I’ll make an exception to our Kickstarter rule to mention the Vanhawks Valour. Mathowie tipped me to it on Twitter and it’s so far-reaching, in what they’re trying to do, it deserves attention. When we’re inundating daily by mention requests to what amounts to pre-orders for honestly, not so ground-breaking products, cynicism and “meh” sets in. The rule is we have to see it, touch it, or ride it first before mentioning or posting on a Kickstarter.
I know, I know, I pimp a lot of Kickstarters, but this is like the 1st Internet of Things Bike and it looks amazing: https://t.co/SWPDjrhujr— Matt Haughey (@mathowie) May 1, 2014
Having not seen any PR on the Vanhawks, I was interested by Matt’s tweet. So they’re funded with Angel VC and the $100K ask is enough to cover production – an app with API is where margins start getting squeezed. They don’t say if they have a stateside engineering source or relying on the factory and what looks like a 43 in the photos makes it appear a bit goofy, with gigantic pedals. They’re offering 50cm, 53cm, and 56cm frames, and an impressive spec list
My what giant pedals you have
- Senors: Bluetooth 4.0, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Speed sensor, GPS Receiver, Mesh-network, Blindspot detection sensors, LEDs.
- Supernova Infinity S Front Dynamo Hub
- Ergon kit
- App and API.
Is this their bike moonshot? Well, on the eve of this post, the Washington State AG filed suit against a non-delivered Kickstarter. So buyer beware for such a complex city bike, packed with so much untested or proven spec.
Despite my reservations over Kickstarters and all that things that could go wrong with this bike, I look forward to seeing a Valour. Maybe at a bike show this year, they’ll have a crowdfunded pavilion showcasing it, the Faraday, and Sutro. With more Angle VCs waiting in the wings to bring bikes like this to market.