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Martin Meir

Martin Meir

Let Me Explain

I’m Martin Meir, I’m the man behind REAP Bikes and I owe you an explanation regarding the delivery of the REAP offering. Let me begin…

We have never wanted to settle for anything less than perfection, and that has slowed down the production of our bike.

When we launched our TT bike back in 2017, we had also started development of our road bike with a few working prototypes being put through their paces. As we expected, we had a lot of initial interest from the triathlon community as a whole: both professional athletes and early adopters came forward very early on to work with us and assist in developing our Generation 1.0 frameset into a bike that was flawless in all aspects of ‘the ride’.

As an engineering-lead company, we wanted to make sure the bike worked in all aspects; speed, agility, aerodynamics and functionality. We’ll be honest, there were a few niggles that needed further development. Having never produced a bike before, the Generation 1.0 promised a lot, but we needed time to perfect and advance our initial concept. As REAP is a self-funded operation like many start-ups in the UK, we needed time to raise some further funds to finalise designs for the road bike, resolve these small niggles on our TT bike, and make the next step.

We were reliant on generating funds from the manufacturing side of our business, Kamm Projects, which has been working on the monumental task of developing an amphibious vehicle for a UK-based technologies outfit (pictured below). Fortunately, the program was successful in that it has enabled us to now move forward with the activities required for developing REAP.

Through 2019 we made sure to support our athletes as well as adding a few high-profile athletes to our roster. Tom Bishop quietly and valiantly, rode our road bike under the radar, for the full WTS season. It proved to be robust and race ready surviving a few crashes where his fellow competitors’ bikes did not. We have also been fortunate to begin a working relationship with Georgia Taylor-Brown this year.

We had targeted Spring 2020 to make both our Vulcan (TT/Tri bike) and Vekta (road bike) available to purchase for the new season, plans of which have both been curtailed due to recent circumstances. We have followed the “lockdown” guidelines and had to furlough the majority of our staff until last week.

The driving force behind REAP has always been myself and my two sons who I share a household with meaning we could continue working together and developing whilst following the government’s guidelines to keep the dream moving forward. Like you all, we have our fingers crossed for some great racing this year, with athletes competing at all levels, all around the world.

So, apologies. It has taken us longer than we planned to get this off the ground. Please forgive us for being passionate about producing the best bike we can produce for you and it needed a little more time and funding to do so than originally thought. Our passion has never wavered, in fact it is probably stronger now than on day one. We are more resolute now from having invested literal blood, sweat and tears into the project and with a belief that manufacturing our own product, here in the UK will enable us to grow to achieve our mission.

Thank you, and if you have any question for me directly, please do not hesitate to email me (martin@reapbikes.com). I’m happy to chat about anything bikes or sport at any time.

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