About this project
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We’re rethinking the commute, one bicycle at a time. Technology impacts our lives in countless ways. Yet we ride the same, archaic bicycles to and from work every day, disconnected from our environment and ourselves. It’s time to integrate the most influential technology into the bicycle. You’re connected, why shouldn’t your bike be?
Valour is the ultimate combination of safety, connectivity, design, and simplicity. It introduces the practical integration of technology into the daily commute.
Valour is designed with safety in mind. Unique to the industry, Valour incorporates integrated technology for advanced personal safety. Valour’s turn-by-turn navigation keeps your eyes on the road and your hands on the bar. It uses low energy bluetooth to connect to your smart phone for directions. LED indicators signal as you approach your next turn.
Integrated haptic feedback in the handlebar grips alert you by vibrating of any object in your blind spot ensuring your safety so you can ride comfortably.
On-board sensors measure your calories burned, distance traveled, speed, best times, and much more. Stay fit and feel great by turning your everyday commute into a fitness ride.
Sync your mobile device with your bike before or after the ride to track your progress.
At launch, we will have an Android, iPhone and Pebble app.
We think riding a bike should be fun, not painful. We strive to remove discomfort from the commute and replace stress with delight.
Engineered for comfort, the Valour design encourages a more comfortable riding position. Our unique ergonomic design relieves pressure on your back, spine, and buttocks, while providing optimal power transfer and an unmatched comfort level. The shoulders, back of the neck, and hands take a greater share in supporting the load, resulting in a more versatile, active riding style.
We are equipped with Ergon for ergonomic saddle, pedals and grips.
Smart Carbon Fibre Manufacturing
Valour is constructed with carbon fibre and the internal tube design is inspired by nature. Using our carbon fibre manufacturing technology, each bike is individually molded as a unibody frame. Valour’s internal wall structure is inspired by the same principles that strengthen our bones allowing it to withstand extreme three-dimensional stress. Unibody molding guarantees complete structural strength and production ease, ensuring a bike that’s as reliable as it is affordable. Valour’s strength is matched only by its weight. At a mere ~16lbs, the Valour is light enough to de-stress any tricky commute.
Charge as you ride, Valour has a front wheel dynamo hub that charges all the electronics. Valour only needs an hour long bike ride to fully charge. For winter storage, Valour goes into deep sleep mode.
Vanhawks for all.
Commuters are the heartbeat of cities. Valour technology is designed as a mesh network that will connect the Valour community and gather real-time information on setbacks like potholes, closed roads, and blocked lanes. Simply put, more riders means smarter, safer routes.
API for developers
- CVP Nuvinci N360 internal gear hub
- Single speed/Fixie
- Shimano calliper brakes
- 15.8 pounds fixie
- 16.3 pounds single speed
- 19.6 pounds internal hub
- Standard 700c , 28mm tires.
- Unibody Carbon fibre
- Custom production number engraved on the frame for first 100 early-bird backers.
- Carbon fibre straight handlebar
- Carbon fibre seat post
- Unibody Carbon fibre
- Ergon SM3 ergonomic saddle
- Ergon GP1 ergonomic grips
- Ergon ergonomic PC2 paddles
- Small (50cm) for riders 5'1"-5'6" (155cm - 167.5cm)
- Medium (53cm) for riders 5'6"-5'11" (167.5cm - 180cm)
- Large (56cm) for riders 5'11"-6'3" (180cm - 190.5cm)
- Extra large (59cm) for riders 6'3" and above (190.5cm+)
Team behind Vanhawks
Sohaib and Adil have poured their hearts into designing, engineering, and testing Valour. Ali and Niv worked tirelessly to successfully integrate the technology into the bike. The team is part of FounderFuel Accelerator program out of Montreal in Canada. With your help, we can make Valour the bike of the future, and change the urban commute forever.
The Vanhawks Team
Risks and challenges
The Vanhawks Valour design has been finalized, and the initial prototype has been built. Molding and tooling is ready for the first batch. Adil has been working in composite engineering for last 12 years. Sohaib has worked in ergonomic design for 3 years, and both have been through the designs with a keen eye to make sure the best is brought to you.
Niv and Ali are hard at work to connect the sensors on the bike. Both use their computer and engineering backgrounds to bring the project to reality.
Some risks and challenges might come our way when we start our first large-scale production of Vanhawks Valour, and we want to be upfront about that. Kickstarter projects come with some degree of risk inherent in product development. Our backers invest in us, so we want to do everything we can to minimize the risks involved.
We have partners in China, Germany and Pakistan for manufacturing. We have finalized our molding designs, and partnered with best bike manufacturers in China to make sure we have things in place once we go to full production. This also means that we've already spent a couple of months collaborating with factories and suppliers during the prototyping phase. Sohaib and Adil have been in Shenzhen to make sure that we have the availability of our electronic components once we go in to production.
