Polished Rims are Coming!

We've teamed up with a local polisher to offer a true 'high polish' finish on a few of our rim models.  We just received the first Deep V prototypes, and we're planning to stock A23 and Deep V rims in the following configurations:

Deep V 700c | 32, 36 hole machined sidewall and non machined sidewall
A23 700c | 20, 24, 28, 32, 36 hole machined sidewall

Polished rims fetch a $20 premium.  If you buy one and lean it against your Z28 Camaro, this is what it will look like.

Now...give us your opinion!  This is your chance to alter the course of history.  Classic Deep V 'butterfly' stickers or laser etched Velocity logo?

Go vote on our Facebook page!

Hanson Hills MMBA Championship Point Series Race Report

Congratulations to everyone who participated at the Hanson Hills MMBA race this past weekend.  Here's a race report from organizer Dennis Murphy:

The third stop on the MMBA's Velocity-sponsored Championship Point Series took place in beautiful Grayling Michigan at the Hanson Hills Recreation Area.  The weather promiesed 30% chance of rain on the day of the race and Friday's steady drizzle seemed to promise the chance of rain.  However, while cool and cloudy in the morning, the weather cleared up, the sky turned blue and the temperatures climbed from the low 50s into the mid-60s during the race.  The trail was in great condition with the exception of one puddle!
Hanson is a flowing scenic trail with very little techinical sections but steady climbs will test all riders.  The event was another record breaker for the Championship Point Series with Brent Walk reporting nearly 300 racers!  Pictured below is the Velocity wheelset on display at registration which will be given away at the end of the season to a series trophy contender. 
The elite women's field was also quite large and the five top racers are shown getting their awards with the wheelset on display.
Finally, we caught up with Steve Makuch.  He won a green rim-set supplied by Velocity to the Yankee Springs Time Trial in April.  He spent a few weeks building the wheelset himself!  Nice job, Steve.  Hanson was his inaugural race on these beautiful green Velocity rims.

Next up for the Series and for the Velocity wheelset on display: The Michigan State Games mountainbike race to be held at the Cannonsburg Ski Area just north of Grand Rapids.


NACCC 2012: Steven Obester on A23 wheels

From everyone here at Velocity, we hope you had a safe and awesome Memorial Day.

Down in Richmond, VA, this year's NACCC went off in grand style.  Our guy Steven from the Factory in Jacksonville took home 27th overall, aboard A23 track wheels build by The Wheel Department.  Check out the race report here.  Congratulations, Steven!!!

All photos from 904fixed.com.


Bike Jerks

It's no secret that we have a special place in our heart for the folks over at Bike Jerks.  We've been supporting Jeff's events for years because well, he puts on damn fine events where everyone seems to have a good time and some seriously good racing goes down.  He's also one hell of a rider, so whenever he needs wheels for a project, be it for All-City or otherwise, we like to hook him up with our best.  We just sent over a pair of A23s for his prototype Macho Man.

Also, we're incredibly honored to be part of the upcoming Bike Jerks Kit.  Check out the samples here and leave a note with your favorite!


Hell Track 5!!

Our old pal Tom Mosher of YNOT Cycle in Toronto is throwing the 5th edition of his 'Hell Track' urban race on June 2.  Past year's events have drawn huge crowds with epic results.  Judging by this video, the course this year is worthy of the Hell Track name.  Plus, skid punt...?  Looks awesome!


A23 Wheelset Review: Bikerumor

A few months back we sent Nick at Bikerumor.com a set of A23 Comp wheels to try out as a commuter, gravel road and cyclocross wheelset.  Nick is a bigger guy, and we were curious to find out how our Comp Build, 24/28 spoke wheelset would hold up.  Here are the results!


