I’m a fan of velomobiles, don’t get me wrong. When I saw the go-one display, my pulse picked up a bit. Low, sleek, and bright yellow, it looks fast sitting still, and it’s quite the attention-getter. My photo wasn’t as nice as their stock photo, (below) but you can see how eye-catching it is.
It’s got a 9 speed Shimano drivetrain with drum brakes, (no disc option) and a chassis built from carbon-fiber, fiberglass and Kevlar. So while the construction is somewhat exotic, the drivetrain is pretty basic, meaning any shop mechanic can work on it, and parts are readily available.
A velomobile for the masses, right? Maybe not. When I saw the price, it became obvious why there’s only roughly 50 of them on the roads, worldwide. This is definitely a premium ride. With a base price of just under US$10k, and topping out at almost $15k with all the options, we’re not going to see too many more any time soon. I know R&D costs money, and that composite bodywork doesn’t come cheap either. Add in 40-60 hours labor per build, and you’re looking at a pretty substantial cost per unit. But the market for an HPV at this price is still limited.
Go-one makes a fine product, but very few can afford it, which is really a shame. I’d really like to see a lower-priced version available. You can get a pretty sweet trike for around two grand these days, so surely someone can come up with a body for less than $8k retail.
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