Velocite Bikes

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Velocite Tech. Co Ltd
Private company
IndustryBicycles
Founded2008 (2008)
FounderVictor Major
HeadquartersKaohsiung, Taiwan
Key people
Victor Major, CEO
ProductsBicycles and related components
Websitewww.velocite-bikes.com

Velocite Bikes is a Taiwanese manufacturer of racing bicycle, mountain bike frames, bicycle wheels and other bicycle components. Notable collaboration partners include the National Cheng Kung University, National Center for High-Performance Computing,[1] Oxeon[2] and Acer Inc.[3][4][5] Velocite specializes in carbon fiber composite products, but also manufactures bicycle frames and components using aluminium alloys. Its core bicycle frame models include the road bike frames "Magnus", "Geos", "Selene" and mountain bike frames "Flux", and "Flux Alloy". The firm is also one of the few manufacturers of full carbon road tubeless wheels, the "Velocite RT50".[6] The firm have been sponsoring the UK based Matrix Fitness Racing Academy women's cycling team since 2012.[7][8]

History[edit]

Velocite Bikes was founded in 2008 by the present CEO Victor Major. Prior to starting the brand, Major ran and managed Cycle Taiwan for 2 years. Cycle Taiwan was a cycling community website for English speakers.[9] focussed on providing riding and equipment information for English speaking riders during the time in Taiwan before cycling for sport, or recreation were popular. At that time it was the only active English language cycling website in Taiwan. Seeing the opportunity for racing bicycle production, he launched Velocite Bikes with four original carbon fiber bicycle frame models; "Velocite Helios", "Velocite Magnus", "Velocite Isoflow" and "Velocite Flux", and a line of carbon fiber wheels, "Velocite Noir".

In 2015 Velocite released the world's first composite rims made using filament winding and launched a new OEM brand, Venn.[10] The Venn Rev 35 wheels series (TCC - rim brake specific tubeless clincher, TCD - disc brake specific tubeless clincher and TUC - rim brake specific tubular) made with the rims manufactured by filament winding technology received a 2015 Taipei Cycle d&i Award, 2015 Eurobike Award and the inaugural 2017 Velofollies Flanders Bike Valley Innovation Award.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

In 2016 Velocite BVBA was set up in Belgium at the newly opened Flanders Bike Valley[17] facility. Velocite BVBA serves as a distribution and R&D center for Venn and Velocite products for European and pan European markets.

Patent dispute with Cicli Pinarello[edit]

In January Velocite accused Cicli Pinarello[18] of taking the patented[19] and copyrighted original research performed by Velocite dealing with integration of a round water bottle into the airflow through use of a concave downtube. Velocite developed the aerodynamic solution during 2014 and launched the Velocite Syn aero road bike featuring the concave downtube at the 2015 Taipei Cycle Show.[20] Pinarello released the Bolide TT bicycle featuring the concave downtube over a year later in May 2016[21] and a Dogma F10 bicycle in January 2017.[22] The Dogma F10 marketing information also makes use of the Velocite Syn wind tunnel data.[23] At the time of launch of the Dogma F10, Pinarello did not present any wind tunnel, or simulation results data that indicates independent work. Pinarello is disputing the rights of Velocite to the aerodynamically functional concave downtube design and associated airflow data and are insisting that they have the right to incorporate the design into their bicycle designs and use the data in their marketing materials.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Velocite plan to "revolutionize aero bicycle design"". Road.cc. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Velocite signs carbon R&D deal with Oxeon". BikeBiz.
  3. ^ "Acer partners with Taiwanese firm for bike manufacturing". Focus Taiwan. 2012-09-30. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Taiwan Foreign Community National Local Foreign Affairs China-Taiwan Relations Business Arts & Leisure Analysis Acer partners with local firm for bike manufacturing". The China Post. The China Post. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Deploying General Purpose GPUs in a Manufacturing Environment: Software and CFD Development in Bicycle Manufacturing (Presented by Acer Inc.)". GPU Technology Conference. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Velocite RT50 tubeless carbon wheelset". Road.cc. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Stefan Wyman: The costs and benefits of sponsoring a women's team". Podium Cafe.
  8. ^ Sutton, Mark. "Matrix Fitness, Velocite and Vulpine get behind women's cycling". BikeBiz. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  9. ^ "深耕國際自行車市場 紹凱揚名國際" (PDF). 主辦單位. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Velocite's New Venn Composite Rims Break The Mold w/ Filament Wound, Single Strand Carbon Construction". Bikerumor.com.
  11. ^ "Velocite is de winnaar van de Start-up Innovation Award met de Venn Filament gewonden fietsvelgen". Cycling.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  12. ^ "Venn Rev 35 TCD". Eurobike Awards. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Venn Rev 35 TCC". iF Design. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  14. ^ "World Premiere; Automated Manufactured Carbon Rims". Bike Europe. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Velocite Unveils Filament Wound Carbon Fibre Bike Rims". Composites Today. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  16. ^ "Velocite launches award winning filament wound full carbon rims". JEC Composites. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Velocite | Flanders' Bike Valley". www.flandersbikevalley.be. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  18. ^ "Pinarello stole my patented design, says composites guru". Bikebiz. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  19. ^ "Velocite concave downtube patentVelocite Bikes blog, news and updates | Velocite Bikes blog, news and updates". blog.velocite-bikes.com. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  20. ^ "Velocite reveals new Syn aero road bike". road.cc. 2015-03-20. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  21. ^ "Pinarello unleashes lighter and sleeker new Bolide time trial bike - Cycling Weekly". Cycling Weekly. 2016-05-16. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  22. ^ "Pinarello unveil the new Dogma F10 - Gallery | Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  23. ^ "Velocite Syn first wind tunnel runVelocite Bikes blog, news and updates | Velocite Bikes blog, news and updates". blog.velocite-bikes.com. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  24. ^ "Pinarello says it needs more information on Velocite patent infringement claims". Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. Retrieved 2017-03-09.