Finally a real Adult Size big wheel! Only a few short days left to support this project. You've been waiting a long time for this!
Oh, Man. You've been waiting a long time for this...
What are we creating?
PURE JOY. Almost any kid that was born after 1969 had a Marx Big Wheel plastic trike at some point in their growing up. Even now as adults, they often recall their plastic chariot as, "the best toy EVER." We are capturing the freedom, exhilaration, and playfulness of this epic ride on toy by designing and producing the HIGH ROLLER adult size big wheel trike!
How are we creating this?
DESIGN. As founder of the Big Wheel Rally I have spent countless hours (years?) in the saddle of stock kids' big wheels, modified plastic rigs, chopped and stretched super modifieds, and custom builds. All the while gleaning the best features of each and merging this with our Aerospace Engineering experience.
What have we done so far?
Over the last year we have produced several rolling prototypes, that are stout, tight, and FUN. These are fully functional, ridable rigs with almost 300 miles on each one. And most of that was sideways!
We've gone from paper sketches (literally back-of-the-envelope)...
To full CAD drawings...
To rolling prototypes...
And we've let the (big) kids play on them!
Here's what you get:
26 inch Rubber Front Tire for supreme traction
- Freewheel Hub for high speed coasting
Stout Steel Frame and Fork holds over 300 lbs
- Alloy V-Brake and levers for solid stops
Plush Custom Seat for your cruising pleasure
Plastic Rear Wheels on Ball Bearing Hubs for thunderous powerslides
Bell and Tassels standard. Oh yeah.
We've completed the design, we've tested the prototypes, and now we're ready to do it for real.
PRODUCTION. We are currently looking to engage manufacturers to produce an initial lot of 300 High Roller adult size big wheel trikes. Why 300? That's the minimum order quantity that makes financial sense for the factory. Less than that and no one's really interested in making it. More than that, and they get real interested!
With your help, we can initiate a build of 300 High Rollers, and hopefully more!
We've already invested many thousands of dollars in sourcing components, CAD design, refining the drawings, and getting prototypes made for testing.
Your contribution will help us secure:
- Tooling and custom plastic molds (for frame jigs, custom parts)
- Production (actually building them)
- Final assembly and warehousing (ready for you to ride!)
Don't you think it's about time? Come out and play!
You can still contribute to the project by choosing your pledge levels at:
You bet! The seat is fully adjustable with a quick release clamp to accommodate riders from 5'2" to 6'6".
We;re not really sure of the ultimate load capacity, but we've had folks that are 6'3" and 315 lbs ride the High Roller. It becomes more of a Load vs. Life chart with the rear wheels wearing out faster as the load goes up.
The rear wheels are roto-molded HDPE (High Density Poly-Ethylene), which means: hard plastic for powersliding! And they're also recyclable (#2).
Absolutely. The rear wheels can be considered a "consumable" just like on your car. We'll have replacement sets for sale on our website.
Our first set of prototype wheels lasted 10 months of outright abuse, which equates to about 150-200 miles of riding. The production versions will have ball bearing hubs that will make them last even longer.
Go fast, turn hard, no brake. And lean into the turn!
Fear not good children, you can still pre-order the High Roller from our website at:
We've developed our own custom Freewheel Hub so that you can coast when you're at speed. No more "egg beatering" when you're flying down the hill!
Nope. That's not the way Kickstarter works. Here's how it goes:
1) You pledge an amount
2) Only after we make our goal does any money or good change hands.
3) If we don't make our goal, you pay nothing, and we get nothing.
That way you're not out any money if we don't make our goal and can't finish the project. Of course we're moving heaven and earth to make sure this succeeds for all of us!
The High Roller will be available in that cool Red/Copper you see in the photo, and a limited number of Pink, and Yellow frames. Seat color options will be Yellow (as pictured), Grey, or Black.
pledged of $89,072 goal
seconds to go
Sep 22, 2011 - Oct 22, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $3 or more
TRIFECTA :: We've always said that life's better on 3. If you agree, you can support us with any multiple of 3 you like and have our publicly declared gratitude with your name on our website!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $29 or more
WEAR IT :: Limited edition "High Roller" T-shirt that proves you were there, that you heard of them first. And you, thanked by name, on our website. [free domestic shipping, international add $10]Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $49 or more
RALLY RANGERS :: Two Free Registrations for you and a friend for the 2012 Almost-Annual BIG WHEEL RALLY in Boulder, Colorado! You'll get the "Ride Low" wristband, 2012 Race Bib, official Big Wheel Rally T-shirts, legendary prize giveaway tickets, plus the most fun night you'll ever have!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $49 or more
WEAR IT PROUD :: Not only will you get the limited edition "High Roller" T-shirt, but you'll also get a pair of exclusive frame stickers so you can share the love on your own ride. Not to mention your name and our thanks displayed proudly on our website.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $99 or more
SPORT IT :: Custom High Roller Jacket - whether you're setting land speed records or lounging track-side, everyone will know you're built for speed when you're sporting the High Roller jacket. Upcycled jackets will range from windbreakers, to Ike jackets, to vests and no two will be alike with custom color graphics! [free domestic shipping, international by arrangement]Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $99 or more
LEARN IT :: What worked? What didn't? How did it all come together? Find out in our downloadable PDF that documents the whole manufacturing process from concept to thundering down the street. Oh, and you'll be sporting a sweet "High Roller" T-shirt as well!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $649 or more
RIDE ON :: Be one of the first in the world to have your very own High Roller adult size big wheel trike delivered to your door! You will be essentially pre-ording the High Roller and guaranteeing your spot to get one of the first 300 made! [free domestic shipping, international by arrangement]Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $1,298 or more
FLEET :: Want multiples for the company, your cul-de-sac, or all your buddies? Pre-order a fleet of High Rollers (or would that be a pack?)! Simply pledge the corresponding amount: (2=1298) (3=1947) (4=2596) (5=3245) (6=3894) (7=4543) (8=5192) (9=5841) (10=6490) [free domestic shipping, international by arrangement]Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $1,969 or more
SHARE AND ENJOY :: Commemorating the year 1969 that the first Marx Big Wheel hit the scene! Always wanted to go riding with your kid? You get an exclusive "His & Kids" or "HiR & Hers" package! One High Roller (HiR) adult size trike for you, and one regular size metal frame trike for your kid, plus shirts for you both! (His & Kids will be boy colors, HiR & Hers will be girl colors). [free domestic shipping, international by arrangement]Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $4,979 or more
OWN IT :: Full custom High Roller adult size big wheel trike. You choose the paint color, custom hub cap design, and accessories to make this baby your own! We deliver it, you ride it like you stole it. [includes shipping everywhere!]Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $9,999 or more
POWERSLIDE :: In addition to the High Roller trike and limited edition shirt delivered in person, we will help you organize your own Big Wheel Rally in your town to benefit a local children's charity of your choice!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012