Here in Copenhagen the summer is wrapping up and despite feeling like we have been away for a long time, the truth of the matter is that the past several months have seen an incredible development in our little company. Product development and interest from the likes of followers like yourselves have brought us to the door of new adventures.
Many of you have eagerly awaited news about our new VeloSled and when it will be available on the market. At this time we still have the bicycle we presented in the early spring and we are in the midst of building the next few frames. We have customers patiently awaiting their overdue bicycles – thank you to those of you on that list (should you not be on it, sign up here right now).
As many of you know the first bike out is a family model we call Anna. She weighs in with an 8 kilo carbon frame and when fully kitted out in all her glory she weighs around 23 kilos for the family package. Wishbone suspension, an adjustable “top tube reach“ to accomodate a variety of different size riders, wishbone suspension with tuneable hardness, redundant cable steering system, not to mention adjustable steering geometry and a miriad of configurations that have made this design a challenge and kept us on our toes. On writing we are looking forward to receiving new steering cables for testing and this will complete the development process.
There is no discussion about the VeloSled without a discussion about an electric version, and this too is falling into place. We have allied with ARCC Innovations in the UK and they are currently working on the final details for a rear wheel driven installation. We beleive that a hub driven unit provides the best all-round performance and lifespan option for our VeloSled. A hub-centric, rear-wheel drive-system gyro stablizes the mass, moment and motion of the drive motor providing fantastic stability. Rear mounting the motor also affords a sporty ride without the power losses and wear associated with transmitting motor power through the drive train. Lastly this solution will allow owners to convert to and fro between an electric and a manual configuration.
ARCC’s system is quite unusal as it utilizes standard 6 amp Bosh batteries readily available almost anywhere around the world. ARCC Innovations has exceeded in designing a system with a 3D accelerometer and one of the best torque sensors available combined with some great electronics and software. Their impressive development facilities have allowed to produce an elegant Pod style (easily dismounted) controller of unmatched quality. ARCC technologys controller provides variable power with integrated hill & gradient compensation and adjustable launch control that feels natural and intuitive when riding.
ARCC will be installing the first motor system in our VeloSled in October and we look forward to testing her and reporting on it in the weeks to come. We are proud to have the opportunity to work with ARCC on developing this system.
We look to be shipping E-bike versions of the VeloSled along with the traditional version towards the end of the year.
From Skunkworks to factory – more bikes in the making
While Nordhavn may never be the super factory we look forward to, we are currently investing in developing production so that we can scale from dozens of bicycles to hundreds within a foreseeable future. We want to maintain as much production as is possible here in Northern Europe and we are commited to maintaining the bulk of our production in-house. That means growing our capacity to meet the interest coming from you.
Technological evolution oriented toward assessing production processes and chosing appropriate materials and technologies is central to our mission. We look forward to growth in the next 12 months and to bringing bicycles to those of you that have expressed interest and a broad public at large.
We do however realize that the task of establishing and scaling so comprehensive a production while innovating new materials and processes is a big one. Therefore we seek to develop alliances with partners and colleagues who have the experience neccessary to supplement our capacity in specifik areas of our production. This has lead us to an agreement with a colleague in the UK who will be helping us in subsidising our carbonfiber lamination capacity for the VeloSled and therefore boosting our productivity. We are very excited to work with Graham, he has a wealth of experience building high tech carbon components primarily for the leading edge of the Dinghy racing market but we are sure he has allot to offer and learning will flow in both directions.
When can I get one?
In the beginning of the new year 2019 we will start seeing VeloSleds rolling out the door. If you are interested, please let us know right here and now and we will make sure to add you to our growing list of new VeloSled owners.