Our team seeks to bring to you, the Windgoe, an amazing bicycle and ebike boosting attachment! The Windgoe is not a vehicle, you must supply the vehicle. Kickstarter is where we are starting, kickstarting!
The Patent Pending Windgoe empowers the bicycle you already enjoy to become a whole new innovation. We are offering the Windgoe at it's lowest price here first, 20% below retail to give you all a bonus for helping us out the most, buying early saves you hundreds of dollars.
The Windgoe integrates perfectly with the pedaling. experience for great range, feel, and exercise because there is no mechanical connection to the traditional drive train. One major difference between using propellers rather than direct wheel drive, is that the Windgoe's speed and torque isn't based on wheel traction, so the ground surface doesn't matter as much, as it's just grabbing air.
This thing is FAST. Observe all speed laws when using and wear a helmet. You can now flatten those hills out. Range of 12+ miles without peddling (in prototype), and we intend to increase this with a longer range at shipping. The Windgoe could even be compared to a MoPed, though we call it a ProPed. This booster is an alternative to the electric powered wheel friction or wheel swap designs out there.
It's meant to fit on most bicycles, ebikes, etc, that accept common style rear racks, like a child seat rear carrier has. We intend for it to work with the tapped/threaded frames and/or bare frame acceptance, with clamps, choose which one you need, we will also offer extra frames and controller on the website so swap quickly if you have multiple bikes. We intend to use a quick release system between the Windgoe rack and the Windgoe Booster. Overall, attaching only takes a short time. The prototype controller has a key system kill switch and an easy to use knob style throttle control, plus illuminated battery level displays.
Currently the prototype is tuned using over 2700 watts of brushless motor power or up to 4 horse power at full power with both motors. Dual electronic speed controllers to regulate them. Driving air with dual contra-rotating 17" all plastic pusher and puller propellers, with an 8 degree pitch. The reason we use the contra-rotating propellers is for the increased efficiency and gyroscopic stability, which is very welcome if doing tight powered turns, acrobatic moves, bad crosswinds, and passing vehicles.
We have been testing with 10S, 37 volt nominal (42V full), 16AH Lipo, however, we desire to increase this to 20-24AH for increased range and battery life. We also want to include mounting the charging system on the Windgoe itself, for versatile and mobile charging. Park then plug in anywhere, to charge.
We intend to produce a mostly aluminum frame, welded where possible to drop weight. Using carbon fiber where it makes sense is good too. Screens cover the intake and exhaust of the Windgoe for safety reasons. The cowling further increases efficiency and safety.
Electronically we currently use an Arduino to control the ESC's (electronic speed controllers). The Arduino offers many side benefits and attachment possibilities, however, we may decide to use a simpler analog system. Also we have many ideas on features, like USB charging, meters, and lights.
Our team of three has experience in bicycles, motorcycles, business building, managing, marketing, electronics, programming, mechanics, welding, electrical, engineering, and more. We intend to grow our team with the growth of Windgoe.
Full email support and we include a one year limited warranty.
Goal $15,000, if achieved we can confidently move forward, with enough capital to create an amazing Windgoe for everyone. Should begin shipping out in 4-6 months after the close of this campaign depending on demand.
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Risks and challenges
The main risks we forsee are supply issues, and this is why we designed the Windgoe from the ground up to combat these problems. We would like to source a bulk order of the desired parts and battery packs and we seek US based partners, however, we may have to go outside the US. We can build and paint the frame inhouse but may seek a local shop to do it. We may build our own battery packs inhouse, depending on demand. Once we have the parts and frame, assembling is quickly possible and we will find a major carrier to ship direct to you.
The major technical issues we faced building the Windgoe are already conquered and it's mainly just improving on our base work.
The other risk is raising capital, Kickstarter is where we begin, though we may also seek capital from other sources, like friends, family, banks, crowd sourcing, and angels, to insure success for you.
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