Here we are
First of all we would like to apologize for not getting back to you more often. We will improve this in the future.
In today’s update we will describe two segments of development we were working on last month. Solving the "last product bugs" (longer OLAF Business handle and a new OLAF Urban backpack) but mostly production related issues.
Business case – in production
We added a few more interior pockets (there are never enough pockets within your office compartment).
In general there are two major, with zipper separated, compartments: personal and office. In the personal section you will be able to neatly pack your belongings for a few days trip. In the office compartment there is a big padded slot for your computer. In addition to prototypes, we added additional pockets accessible from inside and a few from outside (passport, wallet, tablet…). There is also a water compartment (0,5 l bottle). You will be able to lock all the outside zippers.
This has been the most common comment we have heard in the last year of testing, especially from taller test riders. It is never easy but we have made it. We succeeded in adding more than 3 inches (8 cm) to existing length.
- IN house plastic -
Majority of the parts are in production or in an assembly stage. Since we are not just development geeks we also manufacture items ourselves. All plastic parts are made in-house.
- Wheels in the house -
Wheels and bearings are ones of the rare things we buy – they are in the assembly line already.
- How it’s made -
Did you know that only a few particles of green plastic make part completely green?
Welded chassis weight limitation
Some of you have been asking about weight limitation. We tested last design that is in production at the moment – we faced it with more than 150 kg (330 lbs) at durability test (3000 load cycles). And the result? There are no problems.
Our last update was about OLAF Urban backpack modifications – we were not really satisfied with its backside and bottom; in the last update you could see renders, now we would like to show you pictures of the final prototype that just went into the production.
More about OLAF Urban - what we have been doing last month (optimizing and testing wooden board properties, rear wheels optimizing & testing, improving rear wheel brake…) – will be revealed in next update, before Christmas ☺.
There have been lots of questions about personalization (laser engraving / full color print). Since we can only send you a survey once (Kickstarter rules), that is why we will combine it with customization details and your shipping addresses. The survey will be sent in January 2015.
When we started with pre-orders at our website, the main idea was to have lower prices than the retail ones in May 2015 when official sales start, but on the other hand pre-order prices need to be higher than Kickstarter prices as this is fair to all our early supporters. In general everything is ok, however in some cases that is not fully true. For those few backers (non US/EU countries) we will add free personalization (OLAF Urban platform, OLAF Urban & Business - not an early bird option).
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