You might remember Slava Menn’s story: He began designing and selling theft-proof bicycle components after a friend’s bike was stolen.
With this bike, you don’t need after market theft-resistant bolts: this bike secures every component with proprietary fasteners. You buy a bike and it comes with a U-lock. The bike serial number is automatically registered on your behalf at the time of purchase.
That’s not all: Fortified announced “Fortified Protect” with this bike, an add-on guarantee against theft. They have a team of people who watch for their bikes on Craigslist, and they followup with the police. Fortified will also ship a replacement bike within 24 hours of the reported theft. How cool is that?
The bike itself is built on a sturdy, alloy frame designed to withstand heavy, urban use with rust-resistant chain, puncture-resistant tires, and a weather-resistant saddle.
Kickstarter early bird pricing for the single speed is $399; the eight-speed with disc brake bike is $699 for early adopters. The basic package comes with a bike and a u-lock. Accessories (securely attached with Fortified fasteners) are available as discounted add-ons. I’d consider all of these — the lights, rack and fenders — to be essential for city use.
All in all, I’m pretty excited about this project. The video in particular makes me want to stand up and cheer.
Alex Weaver in Boston had a chance to take the singlespeed for a spin; click here for his take on this bike.
For many more details, visit the Kickstarter campaign page: INVINCIBLE: End Bike Theft. Once and For All. Fortified has delivered on a number of other Kickstarter campaigns. I wish them luck on what is their most ambitious campaign so far. As of this writing, they’re already off to a good start.