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The world's first integrated headlight & blinker system for bicycles. Utilize Bluetooth 4.0 & GPS to add smart features to any bike.
The world's first integrated headlight & blinker system for bicycles. Utilize Bluetooth 4.0 & GPS to add smart features to any bike.
678 backers pledged $120,106 to help bring this project to life.

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Our Next Shipment + What We've Changed


Hey everyone,

We know it's been a few months since our last update, so we wanted to take this chance to catch you guys up with everything we've been working on. As you may remember, we were supposed to have shipped out a few weeks ago, but due to some last minute changes we had to push the date back a bit. Rest assured, the next batch of Helios Bars will begin shipping in less than 6 weeks & we can't wait for you to get yours!

We learned alot from our last production run, & we've been dedicated to improving our product every step of the way. The last minute changes we recently made were minor tweaks necessary to simplify the assembly process + prevent further delays. For internal purposes, we're referring to this next batch of Helios Bars as V2, since they're slightly new-&-improved. However, I should note that this is not a new product. It's a revamped version of the same product we've been making.
Want to know what's different in V2? See for yourself...

What's new in V2?

Here's all the great new stuff we packed into Helios Bars V2 for you:

  • Brighter Headlight - Thanks to Kenny's uncanny electrical engineering skills, we've managed to pack an even brighter headlight into Helios Bars which is capable of running at upwards of 1,200 lumens! This will keep you very visible on the road.

  • Improved Turn-by-Turn Navigation - Our software engineers went back to our navigation code & revamped it to be more accurate. We're still using Google Maps API, but you may notice an improvement in terms of responsiveness & accuracy.

  • Improved Bike Tracking - Since GPS can be spotty in different regions across the world, we decided to replace it with a Bluetooth bike tracking feature that works in much the same manner as Tile. We call it "lost & found".

  • Minor Manufacturing/Design Changes - See Tony's update below...

Manufacturing Updates

Hey Guys, Tony here! I wanted to get into a bit of the nitty gritty (aka manufacturing ;)) regarding Helios Bars V2. The bars' design is largely unchanged, but we did manage to shrink the holes in the forged stem. The buttons are also much larger for easier presses when putting on your blinker or skipping through songs on your device.

As Seena mentioned above, we’ve switched up our headlamps to a more powerful version and it is super bright! We’ve been riding our test units out here in Shenzhen, and the new bars lights up every road sign for what seems like a mile! We’re now nearing 1,500 lumens with V2; that’s almost 3x brighter than previous. This took a complete redesign of our lighting circuit but now that we’ve got it dialed in, it’s more efficient and much brighter!

I’m also happy to announce that V2 of Helios bars are rechargeable over the standard micro-USB port we all know and love – and the best part is we all have like a million laying around! The previous charge cable had some quality issues that we are aware of. If yours has given up on you, shoot us a line and we’ll get you a replacement for those V1 bars. Sorry about that!

We’re super close to pulling the trigger on mass production of the bars again. We’ve got test units to run through their paces and after we get all these adjustments cleared up we’ll get those components cranking out. Most of the issues as of now though are fitment adjustments, pretty minor stuff all things considered :). We’ve also opted to assemble the bars back home in SF! We’re still getting the office/factory set up but we’ll shoot you the address when it’s all set up and maybe you can build your own bar or something!

App Updates

  • Android App - One of our awesome backers volunteered to help us with development of our Android app, and we couldn't be more grateful. We plan to release a beta version this summer. It may not be as pretty as our iOS app at first, but it will definitely get the job done for you Android users. We'll be releasing an update dedicated to this very soon.

  • iOS App Updates - Our iOS app was removed from the App Store for a little bit, but don't worry, it's back up. We'll be releasing more updates for it (including a UI re-design) after we ship out this next production run.

Repairs & Replacements

If you're waiting for a replacement Helios Bars or a repair, rest assured that we will get them to you when we ship out this next batch of orders. Please follow-up with us via email if you don't receive your replacement bars/parts or repaired bars in a timely manner.

Stay tuned for more updates coming soon. In the meantime, if you need assistance with your order, please send us an email to founders at ridehelios dot com. Thank you for all your support!


