About this project
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!
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.
Fear not good children, you can still pre-order the High Roller from our website at:
You can still contribute to the project by choosing your pledge levels 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!
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!
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