If you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a Vuelo Velo in the wild, take a long, hard look. They don’t hang around for too long, just enough to fleetingly take in their details. When I heard that the newest Vuelo Velo, Twisted V8, was on display at Sydney’s Deus CYCLEWORKS store, I brought my camera along, hoping to capture one of these elusive frames.
Martin Renwick is the designer behind Vuelo Velo, an ex-road racer and member of the Australian National Team. Years on the bike in a race situation taught Marty about the nuances of efficient bike design — which he now transfuses into each Vuelo Velo. You may recognize the titanium V1 track bike, whose tubes gracefully arc and sweep, or the Copenhagen, with its girder front fork.
Twisted V8 is an evolution of the Shimano Di2-equipped Vuelo 8 featured on Cycle EXIF in February 2011. The latest Vuelo Velo was contracted by ENVE Composites to showcase their components and debuted at Eurobike. ENVE contributed the handlebars, stem, seatpost, fork and the new Smart 6.7 rims laced to DT Swiss hubs. It also features the oversize bottom bracket standard dubbed EVO386 by FSA and the beautiful, powerful brake calipers by EE Cycleworks, the rear unit mounted in an aerodynamic position behind the bottom bracket shell.
The leather upholstery work of Mick Peel, Melbourne’s Busyman Bicycles, is the exceptional final touch, adding a warm tactility to the stark titanium and carbon machine. If it tugs at your heartstrings, better get in contact with either Deus CYCLEWORKS or Martin: Twisted V8 is currently for sale.