Science of Valence Road+ Chapter 5: Versatility
As part of a 5-chapter adventure, we’ll take you through how the Valence™ Road+ was designed, as a way to help you understand why Rider-Focused Design is so helpful for developing smart and thoughtful products.
If we are racing we all need a racing bicycle. That is a given. A bicycle that is lightweight and aerodynamic at the expense of costs and fragility. Race bicycles are for race day the same way that a runner saves spikes or flats for race day.
We all have a need for a bicycle to train on and to enjoy the offroad trails. When getting a bicycle to train on, we often use an old racing bicycle which can only handle rim brakes and skinny tires. We compromise. When getting a bicycle for easy trails, we look to a cyclocross bicycle; however, that takes away from the experience on the road and makes the transition to your road bike a rough and awkward one. With the Valence™ Road+ we made you a road bicycle designed to handle the miles outside of racing while able to handle offroad trails. Founder, Shawn Rosenthal, loves the routes which are a mix of mostly road with some offroad sprinkled in.
Respected NorCal racer residing in the East Bay, Paul Chuck, is excited to clear out space in his garage: “I’ve defied a proven theorem of all cyclists…number of bikes is now n-1 with the Valence Road+”. He has built his Valence™ Road+ to replace his training bicycle and to replace his CX bicycle. He had two sets of wheels locally handbuilt by Chris McGovern. One wheelset: road tires. The other wheelset: nobbies.