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Old 05-06-18, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by RobotGuy View Post
I’ve been following the Helix Kickstarter for some time now and I’m sorry, but I am just dismayed at their business model. Thus far they’ve collected north of $2 million Canadian and not a single bike delivered... in what, a few years?

I’ve been part of the materials engineering / manufacturing / automation/ aerospace/ robotics field for years. There are so many ways to do this correctly. Building a factory with robotic welders in phase one is crazy. Starting with titanium is crazy. Robotically welding titanium in phase one is crazy. I’m afraid you guys invested in an idealistic view of the manufacturing world, not one rooted in experience.

We are talking about a freakin bike frame here. Even Elon Musk has a better track record on making deadlines... and his product puts cars in orbit.

if it were me, I would have started with high quality steel and contracted a Chinese or Taiwanese bike builder. I would’ve had that bike to market in 12 months At half the price.
Alas, you didn't do it.
So I'll stick with Helix.
On the plus side, our overly ambitious entrepreneur will be delivering some extraordinarily
spiffy bikes. It's worth the wait to me, since my Dahon Helios still serves me well.

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