The Helios Team

Q1 Delays + Shipping Status

Dear Backers,  

As many of you already know, we've been getting hit with shipping delays since the start of the Holiday season. We never anticipated this next shipment to take this long (though we do account for short delays, just to be safe), and for that we're extremely sorry. In an attempt to clear everything up & ease your minds, we wanted to take this chance to update you on what we've been going through & when the last few special folks can expect to receive their orders.

Towards the end of our last production run, we noticed some issues with the bars that were a result of our manufacturing process. One example of such an issue is flickering rear LEDs (sorry again to anyone who had to deal with that!). We decided to take it upon ourselves to comb through the entire manufacturing/assembly process & revamp it so we could eliminate these issues. The last thing we want to do is ship out faulty bars & further prolong the wait. 

Now that the whole supply chain is cleaned-up, we're just waiting on a couple shipments of components to arrive. Once they arrive, we'll be ready to start shipping worldwide again, in Q2 2015. It's hard to pin-point exactly what month your order will be shipped, but we're hoping to make it happen by late-May. We'll make sure to keep you updated if anything changes.
Rest assured, if you placed an order with us, you WILL receive your bars. As for emails, we've been getting flooded recently, so if we don't reply right away, please don't take it personally. We'll make sure to reply to your email ASAP! 

As always, thank you for your continued support & patience. We could not be more proud to have such a dedicated group of riders supporting us. 

Team Helios

An Update On Shipping Delays


Hello Backers, 

We wanted to fill everyone in on what's been going on on our end for the last two months. First off we'd like to apologize for dropping the ball with communication. As you all know we're a small team and when problems came up with manufacturing/assembling we quickly had all hands getting to the root of the issues to get back on track. Speaking of problems, there have been aplenty, but it's nothing we are too afraid to tell you about, nor is it nothing too serious as much as it is time consuming. 

First off, as we detailed in the last update and much more in the comments section, we had a huge issue with faulty cables that were delivered to the factory and required all assembly to be halted. These were custom cables that we had ordered months in advance. Having the majority of them go sour on us required a mass hunt for a new supplier that took weeks of finding, and another few weeks to actually get them replaced. Additionally, we opted to switch to a more standard cable/connector setup for something a little more off the shelf. This required another order of Rear Indicator PCBs - which have just arrived from the PCB assembly factory. 

On top of the already complicated assembly process for Helios Bars, finding this out was pretty detrimental to timelines and completely shifted timetables and delivery dates for many of you. We've made it out to most of you by now, and the remainder will be getting their bars very soon as we are beginning assembly once again after receiving the new connectors, cables and PCBs. 

Another issue we came across is getting a supplier to polish the bars up to quality. It's a dangerous procedure that few do here in Shenzhen at the moment due to the harsh chemicals necessary which is why are unfortunately forced to pull this particular finish. We'll be reaching out to those who have chosen this option. If you know you've selected this option and would like to switch to either Anodized Black, Gloss Black, or White, please let us know at founders [at] We sincerely apologize for this issue, it's actually something we're addressing for the second production run, so if you'd like to wait for those to finish up, we can move you to that queue. 

We know we've run far too long in getting you your bars. We are super upset about doing this to the most loyal backers ever, but the last thing we'd want is to ship you a defective unit, or something that didn't live up to the quality standards we've set forth. 

If you have any questions, comments, or compliments ;) please send them our way at founders at ridehelios dot com.

We're Still Shipping!


Hey Backers,


Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on our shipping status and schedule. As I mentioned in the Comments section of the campaign, we unfortunately ran into an assembly speed bump. During our testing procedure we noticed that we started getting unreasonably high defect rates with our cables connecting power to the main board. We narrowed down the problem and have ordered higher quality replacement parts. We should be receiving those shortly, however this has set us back 2 weeks in our delivery schedule as we had to resolve this problem before sending out any more units. We sincerely apologies for this, but it was a wrong that we had to correct before sending out faulty units, and luckily, we were able to find this problem before sending out any defective units. So the rest of KS backers should receive this shipping confirmation in 2 weeks. That's about how long it'll take to build out the bars - as always we'll let you know if anything else comes up though.

On the bright side of this assembly quirk, we've used this down-time to teach a factory how to build and test Helios Bars, which means our build times will be much faster. Now, Kenny won't have early onset arthritis! Woo!

Assembly line, with Kenny in the back.
Assembly line, with Kenny in the back.

