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Old 03-14-2015, 01:35 PM   #11
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I've noticed more and more the 'one pronged front fork' in the high end bikes these days and this Helix is no exception. Is it to lower the overall weight?
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Wow, showed it to my wife. We guessed what the price might be. It's about half what we expected. Order it she said. Bang, we're on the kickstarter list.

We've had the old style clunker folding bikes. They did the job in a basic way if you ignored some of the shortcomings. But this double folding design, or more properly, folding and swinging design, done in titanium is brilliant.

Thanks for posting Jim, it's the folding bike we've been waiting for.

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One strange feature in the bike shown in the video is that the rear wheel frame pivot action was not retained by any kind of latch - if you lift the bike the rear frame will just flop down; the FAQ confirms this was true of that prototype but the production version will have a latch.
I had noticed that and wondered about it too, but didn't go into the FAQs and forgot. Glad to hear it will latch, otherwise a rough spot could potentially create some instability.
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Wow, showed it to my wife. We guessed what the price might be. It's about half what we expected. Order it she said. Bang, we're on the kickstarter list.

We've had the old style clunker folding bikes. They did the job in a basic way if you ignored some of the shortcomings. But this double folding design, or more properly, folding and swinging design, done in titanium is brilliant.

Thanks for posting Jim, it's the folding bike we've been waiting for.

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No problem, Ron. This has been by far the most impressive folding bike I have seen, with lots of thought going into the design. "Clunker folding bikes" is pretty much what I have thought on the few I have tried. They gotsta be fun to ride, or will just collect dust.
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I've noticed more and more the 'one pronged front fork' in the high end bikes these days and this Helix is no exception. Is it to lower the overall weight?
In this case, I believe it is to allow the front wheel to fold back. I think it is usually done to reduce weight... or maybe just to be different.
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A folding bike made in Canada seems like a perfect match for a trailer made in Canada.
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Old 03-14-2015, 02:47 PM   #17
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This sure looks like a great idea and a quality folding bike is very attractive. They seem to have done a lot of research and development.
I am hesitant to buy a prototype or first model since I've been burned before buying a first model car. Very tempting though! If anyone gets to test ride please let the rest of us know how it does!
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Old 03-14-2015, 05:07 PM   #18
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re: single prong front forks.

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In this case, I believe it is to allow the front wheel to fold back. I think it is usually done to reduce weight... or maybe just to be different.
https://www.google.ca/search?q=singl...ed=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

more common than I thought.
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What bothers me, about this Canadian made product, is that Helix appears to be asking for US Dollars in their 'special' Kickstarter pre-order price. Did I read this correctly?
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Yes, that's what it states. Not all that unusual for a product that you expect to sell internationally.

In another life I manufactured a product sold worldwide and it was so much easier to sell in USD. Otherwise I'd get phone calls wanting to play the exchange game and since US and international sales far outnumbered Canadian sales it was just easier to quote the list price in USD.

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