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Detroit Bikes is launching its most affordable high quality American made bike. Introducing the C-Type.
Detroit Bikes is launching its most affordable high quality American made bike. Introducing the C-Type.
198 backers pledged $106,035 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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The C-Type

Inspired by the bikes of Copenhagen but with a distinctly Detroit flavor, we designed the C-Type to be the ultimate city bike.   

It was important to us that this bike was simple to use, low maintenance, and fun. Unlike the cheap throwaway bikes that unfortunately flood the market, this is a throwback. A well made, highly functional bike that will get you riding. This is a bike you will enjoy using for the rest of your life.

The C-Type is a single speed bike with a flip flop hub that can be converted to fixed-gear. It features a classic road bike frame, drop handlebars and knobby tires for better traction. This is a utility bike- the bike you would use for errands, or going out for a night on the town. ...a good way to stay healthy while saving money on parking or cabs. 

Our bike frames are hand made in our Detroit factory out of top quality American chromoly steel. They are lightweight and strong- so much so that we give each one a lifetime warranty. 

For 30 days, on Kickstarter only, we will be selling limited edition, numbered collectors editions in five unique colors. We have a S/M frame size for riders 5'2" - 5'10 and a L/XL frame size, for riders 5'10" - 6'6". Colors options are hunter green, fluorescent yellow, flat black, royal blue and mint green. 

Buying your bike now, in November, means we can build it for you over the winter and deliver it right as spring kicks into gear.

Here is the grey prototype: 

Manufactured in Detroit MI, lifetime frame warranty
Manufactured in Detroit MI, lifetime frame warranty

These are renderings of our prototype in the 5 limited edition colors:

flat black
flat black
hunter green with chrome fork
hunter green with chrome fork
mint
mint
royal blue with chrome fork
royal blue with chrome fork
flat fluorescent yellow
flat fluorescent yellow

Features

  • 100% US-made lightweight chromoly frame with a lifetime warranty
  • Knobby tires for use in all weather conditions
  • Maintenance free single-speed flywheel hub convertible to fixed gear. 

For those who want to spec out the bike themselves, we are also offering a frame only backing level at $300. These 100% USA made frames will accommodate a threadless headset and will also be offered in S/M and L/XL sizes. Color options for frame only versions are slate (flat) and red. 

The Factory

Detroit Bikes has spent nearly 4 years preparing for this launch. Our 50,000 square foot factory on Detroit's West side is fully configured to produce up to 100 bikes a day.

Have a look around-

Main Floor (photo by http://thatsthespot.com)
Main Floor (photo by http://thatsthespot.com)
Dropouts  (photo by http://thatsthespot.com)
Dropouts (photo by http://thatsthespot.com)
Vertical Mill (photo by http://thatsthespot.com)
Vertical Mill (photo by http://thatsthespot.com)
Lathe (photo by http://thatsthespot.com)
Lathe (photo by http://thatsthespot.com)
Custom Rack (photo by http://thatsthespot.com)
Custom Rack (photo by http://thatsthespot.com)
Frames (photo by http://thatsthespot.com)
Frames (photo by http://thatsthespot.com)
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C-Type specs

Frame: 4130 Chromoly Steel, individually numbered 

Fork: Chromoly Steel 

Rear Hub & Gearing: Single Speed w/ Freewheel - 16T / Fixed Flip Flop Hub  

Wheels: Stainless Steel Spokes & Alloy Double Wall Rims 

Brakes: Front and Rear Caliper Brakes 

Tires: 700x32c Knobby Tires 

Handlebar: Drop handlebars 

Crankset: Sturmey Archer Crankset w/chain guard = 44T 

Grips & Saddle: Cushioned Grip Tape and Vintage-styled Saddle 

Frame Sizes: S/M and L/XL

S/M (23lbs) fits riders 5'2" to 5'10" 

Top Tube 54cm, Seat Tube 54cm, Head Tube Angle 74.5°, Seat Tube Angle 72°, Chain Stays 40cm, Head Tube 11.5cm. Standover height is 31 inches.

 L/XL (24lbs) fits riders 5'10" to 6'6"

Top Tube 60cm, Seat Tube 60cm, Head Tube Angle 74.5°, Seat Tube Angle 72°, Chain Stays 40cm, Head Tube 16cm. Standover height is 33 inches.

Dropout Spacing is 120mm.

Images shown of the C-Type are of the prototype only. Final versions will feature seat stays that can accommodate fenders, and eyelets in the rear dropouts for mounting fenders. 

Testimonials

"Detroit Bikes is very important to me. It is a company that has invested in our community, our city, and our country and I want to support that. The C-Type is a straight urban bike. I'm an urban cyclist- a lightweight, simple, solid kind of bike is what I'm looking for. It won't be my first. This will be my third Detroit Bike. They're a proven quantity for me. I can't wait to customize my C-Type and make it my own."

- Tom Page, retired Los Angeles Police Department, Law Enforcement Consultant, Detroit MI.

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"Best bike I ever owned! Love it. My A-Type is the perfect bike for Florida, sand doesn't mess with the internal gears."

