Typically when companies say they’re breaking records and pushing the envelope, all they’re really doing is advertising—Outrider USA is a major exception with their Horizon Trike concept.
Horizon is a three-wheel adventure bike with a low center of gravity, optional electric power and adaptability for people with a wide range of disabilities. It is one of the most revolutionary concepts to ever hit the world of mountain biking.
With the nine different customization options, Horizon can be adapted for quadriplegics, paraplegics and those with spinal cord injuries. A rising seat, fold down handlebars and a low center of gravity make it even more accessible and easy to use.
The Horizon offers an electric only option, a hand power and electric combined option and a pedal power and electric combined option. With any of these options you can either use the electric power, your own strength or a combination of the two by twisting the throttle to indicate how much assistance you want. The trike can reach speeds up to 25 mph, run up to 30 minutes purely on electric power and is capable of handling road, dirt, mud, and steep mountains, so essentially anything you can throw at it.
The idea came from Christopher Wenner, a mountain biker who was paralyzed in a diving accident at age 17. He loved riding before his accident but afterward, he was unable to find an adventure bike he could use. He reached out to the small electric bike company, Outrider.
The company took to Kickstarter.com to get the word out and raise the $100,000 they need to enter the final stages of the project. As of today, the Horizon Trike officially surpassed the amount of backing money needed. With six days left in the 30 day campaign, (at 2 p.m. EST) Horizon has $105,984 in pledged funds.
With the funds, Outrider will build and test the third and final prototype. After testing, feedback and possible modification, they will begin the first production run and hope to deliver the first wave of Horizons in December of 2014.