Kwiggle® - The most compact bicycle in the world
Kwiggle® - The most compact bicycle in the world
Founder Karsten Bettin invented a bike with only 60% the folding size of common folding bikes. Join the urban mobility revolution now!
Founder Karsten Bettin invented a bike with only 60% the folding size of common folding bikes. Join the urban mobility revolution now! Read more
About this project
Backing Kwiggle® on Kickstarter means:
- Only backers on Kickstarter will get a Kwiggle® which is exclusively signed with a “1st”, because you will Kwiggle®1st.
- Kwiggle® is the ultimate solution for fast urban traffic and will be a big success worldwide. To honor your backing for getting Kwiggle® started, we want you to show the world, that you have been the first bringing Kwiggle® to life.
Kwiggle® - Detailed report and test ride
Kwiggle® – UNIQUELY COMPACT
Useful in urban context
• is a bicycle with a weight of around 8,5 kg.
• is folded or unfolded in just 10 seconds!
• is unique worldwide: it conveniently fits into the airlines’ carry-on luggage sizes: 55x40x25 cm!
• allows riding up to 30 km/h. The drivability is amazing!
• riding is fun!
• is engineered and produced in Germany!
Kwiggle® is the only bicycle worldwide featuring this unique combination of drivability, compactness and weight, made possible only with patented gearing, folding system and seat device.
Kwiggle® – NEW URBAN MOBILITY!
Amazing in city traffic
Our tests with Kwiggle® in city traffic are very fascinating: we easily get in and off everywhere, metro, cars, trains, doesn’t matter. That’s a feeling of sheer freedom in city-movement with a widely expanded moving radius. This combined, Kwiggle® makes us the fastest in city.
Kwiggle® – SAVING PRECIOUS TIME!
Kwiggle® is ideal for your next journey and perfect for commuters.You’ll find space for it everywhere: take it as a trolley beside you, place it under the chair, under your train seat or take it backpack. And by the way: Kwiggle® can´t be stolen, because it’s always on your side.
Kwiggle® isn’t just the most compact folding bicycle in the world, it also provides the highest speed per package size of all vehicles!
Kwiggle® – ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS LOVE IT!
Closest to your anatomy
On Kwiggle® you’re biking upright, almost upstanding but also supported by the seat. Hence, kwiggling is – orthopedically seen – a pleasant mixture of biking and walking.
Kwiggle® uniquely supports the mobility of the back and prevents tension in the shoulder and neck due to simple anatomical reasons: as long as your muscles are always in tension-relax-tension modus, as with kwiggling, no muscle aches. That’s why riding Kwiggle® can be performed longtime.
This makes Kwiggle® an excellent device for outdoor fitness and back exercises. Therefore, several orthopedic specialists are already in contact with us.
Kwiggle® – GETTING FIT AND HAVING FUN!
Kwiggle offers new perspectives from a higher point of view: Riding upright doesn’t mean looking down the street as with riding a usual bicycle, but opening your view straight forward for the beauty of the world. And being one head larger than all the others is like presenting yourself, really a head-turner.
250 people have already tested Kwiggle®. All of them like the new move. After so much hard work this was a great feedback for us. One of them was a physiotherapist and she said: it’s like dancing.
Kwiggle® – ONE FOR ALL
It doesn’t matter how tall you are. Due to the adjustable seat device everyone between 1,40 m – 1,90 m is able to ride Kwiggle®. The special touch: Kwiggle® always remains the same folding size.
Karsten Bettin, German engineer, inventor of Kwiggle®:
“I’ve developed Kwiggle® over the last seven years. Sometimes I feel foolish to put so much work into it. But sitting on Kwiggle® and riding it always brought me back and I thought: yes, it’s worth doing this.“
Kwiggle® – A TECHNICAL MASTERPIECE
– MADE IN GERMANY
We’ve been fighting for each millimeter in folding size, for each gram in weight and for best in function and strength. To get Kwiggle® light and stable, we had to make use of high quality materials. There’s no other way. For example, this means no aluminium-casting but only wrought alloy, because it‘s tougher, more stable and, most important, has better elongation parameters. Or it means very strong stainless steel qualities with good corrosion protection.
The use of these top-class materials is expensive regarding pre-products and manufacturing. We have fought for the best prices to offer a competitive price for Kwiggle® to you, because from our point of view there is no point in making Kwiggle® heavier and bigger than necessary.
Using wrought alloy we had to solve design challenges and now Kwiggle® has some parts the bicycle industry has never seen before. We found manufacturers for each production step on an industrial level – mainly in Germany, but also in Taiwan, China and Italy – transforming these challenging manufacturing tasks in absolute top-class quality. We know, because we have asked many, many others, who cannot transform materials this way, before.
Thanks to all of our suppliers,Kwiggle® now is a high-quality product with remarkable manufacturing competence from all over the world. The concept doesn’t only include innovation in (the technological concept encompasses five patents worldwide), but the manufacturing of some parts is also entirely innovative (at the moment three patent applications).
Investing in tools and tooling is nearly completed. We’ve done the first tests with ISO-loads, we’re improving last details and shortly we’ll be prepared to start production of Kwiggle®1st.
Kwiggle® – FEATURES
Kwiggle stands for high material quality and the components are the best we could get:
Kwiggle® – TECHNICAL DATA
Folding size: 55 x 40 x 25 cm
Max. Riders weight: 92 kg
Total weight: 100 kg
Riders height: 1,40m to 1,90m
Transmission Single Speed
One crank-turn per second enables a speed of 22 km/h.
In terms of speed riding Kwiggle® is just like riding a conventional bike.
Transmission Double Speed
One crank-turn per second in lower gear enables a speed of 17 km/h.
One crank-turn per second in higher gear enables a speed of 22 km/h.
The lower gear is more comfortable for starting and in hilly areas.
Choosing single speed or double speed depends on how you aim to use Kwiggle®: Single speed is perfect for flat city areas. For longer tours leading through different areas double speed version is more convenient.
Kwiggle® – TIMETABLE
Kwiggle® – REWARDS
Below we would like to give you an overview over the differences of the rewards:
Early bird and black edition is just a financial difference.
Black edition and white edition have different frame colors.
And why a light edition? We thought for some people perhaps a lighter version is interesting, because they won't need wheel guards or trolley wheels.
Risks and challenges
As soon as we have achieved the funding target we will order the preproducts for Kwiggle®1st. Delivery times can always differ a little. The same is with maching and assembling times.
Since August we are testing the series-model of Kwiggle® the whole day. We have already improved details. We would like to send you a perfect product. If we will still find things that should be improved, we will do. At the moment we don't think this will lead to any delay in delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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