DISRAELI GEARS

Vivo

US Patent 5,924,946 - Vivo V1 main image US Patent 6,203,459 - Vivo V2 main image US Patent 6,416,434 - Vivo V2 main image

Vivo is/was based in the magnificently named Plainview on Long Island, New York, USA. The dominant figure in the company appears to be one John L. Calendrille Jr., who is referred to at different times as the President of the company or the Director of Product Development. He is also registered as the inventor on Vivo’s various patents.

During the 1990s, perhaps in 1997, Vivo produced a set of rubber boots for covering derailleurs and marketed them as ‘Grunge Guards’. As you may have guessed they were an inelegant, but effective, way to keep mud out of your precious gear mechanisms.

I believe that, in 1999, Vivo released the Vivo V1 rear derailleur, that included an all enclosing rubber boot. It was essentially a CNC mountain bike derailleur fitted with a perfectly tailored, and much more minimalist, Grunge Guard. This derailleur was definitely manufactured in some quantity. Unlike the Grunge Guards, I rather liked the look of it at the time.

In 2001 Vivo appears to have launched the Vivo V2 derailleur, which was similar to the V1 but had straight cable routing. I don’t know if the V2 ever went into serious production.

In 2002 Shimano appears to have bought a couple of patents from Vivo relating to their neoprene mud shield technology. This prevented Vivo from making any further derailleurs wearing rubber boots. John Calendrille apparently said that it was unfortunately, but unavoidably, true that he would earn far more money by selling his patents to Shimano than he ever could by manufacturing and selling his derailleurs.

Before the Interbike show in 2009, someone leaked that Hayes (who are famous for their brake systems), would show an innovative derailleur called the Vivo V5 Enduro. Hayes denied the rumour and the derailleur never appeared on their stand at the show. However, the plot thickened, and it appeared that Vivo may have been talking to Hayes, and may have been the source of the leak, despite nothing having been agreed. If this was true I imagine that Hayes were less than delighted with the whole malarkey.

The Vivo V5 did appear on a Vivo web site dating from around 2012. It was a tidily finished, but fairly conventional model with in-board cable routing in the style of a Suntour Cyclone Mark-II (3500). But, again, I don't know if it ever made it into any kind of production.

After his struggle with the Vivo V5, John L. Calendrille Jr. seems to have changed tack, ditching the Vivo brand and becoming a derailleur-designing-gun-for-hire. As with Hayes in 2009, he seems to have a penchant for working with manufacturers of brakes and convincing them to add a line of derailleurs to their offering.

First up was Box, which is owned by Lee Chi of Taiwan - a manufacturer of brakes in serious volumes. John L. Calendrille Jr.'s name appears on a number of patents associated with the Box derailleurs.

And then, within an indecently short period of time, John's name starts appearing on patents associated with TRP derailleurs. TRP is the 'racing' brand of Tektro, which is another, and even larger Taiwanese manufacturer of brake systems.

I can only imagine that it would be entertainingly challenging to work with Hayes, Lee Chi and Tektro, all within a short period of each other and all without coming across any conflicts of interest. Although I have to say that, at first glance, the Vivo V5, the Box One and the TRP DH7 derailleurs all look surprisingly different from each other.


see also US Patent # 5,540,118 - Vivo 1994

see also US Patent # 5,540,118 - Vivo 1994

US Patent 5,540,118 - Vivo Grunge Guard thumbnail


Vivo - flyer 1995

Vivo - flyer 1995

  • Publisher: Vivo
  • Date: 1995
  • Derailleur brands: Vivo
  • Derailleurs: none
Vivo - flyer 1995 thumbnail


Vivo - flyer 1996?

Vivo - flyer 1996?

  • Publisher: Vivo
  • Date: 1996?
  • Derailleur brands: Vivo
  • Derailleurs: Vivo V1 Enduro
Vivo - flyer 1996? thumbnail


see also US Patent # 5,924,946 - Vivo 1997

see also US Patent # 5,924,946 - Vivo 1997

US Patent 5,924,946 - Vivo V1 thumbnail


Vivo - flyer 1997

Vivo - flyer 1997

  • Publisher: Vivo
  • Date: 1997
  • Derailleur brands: Vivo
  • Derailleurs: Vivo V1 Enduro
Vivo - flyer 1997 scan 1 thumbnail


Vivo Rear Derailleur Installation - 1997?

Vivo Rear Derailleur Installation - 1997?

  • Publisher: Vivo
  • Date: 1997?
  • Derailleur brands: Vivo
  • Derailleurs: Vivo V1 Enduro
Vivo Rear Derailleur Installation Installation - 1997? thumbnail


see also Mountain Bike Action - Vivo ad 1998

see also Mountain Bike Action - Vivo ad 1998

Mountain Bike Action - Vivo advert thumbnail


see also US Patent # 6,203,459 - Vivo 1999

see also US Patent # 6,203,459 - Vivo 1999

US Patent 6,203,459 - Vivo V2 thumbnail


see also US Patent # 6,416,434 - Vivo 2001

see also US Patent # 6,416,434 - Vivo 2001

US Patent 6,416,434 - Vivo V2 thumbnail


see also US Patent # 7,572,199 - Vivo 2005

see also US Patent # 7,572,199 - Vivo 2005

US Patent 7,572,199 - Vivo thumbnail


Vivo - web site 2012

Vivo - web site 2012

  • Publisher: Vivo
  • Date: 2012
  • Derailleur brands: Vivo
  • Derailleurs: Vivo V5
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see also Taiwanese Patent # I599512/201700346 - Tektro and/or TRP 2015

see also Taiwanese Patent # I599512/201700346 - Tektro and/or TRP 2015

Taiwanese Patent 201700346 - TRP thumbnail


see also US Patent # 2017/0283004 - Box 2016

see also US Patent # 2017/0283004 - Box 2016

US Patent 2017/0283004 - Box thumbnail


see also US Design Patent # 827,504 - Box 2017

see also US Design Patent # 827,504 - Box 2017

US Design Patent 827,504 - Box thumbnail


see also US Patent # 2018/0346068 - TRP 2017

see also US Patent # 2018/0346068 - TRP 2017

US Patent 2018/0346068 - TRP thumbnail


see also Taiwanese Patent # I664113/201945243 - TRP 2018

see also Taiwanese Patent # I664113/201945243 - TRP 2018

Taiwanese Patent 201945243 - TRP thumbnail


see also Taiwanese Patent # I685448/202023893 - TRP 2018

see also Taiwanese Patent # I685448/202023893 - TRP 2018

Taiwanese Patent I685448 - TRP thumbnail


see also Taiwanese Patent # I684553/202026199 - TRP 2019

see also Taiwanese Patent # I684553/202026199 - TRP 2019

Taiwanese Patent I684553 - TRP thumbnail


see also Taiwanese Patent # I730290/202030117 - Tektro 2019

see also Taiwanese Patent # I730290/202030117 - Tektro 2019

Taiwanese Patent I730290/202030117 - Tektro thumbnail