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Ophidian AWD Bicycles
Location: 2370 Market Street #436 San Francisco Ca, 94114, San Francisco, California, United States United States
Founded in: 2009
Stage: Alpha (prototype)
Number of employees: 6-15
Short URL: vator.co/ophidian-awd-bicycles
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Ophidian AWD Bicycles

The only AWD Bicycle that challenges all terrain
Startup/business
San Francisco, California, United States United States
http://www.ophidian2x2.com
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Company description

Ophidian Bicycles was incorporated in June 2009, and offers the first line of chain-driven AWD (all-wheel-drive) bicycles. The technology and prototypes are based on a special drive train housing a universal joint above the front wheel, which allows the wheel to turn from side to side while still receiving power.

The addition of front-wheel-drive allows riders to successfully negotiate new terrain and in adverse weather conditions that normal bikes dare not go. Examples are snow, mud, steep slopes, sand and slick city streets. All-wheel-drive provides more traction, increased steering control and stability leading to a safer riding experience and a feeling of being sure-footed.

“It climbs like a Billy Goat. On the steepest hill we climbed (17% grade) I had no balance issues, and I tried to skid out the rear wheel by moving my weight forward but it didn’t matter. The driven front wheel just kept pulling me up the hill... Very fun to climb up hills! I even found it easier to start up on a steep incline with the 2-wheel drive.”

-- Matt Hill, CEO, The Hill Group and expert MTB Rider

Team
  • Nicolas Charron
    Nicolas Charron | Team member
    Expert in Team Building, People Management and Venture Development.
Business model

Sales Channels

Direct to dealer channels in North America

Existing distributors for Europe and Asia

Direct online sales

Trade shows and institutional purchasing events

Retail outdoor & recreation chain store

Competitive advantage

Prototypes have been built and demonstrated

Suspension system designed and being engineered

Core team of experienced engineers, manufacturing and sales professionals

Ready to manufacture and ramp up to mass-market production