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The Z-Torque crank uses the concepts of leverage and inertia to give the rider more power! Read more

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The Z-Torque crank uses the concepts of leverage and inertia to give the rider more power!

About this project

Hey Kickstarters,

Thanks for checking out our project! We are super excited to launch the Z-Torque bicycle crank, a patented design giving you the ability to generate more power over standard crank designs.  This is achieved with the angled crank arm design which works on the simple principles of leverage and inertia.  By re positioning the pedal in the manor in which we have, you now have a greater portion of the pedal rotation to generate power earlier and later than with a standard straight crank arm.

Here's an example... Which one do you think will turn easier?

Pushing Down Through A Lever
Pushing Down Through A Lever

Or...

Positioning The Lever To Better Use The Torque Applied
Positioning The Lever To Better Use The Torque Applied

We recently teamed up with a machinist to manufacturer them out of billet aluminum which has resulted in some stunning results however this process is both time consuming and very expensive.  To make the Z-Torque more affordable and within reach to a greater audience we knew we needed to find a cheaper and quicker way to make them.  That is why we have turned to composites... We first built a simple mold out of everyday composite materials like gel coats, resins and fiberglass to prove the concept.  The results were impressive and stronger than we could have imagined. (This prototype can be seen in the video)  We have now created a mold to incorporate the iconic ladder structure of our aluminum Z-Torque crank and are ready to make them out of carbon fiber.

NEW MOLD INCORPORATING LADDER STRUCTURE
NEW MOLD INCORPORATING LADDER STRUCTURE

So what does this mean for you Kickstarter? .....  REWARDS!!!!!

If you can support us with $10 we will publicly shout your name from the tree tops thanking you for believing in our vision and innovation!

If you can support us with $25 or $50 we will send you a Pen or T-Shirt that shows everyone you helped us bring the Z-Torque to life!

If you can support us with $75 we will send you a set of Z-Torque cranks in gun metal grey or any other color you request within reason... We can't paint your Z-Torque the same color as your beloved cat, Mr Stuffins... Sorry

If you can support us with $100 we will send you a set of Z-Torque cranks in clear epoxy with the standard 2x2 twill carbon fiber exposed for your viewing pleasure...

Standard 2x2 Twill Carbon Fiber
Standard 2x2 Twill Carbon Fiber

If you can support us with $150 we will send you a set of Z-Torque cranks in clear epoxy with either Red, Blue or Yellow carbon fiber / kevlar exposed for a super cool look to match that yellow track suit you have...

Red, Blue or Yellow Carbon Fiber / Kevlar Hybrid
Red, Blue or Yellow Carbon Fiber / Kevlar Hybrid

If you can support us with $200 we will send you a set of Z-Torque cranks in clear epoxy with either Red, Blue, Green or Silver reflective carbon fiber exposed for the ultimate ROCK STAR treatment...

Red, Blue, Green or Silver Reflective Carbon Fiber
Red, Blue, Green or Silver Reflective Carbon Fiber

**************************************************************************************** PLEASE NOTE - THESE CRANKS FIT ONTO SQUARE TAPERED SPINDLES AND ADDITIONAL HARDWARE OR BEARINGS MAY BE NEEDED TO FIT THESE CRANKS TO YOUR BIKE.  HOWEVER ONCE THE CRANKS ARE READY TO BE SHIPPED WE WILL WORK WITH YOU TO INSURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED OR IF YOU PREFER TO HAVE THEM INSTALLED ANY BIKE SHOP SHOULD BE ABLE TO ASSIST.

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    Pledge $10 or more
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    2 backers

    A TWITTER AND FACEBOOK THANKS! YOU WILL ALSO BE LISTED ON OUR SUPPORTERS BOARD AT CARBONCRAFTERS.COM SHOWING HOW AWESOME YOU ARE!

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    A SLICK “I KICKSTARTED CARBON CRAFTERS” CARBON FIBER PEN! YOU WILL ALSO BE LISTED ON OUR SUPPORTERS BOARD AT CARBONCRAFTERS.COM FREE SHIPPING TO US & CANADA, ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL.

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    A TOTALLY AWESOME AND VERY FASHIONABLE “I KICKSTARTED CARBON CRAFTERS” T-SHIRT! YOU WILL ALSO BE LISTED ON OUR SUPPORTERS BOARD AT CARBONCRAFTERS.COM FREE SHIPPING TO US & CANADA, ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL.

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    ONE SET OF PAINTED Z-TORQUE BICYCLE CRANKS READY TO POWER YOU UP THAT MONSTER HILL FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE! YOU JUST LET US KNOW WHAT COLOR... FREE SHIPPING TO US & CANADA, ADD $20 FOR INTERNATIONAL.

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    About $100 USD

    7 backers

    ONE SET OF CLEAR EPOXY FINISHED Z-TORQUE BICYCLE CRANKS WITH THE STANDARD BLACK AND GREY CARBON FIBER 2X2 TWILL PATTERN VISIBLE. GIVING YOU THAT EXTRA EDGE AND STYLE OVER THE COMPETITION! FREE SHIPPING TO US & CANADA, ADD $20 FOR INTERNATIONAL.

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    Pledge $150 or more
    About $150 USD

    0 backers

    ONE SET OF CLEAR EPOXY FINISHED Z-TORQUE BICYCLE CRANKS WITH THE ULTRA COOL RED, BLUE OR YELLOW CARBON FIBER / KEVLAR 2X2 TWILL PATTERN VISIBLE. MAKING YOU THE COOLEST KID ON THE BLOCK! FREE SHIPPING TO US & CANADA, ADD $20 FOR INTERNATIONAL.

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    About $200 USD

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    ONE SET OF CLEAR EPOXY FINISHED Z-TORQUE BICYCLE CRANKS WITH THE SUPER SHINY RED, BLUE, GREEN OR SILVER REFLECTIVE CARBON FIBER 2X2 TWILL PATTERN VISIBLE. UPGRADING YOU TO ROCK STAR STATUS INSTANTLY! FREE SHIPPING TO US & CANADA, ADD $20 FOR INTERNATIONAL.

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Funding period

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