Once all the parts are manufactured and pass QC checks, they will be shipped to Vanhawks headquarters in Toronto, where the bike will be assembled. Operational logistics might delay the assembly time of the bike. No need to worry because Adil and our partners have experience with shipping, import/export, and all things within.
In all matters we will keep lines of communication with our backers open, and update you about any developments.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The fixed gear comes with front brakes. The single speed has both front and rear wheel brakes. The multi-geared also has the front and rear wheel brakes.
Yes ! We will be shipping to select few countries/continents for additional $150 !
Western Europe, China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan! :)
Van is a preposition in the Dutch language, meaning "of" or "from". Therefore, Vanhawks mean “of hawk” or “origin of the hawk”.
Hawk is among the most spectacular of all animals. We think part of the reason is the hawk’s Intelligence, beauty, and a natural partnership to mankind. Hawks companionable partnership with humans can be dated back to as early as 600 BC. So, our philosophy is not only to provide elegant, intelligent and smart products to our customers, but connect with them, and make Vanhawks an experience to remember.
“Valour” means great courage in the face of danger, especially in a battle. We believe that we are in a constant battle against gas guzzling cars, congested cities, and commuter safety. With Valour, it’s a step forward towards safer, greener commute.
We are very proud to be Canadian, and spelling Valour with a U represents our Canadian roots.
Vanhawks Valour is designed for Men and Woman equally to enjoy.
Carbon fibre is light and strong. We believe that our commuter should be able to enjoy a high end bike light enough to walk up a flight of stairs, and strong enough to withstand everyday stress. Vanhawks proprietary carbon fibre technology makes internal wall structures which makes the frame lighter and stronger. A new way to build carbon structures lets us bring a high-end bike to the commuter market.
We have manufacturing partners in China, Germany and Pakistan.
The bike is proudly designed, engineered and assembled in Toronto.
The bike will come pre-assembled. A bike tool will be included in the box. You only have to mount your seat, and the front wheel. Detailed instructions will also be included. Trust us, it's easier than you think.
Our proprietary carbon fibre manufacturing process let us create the Valour at a very low cost, so we want our consumer to enjoy the amazing Vanhawks Valour at a price that won’t break the bank.
Initially, we will be offering the following colours:
Frame - matte black, matte white, naked carbon.
Rim - Red, black, white.
Vanhawks Valour comes in single speed, and a multi-gear hub version. You cannot change gears on a single speed, but the multi-gear hub version is equipped with Nuvinci N360 internal gear hub, and changes gears with a turn-knob on the handle bar.
The onboard electronics are charged with a Supernova infinity S dynamo hub as you ride.
Store Valour like you would any other bike. The bike is programmed to go into a deep sleep mode to preserve battery for the next season.
The bike can be serviced at any bike shop.
We are very keen on delivering an amazing experience. We want the rider to feel part of Vanhawks family; therefore, only fully assembled bike is available.
Things like baskets, mud-guards and racks can be installed on the bike. We highly recommend not to alter any other mechanical components for rider’s safety.
Our software works along with the on-board 9-axis accelerometer to track the potholes.
The speed sensor onboard works in tandem with GPS and 9-axis accelerometer to track the speed and distance travelled.
The Valour tracks objects in a safe-zone with ultrasonic sensors. The safe-zone is 10 feet behind the bike, and 4 feet wide.
The battery is charged while you ride. Without a continuous charge the battery should last for a week.
We provide one year manufacturer’s warranty.
Yes, every electronic component is protected against shock and water.
Fixed gear or “fixie” does not let you pedal backwards; whereas, a single speed has a free-wheel and lets you pedal backwards. Once we receive your order, we will confirm, if you want your bike to be a single speed, or a fixed gear setup.
The Vanhawks Valour can accommodate riders up to 300lbs.
User Height 5'1" to 5'6"(155cm - 167.5cm)
We Recommend Frame Size: 50cm, Inseam Length: 30" to 31" (76.2-78.7cm),
Stand-over height: 29.75" (75.5cm)
User Height 5'6" to 5'11"(167.5cm - 180cm)
We Recommend Frame Size: 53cm, Inseam Length: 31" to 33" (78.7-83.8cm),
Stand-over height: 30.5" (77.4cm)
User Height 5'11" to 6'3"(180cm - 190.5cm)
We Recommend Frame Size: 56cm, Inseam Length: 33" to 35" (83.8-88.9cm),
Stand-over height: 32" (81.2cm)
User Height 6'3" and above (190.5cm+)
We Recommend Frame Size: 59cm, Inseam Length: 34" to 35" (86.4-88.9cm),
Stand-over height: 33" (83.8cm)
Yes, you can equip Valour with your favourite racks and accessories.
Yes, you can. However, Valour will come with integrated front and rear light.
It is created by a local Toronto talent! - Jonathon Reed
Paul from PCD productions. Check them out at www.pcdproductions.com! They are amazing to work with!!! :)
Alex Choi took our pictures! He is a super talented individual! :)
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