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$11,655
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Last updated December 30, 2016

The Schratz Adventure Bike by FitWell Bicycle Company

The Schratz is a monstercross bike, tailored to your body and created for outstanding comfort and value beyond the road's end.

The Schratz Adventure Bike by FitWell Bicycle Company

The Schratz is a monstercross bike, tailored to your body and created for outstanding comfort and value beyond the road's end.

$11,655
pledged of $27,000pledged of $27,000 goal
36
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, December 28 2016 6:03 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 30, 2016

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

Jack of all trades, master of fun.  

Imagine owning one bike that's ready to drive the club ride, boss the CX race, grind gravel and tame gnarly singletrack. You don't have to imagine much longer, because it's all in a day's work for the Schratz. Speaking of work, Schratz will also make your commute a lot more rad. And it's not your run-of-the-mill monstercross bike either. Built to fit your unique body, the Schratz makes you the master of all terrains.  

Like all FitWells, the Schratz is perfectly proportioned to your body for maximum efficiency, comfort and confidence. Add in a suspension fork mountainbike tires and sure handling of the Schratz and you'll be unstoppable. 

We need your help to bring the FitWell Schratz from the drawing board to reality. The hard work is done, all we need is enough support to take this bike to full production. Prototyping, testing are all done. Preproduction samples were ordered ridden and approved. The frame drawings for every size are all done and approved. We simply need enough committed supporters to confidently bring this great new bike to market.

Where can I ride my Schratz?

  • Mixed terrain riding this is its true virtue, riding on road and off in one outing is it's wheelhouse
  • Gravel Riding / Racing
  • XC Mountain Biking
  • Bikepacking
  • Commuting 
  • Touring
  • Cyclocross Racing

What makes the Schratz Unique

Value

Our aim is to provide you with tremendous value with every bike we make. The Schratz is no different. Not only to we provide great features, but we do it at a prices that are much better than the competition.

The Schratz is built fit first.

Like all FitWells, the Schratz is available in 5 sizes across 4 fits. This means there are 20 sizes per model that guarantee you will find a Schratz perfectly proportioned to your body. This is huge because when your bike fits right, it's comfortable, efficient and inspires newfound confidence. Check out our sizing system video to learn more.

FitWell Fit System Video

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Drop Bar Specific

The Schratz is one of the very few drop bar bikes that is fully mountain capable. It's suspension corrected with a 1.95" tire clearance. The frame geometry is designed for the extended reach of a drop bar, so it's not simply a mountain bike with a drop bar stuck on.

Backwards Compatible

All of the pertinent frame specs were chosen because of their wide usage. The idea was to make it easy to build out of parts you may already have on hand.

Proportional Wheel Sizing

The smaller sizes require smaller wheels to provide the best fit for smaller riders. So, the Xtra Small and Small sizes roll on 27.5" wheels compared to the 29" wheels on the Medium and up. The bottom bracket is high enough that you can run any tire size from 25 to 50mm without compromising ground clearance.

Frame Specs

The Schratz is designed to be a road/cross bike with real mountain bike ruggedness. It is compatible with mountain: wheels, tires and suspension while still being compatible with road drive trains and body position. So this can either be your most comfortable road bike or your fastest cross country mountain bike ever.

Here's the bike nerd details you need to know to get it set up.

Frame compatibility specifications
Frame compatibility specifications

 

Black N Blue
Black N Blue

 After a bunch of requests, we're adding a Black colorway. I don't have time to get a bike painted before the end of the campaign, so this rendering will have to do. It will be glossy. The Deep Space Black has a small amount of blue metal flake in it (hard to see in the paint chip). The Galaxy Blue hi-lights look almost black in the shadow, and then sparkle in the sunlight. This color is available to all backers. 

Orange Dream / Aqua Fresca
Orange Dream / Aqua Fresca

 

Pool Blue / Mud Red
Pool Blue / Mud Red

 

drop out detail
drop out detail

 The Schratz has been seen in these fine publications:

Reward bike Specifications and Geometry Charts

Complete Bike Reward: 11 spd Shimano 105 Hydraulic

11 spd complete bike specifications
11 spd complete bike specifications

 

 Complete Bike Reward: 9 spd Shimano Sora Mechanical

9spd bike specification
9spd bike specification

 

Alex Fit Geometry Chart
Alex Fit Geometry Chart

 

Drew Fit Geometry Chart
Drew Fit Geometry Chart

 

Riley / Morgan geometry chart
Riley / Morgan geometry chart

 

Risks and challenges

We are sourcing from our vendor partners in Asia. Production delays are the biggest risk, but I have no doubt that the project will be fulfilled and built to specification. I will keep all backers up to date on production status and any delays that may occur. From what I am hearing from my vendors and industry friends, I don't expect any significant delays.

