The history of Varibike
Varibike GmbH was founded in 2011 by mechanical engineer Martin Kraiss.
But development began much earlier. Martin Kraiss has always enjoyed mountain biking across the hilly landscape of the Swabian Jura.
He also did cross-country skiing, swimming, Nordic blading and martial arts. Compared to these sports, he noticed the one-sided strain on the body when cycling. "The upper body is constantly neglected and static".
So he decided to develop a fast bike that trains the whole body.
He was supported in this by his father, an experienced developer, who is credited with pioneering patents in the industry.
After trials with different drive and steering concepts, the current Varibike concept turned out to be optimal. The Varibike concept trains the whole body and its arm and leg crank drive is the world's most effective drive type for bicycles.
The first patent was registered in 2005. A few more followed. The geometry and ergonomics of the Varibike have been optimized with many tests and analyses.
After five years, many prototypes and a number of test kilometers, the current Varibike geometry was set in 2010. In 2011, suitable suppliers were selected that met the high quality standards of Varibike GmbH. Strict strength and safety tests guarantee the quality and safety of the Varibike.
In April 2012, the Varibike was awarded the gold medal in the "Sport" category by an international jury of experts at the inventors' fair in Geneva.
The Varibike has been in series production and sale since the beginning of 2012.
All Varibike frames in this exclusive series are welded in Germany.
The assembly of the finished Varibike also takes place in Germany with the utmost care.
Since recently we have also been making rehabilitation bicycles. One is the rehab bike. It is based on the Varibike bike. The other is the rehab tricycle. It is based on the Varibike Trike. The rehab tricycles and rehab bicycles are specially equipped with handicapped-friendly accessories such as leg rests, crank shorteners, pendulum pedals, etc. This is how we meet the numerous requests to equip our Varibikes for the disabled and people with disabilities. They benefit from the arm drive of the Varibike. Thanks to the additional arm drive, people with disabilities can finally cycle again.
The photo on the left shows a Varibike pre-production model from 2010