Truth be told, small wheels, like just about anything else in life are a trade off. Cynics have the idea that they are slower, but riding around on a sporty little 20” zipster will quickly disband that myth. Advocates will even argue that they are quicker off the start line and accelerate faster.
Our Curie Lux is fun, fast and featherlight
It is difficult to say exactly who is correct. Although the physics are pretty clear, they are often comparing apples and oranges.
Small diameter wheels, all else equal, have less rim weight and smaller diameter rims and that makes them noticeably easier to accelerate. On the other hand, the small diameter follows the contours of the road much more closely than a larger wheel. Just try imagining a roller skate wheel trying to climb a curb and then imagine a car wheel trying to climb the same curb. Small bumps simply effect a small wheel more than they do a larger one, and that means they can provide a harsh ride. That is why many small wheeled bikes have suspension systems, often made of viscoelastic materials like rubber.
In Vogels case our Curie 20” wheeled folder uses her geometry and material technology to provide a comfortable ride.
But when all is said and done, the real reason we like small wheels is because they allow us to build a zippy little folder like our Vogel Curie. She tucks away just about anywhere and is ready to come out and play at a moments notice.
Our Vogel Curie is available in many different configurations ranging from a sporty ultralight roadster with carbon rims, saddle and handlebar or an urban commuter with internal gears and a nice cushiony saddle and fenders.
Curie is built in Copenhagen and its design is sleek and beautiful. It is the lightest folding bike with a reasonable price tag as you buy it directly from us, the makers.
All bikes are custom made to order and ship every 6 weeks to anywhere in the world.