Vélos isn’t just targeting performance with its new Holocene road bike, but sustainability as well thanks to the use of recycled carbon fiber.
Working in partnership with the Australian composite firm SailGP, Vélos is breathing new life into what would otherwise be leftover material that would ultimately make its way into landfills, creating the new Holocene from 100% recycled Toray carbon fiber.
“There are no issues with using recycled fiber although for frame building, not all carbon is equal. There are only certain weight and modulus fibers that we can use to build an optimized race frame,” explains Vélos’ composite engineer Dan Burrows.
“We select only what we can use in the frame and all other fiber is diverted to other products where weight and performance are not as important, such as our carbon fiber bike boxes/travel cases. The performance attributes are exactly the same as you will find in any high-end performance-orientated race bike. After all, we are using the same supplier and the same carbon as most of the big players,” he adds.
While details on the Holocene are still scant, it appears the new bike is treated to fully internal cable routing courtesy of an FSA cockpit, a T47 threaded bottom bracket, an integrated seatmast and a 3D-printed titanium bottle cage that’s bonded into the frame, tipping the scales somewhere in the range of 900 to 950 grams.
Additionally, there’s also a gravel variant to the Holocene, which by all accounts capitalizes on the same features as its road-going sibling, albeit with greater clearance and slightly tweaked geometry.
Limited to just 100 custom bikes for 2024, as one would expect, the Holocene commands a hefty price of around 14,000€ ($14,080), with a number of different build options including full paint customization.
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