This feels like our most exciting update yet, so we’ll get right to it.
The bicymple will be shipping in January!
If you were one of our backers, your wait is very nearly over! We have about half of the bicymples assembled and packing materials are on the way. We’ll be finishing the remaining bicymples in the next couple of weeks.
Here’s what will be happening in that time:
- Building and truing of our custom rear wheels for all of the 26” bicymples
- Assembly of the remaining bicymples
- Packing/shipping preparation
- Finalizing the Owner’s Manual
- Sending the final Kickstarter survey for bicymple backers
- Arranging shipping
Some of you who live nearby have asked about the possibility of local pickup. This is no problem. Contact us and we’ll set it up with you--we wish we could meet all of you! email@example.com or via Kickstarter/Facebook/Twitter, etc.!
It’s been quite the journey but we are within reach of our goal! We’re incredibly grateful to have had this opportunity and owe it all to our backers. Thank you all so much. It’s fantastic to know that you will all finally have your bicymples within a matter of weeks!
The final tiny parts (spacers, etc) are being fabricated and will be done in the next couple of days.
All custom 29er rear wheels are laced & trued, with brake rotors, tires, and tubes installed.
Custom 26er rear wheel components are on the way and will laced & trued as soon as we get them.
Brake lines are all cut to length and will be bled prior to installation.
Subassemblies like saddle/rear stem and handlebar/front stem are done or being done currently.
Major assembly has begun on just a couple of demo bikes, so we can see any kinks in the process (good so far!)
Final assembly will be happening in the next couple of weeks, with shipping immediately following. We're likely going to ship them out in small batches to expedite the process for most, rather than wait until they are all complete, even thought it would be a really satisfying moment/excellent photo opportunity for us to see them all lined up, ready to be shipped out!.
This is the final push, and we're excited to get these initial bikes into the hands and under the bums of our backers!
Here are some photos from our Thanksgiving weekend work days. Enjoy!
It has been a very long journey to get to this point, but we're here now and couldn't be more excited about it! Thank you to all of our backers and supporters for standing with us and remaining patient through these many, many months! Bicymple is coming!
How time flies! It's hard to believe it's been nearly 6 weeks since the last update!
Here's a complete status update:
Frames: They are done, with powdercoating, decals, and headset cups pressed in.
Forks (front and rear): They are done. Powdercoating finished and headset bearing races installed.
Other proprietary components: Pretty much all of these are done. Saddle clamps & stems, axles, rear-steer blocks,
The rest of the parts: Most of them are in our hands, with the major exception of rear wheels. Read more below.
We're currently working on a number of sub-assemblies and other pre-assembly steps, so when it comes time for final assembly, it goes that much more quickly. Here are the things we're currently working on.
Shortening hydraulic lines: Every brake line has to be cut down to length, new fittings installed, and then bled. It's a time-consuming process, for sure.
Installing brake rotors.
Installing tubes & tires.
Prepping saddle assemblies.
Pre-greasing headset bearings.
Installing bearings in rear hubs.
As with all projects, there are hangups. Right now, the last remaining hangup is related to the rear wheels. We've had a surprisingly difficult time finding rear rims to work with the bicymple. The trick is finding 36 hole, black side-wall rims. The hubs we're using are all 36 hole, so the rims must be the same, and in order to match the front rims, we want to keep them black, non-machined sidewalls. As of right now, these are backordered through multiple suppliers.
Aside from the rims and a few other tiny hardware pieces, we have all of the components. Bars, tires, saddles, pedals, etc.
We will be sending out final surveys for shipping information soon. We could have done this a few weeks ago, but aside from getting everybody really excited, it doesn't need to happen yet.
We realize we are far behind our initial schedule. We've addressed it in the past, and I'll do it again now. We're sorry it's taken so long. It weighs heavily on us every day. The thing that we feel good about in spite of our tardiness is that we haven't cut corners and sacrificed quality to adhere to an arbitrarily-created timeline. We're bummed to be so far behind, but happy about producing a quality product that wasn't hurried out the door. We've done well to stay within our meager budget, and have put in the extra time to make sure we don't overspend or underbuild with the goal of hitting a calendar date.
What we can assure you is that if you are a bicymple backer, your bicymple IS coming. We won't be asking you to increase your pledge, and we won't be selling to the public until the Kickstarter bikes are done. The end is clearly in sight now. Hang in there with us just a little longer.
As we say every time, thank you for supporting the bicymple! We are forever grateful for your help along the way and to have this amazing opportunity!
The white frames are done. The powdercoat finish and decals look fantastic and will be as durable as can be. Black frames are still with the powdercoater (they had some high volume jobs ahead of us that have pushed our schedule back a bit), but since decals are sorted out, it'll be a quick job to get the black frames completed, once they're in our hands!
From there, assembly will begin! For our backers, expect a final survey in the next week or two to gather final shipping addresses so we can send invoices for shipping.
When we started on this journey, we knew there'd be challenges, but none quite like this:
While making himself dinner at home, Josh smelled smoke, and looked outside to see his car engulfed in flames. A parked car on fire is shocking enough to see, but a parked car on fire with bicymple parts in the back is another thing entirely. There were boxes of rear axles waiting to be delivered for black oxide treating inside as well as a production bicymple frame. Knowing this, Josh took the risk and popped open the hatch to save the parts before the flames spread any further.
So the good news is that no bicymple parts were harmed and there's no setback to the schedule. Josh and Gabe are both safe and sound. That said, it's a sad moment as this car was an integral part of getting the bicymple to where it is now. It has hauled raw materials, partially completed parts, and finished products literally hundreds of miles back and forth between bicymple headquarters and contract manufacturers spread around the county. In spite of being 10 years old and having over 150,000 miles on the odometer, it was a faithful and loyal part of the team. Also, Josh just really liked it.
A moment of silence for the Audi.
So while Josh searches for a replacement, Gabe's truck will stand in to deliver the rear forks--which should be back from the machine shop in the next day or two--to the powdercoater for finishing. Still on track and one step closer!