Outrider USA Launches New Adaptive Use Electric Bike on Kickstarter
Outrider USA wants to bring the joy of bike riding and mobility to people with physical disabilities, with their new electric bike, Horizon.
Founders Jesse Lee, Tom Ausherman, and Daniel Rhyne launched a 30 day Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $100k for the first production run.
“The driving mission behind the Horizon trike is simple: Just because an individual has a physical disability, doesn’t mean they don’t still crave the adventure and freedom of riding a bike,” said Jesse Lee, Outrider Co-Founder.
“When we combined that mission with our experience building the world’s highest performing electric bikes, the Horizon was born – and the feedback on the prototypes has been incredibly positive.”
Horizon: Making Bike Riding More Accessible
The Horizon has been co-designed with quadriplegic adventurer Christopher J. Wenner Ph.D. who contacted Outrider just over a year ago with the dream of building an electric trike he could ride. Chris is now riding the first Horizon prototype and has already taken some incredible trips.
“The feeling of riding this is exactly like I remember riding my mountain bike before my injury,” said Chris Wenner.
Outrider USA believes that what makes people different is also what makes them amazing. “So, when we designed the Horizon, we were striving for a cycle that could be ridden by as many people as possible,” said Tom Ausherman of Outrider USA.
The Horizon adapts to the abilities of the rider – from riders with full leg and arm function to riders with limited function such as paraplegics and quadriplegics. It is possible to ride the Horizon:
- with full function of your arms and legs
- with left hand/arm only
- with right hand/arm only
- with upper body function but limited leg function
- with upper body function but no leg function
- with limited function in both your arms and legs (you’ll need some amount of arm function for steering, braking and throttle.)
- with any combination of the above
Horizon: Like No Other Electric Bike
Horizon is not your typical electric bike. Outrider describes the Horizon as “the bike for your super-hero alter ego.” With its adaptive-use design and powerful electric assist technology, Horizon is ready for adventures on the street or the road less traveled.
Features of the Horizon: Adaptable and customizable for a range of physical abilities
- Foot Pedals or Hand Pedals (with foot-tray)
- Standard hand controls or adapted use hand controls (tri-pin)
- Actuated seat (rising) to make getting in and out of the seat easier
- Fold down handlebars for side entry to the seat
- Three wheels and low center of gravity make balancing simple
- Twist the throttle when you want a boost, pedal when you want, or do both together. It’s totally up to you.
- Horizon is capable of tackling steep mountains and seriously long distances
- Speeds reach up to 30 mph.
- Forward and Reverse
Made in the USA:
- All Outrider trikes are hand assembled in Fletcher, North Carolina.
The Outrider Kickstarter campaign runs from March 11 to April 9. As with all Kickstarter campaigns, it’s all or nothing: They need to reach their goal of $100k by the deadline or they won’t receive any of the money pledged.
Outrider has designed and built the first prototype, but needs funding help with the tooling and production costs of the first production run. With crowdfunding support, they will be able to distribute a portion of this first production run to adaptive centers and rehab facilities across the United States and receive valuable feedback from beta testers.
“Bringing a product to production that is as technologically complex and as high performance as the Horizon trike is a big undertaking,” said Tom Ausherman of Outrider USA.
“We’ve been innovating in the electric bike industry for a combined 15 years, and we know without a doubt we have the team and expertise to bring the Horizon to the marketplace. We’re making big waves, but we’re still a small company so we need your help to bring it to production!”
To find out more about the Outrider USA Kickstarter campaign, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/587439462/the-horizon-electric-bike-adaptive-all-terrain-awe
About Outrider USA
Outrider USA is located in Fletcher, NC and has been producing high performance electric bikes and trikes since 2009. Formerly known as “FFR Trikes”, Outrider’s record setting first and second place finish at the 2012 Pike’s Peak Hillclimb competition has sparked performance oriented innovation in the growing electric bike industry.
Outrider USA has received rave reviews for their line of recumbent electric bikes and trikes.
For more information, visit www.outriderusa.com
End of press release from Outrider USA.
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Jesse Lee says
Thanks so much Pete for covering and sharing the Horizon campaign. If anyone has questions I can answer or feedback on the Horizon trike feel free to reach out to me directly at [email protected] comment below. Thanks again! See you guys out there on the road!
John Carasso says
It makes me incredibly happy to contemplate going mountain biking again! After a life of mtb riding, Downhill racing, motorcycle riding and racing. Being diagnosed with MS has stopped all of that but now with the Horizon I can get back into my passions. Thank you Outrider for creating the horizon, all of us in the disabled community are eternally GRATEFUL!