Liveable cities

Velorution Moulton AM Builds

velorution - Sun, 2017-09-17 21:48

These are some of the examples of our recent customer builds of AM Moulton Bikes:

Moulton Jubilee 105

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Moulton Marathon

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Ultra light Uber cool - Ahooga

velorution - Mon, 2017-09-04 19:19

City style has never been so breezy

Your options for pedal-assisted folding bikes have never been richer, but then many would argue choices remain limited for ‘doing it in style’, unless you’re willing to go to extraordinary custom-build lengths, of course.

Belgium-designed Ahooga brings to the table plenty more than a smooth aesthetic and if you’ve some aspirations for something with unique flair then the label is well versed in delivering custom paintwork within a four week turnaround. Theoretically available in 215 colours spanning matt or glossy finish, there are few other folding labels willing to go to such lengths to deliver love at first ride.

Even by electric bike standards, the ride is effortless. Built around a super-stiff aluminium frame, and nimble 20-inch wheels, there are hints of BMX-like agility paired with the comfort of a sit up and beg bicycle. Finally, a hint of city speed is delivered via a smattering of high-end componentry, as well as the trusty kick of an EU certified powerful 250W rear hub motor.
Per charge, the Ahooga will typically deliver between 50 to 70 kilometers of assistance, all depending on your local topography. The battery can, of course, be switched off to save the juice on the flats. Should you wish to travel under one’s own steam the a 52 tooth chainring at the front will deliver great top-end speed, while a 11 to 28 tooth cassette opens up further potential as the inclines steepen.

The fold is intuitive: a lift of the saddle sees the rear wheel pivot under the frame. A further fold at the handlebar and you’re ready to hit the tube. It’s a mere ten second process to pack the bike down to 33” x 29” x 11”. Lifted at the top tube, your non electric build will tip the scales at just 10 kilograms; adding a battery and motor only adds a 3kg penalty, placing the Ahooga among the more manageable e-folding packages on the market.

Attention to detail, a crucial factor in any folding build, is taken a step further with clever roll and snap guards that will protect from urban road grime. There’s no overkill here, the bike retains elegance, but adds convenience with features like a theft-protection ID and trusty Schwalbe Kojak tyres as standard. For added puncture protection, an upgrade to Marathon Plus tyres is also an option.

Fancy the full Ahooga package? Customers can pick and choose from a range of transport covers, bags, baskets, racks, phone mounts and child seats, all available to order alongside your build of choice.

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Abus Kranium

velorution - Tue, 2017-08-22 13:46

Designer Anirudha Surahbi’s Kranium liner is a brilliant innovation. It’s strong, flexible, and offers unrivalled protection to your head if you’re unlucky enough to come off your bike.

You hope that the helmet you wear will protect you in the a crash.
But safety has been slow to progress – until now. After three years in development, the Abus Performance and Abus Ecolution Helmet, each with a Kranium liner, marks a revolution in helmet technology. The Kranium liner was created by industrial designer and Royal Collage of Art graduate Anirudha Surahbi. He was inspired to come up with it after a cycling accident, which resulted in a cracked helmet and a concussion. “Helmets hadn’t changed in 40 years,” he says. If your helmet receives an impact it should be replaced because it develops small fractures,” he explains.

The inspiration for using honeycomb cardboard came from a nature documentary. He learnt that a woodpecker will peck a tree 10 times a second and its head goes through a huge amount of shock every time it makes contact. The woodpecker has honeycomb- structured cartilage that reduces the force of the impact. Surabhi saw that this structure could be an ideal basis for a ultra-safe, strong, lightweight helmet. The Kranium helmet uses laser-cut, dual-density recycled honeycomb cardboard. The board is built into a lattice structure, that is designed to be stiff in certain places and flexible in others. each segment is slotted together with a simple numbering system, and these pieces form a protective shell for your head.

