Taylor W. - US
I bought my Halfbike in August 2020 after seeing it reviewed by the Youtuber Seth of Berm Peak, which I follow. Cycling is my exercise of choice and I love riding trails on my mountain bike. My job is to pilot a small corporate jet, and I had been thinking about getting a folding bike that could fit in the cargo compartment so I could do some riding while on the job. Corporate pilots spend a lot of time waiting at the destinations. I have over 400 miles on my Halfbike now and I am very happy I got it. It was a fun challenge to learn how to ride it. And not just the basics but to get good at riding it fast, and riding it over uneven road surfaces, and confident enough on it to ride on a road with traffic. I like the change of pace of the upright riding posture, and you get a good core workout on it which is lacking on an ordinary bike. The Halfbike has its limitations. It is very difficult to ride on gravel/dirt roads that are not graded smooth and hard packed. On climbs of around 10% gradient or more it seems the geometry of it makes it impossible to continue riding. It is also on average slower than an ordinary bike. On a recent trip we flew to the Grand Canyon National Park airport. The Halfbike easily goes in the cargo compartment even with all the passenger’s luggage. There was no car rentals or shuttle available to go up the 7 miles to the canyon rim. I took the Halfbike to the canyon, along the rim road, and back again. It was a spectacular ride!
2 months ago
GB : Hello to halfbike 3 users After driving about ten kilometers with the halfbike 2 & 3 Here is my impression on these 2 very beautiful bikes : Halfbike 3, has a first-class manufacturing and assembly quality. It is a work of high quality, which leaves me really admiring. The halfbike 2 is a technician's bike, the halfbike 3 is an engineer's bike. The halfbike 3 is very accomplished, and apart from a twist grip, I don't see what could be better. I’m very proud to ride this bike. On the road, the 2 bikes are very different : The halfbike 2 is very stable, and its use is even relaxing. It is made for long journeys: 30Kms do not pose problems. It turns wide, and its use requires little effort. We feel good on it ! Halfbike 3 is the opposite! It’s a bomb ! He is very nervous, he starts fast, and his balance has to be done constantly. It has an exceptional rolling quality ! On flat ground, or on a small slope, it drives itself ! The 18' wheel and the tyre give a remarkable lightness ! It runs fast. It turns fast. It is very agile. It values the virtuosity of the pilot. We’re driving with halfbike 2. We’re flying Halfbike 3 ! For a beginner, the first contact will be more difficult with halfbike 3. New benchmarks are needed, as it reveals new possibilities that do not appear with halfbike 2. It’s more accurate, and the body has to adapt to this new ability. Halfbike 3 is a circuit and competition bike. It promotes piloting. Halfbike 2 is an everyday bike, stable and pleasant. It would be interesting to mount the rear wheels of halfbike 2 on the halfbike 3. It would surely make it less exclusive, and more stable ! Maybe we were losing driving pleasure. For me halfbike 3 is a real success. You have to raise your own level to enjoy it ! And despite the Coronavirus, it feels good to ride with these excellent bikes ! Bernard Strasbourg France Fr : Bonjour aux utilisateur du halfbike 3 Après avoir roulé une dizaine de kilomètres avec les halfbike 2 & 3 voici mon impression sur ces 2 très beau vélos : Le halfbike 3, a une qualité de fabrication et d’assemblage de premier ordre. C’est un travail de grande qualité, qui me laisse vraiment admiratif. Le halfbike 2 est un vélo de technicien, le halfbike 3 est un vélo d’ingénieur. Le halfbike 3 est très abouti, et à part une poignée tournante, je ne vois pas ce qu’on pourrait faire de mieux. Je suis très fier de rouler sur ce vélo. Sur la route, les 2 vélos sont très différents : Le halfbike 2 est très stable, et son utilisation est même reposante. Il est fait pour les long parcours : 30Kms ne posent pas de problèmes. Il tourne large, et son utilisation demande peu d’efforts. On se sent bien dessus ! Le halfbike 3 est à l’opposé ! C’est une bombe ! Il est très nerveux, il démarre vite, et son équilibre doit se faire en permanence. Il a une qualité de roulement exceptionnelle ! Sur terrain plat, ou en petite pente, il roule tout seul ! La roue de 18’ et le pneumatique donnent une légèreté remarquable ! Il roule vite. Il tourne vite. Il est très agile. Il valorise la virtuosité du pilote. On roule avec le halfbike 2. On pilote le halfbike 3 ! Pour un débutant, le premier contact sera plus difficile avec le halfbike 3. Il faut prendre de nouveaux repères, car il révèle de nouvelles possibilités qui n’apparaissent pas avec le halfbike 2. Il est plus précis, et le corps doit s’adapter à cette nouvelles capacités. Le halfbike 3 est un vélo de circuit et de compétition. Il valorise le pilotage. Le halfbike 2 est un vélo de tous les jours, stable et agréable. Il serait intéressant de monter les roues arrière du halfbike 2 sur le halfbike 3. ça le rendrait sûrement moins exclusif, et plus stable ! On perdait peut-être en agrément de pilotage. Pour moi le halfbike 3 est une vraie réussite. Il faut se augmenter son propre niveau, pour pouvoir en profiter ! Et malgré le CoronaVirus, ça fait du bien de rouler avec ces excellents vélos ! Bernard Strasbourg France
2 months ago
Volker S. - DE
6 Month halfbike from November 2020 to May 2021. My name is Volker, I am 52 years old. I bought the halfbike for short rides of 3-5 km to train stations in Hamburg and Bremen. Transport in Metro and train is very easy and the halfbike fulfilles its purpose. Since the ride is fun and real exercise, I am using it much more than planned. I did about 2.000 km in 1st half year and use the halfbike several times per week. A very positive surprise is the option to ride in complete darkness as an after office workout. On a good quality cycle path it feels save enough. I ride for 10-20 km at about 20 km/h. This is a nice alternative to jogging or indoor workout. Also I do regular trips between 20 km to 50 km with my wife on an e-bike. Normally we struggle to cycle together since I prefer to go faster than she. With the halfbike it is fun to go together. Trips > 40 km distance are getting tough form me. We also go through forrests, when the path is not too bad. With some experience it works fine. The only limit are steep climbs. A hill gets tough at 3-5% incline. At 6-8% I don't manage to go uphill. Also downhill has limits. At > 30 km/h I start to feel unsave. 35 km/h is the max. speed I dare to go. A perfect fit for the halfbike a short trips in the city. A ride to the office, to a shop or a pub are just fun. Already 2 or 3 km are a little workout. And there is tons of positive feedback from people I meet. There is several persons who asked where they could buy a halfbike. Overall the halfbike was my best buy in 2020 and it enriches my sportive activities.
2 months ago
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