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Old 02-11-19, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Ozonation View Post
Helix did NOT want to make road bikes or MTBs: that wasn't the point. The founder wanted to build a better folding bike - maybe to prove a point. Haven't you ever done or experienced something and thought, "Cripes, I can do THAT better!" Why do you think everybody on this forum was going bonkers when this thing was proposed? Because it was a better mousetrap. Just because there are easier paths doesn't mean everybody is going to take it. Not everybody wants more road bikes or MTBs. Does the world need more mousetraps? No, but that isn't the point. It's a free world: he wanted to build a near impossible folding bike - let him try.
His claim is that he can build titanium folding bike in first world country at a fraction of the cost Asian OEMs can. If he can really do that, he can totally disrupt bike industry and make a ton of money easily.
Then why did he use KS at all?

Originally Posted by Ozonation View Post
Outlandish? It would be outlandish if the bike never materialized. It did. Will it succeed as a business? Who knows - let them have a go at it. Are you a business consultant for start ups or something?
The outlandish part is the claimed PRICE of the bike. It is so much lower than what others can. Delivering a few bikes does not prove that he can make >1,000 bikes and still make profit.

Originally Posted by Ozonation View Post
Secretive? Bloody why not? Do you want your idea ripped off?
They already released detailed photographs of the bike, and that is more than enough to copy it. But no one ever tries to copy one, because even a Chinese copy will be much more expensive than the claimed price of the bike.

Originally Posted by Ozonation View Post
And if you didn't invest in it, why do you even care so much?
Because I smell a lot of BS.
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