This is the first human powered vehicle (HPV) to have a carbon fiber
monocoque chassis, the same material found in the fastest
high-performance Formula 1 automobiles, making it the worlds most
advanced three-wheeled velomobile. Cool photos.
Designed by world-renowned designer Michael Goretzky, the customized
vehicle combines the low-impact exercise benefits of a recumbent
bicycle with the stability of a three-wheeled cruiser and the
aerodynamics of a concept automobile. Carbon fiber provides the chassis
with an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, making the chassis as
strong as the steel used in modern automobiles at a fraction of the
weight. At a mere 60 lbs., the velo weighs approximately 1/50th of a
combustion or hybrid-electric automobile, yet n
ever needs to be refueled.
Unlike traditional three-wheeled vehicles,
the low profile tadpole design has two forward 20" wheels that allow
for sharp, tight turning at higher speeds that would normally tip a
traditional three-wheeler. The cockpit is a slipstream airfoil shape
that practically eliminates drag and, coupled with full independent
suspension, front shock absorbers, and rear tunable damping, ensures
smooth and consistent speeds. The interior has a recumbent seat with
variable longitudinal pedal geometry for a customized fit that
maximizes comfort and pedal power efficiency. A Shimano derailleur and
SRAM Gripshift Rocket shifter on the hand control allows smooth,
shudder-free shifting. The velomobile has a headlight, tail light, a
nd turn signals powered by a rechargeable battery. *For Personalized
Service on this item call 1-800-227-3528 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Eastern time, and our Product Specialists will gladly answer all
questions and provide additional service information about the First
Carbon Chassis Velocipede, including taking your measurements so the
Velocipede can be custom made to fit. Includes white glove delivery.