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.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
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
What makes the Schratz Unique
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Schratz has been seen in these fine publications:
Reward bike Specifications and Geometry Charts
Complete Bike Reward: 11 spd Shimano 105 Hydraulic
Complete Bike Reward: 9 spd Shimano Sora Mechanical
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:
Contact backers to confirm order(s) and sizing
Place orders with vendors
Frames go into production
Forks go into production
components go into production queue
Frames and forks arrive at FitWell assembly factory
Frame and Fork only orders boxed and loaded on container
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
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.
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.