Dan Ditto, FL

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"You guys are a signpost. Everything that is right and great about not only Detroit, but America. Absolute best. Keep it up."

Tom Demerly

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"Best bike I've ever owned!! Coolest one too!"

- Laura Slaughter

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"I recently picked up my B-Type (#172) and as soon as I rode it, I knew it was MY bike. The perfect, quality utilitarian bike. It's exactly what I wanted, and as a transplanted native Detroiter, I'm rooting for your success. Thank you!" 

Karen McGuiniss

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"I LOVE my Detroit Bike! It is comfortable, classic and cool! From Charlevoix to Petoskey to Harbor Springs…it’s a perfect ride on the Rails to Trails route! I put a dual wicker basket on the back and ride to the Grain Train…." 

Carol Griffin, Petoskey MI

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"I recently received a new bike to ride around the neighborhood and on the neighboring city bike paths. It is produced in Detroit, Michigan in a newly start-up small USA bike factory. I did the test ride yesterday and it is the best & most comfortable bike I have ever ridden in my 70 years of cycling. The brand is DETROIT BIKES. They are a new factory with a passion for ecology, simplicity and USA designed and produced bicycles. They cut & miter tubing and other chrome molybdenum & alloy materials, weld, paint, assemble & pack the bikes using Detroit area engineers & staff. It is by far the most comfortable & sweet riding bike I have ever been on. I was pleasantly amazed & smiling while doing the short 1/3 mile ride. I met two friends at the park who also took a spin and they felt the same way as I did. This is the bike that will get me back into bike riding on a regular basis with my cycling friends. It's perfect for a 5-30 mile social ride, a commute to work, to the shopping center or the rec center. What a good find!" 

Howie Cohen, www.howiebikeman.com

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Other Rewards

Factory tours will operate Fridays starting spring 2016 and detailed invitations will be included in all rewards packages. We are looking forward to showing you our facility.

T-shirts and Hoodies are printed in Detroit at Wet House http://wethouse.us

T-shirts are available in Royal Blue and Hunter Green to remember this Kickstarter campaign. Shirts are 100% ringspun cotton, super soft, well constructed canvas/bella S,M,L,XL and XXL in women's and men's sizes.http://www.bellacanvas.com/product/3001/3001-cv-ss-tee.html

Hoodies are warm, comfortable Jerzees and available with a black logo on black, or a black logo on grey. Sizes are S, M, L, XL and XXL. 

shirts and hoodies
shirts and hoodies

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And finally... here is our Head of Assembly, Henry Ford II, talking about Detroit Bikes.

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Risks and challenges

To bring the C-Type to life we'll need to add staff, prepare our workforce, and acquire the needed materials. Luckily for the C-Type launch much of this work has already been done. The C-Type represents the 4th production model to be manufactured at our facility. As our manufacturing experience increases, so does our ability to launch new products effectively.

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    Thank you for supporting the C-Type launch. Besides our eternal gratitude, we extend an open invite to tour our factory and will mail you a Detroit Bikes sticker.

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    C-TYPE FRAME
    Frame only. 100% USA made frame available in both sizes and your choice of red and slate (flat). Frame accommodates a threadless headset. *free shipping in US

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    C-TYPE - HUNTER GREEN
    A limited edition, numbered, hunter green Detroit Bikes C-Type bicycle with a chrome fork. S/M and L/XL sizes. Bike numbers will be assigned in the order bikes are purchased. *free shipping in US

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    C-TYPE - ROYAL BLUE
    A limited edition, numbered, royal blue Detroit Bikes C-Type bicycle with a chrome fork. S/M and L/XL sizes. Bike numbers will be assigned in the order bikes are purchased. *free shipping in US

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    C-TYPE - MINT GREEN
    A limited edition, numbered, mint green Detroit Bikes C-Type bicycle. S/M and L/XL sizes. Bike numbers will be assigned in the order bikes are purchased. *free shipping in US

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    C-TYPE - NEON
    A limited edition, numbered, flat fluorescent yellow Detroit Bikes C-Type bicycle. S/M and L/XL sizes. Bike numbers will be assigned in the order bikes are purchased. *free shipping in US

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    C-TYPE - MATTE BLACK
    A limited edition, numbered, flat black Detroit Bikes C-Type bicycle. S/M and L/XL sizes. Bike numbers will be assigned in the order bikes are purchased. *free shipping in US

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    C-TYPE - CHROME
    An extremely limited edition chrome C-Type. We're only making thirty of these. Available in S/M or L/XL frame sizes. *free shipping in US

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    C-TYPE COLLECTION
    Buy the whole fleet. All pledges of this level will receive FIVE limited edition C Types, one in each major color: hunter green, royal blue, mint green, fluorescent yellow and flat black. These orders will ship as complete sets numbered 201-210, assigned in the order bikes are purchased.

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    C-TYPE Custom Fleet
    Buy a custom fleet in the color of your choice. All pledges of this level will receive TEN limited edition C Types in your own custom color.

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    ULTIMATE DETROIT BIKES EXPERIENCE
    Come make your bike with us. We'll fly you to Detroit, put you up, and show you a good time. Then you'll come to our factory and actually help manufacture your own custom colored C-Type bike with our team.

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