Velocity A23 Wheelset Stock Image
Wheels have always been my favorite part of a bike.  No other single part (do wheels count as a single part?) can effect how a bicycle performs as much as a set of wheels.  My personal preference isn’t always to go lighter however.  As I am a larger guy, and the majority of my riding is spent commuting, reliability is most important.  That’s why my personal wheels are usually a traditionally built 32 whole, 3 cross build.  That said, lightweight and low spoke count doesn’t have to equal a finicky or fragile wheel.
In searching for a reliable, do-it-all wheelset that would shave weight and add performance to the bike, I came across the A23 complete build from Velocity.  The low weight, wider 23mm rim, and great price point had me wanting a set.  That want turned into possession, and with close to 1000 miles on them now it’s time to share my experiences.  Click through for the full review.
Velocity A23 Comp Wheels Full Bike 2
First, the specifications.  Velocity will sell you a set directly from their website, and they provide options galore.  First, you have your choice from one of two builds, the Comp and the Pro.  The Comp wheelset is the more stout version, and being a larger guy who planned on using the wheels off road, that is the set I went with.  You get DT Competition spokes numbering 24, radially laced, up front.  The rear gets 28, laced two cross.  DT brass nipples lock them to the A23 rim, and Velocity specs their own brand Race hubset.  Cassette body options are available for both Shimano and Campy.   Weight comes in at 1580g claimed.  Want to shave 20g per wheel?  Upgrade to alloy nipples (price depends on color).  Speaking of colors, Velocity has a wide range of rim colors to choose from so you can get all matchy matchy if you’d like.  Stock, the wheelset runs $549.
The Pro build drops the spoke count to 20 radially laced front, and 24 spokes laced two cross in the rear.  Sapim CX-Ray spokes are used to keep weight down, along with DT alloy nipples.  Weight for the complete set comes in at a claimed 1400g, and costs $799.
Veloplugs installed vs rim strip
Out of the box, the A23′s were true and needed no special attention.  Velocity also sent along a package of their VeloPlugs, so rather than a rim strip, I snapped the plugs into place and mounted tires.  I then mounted up a cassette and put the wheels on my road bike.  Being that the rim is 23mm wide, and I had been running a more narrow rim, the brakes did need to be adjusted beyond what the barrel adjuster would allow for.  Once set up and working, I headed out for a ride.  I noticed right away that the wheels spin up quickly, thanks in part to the low weight of the a23 rim (426g claimed).  The hubs roll smooth on sealed bearings, and the braking performance was exactly what you would expect from a machined sidewall on an alloy clincher rim.  That is to say, the Kool-Stop salmon colored pads being used gripped like champs, even in the wet.
The first ride impressions were high.  But was this just the joy of a new, lighter wheel on the bike, or were these wheels really the business?  After a couple months of use, and a hundred plus miles of commuting on them, I can officially say I was still very pleased with the wheels.  No weird issues had cropped up at this point.
Velocity A23 Comp Wheels Rear Hub
I decided to start experimenting with different tire options, as well as play with different tire pressures. At first, I went with my normal commuter set up, using a 25c Continental Gatorskin tire at 110psi.  I noticed no real ride difference when compared to the more narrow alloy clinchers the A23′s replaced.  I then dropped the pressure to 90psi and found my sweet spot.  The 20 psi drop, as expected, makes for a much more comfortable ride, and I prefer this set up when commuting.
Velocity A23 Comp Wheels Decals
The next tire I wanted to test out was the set of Challenge Grifo cross tires I had laying around.  I moved the wheel set over to my cross bike and mounted up the knobbys.  I set the pressure at 55psi and hit a limestone and gravel trail, with a few mud sections here and there.  Just coming off a set of Rolf Prima ECX Tubulars (also using a Challenge cross tire) I was worried the alloy clinchers were going to disappoint.  That wasn’t the case however, as the wider rim and lower pressers do a good job of mimicking tubular ride qualities.  Come race day, a tubular set up is still preferred, but for training, and all other conditions, this is a fantastic set up.
Velocity A23 Comp Wheels Front Hub
Finally, I swapped out the knobbys for a set of Fyxation Session 23c tires to fit underneath my fenders for a bit of wet weather commuting.  The 23mm rim stretched the tire out to more of a 26c, and with 90 psi again, the wet roads were no issue.  This has officially become my preferred commuting set up.
Several months in now, and still no major issues with the wheels.  The sealed bearing hubs haven’t needed any attention.  The front wheel is as true as it was when it came out of the box.  In fact, the only thing needed so far has been a minor truing of the rear wheel after around 500 miles.  That’s to be expected as you break in a new hand built wheelset however.
Velocity A23 Comp Wheels Front QR
After all this time spent riding this wheelset, across both road, commuting, and cross, I can easily say that the A23 Comp build is an excellent all-rounder wheel.  It’s proven to be low maintenance, fast, and fun.  The best part, it’s a 1580g wheelset that only cost $549.  The price to performance value is high, making this one of my top recommendations to anyone looking to upgrade their wheels.


