The above extract from a 1921 Cycling magazine remarks on a “frame with leaf springs and hinged chain stays” seen at a French show. I have no record of that model going into production. However, in 1925, Vialle Freres introduced their revolutionary ‘Bicyclette Elastique.’ The prototype model was sold during 1926, with the full production model – its name abbreviated to the ‘Velastic’ – going on sale in 1927.
As well as the unique suspension feature, it was a radical design because it was marketed as a ‘mixte’ ie suitable for both ladies and gentlemen. I think it was the first unisex model.
A REAL ‘VELO ELASTIC’ WITH AN ELABORATE SUSPENSION
1927 Vialle Freres Bicyclette Elastique
Spring frame ‘Mixte’ design
Adjustable Frame Length: 21″-24″
A HAPPY REVOLUTION IN THE CYCLE INDUSTRY