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Halfbike FAQ's & Specifications

Please find a list of the more Frequently Asked Questions about owning and riding a Halfbike. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please Contact Us and we will be more than happy to help in any way we can.

General FAQ's

Are the tyres standard?
Yes, both the front (20") and rear tires (8") are standard. They can be easily found in most bike or skate shops.
What's the recommended tyre pressure?
Keeping your tires well inflated will make for an easier and smooth ride. We recommend that the front tyre is kept at 5 bar / 70psi and the rear ones at 3.5 bar / 50psi
Do I need to wear a helmet to ride a Halfbike?
Riders of bikes, scooters, skateboards and other similar modes of transport should always wear a helmet as a minimum amount of safety equipment. Check with your local government agency if in doubt as to the regulations where you live. Always ride safely and with consideration for others, especially when you are learning and have not developed all of your riding skills.
How do I get spare parts?
Maintaining a Halfbike is quite straightforward. It is quite simple mechanically so it requires very little care. On top of that, Halfbike only uses finest quality components and most of them are standard. So in the unlikely event that you need a replacement, they’re widely available. That includes the tyres as well and most bike or skate shops would stock them. In case you need a spare part and have any questions, please Contact Us
What comes in the box?
A Halfbike along with instruction manual and everything you'll need to assemble it, including tools.This is a link to our assembly tutorial.
Is the Halfbike foldable?
Yes, it can be folded down in a matter of seconds. The handlebar collapses backwards which makes it quite compact. Once folded it can be taken easily onboard public transport or put in the boot of even a small car as seen below.
Do I need some special skills to ride a Halfbike?
Riding a Halfbike is unlike anything you've tried so far. In that sense knowing how to ride a bicycle for example would be of little help. Nevertheless, if you've been playing any sport, ride a skateboard, surf, snowboard, ski, have a good sense of balance or you're just fit and athletic, chances are you'll find it a lot easier.
How easy is it to ride a Halfbike?
Learning to ride a Halfbike from scratch takes time and practice so don’t expect to just pop on and cruise away. Imagine learning to ride a bicycle for the first time. The Halfbike is best suited to fit and active people with good sense of balance. So if you fit that description chances are that you’ll fully enjoy the experience. Most people are able to get the basics and ride in a straight line in under 10-15 minutes. From then on riding will gradually start to feel less of a struggle and more fun. Having a little patience and determination will surely help. Have in mind that it’s more challenging than it may seem from the videos. However it only takes a few days of practice for most people to be able to ride with such an ease.
How do I lock my Halfbike?
Easily, there are several closed loops in the frame and handlebar, where you can use an ordinary cable-lock for bicycles and lock it to a fixed object.
What is the Warranty on a Halfbike?
Warranty period

Kolelinia (The Manufacturer) will take responsibility for the correct functioning of your Halfbike and will offer free warranty service or replacement in the event of a warranty defect for one year, considered from the date of purchase. Warranty defects are considered all malfunctions, that occur because of defects of materials, manufacturing or assembly errors.
*In case of non-warranty problems with a Halfbike, within the warranty period, the customer has the option to purchase replacement components at 75% of the original price.
Warranty terms

The warranty is considered void if any of the equipment has been abused or otherwise used outside of its intended application, specified by the manufacturer. Riding a Halfbike is a potentially dangerous sport and we recommend the use of personal protective gear, including a helmet. Kolelinia will not take responsibility for whatever damage or injuries, sustained during the use of the Halfbike.

• Repairs related to normal wear and tear are not covered by the warranty. Warranty services on Halfbikes are provided only in authorized repair shops by qualified mechanics. (Halfbike stores and service areas of authorized dealers from which the bike has been purchased)
• Any modifications, replacements of components and additional options not approved by the manufacturer or authorized dealer will not be subject to warranty.
• The warranty applies only to the first owner of the bike and cannot be transferred to another person.
• The warranty covers any material and manufacturing defects for any of the components or any issues related to the quality of their assembly.
• Halfbikes reach customers via a network of authorized dealers. Only bikes purchased from authorized dealers or amplifiresales.com have the right to warranty services.
• The rider weight is limited to 95kg / 210lbs • Rider height is limited to 195 cm / 6’4” The warranty is valid in the following conditions
• The Halfbike must be presented to the dealer fully assembled, with its original components intact.
• The owner provides a proof of purchase to the authorized dealer of Halfbike thereby verifying the date of purchase and ownership of the bike.
• The Halfbike has been serviced properly and regularly.
• The Halfbike has not been modified.