Fort Custer Stampede: A tribute to the Bottle Trap

This past weekend the Velocity sponsored, SWMMBA hosted Fort Custer Stampede mountain bike race went off down in Battle Creek, MI, about 90 minutes south of Velocity HQ.  Our very own Jeff Jacobi of Founders/Alger Racing managed quite well, aided in no small part by an often overlooked bicycle component.  Here's his report, a tribute to our Bottle Trap.  Available in 13 colors and guaranteed to have your bottle there when you need it most.

This last weekend I was going to take part in the Fort Custer Stampede. Unfortunately, I was not going to have any support from anyone handing off bottles.  If you’re a multi lap racer you know that a good hand off person is a vital part of your survival and mental status.  Normally my lovely wife is my trusty partner in this game.  But, for this weekend she had plans as well.

 So, I was on my own. My strategy was to use a cage mounted to the back of my seat post and also have one in my frame and one in my back jersey pocket. Yeah, that’s a lot of water.  Well, I was going 38 miles off road and through some of the roughest stuff around.

As we lined up for the race, I noticed several fellow racers with exotic carbon cages and I thought to my self "Gosh, I wonder how well they hold a bottle?"  If you have ever ridden off road you may have, at some point, lost a bottle out of your cage.  I know I have.  I used to use one of those fancy 20 gram carbon cages...I used to think that a few grams off a cage would make my race bike better and lighter.  But, I was terribly wrong!!  Those exotic cages don’t hold a bottle worth a darn!  You can’t go fast by picking up your lost bottles.

Enter the Velocity Bottle Trap!   I have been using them since they were first introduced a few years ago.  And let me tell you, I have NEVER!!!! lost a bottle out of one.  And that is no lie.

Now you might think whoop de do!    That’s not that impressive.  The fact is I ride a fully ridged CX mountain bike, and ride it like a bat out of hell.  My poor bike takes some serious abuse during a race and a bottle cage is the last thing I worry about.   Well, this last week they paid for themselves ten fold.  I seriously think they were my saving grace.

You see I was battling it out with a fellow racer as we came through the transition area for the last time.  To his dismay his bottle person was M.I.A.  He didn’t have enough water to get him through another 9.5 miles and his mental status was blown.  I knew I was sitting pretty with enough water to go the distance.  Well needless to say, he fell off the pace and I finished ahead of him...all because of the Velocity Bottle trap.  They did their job and did it well through some of the toughest torture.

Now you may think, well they're not light enough.  Well think again, they're only 30 grams!  Compare that to one of those fancy cages!  I would put our trap up against the most expensive cage on the market and I know ours would do a better job of holding a bottle than the fancy ones.  And for gosh sakes what’s ten grams?  I use to think that was a deal breaker, but you have to finish to win.  And you can’t finish with out a bottle of water.

So if you’re a rider that demands performance out of your products, you may want to look at a Velocity Bottle Trap.  They truly live up to their name.

New A23 Rim Options & Colors

As most of you know, we're transitioning into a new era here at Velocity.  With production up and running in Florida, we are changing our color pallet and offering almost exclusively anodized finishes.

