SEE HOW THE SWITCHBCK GOES TOGETHER AND ALL ITS PARTS-
HEY EVERYBODY! Thanks for visiting our Kickstarter page. Our product is the SWITCHbck bicycle rack (patent pending). A super simple product that allows you to use fork-mount roof rack trays in a hitch-receiver application (tray and hitch-receiver provided by you). It's light-weight, easy to use, PERFECT for smaller vehicles, and an all-around great solution for transporting your bike.
As an industrial designer, Jonny has been a part of designing a range of products for all sorts of industries, but has specialized in the outdoor market and Todd has used every bike rack known to the human race. Together with the great team at Ferreus Industries (a metal fabrication shop in Utah that has produced outboard motor mounts, motorcycle racks, disc brakes for ATV's and more) the SWITCHbck has gone through multiple prototypes and we've racked up (pun intended) over 10,000 miles of freeway speed testing in our daily commutes and road trips (always with a bike or two on board). All orders of the SWITCHbck made possible by you and Kickstarter will be made here in Utah. They will be made of high-quality steel, laser cut, and powder-coated with a durable finish.
Because of the SWITCHbck's simple design, we knew we could make and sell it for less than other racks that are currently available. The result has also proven to be much lighter than available systems (weighing a total of 17 lbs with a tray), making it
easier to remove from your vehicle for car washes and occasions when
you don’t want a rack on your car.
The SWITCHbck is also ideal for the cyclist who owns a smaller car and only needs to
carry a single bike the majority of the time, with the option of adding a
second bike tray in minutes.
Another reason the SWITCHbck is awesome is because it adapts fork-mount trays, which are more secure and more aerodynamic than racks that hold your bike upright with the front wheel on. No other hitch-mount rack offers this option. Also, you probably know someone that has some old roof rack trays collecting dust in their garage because they don’t work with their new car. The SWITCHbck makes these racks usable once again, in a better location- behind the car. It's also sweet that you can see your bike in your rear-view mirrors.
When we began this project we did some research on the availability of hitch-receivers and learned that they’re surprisingly inexpensive and made for a broad range of vehicles. In many cases, you can install them yourself. The SWITCHbck is designed to fit the smaller hitch-receiver (1 ¼”) which is available/recommended for most small cars. With an adapter, it will fit in a 2" receiver. If you don't already have a hitch-receiver, see what's available here: www.etrailer.com.
With your support, we plan on shipping the SWITCHbck rack and all other rewards by the end of November 2012. As stated above, the SWITCHbck will be made in the U.S. Your help will allow us to get manufacturing off the
ground, launch our website, and meet order minimums.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Jonny & Todd
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