The warranty does not cover
• Maintenance
• Normal wear and tear of the components (tires, tubes, brake pads, etc.)
• Inappropriate transportation
• Faults due to improper usage of the Halfbike, neglect and crash damage as well as use by a person exceeding the maximum weight or height
• Faults due to misuse or abusive riding. In those cases the owner takes full responsibility for any damage and injury

Does the Halfbike ship fully assembled?
No, it’s not fully assembled. In order to save some space, the rear truck and the handlebar come detached from the rest of the Halfbike. Everything you need to get it up and running comes in the box though including manual and tools. It should take you no more than ten to fifteen minutes and doesn't require any special skills. This is a link to our assembly tutorial.
Does the Halfbike have brakes?
Yes, the brakes are integrated into the truck and operate the rear wheels. Because the Halfbike has a relatively short wheelbase and high centre of gravity it has brakes only at the rear. They’re effective to control your speed. However, the brakes won’t be able to stop you suddenly like on a bicycle for example.
Is the Halfbike suitable for commuting long distances?
Most people find it best for distances up to 5 km / 3 miles. If you’re up for a good workout you can ride much further :)
How fast can a Halfbike go?
A typical cruising speed on flat ground is around 20kph / 13mph However it can go faster if the rider pedals harder :) Consider riding a Halfbike as being a little slower than riding a regular bicycle.
What's your return policy?
If you’re not completely satisfied with your Halfbike you can return it. Just notify us within two weeks from the date you received it and we'll assist you with the return. The Halfbike should be in good condition and well packed into its original box. We’ll also ask you to cover the shipping expenses both ways. If you’d like to return a Halfbike please send us an email with your name and purchase details via the Contact Us link on our website. You will receive instructions how to proceed promptly. Note that we're based in Sydney, Australia and all Halfbikes ship from here. A refund for the value of the Halfbike will be issued shortly after receiving the actual product and its condition is validated.
How does the Halfbike perform uphill?
The Halfbike is best suited to flat ground. However it can manage going up hills as well especially if the rider is fit. We can tell from experience that the three-speed model is fine for inclines up to 7-8% but anything over that will be a struggle.
Does the Halfbike have gears?
Yes, it has a hub with three internal gears by Sturmey Archer. There's also a small shifter mounted on the handlebar to switch between gears.
What is the height / weight range the Halfbike is best suited to?
We can put the comfort range in between 150 and 195 cm (4'11" to 6' 5") and the maximum rider weighing is 95 kg / 210 lbs. The Halfbikes are currently available in 3 sizes: S, M and L. You can find more info about sizes on the product page under 'what size'.

Specifications

Colours

The Halfbike comes in five different color combinations:

Black (all black)

White (White frame and natural colour handlebar)

Pink (Pink frame and black handlebar)

Lime (Lime green frame and black handlebar)

Mint (Mint blue frame and black handlebar)

Frame
The frame is laser cut and made of aerospace grade aluminum. This makes it light and yet strong enough to endure years of riding. Once we have the frames ready the frames are sent them to a paint shop where they powder coated. The paints that are used are from the automobile industry so durability is guaranteed.
Crankset and Pedals
The crank is made of aluminum, has a hollow axle and is used primarily for downhill bikes. In combination with high end pedals and a custom bottom bracket that the manufacturer developed to meet the greater stress endured by a Halfbike makes for a rigid and reliable system.
Tyres
Both tyres and tubes are supplied by Schwalbe - yet another well renowned European manufacturer.
Truck
The manufacturer went to great lengths to design and test a truck that fits the Halfbike like a glove. At first they used a standard mountainboard truck for the job but despite choosing one of the best trucks available on the market its limitations soon became obvious. This was changed to one that they custom designed and that functions much better with an integrated brake system.
Handlebar
The manufacturers use high quality water resistant beech plywood for the handlebar. It’s lighter compared to aluminum plus it gives a nice flex to the handlebar that in the opinion of the inventors improves the ride. They also developed a special technology to impregnate all plywood pieces to ensure they stay intact rain or shine.
Gears
Hub with three internal gears by Sturmey Archer - a premium European manufacturer with over a century of experience in making internal gear hubs. The manufacturer is confident that this is one of the best hubs on the market and will endure years of use with practically no maintenance whatsoever.
Sizes

Three sizes are available. Depending on the rider’s height we recommend:

Size S - for people from 150 to 170 cm tall

Size M - for people from 170 to 185 cm tall

Size L - for people from 185 to 195 cm tall

The maximum weight of the rider is 95kg/210lbs.

Please note that a Halfbike with a longer handlebar may feel slightly easier to ride while you're learning. However this will be an advantage only in the first few days. Once you have more practice it will be easier to ride the smaller size especially on longer distances. Therefore if someone is in between two sizes we’d recommend the smaller one.

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