We also appreciate those who have been leaving their photos on our Facebook Page and Twitter! Your guys' bikes look awesome with Helios on board now!

Antoine Chaigne's New Ride
Antoine Chaigne's New Ride

Also want to give a shout out to Toronto Helios Crew who are representing Helios with group rides and events coming soon! If you're in the Toronto area, Like this page and meet up with your fellow Helios riders. Light up the night! Thanks for spreading the word guys, it means so much to have passionate backers!


Another thing i wanted to touch on is the GPS setup process. David Vo in the comments section has done an excellent job outlining the process, but i'll reiterate what he's said to clear up some confusion. After you purchase a pre-paid sim from one of the many GSM carriers around the world (AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers...), you'll want to put it in a cell phone first and perform any activation that may be necessary - most of the time it's usually activated by just making a call. What's cool about our GPS module, is that it's actually also a GSM module :). This means that even if your GPS unit can't find a signal, your cell signal can do it's part to best triangulate your bikes' location. First, you'll need to set this up though by finding out your carriers APN. You can do this usually by heading into your phones settings app -> Carrier -》APN. Alright, so this initial set up was all done in your phone, not in Helios bars yet.

After you've confirmed that your SIM is now active and can accept calls/texts you can put it in Helios bars. Set up your APN by texting your number "APN.(your APN)". You should receive a text that says APN OK!. Now you're all set! So now when you want to track your bike, in the case that there is no GPS signal where your bike is, it can use GSM triangulation to give you an estimate of where your bike is. Our APN list seems to be out of date, so when you guys have success, we'd appreciate you al letting us know what you're using so we can create a list and help others out.

Alright guys, we're getting back to work. We appreciate all your patience. If you guys need to update addresses and such, please don't hesitate to do so. Chances are we can still update them if you haven't received shipping confirmation.

Facebook, Twitter, Helios

Love y'all.

iOS App Live! | Shipping Status


Hey Backers!

Shipping 80% Complete!
Shipping 80% Complete!

First of all we'd like to apologize for the lack of an update the last couple of weeks. We've been active on comments through Facebook and such but we've just been so heads down over here that we've hardly had a chance to create a full update. In any case, we'd like to just give a quick status update on the progress with building/shipping Helios Bars.

Currently we've built & sent over 400 bars to our fulfillment center for processing and shipping. That pins us at roughly 80% of KS backers which we're excited about! It can take them up to 3 days to send us back tracking numbers, so sit tight as we compile all those and send confirmation emails to you. Although we're pretty excited about this, we're still working like madmen to get the remainder of the bars complete, not to mention the site pre-orders that we're also fulfilling.

Anodized Straights getting prepped
Anodized Straights getting prepped


Some cause for this month long assembly journey is that often times we'd run out of supply on bars of certain finishes but mostly it's been due just to the sheer complexity of helios bars. As you all know, Helios Bars are jam packed with features, and ensuring that the bars arrive in their best condition and function to you, is as cumbersome as it is exciting.

That said, hundreds of bars have arrived at backers' doorsteps and we should be winding down our assembly sprint in hopefully just 1 more week for KS backers. So, those of you who have received your bars, how are you liking them :)? Let us know all your thoughts below.

The Polished Bars looking mighty fine!
The Polished Bars looking mighty fine!


Finally, our app has been approved by Apple and is now live in the app store. Feel free to get it here, or just search the App Store for "Helios Bike" and you should be able to find it. The app so far is not much more than an interface for your bars, but we've got big changes and updates coming. We've already begun work on some of it and we've mentioned before that Helios Community will soon be buzzing with events, rides, and guides in your area by other helios riders (non-helios riders are of course welcome too :) ). We're working on refining the social aspect of Helios and we'd love to have you guys check out how it is so far, it's just the bottom left button on the app. Oh and we're working hard on Android and hope to have it done by the end of next month.

I think that's all for now guys. We're going to get back to the mammoth of unassembled bars we have behind us. Sorry for the brevity, but let us know if there is any specific details you'd like to know about our process. We're expecting a hundreds more tracking numbers coming through to us from our fulfillment center 

Don't forget to share your pictures using the hashtag #smartbike on our facebook, twitter, and instagram pages, and follow us on these channels as we tend to post smaller milestones/updates more frequently. We can't wait to see your new setup! 

We <3 U.