The Halfbike II has three wheels; one large and two small; and it doesn’t have a seat. It’s an innovative stand-up bike that has already raised double their fundraiser goal on Kickstarter.
Sofia based startup, Kolelinia, headed by architectural duo Martin Angelov and Mihail Klenov is the brain behind Halfbike II. The original Halfbike debuted on Kickstarter in 2014. The creators say it’s a simple design for getting around contemporary cities. The Halfbike II is a vehicle that trains your balance and reflexes in a new way. The team took the driving mechanism of a classical bicycle but redesigned everything else. The standing rider position brings you closer to natural walking and it’s the only way to control the vehicle with your whole body and not just your hands.
Klenov said he was under no illusion that the Halfbike was a replacement for traditional bicycles but said it did have some advantages. “We’re in no way trying to convince anybody that a Halfbike is better than a bicycle nor that you should get one and throw away your trusty old bike.”
Halfbike II is compact, light, and foldable. The frame is made of aluminum and the laser cut design makes it light and yet durable enough to endure years of riding. The whole bike weighs only 18 pounds. A pledge of US $349 will currently get you one, when and if they reach production. The planned retail price is $599. Design, prototyping and testing of the Halfbike II has already been completed. Shipments to backer should begin sometime in July