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yashinon 03-22-16 08:14 PM

Fortified Bike - your thoughts?
 
Just for the sake of discussion. I came across this new bike manufacturer called Fortified which guarantees a theft proof bike:

Invincible Pre-Order

I imagine that the bike is NOT inexpensive since they promise to ship you a new bike within 24 hours.

Your thoughts?

RickGr4 03-22-16 08:31 PM

I think this is a very interesting concept, especially if they follow through on their promises. They certainly took a different path to differentiate themselves.



Originally Posted by yashinon (Post 18629541)
Just for the sake of discussion. I came across this new bike manufacturer called Fortified which guarantees a theft proof bike:

Invincible Pre-Order

I imagine that the bike is NOT inexpensive since they promise to ship you a new bike within 24 hours.

Your thoughts?


CliffordK 03-22-16 09:06 PM

It looks like a fairly average bike. The theft guarantee sounds interesting. I wonder if it is like the U-Lock guarantees, worded in a way to limit their own liability.

For a unique unstealable bike, perhaps the Yerka.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/y...ealable-bike#/
YERKA | YERKA | The Unstealable Bike

https://images.indiegogo.com/file_at...jpg?1425774854

Grey. 03-22-16 10:59 PM


Originally Posted by CliffordK (Post 18629677)
It looks like a fairly average bike.

That's my impression as well. They're making noise about the "waterproof saddle" and "puncture resistant tires" when these are basic features that virtually all hybrid bikes have. The U-Lock is... just a U-Lock, with the same pros and cons that all U-Locks have. The "anti-theft guarentee" is by far the most interesting thing about it.

CliffordK 03-23-16 01:55 AM

It sounds like they are expecting you to register the bikes, as well as registering any future sales of the bike. That will be ok for the first 5 years or so that it is on the market, but after that, I doubt people will keep up the registrations.

Is it unique enough that a thief couldn't just sand off the logos and spray paint it black like they do with just about anything else? Still, having a registered serial number should help with future tracking it down. How many bike owners never have adequate info to report a stolen bike? It certainly is hard to match a used bike with stolen bike registries if they aren't registered.

Here is the Kryptonite Theft Warranty.
http://www.kryptonitelock.com/conten...tion_Offer.pdf

It does seem a bit odd that Fortified seems to be a bit sparse on details, but perhaps this is all still in development. I would have to think that they would at least require some effort to lock & care for the bike to get a free replacement. Also, for how long? Or should one expect that the company will get buried in claims within the first decade, and just quietly go away?

Storming 06-29-17 03:44 AM

Any owners now?

HTupolev 06-30-17 12:12 AM


Originally Posted by Grey. (Post 18629859)
They're making noise about the "waterproof saddle" and "puncture resistant tires" when these are basic features that virtually all hybrid bikes have.

I find that I'm often paying a premium when I seek out non-waterproof saddles and tires that lack puncture-protection layers!

bikecrate 06-30-17 07:13 AM

I'm not sure I would trust a company that can't Photoshop their bike properly on the website's cover page. :)

Scooty Puff Jr 06-30-17 03:19 PM

Warranties are only good for as long as the company stays in business.

worry 07-02-17 06:45 PM

i saw the ads for it while browsing the internet and IMO it is just a gimmick bike. nothing really special about it. I personally would not buy one. I have a bike lock and havent ever had a problem with theft except a time where I openly left a bike in my front yard and someone walked away with it.

also the hardware ,on the wheels just adds another tool you have to carry around if you get a flat tire. if you dont have it, you are walking home. no thanks man


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