About this project
Now that the Funding Period has ended Please Visit the T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque Page at www.SILCA.cc ! Thanks for your Support!
T-Ratchet is the first multi-configurable ratcheting mini-tool. Ti-Torque is a Ratchet Extension which shows live torque readings when used with T-Ratchet. T-Ratchet can quickly be configured as a short or long reach T-Handle tool capable of using any 1/4" drive bit, then quickly converted to a high-torque configuration which is also ideal for tight spaces.
T-Ratchet is built around a unique fast engaging, 6 degree engagement ratchet mechanism. This is up to 2x the number of engagement points as traditional mini-ratchet tools, allowing for better maneuverability in tight spaces.
Ti-Torque is the first ultra-light portable torque measuring bit driver. Ti-Torque is built around a carefully calibrated 6Al/4V Titanium torsion beam with 2-8Nm torque readings.
The Case is a hand-sewn trifold design made from Canvas and ripstop nylon. The case conveniently holds a T-Ratchet, 10 Bits, and a Ti-Torque torsion tool with magnetic closures.
Our team has more than 50 years of collective experience developing high end carbon fiber and titanium cycling components including bars, stems, seat posts, wheels and cranks. We know that more than 70% of all lightweight cycling component and fastener damage: cracked carbon fiber components, rounded hex heads, and stripped screw threads occur while making adjustments on the road or trail.
This makes sense, you buy your new bike, new handlebar, seat post, etc, fit it as best as possible and then find yourself wanting/needing to make adjustments out on the road or trail. This is particularly problematic with carbon seat posts, as they are both prone to slipping, which requires higher bolt torque, and also very sensitive to crushing due to over-torque.
Traditional multi-tools may be good for making some adjustments, but when it comes to properly applying torque, the small size, difficult ergonomics, and often poor fitting or flexible tools make it impossible for even the most experienced user to 'feel' the torque they are applying.
Ti-Torque solves the portable torque measurement problem in a 100 x 12mm package weighing only 30 grams and capable of reading 2-8Nm of torque with better accuracy than most click-type home torque tools. As the Ti-Torque becomes loaded, the internal Titanium beam deflects allowing the live torque measurement to be read on the side of the tool.
Even better than real time torque visibility, Ti-Torque allows the ability to 'Step-Torque' as recommended by most manufacturers without changing tools. Step-Torque is the process of tightening bolts in a pattern to one level, then going back through and tightening further to a higher level. This is critical with stem faceplates and carbon handlebars.
In fact, during our initial rounds of testing, we observed 2 of our professional mechanic test users, using Ti-Torque during their day jobs with a major ProTour Team. After seeing how they were using Ti-Torque to work on the bikes of the pros, we then developed T-Ratchet to combined the features of the 2 most commonly used tools in the Pro Mechanic toolbox: the T-Handle Hex key and the Ratcheting Torque wrench.
The combination of the magnetically configurable T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque allowed our mechanics to rapidly move through a bicycle adjusting and checking dozens of fasteners every day while using a single tool and bits rather than a set of 8 T-Handles plus a Torque Wrenches and bits.
Upon the completion of the T-Ratchet we spent another 3 months looking at how average cyclists, endurance cyclists, and shop mechanics used the tool. We were delighted to receive test reports containing stories of shop repair, roadside adjustments, automotive use, campsite use, home door knob repair, vintage motorcycle repair and even a wilderness repair on a small aircraft!
T-Ratchet: Ultimate ergonomics in any space at any torque! 72 Tooth custom designed ratchet mechanism forged and through-hardened to 56-58 Rockwell C.
STRETCH GOAL #1
Hardened S-2 Steel Bits: 10 Bits for all common cycling fasteners, made from the hardest steel available for this application. Includes: 2,2.5,3,4,5,6,Ph2,T10,T20,T25
If we attain $200,000 in funding, we will unlock Goal #1: Vibrant Red Banded S2 Bits. This design is based on YOUR feedback for higher visibility bits!!
Canvas T-Ratchet Case: Hand sewn from SILCA's custom black waxed canvas with reflective thread quilting. Case cleanly holds T-Ratchet, Ti-Torque, extender and 10 bits while fitting in any jersey pocket, seat bag or tool roll. Magnetic closure.
Ti-Torque: Ultra-precision, portable torque extension with 2,4,6,8Nm torque readings. Displays live torque measurement on Red Anodized Aluminum outer sleeve rotating on near frictionless IGUS bushing.
SILCA Waxed Canvas Apron - A reward at the $140 and $200 Level, the SILCA Apron is made from Waxed Canvas and lined with ripstop nylon. Apron features a hoodie pocket, cargo pocket, and military style Molle Webbing for holding various tools. A $75 Value!https://silca.cc/collections/silca-tools/products/t-ratchet-ti-torque
SIGNATURE REWARD UPDATE: August 9, 2016
We have added an amazing new reward level with YOUR SIGNATURE laser engraved on the Ti-Torque and Apron, PLUS a custom signature engraved AND Numbered SILCA HX-One kit. We've had so many backers ask about the HX-One that this felt like an amazing opportunity. Due to the custom programing of the laser we can only offer 50 of these rewards.
Click the image to learn more about our award winning HX-One kit!
50 Lucky Backers will be able to have THEIR SIGNATURE engraved on their toolset at the $350 level. Signature level backers will be able to submit their artwork at the time of the survey at the end of the funding period. Due to the extreme time involved in hand programming and engraving these kits only 50 will be produced and numbered.
With more than 10 months of prototyping and testing already complete we are ready to cut tooling and make parts before the end of this year! With your help, we can begin tooling and manufacturing of physical components by early October
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SILCA Is known worldwide for bringing the innovative, heirloom quality pumps and tools to cycling. Please learn more about us HERE
Unlocked for all backers at the $200,000 Level.
Risks and challenges
The T-Ratchet + Ti-Torque is our first KickStarter product, however, it is not our first product. We have spent years developing and manufacturing the world's finest pumps and tools for bicycles.
We have spent nearly a year designing, testing and refining the design of the T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque, with input from ProTour Mechanics, Bike Shop Mechanics, and every day cyclists of all skill and experience levels. Our design is solid, manufacturable, and very well loved by over 50 field testers.
All of the contract manufacturing vendors for this project are ones we have prior project experience with from our highly successful HX-One tool kit. Our designs, materials, heat treatments processes and finish/graphics documents are complete and ready for launch with our vendors.
However, every project carries some risk up until initial production. These risks include delay risks due to tooling modifications or delays related to raw materials timing, heat treating, packaging or shipping.
We have a strong history of delivering industry leading products of the utmost quality, and this means that when faced with potential quality or functionality issues we will always choose quality over timing. We feel our experience with prior successful products and projects will help us minimize any delay risk for you, but also speak to the level of quality we promise to deliver.
Our commitment to you, is that we will be both frequent and transparent in our communications throughout this process, and that you will be completely thrilled with the final result.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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