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Old 10-01-17, 07:59 PM   #526
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There was another update today about the newly hired TIG and robot welding expert they hired, as well as a picture showing the top of the front fork assembly with two different finishes. It's unconfirmed, but Helix are considering using shot peening to finish the frame, which will result in a duller (but cool as hell) appearance to the metal, but it has the potential to increase the life of the frame and welds by a considerable amount.

Due to a few unforeseen problems, they still haven't got a test bike out for testing yet, but according to the update, it should happen within a month.
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Old 10-01-17, 08:39 PM   #527
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I'll bet that they have to contract out the shot peening process, as it's pretty complex and expensive to have in-house. I have an Indy Fab Crown Jewel in ti that's been shot-peened. This is a description of the process & benefits:

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Old 10-02-17, 08:57 PM   #528
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Thanks for that link, bargainguy. I like their description of the finish appearance as looking like pearl paint job when light hits it. The pictures I've seen of shot peened metal make it look a bit duller in general, but it's quite attractive.

The update just said that they are considering it. I would hope that if it adds a significant delay to manufacturing and doesn't offer enough benefit over the current machined Titanium finish that they would forgo it, or maybe add it as an option for people who don't mind waiting a little longer. Personally, I love the look of the shot peened finish, but I don't know how long I would mind waiting or paying to get it on my bike. I guess most people still waiting for their Helix are pretty patient
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...I guess most people still waiting for their Helix are pretty patient
I'm one of the few who are not so patient. I may possibly jump ship by Q1 of 2018,

but I do appreciate the transparency...

So the ETA on the test bike is October 10th(?).

Other issues that are being tended to:
* Front Lefty Axle needing thread correction.
* Tolerance to the Front Helix needing adjustment.
* Slight changes with the Seat Post setup.
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Old 10-16-17, 02:34 PM   #530
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According to the pre-order update,

"The test bike is almost ready. I had a final design marathon making adjustments to the welding fixtures. They are out being laser cut as I write this and will be ready on Monday."

Does anyone have more details on this?

Also, it looks like a component change has been made. Instead of a common aluminum seat post, titanium will now be used. "This seat post will be included with every bike in appreciation of your tremendous patience and support."

The photo looked more like a zero-offset seat post. "We are considering two different designs, the one pictured above and another that has a larger offset."
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Old 10-16-17, 03:45 PM   #531
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I've never been so invested in something in which I have no investment, lol. sounds exciting, and very cool about the seat post upgrade. You backers deserve it. Hope there are more pics soon.
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According to the pre-order update,

"The test bike is almost ready. I had a final design marathon making adjustments to the welding fixtures. They are out being laser cut as I write this and will be ready on Monday."

Does anyone have more details on this?

Also, it looks like a component change has been made. Instead of a common aluminum seat post, titanium will now be used. "This seat post will be included with every bike in appreciation of your tremendous patience and support."

The photo looked more like a zero-offset seat post. "We are considering two different designs, the one pictured above and another that has a larger offset."
Looks like you get about the same info as is posted on the backers portal. That's good.

The months are ticking by. Looks like the Helix guy is TOTALLY focused on getting the manufacturing perfect. I would have been much happier if his focus was TOTALLY on getting the test bike dispatched.
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The months are ticking by. Looks like the Helix guy is TOTALLY focused on getting the manufacturing perfect. I would have been much happier if his focus was TOTALLY on getting the test bike dispatched.
I have no clue on manufacturing bikes. I'm wondering though, wouldn't it be a good thing if the test bike was put together using the manufacturing equipment? OR... since it's just a test bike, would it be better by whipping up a test bike by hand (including welding)?

Also, in the parallel universe....... http://tinyurl.com/jjark5y
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I have no clue on manufacturing bikes. I'm wondering though, wouldn't it be a good thing if the test bike was put together using the manufacturing equipment? OR... since it's just a test bike, would it be better by whipping up a test bike by hand (including welding)?

Also, in the parallel universe....... http://tinyurl.com/jjark5y
For sure the idea is to use production equipment to manufacture the test bike. However I don't see how small compromises would invalidate test results, such as welding say 95% of the frame by robot and doing the balance manually, in the interest of getting the test bike out for testing. Parallel task scheduling is critical right now as the money pile is dwindling every day.
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For sure the idea is to use production equipment to manufacture the test bike. However I don't see how small compromises would invalidate test results, such as welding say 95% of the frame by robot and doing the balance manually, in the interest of getting the test bike out for testing. Parallel task scheduling is critical right now as the money pile is dwindling every day.
Based on the Kickstarter photos, they apparently hand-built three prototypes prior to that campaign.

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