Some disclosure first: VeloVie is a team sponsor, and I got this frame at a discount. That team discount price, however, is dangerously close to list now that the frame has been discounted from $2500 to $1500. I rode the first one for a year, then the top tube cracked in two places when I was surprised by a pothole and didn't unweight for it. VeloVie said they'd never seen one crack like that, and promptly replaced it.
VeloVie is a new company that sells direct from the web. Many people, looking at the frame, remark that it looks like they used main tubes from the Scott factory and bought up the leftover Madone seat tubes. The main tubes are big - the downtube measures 51mm across.
This frame replaced my Viner, the DrunkWerx benchmark frame. While it's always nice to get on a new bike, I really didn't perceive much of a difference between the two. It felt stiff enough and it didn't beat me up on long rides. It was nice and solid but didn't give me goosebumps. The most extraordinary thing about the frame was the paint job, which garners a lot of comments. Frame weight is 1040 grams for a 56, claimed weight is 950.
This is just the third bike I've tested - the first two both flexed 7.2mm - so I was very surprised to find that the 300SE flexed just 2mm. The wattage (1020) was about the same as the other tests, and it was the usual un-smooth head bobbing handlebar yanking form.
The vertical flex test was also surprising. The front end damped but 7% of the vibration, and the rear 26%. It should've been harsher than the Litespeed Archon, but it wasn't. Four or five hour rides are no problem on the VeloVie, while two hours are trying on the Litespeed.
Frankly, I'm a bit flummoxed. I'm suspicious of subjective 'feel', so I'm not surprised that I wasn't able to detect the 300SE's superior lateral stiffness. The butt, however, doesn't lie. The 300SE should've been less comfortable than the Archon, and yet it wasn't. Perhaps carbon dampens high frequency/low amplitude buzz not measured by my setup with its 4mm bump. In any case, $1500 is a smokin' deal on a head turner of a frame that'll more than do the job. And if nothing else, we know that VeloVie's warranty and customer service is solid.