We recently received our first stock of red and blue anodized A23 rims!  These babies are available in 20, 24, 28 and 32 hole drillings, with machined sidewalls.  Also, our A23 Pro and Comp build wheelsets are now available in red and blue anodized colors. 

Also, we've received a small number of 18 hole black anodized rims for those seeking a lower spoke count. Black 700c A23 rims are now available in 18-36 hole drilling with machined sidewalls.

In the future, our stock color options for most rims will be black, silver, red, white, and blue, white being the only powder coat color.

Be on the lookout here for special edition color options!


Mayors who Ride

Mayor of Jacksonville, FL riding Velocity wheels built by The Wheel Department

In celebration of Jacksonville Bike Month, Mayor Alvin Brown participated in Art Bike last week in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.  The bicycle Mayor Brown rode was built for him by the Jacksonville Bicycle Coalition, and features our A23 rims, built to track hubs by The Wheel Department.  Lookin' good Mayor Brown!

Here in Grand Rapids, we're celebrating National Bike Month with our very own Mayor George Heartwell.  Today marks the 4th annual Mayor's Bike Ride in Grand Rapids.  The ride starts at the Kroc Center on Division Ave. at 6:30PM.  For those seeking a longer journey, there's a group ride gathering downtown at Central District Cyclery, which is set to leave for the Kroc center around 6:00PM.


Ladies Army IV Polo Tournament

The fourth running of the all female 'Ladies Army' bicycle polo tournament went off this weekend in Lexington, Kentucky.  Hundreds of lady polo players from around the world (six countries?!?) descended on the courts at Coolavin Park for a weekend of fun and bike revelry.

I'm a bit shy on all of the details, but these things are clear...

Cherri (pictured middle) from The Velocity Factory took home first place with her team 'Cunning Stunts'.  Congratulations!!  

Our girl Quinn subbed in on team 'Bear Hugs' and took 2nd place and MVP honors.

Quinn was subbing for Elena, who was injured during competition yet still managed to score a goal with a severely broken collarbone.  Wow!

3, 2, 1, POLO!  


2012 Yankee Springs Time Trial

The 2012 Yankee TT went down last weekend with record turnout.  We upped the swag game this year and donated a set of white Blunt SL wheels and a set of antifreeze green Blunt rims.  Both were well received and two of our own from The Wheel Department logged impressive results.  Ryan took home 11th in the Expert/Elite SS class while Jacobi placed 23rd in the overal Elite class.  Here's what organizer Dennis Murphy had to say about the event...

The 23rd annual Yankee Springs Time Trial was a HUGE success thanks to all the racers and volunteers. 700 racers sold out our pre-registration and another forty racers showed up day-of to participate in the kick-off event of the mountain bike season. We are already considering improvement ideas for 2013 including how to allow for up to 1000 racers!

The weather was cool but mostly clear the whole day. The course was fast and packed due to a short rainstorm during the previous day. Mike Anderson of North Country Cycle Sport crushed the course with what we think is a record time of 1:25:46 for the two lap elite event

Thanks again to title sponsor Velocity for supplying swag - especially the rims and wheelsets won by two excited racers

Steve Makuch won the green Blunt rims and is looking to build them up himself!

Eric Hune was super-excited to win the white Blunt wheelset- notice he's already got a set on his bike.. which he said is now dinged up with a couple years of steady use- the new wheelset is likely already on the bike and been on a trail!


A23 Race Decals

In our last post, we dropped this image of Steve in Jacksonville spinning towards winning on a set of A23 track wheels.

Did anyone guess what the white stripe on the wheel is?  

A23 Race Decals!!!

We developed these graphics for our friends over at Ridley for their 2013 X-Fire Disc model. They asked us to take our A23 'Cross Disc set and make them a bit more 'flash'.  Here's the result...

New USA inspired A23 colors coming soon as well, be on the lookout.


