titanium helix folding bike efficiently compacts to its wheel size titanium helix folding bike efficiently compacts to its wheel size
feb 25, 2015

titanium helix folding bike efficiently compacts to its wheel size

titanium helix folding bike efficiently compacts to its wheel size
images courtesy of helix

 

 

 

handcrafted from titanium in canada, the nine speed ‘helix folding bike’ enhances patent pending side-by-side technology that compacts its wheels beside the frame and between the cranks. this efficient use of space makes the bicycle small and thus ideal for commuting, excursions and when traveling. adding to this, its lightweight of just 9.5kg, thanks to its use of durable, corrosion resistant titanium metal, also helps ensure that it can be taken anywhere. when folded, the two-wheeler’s spring loaded locking mechanism which passes through the fork and steerer tubes, creates a safe lock than secures it in its compact form. created by the self-named startup company, the ‘helix folding bike’ is manufactured in its founder’s workshop and needs support via its kickstarter campaign, in order to help fund the project.

 


see the bicycle being used for commutes and folded up when stored
video courtesy of helix

 

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the nine speed bike is handcrafted from lightweight, durable and corrosion resistant titanium

  • So, much like a Brompton, only it has an additional latch to lock?
    How is this progress?
    ‘World’s Best folding bike’? – How do they support that statement?
    I’m keeping a tally of folding bike designers profiled on DesignBoom – All obsessed with reinventing the wheel, but never offering genuine improvements.
    Why keep building things if they aren’t better than the leading product already on the market.
    Note to all aspiring folding bike designers – The only major flaw to the Brompton is that the handle bars can’t be adjusted to suit the rider’s height, because the length is fixed due the locking fold. Find a solution to that and you will actually be offering something that serious commuters will consider.

    TheCat says:
  • The big difference between the Helix and others is the size of the tires. Helix 24 inches, Brompton 16 inches. I have no desire to ride a bike with small wheels. The smaller the tire, the more difficult to pedal, the more you feel the road, the less durable. The other obvious difference is convenience. After folding, it rolls. The video is self explanatory. Watch it!

    Jamie says:
  • like to order one

    andy yeung says:
  • Such a cool looking bike with seemingly excellent folding characteristics. This is unlike Brompton, since it has a central frame without hinge, I guess this is an advantage from the structural point of view, hope the single-arm folding front fork does not compromise rigidity. Another advantage (and difference vs Brompton) the wheels come side-by-side next to each other, and so, you do not need little extra wheels to enable rolling. The folding system is more like the Anemos bike’s one. The axis of the folding rear fork is not exactly perpendiculat to the longitudinal vertical center plane of the bike (…sorry, it came down rather complicated…) Another good thing is: my experience the 24″ is a good compromise between rideability and compactness. Wonder what is the folded W*L*H size is in mm. Can you advise? Thanks.

    JerryCool says:
  • the hinge in most folding bikes frames is an issue if you do tours or a lotof communitng. i had the hinge of a TERN bike break on me the other day. could fix it, but its definitely the weakest spot. on the HELIX the weakest point is the front fork construction. i like to lean a lot on my handlebar when riding (racebikestyle) so i would be sceptic about doing that on the HELIX. otherwise, prefer it definitely over the bromptons. whats your experience guys ????

    marco says:
  • The rolling wheels are nice (it’s not clear from the video if they both roll when folded). The Brompton system, with mini wheels on the rack, is more complex, but has the advantage that you can roll it indoors without tracking mud. I wonder about that front axle, though – it’s only supported from one side, and it seems a likely part to break or bend. Also, I can’t figure out whether the wheels are aligned front to back, or whether the front wheel is slightly offset from the real wheel. That would bug me.

    Duncan says:
  • It seems like a well thought design that can actually be produced as shown. The single sided fork will easily be strong enough as proven in more than a decade of downhill race use of Cannondale’s Lefty fork. Hubs by a few aftermarket manufacturers are still available I believe. The real question is the durability of the actual mechanism for the folding.

    ggg says:

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