Product Design: Hup Honey Bike – Winter Time

January 5, 2013

in Bike Design, Honey Bikes

Third bike in a Honey series for a special Hup United project:  The limited edition Winter Time training bike.  We’re employing the cross bike philosophy to this all weather bike.

Project name:  Winterando

The other two bikes in the Hup Limited Edition project are:

Project Directives:

  • Fender-able bike – fast without them; a clean ride with them
  • Easily fits 33c tires – even with fenders
  • Stable for wet, snowy, or even icy conditions
  • A couple kit options – 1) super durable plus low maintenance; 2) super light.  First up is durable.

Here are a few spy photos of the first bike going through production.

A lot more details to come.  I think this is going to be the bike of the winter!

Project timeline in reverse:

January 11  |  This is a cool bike.  A mix of rando, gravel, harsh weather.  A bit of everything but it will excel as a road bike, too.  I think it will fit 33c tires – I’m a fan of Jack Browns; I know, a bit odd for winter.  I’ve got some other options in the hopper, too.  That’s the plan anyway.  Thought about making it compatible with 650b wheels, too.  But I’ve decided that this isn’t a disc bike.  It’s a medium reach caliper brake bike.  Fender-able, big tires, and more.  A performance bike that can handle any road that a car once went down.  And a lot of single track, too.

January 9, 2013  |   Have begun in earnest on the limited edition Winter Time bike – I’m calling it the Winterando[tm].  This is a take on the Honey Weather bike.  This new Winter Time is coming together in a really interesting way.  Every bike seems to becoming a niche of one.

January 8, 2013  |  Some of the inspiration for this bike is the Nella Neve project that I just completed.  I want to create a similar bike in the $3,000 range.  Honey seems like the right platform for this bike.

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