New people, new finishes

Steve isn't just one of our new fabricators down in Jacksonville...besides learning the craft quick & churning out top notch rims, he's quite the bike racer, claiming 1st place non-courier in last year's NACCC in Austin. He's a proud member of 904 Fixed and one of our newest sponsored riders and product testers.

The Wheel Department recently laced up a set of all black A23 rims (24 spoke radial front / 32 spoke 3x rear) to our Standard Track rear and Standard Road front hubs for Steve's upcoming races. He just shot us an update, and training for this year's NACCC in Richmond is in full force.

What do you think that white stripe on the rim is all about???? More on that later!


Old School

These came waltzing back through the door this week. It's been a while since we saw ya, 26" Aero's...welcome home.
These adorned the 'black chrome' Schwinn High Sierra MOS of Nancy Henriksson, sister of Velocity founding brothers, Tom and John Black. Nancy is a bit of a local legend around these parts, as the top female mileage holder in the internationally acclaimed 24-Hour Challenge. Though never ridden in 'The Challenge', these rims undoubtedly served Nancy's training well for many years.

For the historians out there, these are 26" (559) Aero rims, 32 hole in 'Neon Green' finish. The Aero was the only rim in our lineup for many years, and was used for recumbents, mountain bikes and road bikes all the same.

Besides neon green, you could also pick up these beauts in neon yellow, neon pink, and of course...black or silver.


Ride a fat bike?

Photo by Bjørn Olson
Ride a fat bike?

Interested in getting one, riding one?

Well, then head over to our Facebook page and answer some of the poll questions we just posted.

We take your input seriously, we pride ourselves in 100% customer satisfaction and this starts by hearing from you.


Story Time with Quinn: Redemption

On Thursday, I received a message from Quinn, one of our favorite polo players - but we might be a little bias. We see her now and again, but she also keeps us up to date with where life has been taking her.  Today, sit back... relax... and enjoy Quinn little story of bike redemption.

Hey Velocity!

So I know this isn't polo related, but I have a pretty awesome story for you guys.

In October of 2010 I traded Kona Paddy Wagon that was way too small for me to a friend of mine for a Basso Columbus SL tubed Italian Road bike. The friend had purchased it from one of the local bike shops and road it around for commuting. Unfortunately, it had been stripped of most of its road bike parts and set up as a single speed, but it's still an amazing bike and I'm sure I'll have lots of fun finding old Campy road parts for it. So I made the trade with the friend, and was on my way to setting it up as a road bike.

I got a Cinelli stem for it, threw on my Cinelli road bars, some hooded brake levers and brand new handlebar tape. One of my friends had a Campagnolo road wheel set they were going to sell me so I started saving up for those, and at one of Ann Arbor's bike shops I found an old stock/new stock San Marco rolls white leather seat to match the bike/handlbar tape. After I put the seat on I could not stop riding the bike and I was super excited to race it in the "Night of the Living Tread" halloween themed alley-cat race in Ann Arbor that weekend. Also there was a Cyclocross race happening that weekend that I wanted to ride out to and check out the races.

But unfortunately on Friday October 29, 2010 a few of my friends and myself were out party hopping and we made a pit-stop on the way home at one of the cafe's I used to work at to go to the bathroom. I set the Basso right next to the front door with the u-lock locked to through the frame and front wheel, walked inside stood right next to the door waved to my ex-coworkers that my friends were using the bathroom and kept a close eye on my bike as literally 1 foot and a glass door blocked us. I turned towards one of my friends who had asked me something for literally 1 minute and turned back around to go outside and the bike was gone.

It had felt like my life flashed before my eyes in those 5 seconds of standing there realizing it was gone when I went into "child was just kidnapped from mother" mode and literally rampaged around downtown Ann Arbor all night long looking for it. We called the police, reported it stolen and for the next months I gave pictures of it to the police and my friends that worked downtown, I went to every single bike shop and left a photo and told them about it, spent hours on end everyday searching for it. I was super devastated and really mad at myself for that happening, but I never stopped looking literally up until yesterday when I received a text message from my best friend telling me to check my Facebook.

