Saturday, November 7, 2015

Early November update

Early November update


Alligt announced that their four-wheel velomobile is now available. The Sunrider Velo Quad has been tested and is now available for orders. The current Velo Quad prototype had logged approximately 8,000 kilometers and has been properly tested.

According to the company, the four wheels provide an advantage in terms of safety compared to a three-wheel velomobile.

The Velo Quad Sunrider is equipped with assistance that will have a maximum assisted speed of 45km/h, faster than the three-wheeler version.

Ligfiet also reports that Alligt has produced a new 20in velomobile wheel.  There are no specs released yet but will be the subject of a future report by the publication.

Fietser announced that they offer water-cooled drum brakes.  The brakes provide the reliability of drub brakes and increased braking power under heavy braking.   The brakes were tested on a recent trip from Austria to Portugal and back.  These water-cooled drum brakes proved to be a much better solution than regular drum brakes or disk brakes.

Velomobile Seminar

Several participants reported on the information presented at the Velomobile Seminar.  There were interesting information being discussed including emerging velomobile design concepts and a review of tire testing methodologies and results.

As I mentioned previously it is unfortunate that participants were mostly from a limited number of European countries and did not provide the sharing of ideas across continents. Papers and presentations have not yet been posted on-line,


Information on the company’s website shows no deliveries in October.  Maybe they have not been posted yet due to the recent move to the new location. 

There are 30 velomobile on order at the end of October, 3 of those were ordered in October.  One interesting thing about ICB’s order book is that four of those orders are over one year old.


Velomobiel presented the rideable QuattroVelo at the Velomobile Seminar last week.  Participants had a chance to sit and try the new velomobile.

In October Velomobiel delivered  9 velomobiles including the QuattroVelo prototype.  It also includes 1 Quest XS, 3 Carbon Quest XS, 2 Quest, 1 Carbon Quest and a Carbon Strada.

Meanwhile at the end of October there were 54 velomobiles on order at Velomobiel including 3 new velomobiles that were ordered in October.

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