Mountain Biking
 

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ABOUT  US

& OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our e-bikes are hand made in England using quality components, responsibly sourced. We believe ‘Made in England’ is something to be proud of.

 

Our mission is to ethically build bikes that offer riders the opportunity to enjoy environmentally friendly, high performance, state-of-the-art, technology without breaking the bank.

With carbon fibre wheels, handlebars and frames, VELOMONT bikes use performance materials and technology to reduce weight. In addition to durability testing, all bike components have to meet the criteria below:

1 - Will component make bike lighter?

2 - Will component make bike stronger?

3 - Will component make bike more powerful?

4 - Will component make bike more affordable?

5 - Will component make bike more fun?

VELOMONT ENGINEERING
Early Electric Bike design

History of the e-bike
(a slow burner of an idea)

The first models of electric bicycle appeared towards the end of the 19th century. Patents were first lodged between 1895 and 1899. Ogden Bolton patented a battery powered bicycle in 1895.

 

The next hundred years or so were fairly slow in the development of the e-bike, largely due to ease and abundance of fossil fuel. However, in the 1990s, the development of the e-bike saw the light of day again with companies like GT Bicycles and Yamaha producing throttleless machines with power being controlled by the rider’s pedalling. Unfortunately the available technology resulted in a 37kg, lead-acid battery towing, monster.

 

In the twenty-first century, the desire for clean transportation and less reliance on fossil fuel, combined with better battery technology has facilitated the current iteration of e-bike.

Twice as powerful as a Ferrari?

In 2022, e-bikes are developing at an impressive rate. Our first e-bike boasts 95Nm of torque. To add some perspective, in the 1960's the Mini Cooper S, with 107Nm of torque, won over 30 international rallies, including Monte Carlo.

 

Not only does VELOMONT'S first model produce 95Nm of torque, it has a weight of 21.95kg; that’s 4,328Nm per metric tonne (without rider). The Ferrari F8 delivers 770Nm of torque and weighs 1,435kg; that’s 537Nm per metric tonne. Even with a 65kg rider, our e-bike has more than twice the power to weight ratio of the Ferrari.

Ferrari F8
Colin Chapman Lotus

A stolen philosophy

Our bikes are hand made in Norfolk and our philosophy is shamelessly stolen from another famous Norfolk company (Lotus Cars). Founded by Colin Chapman, Colin’s obsession with light weight has always been at the root of Lotus’ success on the road and track.

 

“Simplify then add lightness. Adding power makes you faster on the straights; subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere"  (Colin Chapman)

Our use of lightweight components and materials has resulted in a fast and agile riding experience.

The importance of weight, and where weight is important

Weight, or more specifically mass, can be divided into two distinct groups; sprung mass and unsprung mass. Sprung mass is everything that sits on top of your suspension and unsprung mass is everything that sits below your suspension.

 

Sprung mass includes your frame, motor, handlebars, saddle, pedals and levers etc. and most importantly the rider. Unsprung mass includes everything below your suspension; fork down tubes, swing arm, brakes, gears, derailleur, wheels and tyres.

 

Sprung mass has a function; it loads the suspension, keeping the bike and rider planted securely on the ground. Unsprung mass, however, can work against any force used to propel the bike. If you ride over a bump on a road or trail the exerted force, multiplied by the unsprung mass, will oppose the velocity of the bike & rider. Therefore reducing the unsprung mass reduces the negative impact on velocity. Additionally, reducing the unsprung mass reduces the rotational inertia.

 

At VELOMONT we have focused on reducing the amount of unsprung mass that needs to be defeated by your “engine” (your motor combined with your legs). The resulted reduction of unsprung mass on our VELOMONT bikes gives faster acceleration and better resistance against obstacles which can slow the bike down like bumps and uneven surfaces etc.

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