Helix Folding Bike Boasts 24-Inch Wheels, Compact Folded Size, And Only 20 Pounds Of Weight

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Folding bikes have gained a lot of popularity over the last few years, mostly due to the fact that they’re incredibly convenient to store. Sure, they don’t exactly feel like a normal bike (I mean, those little wheels make sure of that), but people are willing to overlook that if it means they can keep the darn bike under a table inside the house. The Helix is a new folding bike that wants to change that.

Unlike other folding bikes, the Helix comes with full-sized 24-inch wheels, so it looks, feels, and rides exactly like a regular bike. Despite that, it manages to collapse into a highly-portable package, measuring just 23 × 26 × 9.5 inches when folded down, making it small enough to hide in a closet, pack in a suitcase, and even carry when you’re taking the subway to work.

The Helix achieves the impressive collapsed size by using a side-by-side folding technique that puts the wheels beside the frame and between the cranks, making for a highly-efficient use of available space. Even better, it uses spring-loaded locking mechanisms that use a tube-in-tube design to ensure the bike will never fold or unfold unexpectedly, preventing potential accidents while riding in busy roads.

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It’s lightweight, too, tipping the scales at just 20 pounds, so you can carry it by hand without requiring inhuman feats of strength, all while supporting riders up to 250 pounds.

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Bike specs include titanium frame, fork, and swingarm, a custom stem, a 580mm-wide handlebar, SRAM S350-1 crankset, Shimano SLX brakes, and 24-inch Kenda Kwest tires. It comes with three options in drivetrain (single-speed, 10-speed, 11-speed), adjustable saddle height (accommodates between 4’7’’ and 6’4’’ riders), adjustable saddle position (can be moved forwards and backwards), and a stem that can be adjusted by 20mm.

A Kickstarter campaign is currently running to fund the Helix. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $1,575.

(coolthings.com)

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