The Veleno offers the option of either
mechanical or electronic shifting.
engineered for a compliant ride over
rough sections of pavement.
While many modern road bikes have
moved to oversized frame tubes and
stout designs, the Veleno hasn’t gone
overboard with tube diameters. Carrera
did not forgo modern technologies, such
as internal cable routing, Press-Fit
bottom bracket, nor a readiness to
adapt to an electronic drivetrain. The
carbon layup is a nicer T-700 that carries
over with integrated carbon dropouts.
There are several versions of the
Veleno spec available, ranging from a
Shimano Di2 drivetrain to deep aero
wheels. Our test bike came stock with a
mechanical Shimano Ultegra drivetrain,
Mavic Cosmic wheels and a full FSA
cockpit. All in all, nothing fancy or super
lightweight, but everything with a proven
track record for solid design
• Compliant ride
• Responsive rear triangle
• Paint options that stand out
Sizes: XS, S, M (tested), L, XL
The geometry of the Veleno runs a
little bit on the smaller side of the
spectrum. Our test bike was a
medium with a 53cm top tube length
but a comparable reach to other
medium-sized bikes on the market.
Overall the fit was comfortable and
allowed for a more relaxed position
on longer rides.
Initial thoughts once we hit the
pavement were just how smooth a
ride the frame delivered. The rear
triangle was compliant yet torsionally
stiff during hard efforts that translated
to a responsive ride. On high-speed
descents the Carrera cornered well,
and the compact geometry made for
a nimble bike that could be pushed
through corners with confidence.
The Mavic Cosmic wheels felt a
little sluggish to get rolling, but
once at speed they carried their
momentum well and helped maintain
a steady speed.
There are plenty of bikes on the
market to suit an array of needs, but
the Carrera comes in as a somewhat
niche brand with a European flair that
will attract those looking for something different. The Veleno does
deliver on offering a competitive
level of performance coupled with
Gran Fondo-worthy compliance. This
bike might not make you as fast as
Repsol-sponsored MotoGP star Marc
Marquez, but it will provide you with
a brisk ride if you’re willing to push
yourself a little harder. ■
The rear triangle uses flattened seatstays
to give the ride a little more compliance.
Carrera designed the Veleno with thicker
chainstays to balance out the rear triangle.