The first detachable electric drive system for your skateboard/longboard. The lightest, most practical electric vehicle kit available. Read more
This project was successfully funded on October 23, 2013.
About this project
Kickr is still available for just $399. Reserving one is easy.
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Buzz about Kickr
"They're not trying to shove this down everyone's throats and have a rather level-headed approach to how their device fits into the broader spectrum of skating."
"I could see myself getting one just to get to work, then tossing it in my backpack for the ride home."
"One of the coolest I've seen so far."
"Out of all the electric concepts I've seen, I think this is the most promising."
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- $20,000 - Get a T-shirt with your Kickr COMPLETE
- $30,000 - Stealth Mode COMPLETE
- $40,000 - Ground Effect LED System
- $50,000 - Get a Hoodie with your Kickr
Your Board can do new things
Kickr is an innovative and adaptable product that offers the flexibility of being able to enjoy skating any way you want.
Kickr introduces a new adventure to longboarding while preserving the lifestyle and culture that makes it awesome already. We believe technology can do great things when it is implemented the right way. We know that #nokicking has its place.
We call it Kickr
Kickr is a modular, patent-pending, precision-machined, non-obtrusive electric drivetrain that is compatible with almost any board.
With Kickr there is no re-drilling decks, no changing trucks, and no changing wheels. It will work with your board to preserve the fundamentals of the way you ride.
We have received many positive reactions during the testing of our prototype on campus and in Europe. We realized that the sheer possibilities and freedom to our invention should be accessible to all.
With Kickr, entry into the sport of electric longboarding has never been more practical.
- Quick install and removal
- 20 miles per hour
- 1100 Watts
- 6 mile range between charges
- 2 hour charge time
- < 5 lbs. Weight
- Lithium-ion battery pack
- CNCed from stainless steel and aircraft-grade aluminum
What it comes with
- Battery enclosure - Attaches to board via a custom strap
- Motor assembly - Mounts on truck axle (in place of one nut)
- Throttle pad - Motor thrust is controlled by a sensor located on the strap
- Quick battery charger
How it Works
Kickr works in a very simple way.
1. Attach Kickr to your board and turn it on.
2. To accelerate, first push off like normal and then lean into the throttle pad on the strap when you want to increase your speed. (The placement of the pad is adjustable)
3. Remove/ease pressure from the throttle pad to cruise.
4. To slow down, use conventional boarding braking and bailing techniques as needed.
$30,000 Stretch Goal - Stealth Mode
We've gotten a lot of questions about how to control Kickr. We realized that the most natural way for experienced longboarders to get up to speed is to do what they've always done: KICK! With Stealth mode, the throttle pad becomes a "cruise" button. After you kick up to the desired speed, you can depress the throttle pad to hold that speed. As soon as you let off, Kickr will coast for you. If we reach $30,000, all Kickr units will have this mode along side the conventional Kickr mode.
- Great way to commute around town
- Swap between multiple boards
- 1 minute install/removal time
- Easy to carry in backpack when not needed
About Kickr, Inc.
Alpha 1 Protoype (video above) - We started out with a manually machined, hand-made version of Kickr, but it had promise. Our primary challenge was to get the motor mount on without removing the trucks or changing anything.
Alpha 2 Prototype (not pictured) - This iteration served as a design concept and allowed us to address the core issues with manufacturability. It had better motor mount performance, smaller/optimized battery enclosure, thermal improvements, and scratch-resistant plastic.
Alpha 3 Prototype (above) - We utilized lower-profile cylindrical cells and came up with a method of vacuum forming the enclosure quickly and affordably. We also evaluated chargers to find the safest and most user friendly options. The battery enclosure became cosmetically improved, easier to produce, lighter, and more rugged. For the most recent motor mount, we paid particular attention to tolerances as well as aesthetics. We utilized corrosion-inhibiting stainless steel and used the highest-quality tooling in our machining processes.
- Pros: Beautifully made, very manufacturable, easy to handle, long lasting, outstanding grip, accepts the majority of longboard wheels
- Cons: Partial wheel contact patch, delicate grip surface, ugly charging interface
About The Founders
Joe Carabetta, a nuclear engineering student, had the idea to electrify his longboard cheaply and reliably. He tried many ways and eventually hacked together a crude axle-mounted variant that had promise.
Evan Merz is an electrical engineering student and CAD/CNC machine tool specialist. They collaborated to develop a marketable, integrated mounting solution.
