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About this project

With over 1 BILLION bikes built for land on a planet that is more than two-thirds water, the Schiller S1 defines a new frontier in water sports and biking

Leave the paddle at home. Forget all about bike helmets, cars, potholes and narrow bike lanes. No matter your athletic ability or age - everyone can have an exhilarating, low impact bike ride on the water for fun, fitness, touring and adventure! The ride doesn't end at the water's edge...

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Merging modern design, technology, and engineering, the S1 is a high quality, water bike that delivers all the virtues of cycling in an aquatic environment. 

Easy to Ride

Unlike so many other water sports that require lessons or weeks of practice (sometimes months and years), if you can ride a bike - or even if you can't - going for a spin on the S1 is super easy even on your first time out. And you'll never need to worry about falling off and hitting something hard. 

How It Works

The S1 is a premium bike...and an ultra-portable boat. Like every bike on planet earth, it has a saddle, handlebars, cranks and pedals - all of which are standard bike components and easy to customize. Only this bike has no rubber and needs no road. With a proprietary drive train featuring Gates Carbon Drive Belts you simply pedal in order to spin the propeller and create forward movement. 

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Integrated handlebar steering enables the rider to easily turn the rudder to navigate towards the desired direction. Want to slow down or come to a stop? Just stop pedaling. Missed the party boat and want to turn around and make new friends?  Reverse pedaling takes you back to the fun. 

Safe and stable

Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our riders. The S1 has a wide catamaran configuration to provide for maximum stability even in rough conditions. Rugged, inflatable pontoons provide for close to 1000 lbs. of buoyancy. 

Easy Assembly

Who wants to burn precious time hassling with running lines, gear and heavy hulls that take two people just to get on the water?  We designed the S1 to go from land to water in under 10 minutes.

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Easy Transport and Storage

What kind of water craft can you take IN your car, store in a city apartment or take on an airplane? The S1's compact frame and modular design allows you to do all three. 

Low Maintenance

The S1 is manufactured for both fresh and salt water environments. We use hard anodized marine alloys and stainless steel components throughout. Our proprietary drive train featuring Gates Carbon Drive Belts is easy to tune and familiar to bicycle mechanics around the world. With simple fresh water rinsing after salt water exposure and periodic tuning, you'll have many years of epic adventures on your S1!

Is the S1 for Me? 

Specifications:

  • Total Weight – 70 lb
  • Bike Weight – 30 lb
  • Bike Size – 42”x 35”x 8” (medium)
  • Assembled Footprint – 12’x 6’
  • Cruising speed – 6-8 km/hr
  • Made in California
  • Each bike comes with a dual action pump and a utility carry bag

Materials:

  • Frame: 6063 Anodized Aluminum
  • Inflatable Pontoons: 1100 Denier PVC 
  • Struts: 304 Stainless Steel
  • Schiller Outdrive: 6061 Aluminium & Injection Molded Polymer

Customization:

  • Frame colors: Silver, Black, Blue
  • Pontoon colors: Black, White, Red
  • Handlebar: Choose between a low riser handlebar or a drop handle bar

Sizes:

  • Small (48.5 cm) for riders 5'0"-5'7"
  • Medium (53.5 cm) for riders 5'7"-6'0"
  • Large (58 cm) for riders 6'0"-6'5"

We'll follow up with you once our campaign is finished to make sure you get an S1 in a size and color that fits you perfectly. 

For more information, please email: info@schillerbikes.com

Roadmap

March: Have a great Kickstarter campaign. Conduct additional prototype testing. Finalize design package for manufacturing 

April : Tooling and moulding. Delivery of specifications to pontoon supplier

May: Procure bike components, accessories, and gear 

June:  Quality testing. Begin assembly of component parts 

July : Packaging and begin fulfillment

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About Schiller Bikes

On the heels of becoming the first person to bike across the San Francisco Bay and the Hudson River in 2013, Judah Schiller founded Schiller Bikes to pioneer an aquatic frontier in biking. 

