I’ve had half an eye on Kickstarter over the last few whenevers. Was fascinating to watch Steve Domahidy of Niners new venture form and pass it’s target just hours before the end. It was dissapointing to watch Axey McBeardy, sorry, Jamie Hibberd’s Nu-Man magazine -βeta Male magazine fail. But maybe that’s because it’s hard to write Beta. Dunno.
I tripped over this project the other day – a truly amazing project – for technical reasons – there seem to be a whole load of mountains to climb there, and also for funding reasons – exceeding it’s lofty target by a significant amount – the Vanhawks Valour is an amazing machine. Quite unlike anything that’s on the market right now, and created by people who don’t seem to have any current involvement in the cycling business. I hope they get it sorted. It’s a breath of fresh air, and from the funding received, and the style of bike it is, it’s an indication in the market that there’s something amiss in the specs and ranges from many large manufacturers. I’m a bit sceptical though…
It’s not all fun and games – Nuseti seem a long way off their half million pound target, though have 36 days to run. It could all change.
The Universal Bike is cute, but solves problems that I don’t think most people even understand.
Dave Weiner’s Priority Bicycle ticks similar boxes to the Vanhawks. Something that the big brands don’t have in their portfolio, certainly not the ones that they’re pushing in the UK or USA to my knowledge, and by the sign up rate – the public seem to think so too.
Bikes should be simple, and so many are not. Brands that offer zillions of combinations of slightly different thing. Does a mountainbike brand need eight styles of handlebar, each coming in five or more colours?
Anyhow – Rhys (not Reece) who works evenings at Old Gate Hebden up the road plays drums in a band called Leopards that are trying to raise some funds to do an EP release. It’s not on Kickstarter, but it’s on a music thingy like it.
I’ve backed them. Rhys is great. Maybe you might like to back them too.