Below is my projected production schedule:

December 2016:

Kickstarter Ends
Contact backers to confirm order(s) and sizing
Place orders with vendors

January 2017:

Frames go into production
Forks go into production
components go into production queue

February 2017:

Frames and forks arrive at FitWell assembly factory
Frame and Fork only orders boxed and loaded on container

March:

Ocean freight is about a month, so frame fork container will arrive late march.
Frame Fork rewards Ship to backers
Components arrive at Assembly factory from vendors

April:

Complete bike production

May:

Complete bikes in ocean transit

June:

complete bikes arrive and ship out.

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    Sweet FitWell Sticker

    Receive our sincere thanks and a FitWell Logo Sticker. As is customary, you'll receive access to project status updates with your pledge.

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    FitWell Relaxed Fit Jersey

    The Riley Fit jersey is a relaxed fit Jersey perfect for the casual cyclist seeking a cool comfortable fit. If you would buy a Riley fit bike, this would be the Jersey for you. Available in women's and Men's cuts to better fit your body. Your sizing information will be requested at the completion of the campaign.

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    FitWell Performance fit Jersey

    If You're an Alex or Drew Fit rider, this is the jersey for you. An American Race cut in a stylish design. Available in Women's and Men's cuts. Your sizing information will be requested at the completion of the campaign.

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    FitWell Schratz Frame (EarlyBird)

    This is a frame only option. You will receive a painted frame only.

    color choices:
    Orange Dream/Aqua Fresca
    Pool Blue/Mud Red

    Fit, Size and Color choice will be requested at the completion of the campaign.

    Includes:
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    • Schratz Frame
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    FitWell Schratz Frame

    This is a frame only option. You will receive a painted frame only.

    color choices:
    Orange Dream/Aqua Fresca
    Pool Blue/Mud Red

    Fit, Size and Color choice will be requested at the completion of the campaign.

    Includes:
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    • Schratz Frame
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    FitWell Schratz Frame with Cromo Fork

    This is a frame and fork only option. You will receive a painted frame and fork only. There are no other parts provided.

    color choices:
    Orange Dream/Aqua Fresca
    Pool Blue/Mud Red

    Fork Specs:
    4130 chromoly steel
    straight 1 1/8" steer tube
    Fender mounts
    IS disc tabs
    QR dropouts

    Painted to match frames

    Fit, Size and Color choice will be requested at the completion of the campaign.

    Includes:
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    • Schratz Frame
    • Schratz Steel Fork
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    FitWell Schratz Frame, Carbon Fork

    This is a frame and fork only option. You will receive a painted frame, fork and thru axle only. There are no other parts provided.

    color choices:
    Orange Dream/Aqua Fresca
    Pool Blue/Mud Red

    Fork Specs:
    full carbon fiber construction
    tapered 1 1/8" to 1 1/2" steer tube
    Post Mount
    15mm Thru Axle
    includes QR thru axle

    Painted to match frames

    Fit, Size and Color choice will be requested at the completion of the campaign.

    Includes:
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    • Schratz Frame
    • Schratz Carbon Fork
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    Schratz Bike 9 speed

    Getting a complete bike is the easiest way to enjoy the Schratz. Every component is chosen to compliment this unique bike and provide you a great value without compromize.

    This is a complete bike built with Shimano Sora 9 speed components and the rigid Schratz steel fork. Braking is provided by the well respected TRP SpyreC .

    full specs to follow

    color choices:
    Orange Dream/Aqua Fresca
    Pool Blue/Mud Red

    Fit, Size and Color choice will be requested at the completion of the campaign.

    Includes:
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    • Schratz Complete Sora Build
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    Schratz Bike 11spd, Hydraulic brake

    Getting a complete bike is the easiest way to enjoy the Schratz. Every component is chosen to compliment this unique bike and provide you a great value without compromise.

    This is a complete bike built with Shimano 105 11speed components and the rigid Schratz full carbon fork. Braking is provided by Shimano hydraulic RS505 levers and BR785 brakes.

    full specs to follow

    color choices:
    Orange Dream/Aqua Fresca
    Pool Blue/Mud Red

    Fit, Size and Color choice will be requested at the completion of the campaign.

    Includes:
    • FitWell Logo Sticker
    • Schratz Complete Shimano 105 hydraulic build
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    Schratz Frame and Cromo Fork (EarlyBird)

    This is a frame and fork only option. You will receive a painted frame and fork only. There are no other parts provided.

    color choices:
    Orange Dream/Aqua Fresca
    Pool Blue/Mud Red

    Fork Specs:
    4130 chromoly steel
    straight 1 1/8" steer tube
    Fender mounts
    IS disc tabs
    QR dropouts

    Painted to match frames

    Fit, Size and Color choice will be requested at the completion of the campaign.

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Funding period

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