Philadelphia area native Jesse Lee is revolutionizing the bike industry with his company’s latest creation, The Horizon: an adaptive, all-terrain, electric trike designed for people with disabilities. Lee grew up in Warrington, showing great promise at C.B South High School before starting his company, Outrider USA, during college.
Outrider USA wants to bring the joy of bike riding and mobility to people with physical disabilities, with their new electric bike, the Horizon. Founders Jesse Lee, Tom Ausherman, and Daniel Rhyne recently launched a 30 day Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $100k for the first production run.
“The driving mission behind the Horizon trike is simple: Just because an individual has a physical disability, doesn’t mean they don’t still crave the adventure and freedom of riding a bike,” said Jesse Lee, Outrider Co-Founder. “When we combined that mission with our experience building the world’s highest performing electric bikes, the Horizon was born - and the feedback on the prototypes has been incredibly positive.”
Horizon: Making Bike Riding More Accessible
The Horizon has been co-designed with quadriplegic adventurer Christopher J. Wenner Ph.D. who contacted Outrider just over a year ago with the dream of building an electric trike he could ride. Chris is now riding the first Horizon prototype and has already taken some incredible trips.
“The feeling of riding this is exactly like I remember riding my mountain bike before my injury,” said Chris Wenner.
Outrider USA believes that what makes people different is also what makes them amazing. “So, when we designed the Horizon, we were striving for a cycle that could be ridden by as many people as possible,” said Tom Ausherman of Outrider USA.
The Horizon adapts to the abilities of the rider - from riders with full leg and arm function to riders with limited function such as paraplegics and quadriplegics.
The Outrider Kickstarter campaign runs from March 11 to April 10. As with all Kickstarter campaigns, it's all or nothing: They need to reach their goal of $100k by the deadline or they won't receive any of the money pledged.
Outrider has designed and built the first prototype, but needs funding help with the tooling and production costs of the first production run. With crowdfunding support, they will be able to distribute a portion of this first production run to adaptive centers and rehab facilities across the United States and receive valuable feedback from beta testers.
To find out more about the Outrider USA Kickstarter campaign and donate, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/587439462/the-horizon-electric-bike-adaptive-all-terrain-awe
About Outrider USA
Outrider USA is located in Fletcher, NC and has been producing high performance electric bikes and trikes since 2009. Formerly known as “FFR Trikes”, Outrider’s record setting first and second place finish at the 2012 Pike’s Peak Hillclimb competition has sparked performance oriented innovation in the growing electric bike industry.
Recently, Outrider was featured on PBS, Treehugger, GizMag, Inhabitat, Electricbike.com, and reviewed by FindtheBest.com for a perfect score of 100/100.
For more information, visit www.outriderusa.com