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THE STORY

VIVELO originated from Damyan Nikolov's decision in 2007 to provide a professional cycling team, - which was sponsored by two companies co-owned by him - with a special edition road racing bicycle.

For this side project he relied on the knowledge and experience he amassed as a competitive road cyclist during the years 1988 to 1995, on the links forged in the period 1996 - 2007 as a sponsor of different cycling teams and on five of his employees with a strong engineering and cycling background who gladly joined him in this new challenge.

THE NEED

It started as an inquiry. A group of world class athletes looking for a frame that would allow them to perform at their best. A frame that had it all - light weight for climbing, superior lateral stiffness and effective absorption of the vibrations, vertical compliance for comfort and race inspired geometry for fit and handling that would be second to none. Unfortunately, bikes like that weren't readily available.

BIRTH OF THE COMPANY

After these encouraging results there was a need for a company that could design and build the same world class framesets that were capable of giving elite athletes a competitive advantage and offer those same identical frames to the amateur racers or serious enthusiasts. That's how the Bulgarian based company named VIVELO Inc. got started. It was established in the early 2009 in order to take on the production of the high-end carbon-fiber bicycle frames a result of this the cycling team Hemus - VIVELO 1896 was equipped with VIVELO Erg road bikes, and as it was sponsored as a VIVELO factory team, it turned into the UCI Continental Hemus 1896 - VIVELO for the racing season 2010. This team earned the 34th place in the overall UCI Europe Team Tour Ranking for 2010.

During the same season VIVELO became a brand of choice for a second cycling team. The riders of the Greek-Spanish UCI Continental Team Heraklion Kastro Murcia also participated with VIVELO Erg during the 2010 season. One of them was the well known Spaniard Francisco Mancebo (winner of the "maillot blanc" in the 2000 Tour de France, Spanish National Champion in 2004, sixth in the 2004 Tour de France and fourth in the 2005 Tour de France) who managed to achieve important victories in 2010 with his VIVELO Erg.

The VIVELO brand is becoming more and more popular and different riders with varied needs and abilities are interested in buying VIVELO bikes. New models carbon-fiber frames were introduced to the market. Arc, Fever and Raw were meant for the road cycling enthusiasts and the MTB frame named m17 for Cross-country riders with competitive mindset and for racing enthusiasts.

VIVELO also started with the development of an entry level range of MTB bikes with aluminium frames. Mid-range aluminum + carbon fiber road bike frames named Volt and Watt from VIVELO hit the market in the late 2010.


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