When tested against the British Standards (EN 1078) at Imperial College, the Kranium absorbed more than three times the amount of impact energy compared with regular cycling helmets. So, during a crash, the impact is reduced, making it less likely you’ll suffer head injury. When standard helmets are tested according to the EN 1078 standards, they record impact values ranging from 200 to 250g. When the Kranium helmets were tested at TUV test labs in Germany and HPE test labs in Surrey, they recorded improved impact values ranging from 75g to 170g. Ani explains “Some helmets only just meet regulations and some helmets on the market don’t get anywhere near. This is the reason why we designed the Kranium: it’s stronger and safer.”

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A Brompton that a die hard roadie would consider

velorution - Tue, 2017-07-04 17:54

BROMPTON CHPT3 Limited edition

The Brompton design team worked closely with David Millar to put together an aesthetic that would encourage road cyclists to think about Brompton.

A stripped back look; no mudguards or luggage. Attention to detail; premium grips and saddle. Never forgetting to keep everything lightweight; black titanium rear frame and forks, kojak tyres.

A performance Brompton for the city.

Incorporating painted titanium rear frame and front fork (the first time for Brompton), along with a number of premium touch points, this bike is designed to attract road cyclists who value the weight saving of titanium as well as the attention to detail across the other touch points that make it feel special and separate from the crowd.

David Millar: “I’d never thought of myself a Brompton rider, as cyclists we tend to pigeon hole ourselves, and I am a racing cyclist.  A lunch spent next to Will Butler-Adams changed that, he explained to me the philosophy, ethics and engineering of Brompton and I was hook, line and sinker.  I’d always treated my road bikes as tools, yet tools specifically designed for training and racing, my Brompton on the other hand has become a much more useful tool, a bike that serves to get me from place to place with zero hassle, and, more often than not, lots of fun.  I did have one concession, I wanted the CHPT3 Brompton to strike more of a resemblance to a BMX than a race bike, we have stripped it down and made it a little more aggressive and performance led than the classic Brompton.”

The Chpt 3 edition comes with a sparkle fire red front frame, sparkle grey main frame and Titanium fork and rear frame in Black. All bikes have S type handlebars with no mudguards, with a choice of 2 or 6 speed gearing. For first time red Renthal grips and special red cambium saddles will be used.

The Brompton Chpt 3 edition bike is limited to a 500 manufacturing run with the potential for a second run if there is enough demand.

Categories: Liveable cities

A Brompton that a die hard roadie would consider

velorution - Tue, 2017-07-04 17:54

BROMPTON CHPT3 Limited edition

The Brompton design team worked closely with David Millar to put together an aesthetic that would encourage road cyclists to think about Brompton.

A stripped back look; no mudguards or luggage. Attention to detail; premium grips and saddle. Never forgetting to keep everything lightweight; black titanium rear frame and forks, kojak tyres.

A performance Brompton for the city.

Incorporating painted titanium rear frame and front fork (the first time for Brompton), along with a number of premium touch points, this bike is designed to attract road cyclists who value the weight saving of titanium as well as the attention to detail across the other touch points that make it feel special and separate from the crowd.

David Millar: “I’d never thought of myself a Brompton rider, as cyclists we tend to pigeon hole ourselves, and I am a racing cyclist.  A lunch spent next to Will Butler-Adams changed that, he explained to me the philosophy, ethics and engineering of Brompton and I was hook, line and sinker.  I’d always treated my road bikes as tools, yet tools specifically designed for training and racing, my Brompton on the other hand has become a much more useful tool, a bike that serves to get me from place to place with zero hassle, and, more often than not, lots of fun.  I did have one concession, I wanted the CHPT3 Brompton to strike more of a resemblance to a BMX than a race bike, we have stripped it down and made it a little more aggressive and performance led than the classic Brompton.”

The Chpt 3 edition comes with a sparkle fire red front frame, sparkle grey main frame and Titanium fork and rear frame in Black. All bikes have S type handlebars with no mudguards, with a choice of 2 or 6 speed gearing. For first time red Renthal grips and special red cambium saddles will be used.

The Brompton Chpt 3 edition bike is limited to a 500 manufacturing run with the potential for a second run if there is enough demand.

Categories: Liveable cities