"The bicycle was the most popular form of transport when it was invented in 1885 and it still is today."
The feeling of riding a bike is a unique. The way a bike moves and balances is unlike anything else. But we wanted something more.
At Helyx we knew there was a way to go beyond what a bike can do, to make riding on two wheels more challenging and exciting.
By steering the rear wheel as well as the front, a whole new style of riding becomes possible.
As soon as you step on, it feels like something you were always able to do but had never realized. You start seeing at the landscape in a different way, looking for new places to ride.
We've gone through multiple prototypes to get the bike handling just right. It's been designed to be easy to ride yet agile. The front and rear steering are carefully balanced to work together.
There is a quick release lock so when you just want to get somewhere fast, you snap it closed and it's just like a normal bike.
Bring the fun and freedom back to riding. It's a workout for the body and the mind. Easy to start but hard to master.
With Helyx, the possibilities are endless.
Choose your preferred color. All backers will be asked which color they would like after the campaign.
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Helyx bikes are made at our shop in London UK. We have almost ten years experience in building unusual and custom bike projects such as tall bikes, tandems for six riders and four-wheel bike cars for multiple riders and even some plain old regular bikes.
Over the years our shop has developed skills in frame production using an in-house developed tube processing system for bending and cutting. We also have powder coating finishing techniques, TIG welding for steel frames and all other techniques and equipment needed for bike frame production and assembly into complete bikes.
Having already produced the first six bikes using the manufacturing processes we will be using for the production bikes we are confident in our ability to deliver a quality bike.
Is it easy to ride?
Surprisingly. The best way to start is to just try and go straight, then build from there. Most people can ride it instantly.
Is it road legal?
As far as we know the Helyx is regarded in the same way as any other bike and can be ridden anywhere a normal bike can be. Don't ride where you shouldn't. If you're not sure don't ride.
Is it safe?
This is a bike so it is possible to fall off! Ride within your abilities and use protective gear where appropriate.
How are Helyx bikes made?
The bikes are made in London UK in our own bike shop. Some people ask why we don't outsource. The truth is once you have added the extra costs of visits, time spent specifying the parts, shipping, increasing wages, and in-house quality assurance processes you don't save much. We have developed expertise in the mass production of bike frames and are able to efficiently and consistently produce high quality products. Bikes are then assembled in their entirety by one person to make sure every bike is exactly as it should be. They are then quality assessed by an second member of staff to ensure they are all perfect before being dispatched.
What if it breaks?
Helyx will continue to support all bikes by providing spares and repairs as long as the company exists. Most of the components (apart from the frame) on a Helyx are standard bike parts and available from local bike outlets too.
How do I look after it?
Helyx bikes benefit from exactly the same bike maintenance as would any other bike.
Will it fit me?
See the dimensions diagram. Helyx is designed to fit a wide range of heights from 4'10 to 6'4.
How do I choose the color I'd like?
After the campaign ends we will send out a poll to all backers asking them to confirm which color they would like their bike to be.
Do I need to assemble it?
Yes. To save space the bikes are shipped with the front wheel, the handlebars and the pedals removed. These can be reattached in minutes using the tools included with the bike. A video will be available describing this process for those interested.
Can you ship it to where I live?
We are shipping worldwide. Shipping fees vary depending on where you are. Click on a reward at the top right to see postage fees to your area.
Taxes and Duties?
Some delivery areas will incur taxes and import duties. These will need to be paid for when taking collection of the bike from the delivery service. Backers are responsible so please check your own countries taxes and duties.
Will I ever want another bike?
Absolutely not! Well... maybe eventually.
Risks and challenges
We have been extremely thorough in planning how these bikes are to be made. This process has been verified by the production of the first six complete bikes which are the same as the final customer bikes. The three frame pieces we make in house use a proprietary fabrication process that has already proved itself. The majority of the rest of the bike are standard bike components that are to be bought in from the best available supplier.
Because of the nature of manufacturing, plans may naturally deviate from expectations when actual production is initiated. We can plan down to the last detail but if a problem does arise or a supplier incurs their delays or problems then the project will slow down. Fortunately suppliers can be negotiated with or changed, production processes can be optimised, and the bikes can be tweaked and improved. The most obvious risk are delays which inconvenience both the producer and the customer, this is something we are determined to avoid, but is an inevitable possibility for all manufacturers.
We have limited the number of bikes we will make for this crowdfund explicitly for the purpose of protecting our backers. This campaign is to start the company after all and not to achieve every order it will ever have. By limiting the availability of bikes we eliminate the possibility of rushing delivery, over stretching and compromising on quality. We are here to give every backer exactly what they expect and deserve so that the Helyx bike brand proves itself and goes on to thrive.
Helyx promises to keep all backers closely informed of all relevant developments during production on a regular basis. It is after all, the backers that we are here to serve and whose trust we have been granted.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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