Vielo R+1 road bike.

Vielo V+1 Race Edition Gravel Bike chainline

“We wanted to keep all the original frame’s key features. Specifically, we’ve become known for the light, fast, and comfortable gravel bike ride quality. Plus, I wanted to position the new V+1 as a fast (race) performance gravel bike, rather than a fat tire drop bar mountain bike or load-lugging, bike-packing type bike.” Said Hughes

Vielo V+1 Race Edition Gravel Bike headtube

The updated headtube now has an hourglass shape, similar to most aero ones on that market, and uses a 1″ 1/8th- 1″ 1/2″ tapered headset. Vielos’ new V+1 boasts an updated fork that increases tire clearance while improving the fork stiffness.

Vielo V+1 Race Edition Gravel Bike carbon thru axles

Along with the new V+1 Race Edition gravel bike Vielo showed off some very cool, and very light accessories. Vielo is now offering its carbon fiber thru-axles for sale, as well as its single ring optimized chainrings.  The chainrings work with the Vielo crankset or any eight bolt direct mount crankset.

Vielo V+1 geometry and sizes

Vielo V+1 Race Edition Gravel Bike geo

Vielo V+1 pricing and build options

The Vielo V+1 Race Edition is available in three SRAM build options:

• SRAM Red eTap XPLR $13,000
• SRAM Force eTap XPLR $9,170
• SRAM Rival eTap XPLR $7,890

It’s available now for pre-order from 40 Vielo dealers worldwide. The first delivery is expected in early May 2022. For more information and to get on the waitlist go to Vielo. cc

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Jon McLaughlin
Jon McLaughlin
1 month ago

I’ve lusted after these for quite a while, but was concerned about customs bringing one into the USA… Can we buy them stateside? I ask because you quoted USD pricing…

Trevor Hughes
1 month ago
Reply to  Jon McLaughlin

Sure can! Our Dealer page lists all the retailers we’re working with https://www.vielo.cc/pages/dealers

Cheers
Trevor @ Vielo

Adam Kaplan
1 month ago
Reply to  Jon McLaughlin

Yes! I sell them in Chicago IL. Easy company to work with and the bikes look and ride amazingly well.

Ian Hughes
1 month ago
Reply to  Jon McLaughlin

Please take a look on the Vielo website for US dealers

Collin S
Collin S
1 month ago

Lol, a bike with rival for nearly 8 grand. Bike prices are insane these days.

Adam Kaplan
1 month ago
Reply to  Collin S

They offer Strato framesets that are easily 1200$ less and only about 100g heavier in the frame. Ride is the same for both. Premium product and can be built to different price points. We customize them all the time for higher and lower prices than what is shown here.

whatever
whatever
1 month ago
Reply to  Collin S

The way so many companies have nearly doubled their prices over the last two years, I’m probable permanently on the sideline. You have to draw the line at some point.

Mike D
Mike D
1 month ago

Insane? More like out of control!

David
David
1 month ago

I’m guessing you must be meaning ‘off the peg’ or something?

Peter
1 month ago

Proud to be selling your brand!