After several years of development, Velocite is ready to introduce a ground breaking new aero road frame, the Velocite Helios Aero. The frame is a result of collaboration with world championship winning aero bike designer, Lewis Mathiske. The Velocite Helios Aero utilises Lewis’ exceptional aerodynamics knowledge obtained over the years working with top riders, and specialist low speed wind tunnels in Australia.
Helios Aero is unique in that it is currently the only aero road frame that satisfies two main objectives for a high performance aero road frame:
- true aero profiles within the maximum allowable limits as set by the UCI
- unsurpassed lateral stiffness matching, or exceeding the stiffness of non-aero high performance road frames, at no significant weight premium
Until now, gaining true aerodynamic benefits and at the same time achieving superior frame stiffness was difficult, with designers having to make a choice between the two.
Velocite accomplished this challenging task by utilising the best available carbon fibre composite materials and manufacturing methods in the manufacture of the Helios Aero. The advanced carbon fibre layup features extensive use of ultra high modulus carbon fibre while the high compression moulding technology ensures that both the interior and exterior of the frame are completely smooth, free of wrinkles and manufacturing debris.
Special design features such as the full carbon BB30 shell and an asymmetric head tube with carbon fibre races and a 1.5” bottom bearing ensure that the Velocite Helios Aero can climb and descend as well as the highest performance non-aero road frames.
The high compression moulding technology and the resulting smoothness of the interior of the frame enabled Velocite to implement internal cable routing entirely without internal guide tubes, allowing perfect shifting performance. This also makes the Helios Aero frame compatible with the Shimano Di2 and other emerging shift-by-wire systems.
Velocite Helios Aero uses a full carbon monocoque aero fork with a narrow profile, wide stance and carbon dropouts. The tapered 1.5” carbon steerer ensures the best stability and confidence when descending, or sprinting.
To ensure perfect fit and offer maximum versatility of use, the aero seatpost features 48mm of fore-aft adjustability allowing extreme set-forward saddle position for use as a time trial, triathlon or iron man competition bike. Saddle position of almost above the bottom bracket as well as up to 40mm of setback can be achieved using the same seatpost.
The Velocite Helios Aero bike is best suited for riders seeking the ultimate multi-stage race bike, a versatile triathlon and Ironman bike, or a technical course time trial bike.
Size medium frame weighs 1250g and will start shipping in April 2011. Other sizes will become available from June. Price for the frame set is $2999, while a complete Shimano Dura-Ace bike with high profile carbon clincher wheels is $6999.
About Velocite Bikes
Launched in 2009, Velocite is a national entrepreneurship award winning manufacturer dedicated to making high performance bicycles, bicycle frames, wheels and components. Velocite is a company focused on achieving engineering excellence where the first and foremost priority is to apply the relevant engineering and scientific principles when developing new products in order to deliver the best riding experience. Additionally, the company is also committed to grass-roots cyclist development and has since 2009 run a sponsorship program for amateur cyclists worldwide.