Vanhawks Valour | First ever connected carbon fibre bicycle

A project in Toronto, Canada by Ali Zahid

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The first connected bike featuring performance tracking, security sensors & interactive feedback to radically change the way you ride.
Backers: 802
Average Pledge Per Backer: $1023

Funded: $820,083 of $100,000
Dates: May 1st -> May 31st (30 days)
Project By: Ali Zahid
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Latest News

Vanhawks Raises $1.6M To Help Put The Valour Smartbike On The Road

March 4th - via:
Smartbike startup Vanhawks, part of the Y Combinator Winter 2015 class, has raised $1.6 million from Real Ventures, Olympic triathlon gold medallist Simon Whitfield, Brenda Irwin of Relentless Pursuit partners and various angels. The company will use the funding to help deliver its Valour smartbike, which raised over $820,000 on Kickstarter last year, to its first customers starting this spring. (Read More)


July 24th - via:
I’ve had half an eye on Kickstarter over the last few whenevers. Was fascinating to watch Steve Domahidy of Niners new venture form and pass it’s target just hours before the end. It was dissapointing to watch Axey McBeardy, sorry, Jamie Hibberd’s Nu-Man magazine -βeta Male magazine fail. But maybe that’s because it’s hard to write Beta. Dunno. (Read More)

Canadian startup Vanhawks raises $820,000 on Kickstarter

June 6th - via:
Vanhawks Valour co-founder explains the value of connections. (Read More)

Woohoo! With Belt Drive - Its even better

May 30th - via:
Hey Amazing Backers, Thank you for your continued support!  You all wanted the Valour with a belt drive, and YOU made it possible. Your shares, tweets, mentions, and passion helped us achieve the last stretch goal. We could not have done it without... (Read More)

Last stretch! Share it with your friends!

May 28th - via:
Hey Backers!  We are in the last stretch of our campaign and need your help now to push for that 750k! We all want the belt drive! Let's get together and make it happen! Please, help us share the message by three simple clicks below - Facebook,... (Read More)

Canadian-made smart bike gives directions, watches your blind spot and calls home if it gets stolen

May 27th - via:
It must be strange to have a bicycle that gets more valuable as you ride it, but as Ali Zahid arrived at the Postmedia building for an interview Monday, he sat atop $650,000 worth of investment. That’s how much his Toronto-based company Vanhawks had raised on Kickstarter, and the number was still climbing. (Read More)

Valour in White

May 22nd - via:
Hey Backers! Please accept our apologies for a little delay. Here is a sneak peak of Valour in White. Stay tuned as we post more pictures in the coming days. We thank you for the support, and hope a white Valour will excite you to spread the word. ... (Read More)

The Vanhawks Valour may be the perfect bike for the Mesh City

May 14th - via:
This light and gorgeous bike has "performance tracking, security sensors & interactive feedback to radically change the way you ride." (Read More)

Disc Brakes are now available!

May 12th - via:
Hey Amazing Backers, Thank you for your continued  support! We are proud to announce that we reached our 3rd stretch goal. You can now order Valour with a disc brake option at no extra cost.   Lets keep spreading the word. Lets keep the momentum... (Read More)

Valour is now available in XL!

May 9th - via:
Hey everyone,Thanks for your continued support! After getting so many requests for XL frames, we have decided to include XL size frames to our lineup. The XL frame will be suitable for individuals 6'3" (190.5cm) and above. For more details, please... (Read More)

Reached our 2nd stretch goal!

May 7th - via:
Hey everyone!  It is our pleasure to tell you folks that we have reached our second stretch goal! It has been a phenomenal ride and we cannot thank you enough! We would love it if you would share and rally all of your friends and family to help us... (Read More)

Kickstarter: Vanhawks Valour, The Worlds First “Smart” Bike

May 7th - via:
Forget Di2, this new Vanhawks bike seeks to integrate electronics at a much more core level of the cycling experience than just gear shifts. With more sensors than a late model Camry, the Valor uses Bluetooth to relay information from it’s on-board gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, speed sensor, GPS receiver, and blind spot detectors, to your smart phone. (Read More)

First Stretch Goal Met!!! Let's keep the momentum going! :)

May 5th - via:
Hey everyone,Thank you for all the support! We are proud to say that we have met our first stretch goal and will now be offering the frames in not only matte black, but also in matte white and naked carbon. :) Help us reach our next stretch goal so... (Read More)

The Vanhawks Valour SmartBike Blows By Kickstarter Target, Passes $200K

May 5th - via:
The Vanhawks Valour smartbike has officially blown by its initial crowdfunding goal, doubling up on its $100,000 target on Kickstarter. Currently standing at just over $200,000, the campaign for the world’s “first connected bike featuring performance tracking, security sensors & interactive feedback,” has attracted 258 backers. (Read More)

Thank you everyone! We have reached our goal! It's time for stretch goals! :)

May 2nd - via:
Hey everyone!  Hope you had a fantastic weekend! We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for pledging and making Vanhawks Valour a reality! We reached our goal in just 36 hours because of you. We have put together all of your great... (Read More)

International Shipping + Thank you!

May 1st - via:
Hey Everyone!  You talked and we listened! We are happy to announce that we will be opening up international shipping to select few countries/continents for just $150!  Western Europe Australia China Hong Kong Japan New Zealand Thank you so much... (Read More)

Smart bike can track rides and give directions

May 1st - via:
Bicycles have been around for well over a century, and while we've seen a multitude of clever connected accessories for them pop up recently, the bike itself hasn't really changed that much. But a new Kickstarter project is now trying to make some big improvements to it by updating the bike for the age of smartphones, GPS, and fitness tracking, effectively building in many of the smartest bike accessories out there. The project is looking for CAD$100,000 (a little over USD$91,000) to fund Valour, a bike that can track your rides, give you directions, and even alert you to passing cars. (Read More)

Valour smart bike offers turn-by-turn navigation

May 1st - via:
A connected bike with no trace of an electric motor is something of a rarity amid a trend of high-tech two-wheelers. Looking to integrate modern-day connectivity while retaining the century-old tradition of pure pedal-powered motion is the team behind the Vanhawks Valour, a sensor-laden smart bike designed with safety in mind. (Read More)

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