The Schiller Bikes team includes industrial designers, award winning engineers, bike and hydrodynamic experts, including a 2-time Americas Cup Champion with Oracle Team USA, Kevin Borrows. Schiller Bikes has already successfully designed and shipped their first product, the X1 Founder's Edition. 

The S1 is a brand new product for everyone. And no matter which body of water you plan to ride, we hope you enjoy the experience as much as we do.

Risks and challenges

The team has worked extremely hard to prepare for this campaign on Kickstarter and planned extensively for manufacturing and fulfillment of our first scale run of the S1. Having already delivered our first product to market - the X1 Founder's Edition - we are keenly aware of the fact that some risks and challenges might come our way when we start our first large-scale production of the S1 and we want to be transparent about that. Here are the risks that we see going forward.

MANUFACTURING: While we have selected a very trusted and experienced, California-based, manufacturing partner, we still need to have an extrusion die built for the bike frame and create the tooling for some of the component parts. These generally require 2 months of lead time but in some cases delays may occur.

MODIFICATIONS: While we have spent well over a year building and testing multiple prototypes, as well as launching our first model (the X1 Founder's Edition) earlier this year, there may be some minor modifications that need to be made as we move into full scale manufacturing.

SOURCING: While we make the S1 in California, we do source the pontoons from China. We have worked with a very trusted partner for over a year, but we are aware that sometimes even the best partners miss deadlines and/or fail to deliver. For that reason, we have back up vendors and firm pricing should we need to explore alternatives in order to deliver S1 bikes on time.

We promise to update our supporters with any developments and have open lines of communication at all times.

Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us pioneer a new frontier in water biking by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.

Thanks so much for your support!

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    DIGITAL LOVE! Your contribution helps us get S1 bikes on oceans, lakes rivers and canals around the world. You'll have our enduring gratitude and your name engraved on our Kickstarter backers wall at schillerbikes.com

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    BIKE THE BLUE SPONSOR: You’ll receive a sweet Schiller Bikes sticker, an awesome 11" x 14" poster signed by Schiller's Founder of the S1 under the Golden Gate Bridge and play-by-play news of our world water biking tour. Shipping included for US backers.

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    WATER BIKE PIONEER: Get everything in the previous levels PLUS a sweet Schiller t-shirt that none of your friends have. Shipping included for US backers.

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    TIME TO RIDE: Get everything in the previous levels plus a 15 minute scheduled spin on the S1 at our headquarters in Mill Valley, California in July. Shipping included for US backers.

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    S1 EARLY BIRD: Be one of the first people in the world to own the Schiller S1 water bike AND get the Pioneer reward! You'll be saving over $500 off the retail price and become a instant celebrity wherever you ride!

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL: Get the special Kickstarter pricing and lifetime bragging rights for being one of the early water biking pioneers. You'll be saving over $500 off the retail price!

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL (INTERNATIONAL): For all of you water bikers not in the USA or EU - you still get to join in the fun. Get the special Kickstarter pricing and we will contact you after the campaign to confirm the exact shipping price of your bike. You'll still be saving over $500 off expected retail price!

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    S1 VIP: Get the S1+ Pioneer reward + 2 hour VIP water bike tour of San Francisco Bay and dinner with Schiller's Founder - Judah Schiller.

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    S1 CARBON FIBER: Get the special edition S1 Carbon Fiber + the Pioneer reward.

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    RIDE WITH A FRIEND: Two (2) Schiller S1 Water Bikes, free shipping to any US address and 2 Pioneer packages. International backers will get $300 off shipping.

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    BIKE FROM CUBA - secure your place in history by having a spot on the Schiller Bikes "Cuba Ride" team. This will be the FIRST EVER bike ride from Cuba to USA - Havana to Key West- this Fall 2015. 100 miles / 24 hours of riding across the water. You will be part of it all. Nothing remotely compares to being a part of this epic adventure and feat! DOES NOT include travel costs / expenses, visas, insurance.

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