I was at bike polo so I sat out a couple games to figure out what was going on, check my facebook and saw that Matt Klute (a polo player in Ann Arbor) had posted a status that said "Just found Quinn's Basso".

I screamed so loud when I saw that and immediately called him. He said some bro had road past the Jimmy John's that Matt works at and Matt had stopped him asked him where he got that bike, took it back from him and apparently the "bro" had said that him and his friend were super black out drunk that one halloween and stole the bike that night. I asked Matt the condition of the bike he said it isn't rusty at all, and every single part I had on there including my clip less pedals that the bro had just been riding around with normal shoes on are still there.

I couldn't be happier, and I am so excited to see the Basso again when Matt brings it to the Bench Minor tournament in two weeks for me. When I get the bike back I am definitely taking it on one hell of a bike ride, and continuing to build it back up into a road bike like it should be.

I attached the only photo of it that I have. Luckily It was taken the day I bought the seat for it/the day before it got stolen.


More After Hours

You might have seen this over at Bike Jerks a few days ago; and now-and-again we share a little of our after hours activities. But we couldn't help but repost it here. Enjoy.

Inside Velocity USA

As you may or may not know, the Velocity guys are my homies and some of the best folks in the bike industry.

They do it all so right, they sponsor tons of events and riders, make great product (with the A23 being my current favorite), and the customer service is always amazing. Whenever my hard earned dollars are spent on rims, I look to Velocity first because I know I'm not likely to have an issue, and if I do, they'll fix the hell out of it without any hassle.

Matt sent over these photos of Ryan (dude who manages the wheel building) shredding on the ramps that they keep setup in their warehouse for after hours sessions.

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Indoor skatepark.

So jealous.



At Velocity, we're proud of each and every rider and team that we sponsor. We've gotten more and more involved with cyclocross racing in the past few years, and one of the rising stars we've had the honor of working with is Jenny Powell of the Ira Ryan 'cross team. She's been running Major Tom Pros most of the season and kicking a lot of, well, doing really dang well out in the Pacific Northwest.

Although never requested and certainly not expected, it sure is nice to receive care packages from our sponsored riders. Jenny sent us a mix of Portland goodies in the form of caffeine, hops and receptacles for both.
Thanks again Jenny! Good luck training for next season!

top photo by RSpinnaKing


Tragic loss for the FGG Community

Too often the story ends far too early - at unexplainable moments. In one way or another we have all been affected by this reality as one of our own is taken from us.

This past week, the Cleveland, OH and the Fixed Gear Gallery online community lost one of their own - suffering the loss of one of their frequent contributors, Nick Neric (aka ClevelandFix), in a tragic hunting accident.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Neric family and Nick's wife, Stacey, as they navigate this difficult time. A online support fund has been started to help aid the family, more information can be found on the FGG site.


New Colors!

That's right. New colors are now available on the rims you already love! The A23, Major Tom and Blunt SL - these can be ordered through your favorite local bike shop or online through our online store.

The following colors are available on 700c A23 rims with MSW in 20, 24, 28, 32 hole:

Classic Red
Classic Blue
Royal Purple
Bright Gold
Ripper Orange
Bright Silver *also 36h
Cerise Pink

MSRP: $79.99

The following colors are available 700c Major Tom rims with MSW in 20, 24, 28, 32 hole:

Bright Gold *also 28, 32 nonMSW
Bright Silver

MSRP: $79.99 

The following colors and drillings are available on the Blunt SL in 26”:

White – 28, 32, 36 hole
Classic Red – 32 hole

The following colors are available on the Blunt SL 700c/29” in 28 & 32 hole:

White *also 36h
Classic Red
Classic Blue *28h only
Royal Purple
Bright Gold *28h only
Ripper Orange
Lime Green

MSRP: $84.99