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Last updated June 14, 2017

Switchback Bike Phone Mount

An ideal bike phone mount: unique design, attaches in seconds, requires no tools, fits popular phones with cases, handles rough rides.

Switchback Bike Phone Mount

An ideal bike phone mount: unique design, attaches in seconds, requires no tools, fits popular phones with cases, handles rough rides.

$1,239
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
34
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 14 2017 11:14 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 14, 2017

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

Background  

The idea for this project began after an extensive search for a bike phone mount left me disappointed. Available options on the market are bulky, have multiple moving parts which can become loose, are complicated to attach and adjust or require a specific case. Some even entail gluing an adaptor to your phone to fit their mount. I wanted a simple mount that allowed me to easily use my phone, with my case, and was strong enough to hold up to the trails. As a mechanical engineer with a 3D printer, I set out to design a custom mount of my own. After countless design iterations, prototypes, and miles of trail I arrived at a design that I was extremely satisfied with. It was then that I realized I had a unique product that other riders might be interested in. 

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Design

The Switchback is a simple phone mount designed to withstand the roughest rides and fit both mountain and road bikes. Center mounted over the handlebars, it can be attached to a bike in seconds without tools. It features a unique clamping system that securely holds a wide range of phones and cases without the need for an adapter or specific case.

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Prototype Mounted To Bike

 

Prototype Mounted To Bike
Prototype Mounted To Bike

The entire body of the mount is made from a single injection molded plastic part. The simplicity of the design adds durability and reduces interaction time. The mount clamps directly onto the handlebars of the bike and attaches to the steering stem using a hook and loop strap. Since it isn't hard mounted to the bike it can be easily removed when not in use or switched to another bike.  

3D Printed Prototype
3D Printed Prototype

 

Mount Details
Mount Details

In order to fit a variety of phones and cases, surfaces on both ends of the carrier angle upwards to clamp the phone in position. This clamping system makes up for any variations in phone thickness, height, or width. Once a phone is installed it is clamped securely in place. A secondary stop is integrated into the top of the carrier to prevent the phone from slipping out in the unlikely event of a clamp failure. 

Phone Clamping System
Phone Clamping System

A phone is installed by pressing the top clamp downward, utilizing the integrated thumb tab, until there is enough clearance to slide it into the carrier. Once the phone is in position, the top clamp is released to secure it in place. To remove the phone, the top clamp is pressed downward until there is enough clearance to slide the phone out of the carrier.

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Mounting Requirements

The mount is designed to clamp onto oversize handlebars (a common handlebar size for both mountain and road bikes) on either side of the steering stem. A hook and loop strap (included) secures the mount to the bike's steering stem. The design will accommodate steering stem lengths as short as 35 mm (refer to prototype gallery for pictures of mount attached to shorter stem).   

Mounting Requirements
Mounting Requirements

 

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 Note: it is recommended that the bike's handlebars are cleaned prior to mount attachment to prevent the possibility of scratching due to debris becoming trapped between the clamp and the bar.

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Sizing  

Fits phone/case sizes with the following dimensions:

Including the following phone/case combinations:

 

Fits phone/case sizes with the following dimensions:

 Including the following phone/case combinations:

 

 Fits phone/case sizes with the following dimensions:

   Including the following phone/case combinations:

 

 Note on sizing: most phone/case combinations do not fit to the limits of the carrier. Keep in mind that the clamping system secures the phone in position, not the limits of the carrier. Please refer to the prototype gallery for examples of various phone/case sizes in each mount.

Manufacturing & Timing

The quoting process has been completed and manufacturing feedback has been received from multiple suppliers. The mount is mold-able as designed and a primary supplier has been identified for this project. 

  • Tooling Lead Time: ~30 days
  • Sample Evaluation: ~10 days
  • Parts Order/Supplier Shipment: ~30 days
  • Packaging/Shipment to Customer: ~15 days
  • Total Timing (Tooling Kickoff to Customer Delivery): ~85 days
  • Estimated Delivery: September 2017

Disclaimers

-The Switchback Phone Mount is not designed to protect your phone in the event of a crash.

-It is not recommended to use the mount in situations where the phone's screen would be in direct contact with the carrier. (e.g. phones with curved screens, phones without cases or screen protectors).  

-It is recommended that the bike's handlebars are cleaned prior to mount attachment to prevent the possibility of scratching due to debris becoming trapped between the clamp and the bar.

-Switchback is not responsible for any damage incurred to your phone or bike while using this product.  

Risks and challenges

At this stage, the biggest risks to the project are manufacturing related:

1. If project success significantly exceeds the funding goal, there is a risk that the supplier won't be able to meet the production date for the initial order of parts. To mitigate this risk I intend to remain in contact with the supplier during the campaign and will notify them of any changes to the initial order estimate. This will give them as much time as possible to adjust their production schedules to meet the change in demand.

2. Tooling can't be kicked off until the project ends and the funding goes through. The supplier can't predict how much business they will receive between campaign launch and completion. If the supplier gets a lot of business around the campaign end date, tooling development and production my be delayed until their resources free up. To mitigate this risk I will work with the supplier ahead of time to schedule a tentative tooling kickoff date shortly after the campaign end date.

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    Early Bird: 1 Mount - Size Large

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    - 1 Switchback MTB phone mount (size large)
    - 1 hook and loop strap
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    Early Bird: 1 Mount - Size Small

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    2 Mounts -1 Size Small & 1 Size Large

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    2 Mounts -1 Size XL & 1 Size Large

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    6 Mounts - 2 XL, 2 Large, 2 Small

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    10 Mounts - 5 XL, 5 Large, 5 Small

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Funding period

- (60 days)