By Robbie Ferri, Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor.
The cycling industry is changing, and we are seeing so many new products hit the market alongside new technologies we just didn’t think years ago we were capable of. The advancements in carbon fiber and electronics have put us in a position where anything is possible. We are seeing more aerodynamic, lighter, faster, and sleeker bikes.
We have been lucky enough recently to try a
Who is Yoeleo?
Yoeleo was founded by a gentleman called Leo and his friends. Their story actually started in 2007 when they were manufacturing OEM cycling parts for other companies. They all had a keen interest in cycling and decided to come together and create the Yoeleo brand. What’s incredible about Yoeleo is the experience they bring to the industry because of their understanding of what other companies are doing.
The company officially started in 2011, and they have been going strong ever since. In the past year, they have made big movements into pro cycling, supporting some professional teams, and we are seeing many amateur cyclists winning various races on Yoeleo bikes.
Is the Yoeleo R12 Worth it?
The Yoeleo R12 is an incredible machine that boosts excellent specifications for a very low cost. The
Specification (R12 Pro)
- T800 Carbon Fiber Frame and Forks
- Yoeleo Sat 50mm Carbon Fiber Wheelset
- Shimano Ultegra R8000
- Hydraulic Disc Brakes
- Carbon Handlebars and Seat Post
- 8.35KG Weight
Frame and Forks
The frame and fork on the Yoeleo R12 are one of the highlights of this
One of our concerns was with a
Then we have the groupset, and Yoeleo makes the
Ultegra is one of Shimano’s most popular level groupsets, and the R8000 has been the go to groupset for amateur riders who want the best value for money they can get. This model has an 11-speed cassette on the rear and a double chainset on the front, so you have 22 gears in total. It has a huge range which is going to make getting up hills quickly and easily and also downhill easily.
The Yoeleo R12 comes with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and they are excellent. They have the ability to stop you on a pin and in all conditions. They are very easy to maintain, and parts are very easy to get when the eventual service comes round. The industry moving forward is typically using disc brakes much more than rim brakes, and it’s great to see Yoeleo so ahead on this.
Wheels and Tires
One thing that is very surprising about the Yoeleo is the fact that, as standard, it comes with carbon fiber wheels. This is a huge boost from Yoeleo as if you were looking at other bikes in its price range, they are all aluminum and have nowhere near close as far as specification goes.
The wheels are 50mm deep, and this is going to give excellent ability when it comes to climbing but also an aerodynamic advantage when it comes to riding on the flat too. When purchasing the
The wheels are equipped with 28c Continental Grandsport tires. They feel great to ride and sit in the frame very well. We have covered 1500 miles and are yet to see a puncture. Suppose you want to use tubeless tires. You can with these wheels. The wheels feel very responsive, and the noise they make is incredible when up at high speeds.
When we speak about finishing kits, we’re speaking about seat post, stem, and handlebars. Yoeleo has really come out of the shell here, and it makes the
The handlebars and stem are fully integrated and made of carbon fiber. When you order the
The saddle impressed us too. Typically when you buy a
Probably the best thing about Yoeleo bikes is the price. If you were to look for something from one of the main brands with a similar specification, then you are looking at spending nearly double. With bikes getting very expensive and the cost of raw materials getting very high, it’s great to see a company who are offering a premium product at a much lower cost compared to other brands. These are currently the prices on the Yoeleo website.
- Yoeleo R12 Standard 105: $3800
- Yoeleo R12 Pro Ultegra: $4240
- Yoeleo R12 Pro Di2 Ultegra: $5650
Then we have the warranty and when it comes to buying overseas a lot of people ask whether they offer any. Yoeleo, as standard, offers a three-year warranty on its product. Even more so you can actually upgrade this to a lifetime warranty for an extra $300. This is a huge amount of warranty even as standard and a lot more than big brands offer.
If you are interested in a Yoeleo, after ordering you will have a wait time of a couple of weeks + while they build it for you. This is because they have to start from scratch with every order when it comes to handlebars and stem etc. It’s not the next day but it is a
What about Yoeleo’s other Bikes?
Yoeleo has a good range of other bikes to offer. Although they used to do mountain bikes, triathlon bikes, and track bikes, currently, they really only focus on road and gravel bikes. They offer a few different road bikes and a gravel
|Bike||Yoeleo R12||Yoeleo R11||Yoeleo R21|
|Weight Frame + Fork||950g + 390g||900g + 390g||1050g + 450g|
|Wheels||50/50 Sat Carbon||50/50 Sat Carbon||50/50 Sat Carbon|
|Price (Mech Pro)||$4240||$4240||$3900|
|Warranty||3 Years||3 Years||3 Years|
A little bit about the other bikes
Yoeleo’s bikes are similar in price, and the differences between them are subtle. In this next section, we thought it would be beneficial to look through the differences between the R11, R12, and the R21 in case any of these other bikes will suit you more. Equipment wise, they all have a Standard, Pro, and Pro Di2 level on each
If you’re looking for a
The R21 was released in 2021. Unlike the R11 and R12, the R21 is much less aerodynamic and has a more endurance style geometry. It is slightly heavier but does come in at a cheaper price. If you’re planning on doing big miles and happy having a couple of hundred extra grams on your frames for a little bit of spare cash in your pocket, then this is the
In my history as a cyclist, I have ridden many different bikes. From working in a
In my expert opinion, Yoeleo is making a premium product at half the cost of the industry giants, and because of this, they are making waves in the industry. The R12 really impressed me, it not only was incredibly quick, but it was very comfortable, and every time I rode it, I found going fast felt so much easier than it had done before with any other bikes that I have had.
I have been riding the Yoeleo for about 2-3 months in total, and I still am very impressed by the R12, and each time I ride it, I continue to enjoy it. It’s incredible value for money and ticks every box for me personally. There’s only one thing that lets it down, in my opinion, the fact you have to wait for a few weeks for it to turn up, apart from that I can’t fault it.
Are Yoeleo’s Chinese Carbon?
They are actually made from Chinese Carbon like all brands are. They are of a very high quality and are strength tested to the same standards as bikes from the bigger brands. On the Yoeleo website, they have all the videos of the tests, and they are an incredible watch.
Are the Yoeleo Wheels UCI approved?
Yes, they are UCI approved and used in many professional competitions currently. They actually go above and beyond the standard required.
Which Yoeleo is for me?
If you live in a flat area, I would recommend the R12, if you live in a hilly area, I would recommend the R11. If you want to ride off-road and gravel, the G21.