Most of us who are familiar with velomobiles know of the popularity of them in various European countries and the fact that most of them are manufactured in certain European countries, particularly the Netherlands and Germany. HERE is a listing of velomobile manufacturers in the world. Several velomobiles have been made by various people/companies, but many of them have not made it into production.
A new velomobile called Marvelo has appeared on the scene and it is a product of Canada.
Here is what they say about their product:
“Inspired by the classic Dutch and German velomobile thoroughbreds,
the SKR was designed to strike a good balance between all out speed as well as rider comfort and convenience.
The cockpit is large enough to accommodate most pilots comfortably.
The Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) was chosen to manufacture the structural shell (Monocoque) because this method allows a complete structure to be produced with out the need for secondary bonding or glued joints. This has a great advantage when it comes to manufacturing consistency, quality control and structural integrity over the long haul.”
Base price for the carbon SKR is $9,300 CAD (That’s about 6606 US dollars) and as you can see in the pictures the only thing it seems to have is mirrors … no lighting, no enclosure for the rider’s head, etc. If you want any of those items it cost extra. To its credit it does offer full suspension.
Overall Length 109.5″ (2781 mm)
Maximum Body Width 25.75″ (654 mm)
Ground Clearance 3.75-4.75″ (95-121 mm) *Adjustable*
Overall Height 35-36″ (889-914 mm)
Wheelbase 51″ (1295 mm)
Track Width 26″ (660 mm)
Weight 58.4 Lbs. (26.5 Kg)
LIST OF STANDARD EQUIPMENT:
Body Shell – Vacuum Infused Carbon Fibre Structural Monocoque
*available with optional aramid (Kevlar) lined cockpit *
Front and Rear Quick Release Access Hatches
Clear Polycarbonate Open Cockpit Wind Shield
Front Suspension – Velomobiel.nl Struts
Rear Suspension – Single Pivot Swing-arm with adjustable Air/Oil Damper
Front Brakes – Sturmey Archer 90mm Drums
Front Wheels/Tires – 20″x1.75″ Schwalbe Shredda (40-406)
Rear Wheel/Tire – 26″ (559)/Choice of Various Schwalbe up to 2.4″ wide
Front Wheel Covers – Carbon
Steering – Central Tiller
Seat – Carbon Hard Shell
Drivetrain – (Front) Triple Ring Crank 152mm (24/36/50)
– (Rear) 3×9 Sturmey Archer CS-RF3 (3 speed hub) with 11-32 Cassette
Gear Inch Range – 14.9-160
Shifters – Thumb type and 3 speed twist grip
Cables – Jagwire
Idlers – Dual TerraCycle Elite Power 23 Tooth
Mirrors – Dual (Left & Right)
The gear inch range (14.9-160) is impressive thanks to the 3 speed Sturmey Archer rear hub.
I can’t see anyplace in the pictures where they have any places already intended to accept lighting and they don’t offer any pictures(other than the one below) showing lighting installed. I am wondering if installing it requires drilling holes thru the body.
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT & ACCESSORIES:
*Aramid (Kevlar) Lined Cockpit
*Electrical System & Full Lighting Package
*Cockpit Canopy/Hood in carbon with wrap around wind shield
*Shorty Cockpit Hatch for more open air riding
*Electric Assist (Through the Crank Type)
They offer a kit for those who want to make their existing trike into a velomobile. The cost is $7400 CAN ($5256 US).
It ought to be interesting to see if velomobiles “catch on” here in the United States like they have in Europe. So far I have never seen one anywhere around where I live other than those which came thru town back in the 2011 ROAM velomobile ride from Oregon to Washington, D.C. Plain ol’ tadpole trikes haven’t even caught on here yet although I am starting to see a few more of them. Whether you are completely covered as you ride or ride “naked” hopefully we will all safely enjoy the ride and …
KEEP ON TRIKIN’