Folding bike enthusiasts were so excited with the launch of the Helix as it was promised to be the world’s best folding bike without breaking the bank. I didn’t back the Kickstarter project but I’d love purchase one right now at full price. There are a lot of promising features like the titanium frame, bigger wheels, and a small folded size that could fit in a suitcase. However, I’m so disappointed as the release date kept being delayed.

The Helix was planned to accept preorders in August 2016 and start delivering to customers in the late summer. However, they announced some schedule changes in the most recent update. Due to the shortage of components and changes during the research and development phase, they have to push the dates 3 months back. Specifically, they will accept preorders in November 1st and deliver in Spring 2017. Kickstarter orders will be delivered sooner in late October 2016.

Following are the pre-order prices:

  • Single-speed Helix: 1500 USD
  • 10-speed Helix: 1600 USD
  • 11-speed Shimano Alfine model: $1900

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Some notable changes of the Helix bike include the proprietary hub, new rear dropouts, an all round tube structure, a bulge in the seat tube, a bushing-pin interface on the swingarm latch, an improved helical hinge, and the brushed finish.

23 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve given up on the Helix bike. I have created new priorities, spending my money on a so called premium bike that weighs in at less than 20lbs. that has pushed back its release dates is no longer attractive. Good luck to the individuals wanting this toy.

  2. Me too, absolutely ridiculous. Who is running this project? I hate how they have shared so little info as well with the many people waiting that supported them. Very few posts and all they talk about is upgraded components. How long will this on for? Time to refund money and move on to something that can be done in my opinion.

  3. So glad I didn’t back this kickstarter. I would be pretty nervous about my money as they continue to push the date back. I contacted them to see if I could test ride one of their prototypes before backing the kickstarter, and they said that I would have to wait until the bikes are released. I have serious doubts about doing business with a company that would sell you a bike without allowing you to test drive it.

    • That’s crazy. Would a car dealer make money if they refused to let customers test drive the cars? I keep trying to research this brand and only get a bit more suspicious about whether they’re serious about this project. I’ll skip them and go to another brand.

      • you havent used kick starter have you
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        kickstarter is to kickstart a company. its not a try before you buy be patient and wait for the release to see reviews

    • I stopped supporting ALL kickstarter projects. I got screwed with the so called “Wave eBike”
      They got the worst customer service, crappy email replies. As it turned out, this was a knock off bike made in China. The guys were full of “[email protected]@#$” I will pay for a product that’s already on the market, and with FULL manufacturer’s support. Learned my lesson!!!

  4. Helix is taking way too long. After seeing the delivery date extend the first time , I decided to not put in my order and send money. SOooooooo Glad I didn’t send them money. Now I’m waiting for the me too bike.

  5. Let’s see the price when/if it finally comes out…. I bet $2500 for the base model.
    It’s so hard to bring a product like this to market…

  6. I know the difficulties of engineering a new product, & bringing it to market. Considering that this is a new company with no manufacturing experience, I expected delivery dates to slip. So I’m not disappointed. If it arrives this year, I’ll be impressed.

  7. The development of a unique complex folding bike can take significant gestational time. Read the story of the evolution of the Bromton bike for some insight into this type of effort. The long delays for the Helix have occurred with periodic updates of their real progress. As an angel investor in other endeavors, I understand that product development is not a smooth linear predictable path toward the successful outcome. The Helix is no exception

  8. I support Helix Labs Inc. and give them the opportunity to complete their project to make the best bikes.
    I love the bike model, how to fold and the titanium pipe material they use.
    Good luck.
    I’m planning on owning this bike.

  9. Patience folks, I’ve been waiting since last March. The Helix Team does give updates, rarely, I admit, but I believe they are sincere in endeavoring to provide what they call the “world’s best folding bike”. They are creating a brand new design in a folding bike, new robotic computer controlled inert gas welding system. Tools have to be designed and programmed precisely to meet their exacting standards.
    When they deliver, latest date is April 2018, you will be proud to own this very unique folding bike!

      • Around the beginning of 2018, Helix said they would post a delivery schedule “next week.” Right – it’s now May 2018. Since the kick start, it’s mostly photo-shopped updates on how they’re progressing, with bonus parts and accessories. All that money taken from the kick start and pre-orders continues to fold into nothing.

  10. I talked to the GM at length by phone a couple of years ago. I thought his retail price was way too low for the material and quality, and necessarily smaller quantities. My offer to help build the Helix was declined. Repeated delays is not surprising for an ambitious project like this, especially for a Canadian start up with little manufacturing experience. I wish their best! and supporters!

      • Sometime in 2017, Helix was releasing 2 week updates to both backers AND pre-order customers. Just recently (6-17-2018), was the first time Helix missed putting out an update. 3 weeks had already passed. This has been one of the most attractive Photoshop scams to both watch and laugh at.

  11. Looks great. I suggest they get a manager to run this. Clearly, the engineers have turned this into a gold plating project. Proper innovative processes should release early with an acceptable product, and then make iterative improvements for subsequent market release. Can you imagine where they would be now had they stuck with the original or simpler design? More knowledge, more capital, more buzz and an advanced marketing network. And they cccould carry on with engineering Mark 2, Mark 3…

    • I’m a backer of Helix. I’m quite happy with the way things are being done. I’d choose waiting two years for a perfect bike over being annoyed over a flawed mk.1 any day. I’m excited!

  12. I’m an original investor. Very mixed feelings about Helix at this point. Now just hoping the bike will be delivered in good running form before I’m too old to use it.

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