Eduardo Tovar, a graphic design/web graduate, was hired to develop a web presence and marketing campaign for the startup.
From all of us at Kickr, Inc. we are thrilled to share our experience with Kickr with all of you.
The most important part of our strategy is to gain a committed audience of enthusiastic backers. That's you.
By contributing to our goal of $15,000, you will partake in our design process from the moment you back us through the time you test out your product.
How do we plan to use Kickstarter funds to complete the product development of our Beta model?
- Final Battery Selection—Comprehensive testing of a small set of battery alternatives to get the best combination of cost, performance and battery life.
- Finish the design and testing of an integrated battery housing/strap.
- Finalize the design and test of the throttle/motor control electronics.
- Rent CNC equipment to manufacture our custom motor mount design in-house (if necessary).
- After successful Beta testing by local longboarders, we will initiate full production and share the end product with everyone.
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Our delivery commitment
For the stickers, T-shirts, hoodies, sunglasses, and custom decks we have commitments from all of our suppliers and are simply waiting to hear on precise quantities. Kickr-wise, we have identified the delivery capabilities of all component suppliers including timetables and back-up supply channels. We have arranged with a local machine shop to provide CNC machine capacity for our custom-designed components whenever we need it. When production commences, we will be building small quantities on a daily basis.
We are confident we can assemble 100 units per month beginning in April. If Kickr demand is higher than this, we will be engaging a seasoned automotive assembly engineer to assist us in creating higher volume assembly capabilities.
Kickr adds a heightened level of performance to your longboard, which is great for recreational purposes. However, it is important to remember that it is a longboard and if you don't ride within your limits or use common sense, someone could end up hurt. Please wear a properly-fitting CPSC/Snell-approved helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads, and appropriate footwear. Also, always take care around other people or vehicles.
Electric longboards/skateboards as well as their unpowered counterparts have laws and regulations that vary by country, state, county, and municipality. We encourage you to check the legal status of this product before you ride with Kickr.
Risks and challenges
We have set aside a substantial amount of time over the coming months for Kickr development and manufacturing. Even as we meet our own deadlines, challenges will inevitably crop up and cause us to pause, reevaluate, and make corrective action.
The primary risks are those associated with the supply chain. This is where careful planning, clear communication with suppliers, and reliable logistics are critical. We will have to make design/production decisions quickly and efficiently to meet our deadlines.
It is important to note that we will continually seek new perspectives and advice on our approach to delivering a great product. We have already established many relationships with industry professionals who will continue to serve as mentors throughout the course of our project.
We value your participation in our project and need every last bit of verbal feedback we can get. If you have any direct comments or questions about the product that aren't answered in our Q/A section of our site, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Special Thanks to family and friends who support us, and the outstanding work coming out of Brian Powell Photography. Shout out to PLC Longboarders! Thanks for supporting us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Kickr can go fast. REALLY fast. Kickr can boost you up to 20 mph and can idle at any speed. Keep in mind that speed will vary depending on the incline and rider weight.
Up to 85mm diameter or up to 65mm wide wheels.
Kickr will work on the large majority of longboards with standard 5/16-24 axles and 2.25 inch clearance underneath the board.
No. Our mentality was to be as non-intrusive with our design as possible.
We encourage you to know your limits, respect traffic laws, and always be alert (as if you were downhill longboarding). We also encourage you wear a helmet and other protection and be a responsible rider.
Yes, you may push along with minimal resistance from the drivetrain. At any time you may also detach the motor mount and battery pack, throw them in your backpack, and carve conventionally.
Kickr's straps will allow you to place the throttle pad on whichever strap you want and wherever on the strap you want (not shown in prototype). If you want the throttle pad towards the front of the board, you simply run the Kickr on the front of the board instead of the rear. The straps are about 5 inches apart.
Pledge $2 or more
You appreciate the concept of #NOKICKING, so we'll add you to our list of supporters on our site. Send us a picture of your board for us to stitch together a collage of all of your creations which we'll hang amongst our assembly line.Estimated delivery:
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Slap a pair (2) of high quality Kickr stickers on your board and helmet! Spread the stoke!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $15 or more
Keep your cool with Kickr shades. This will mask some of the pain you feel as you kick yourself up a hill without a Kickr.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $30 or more
Pick out a gnarly Kickr t-shirt! Size and Logo selection will be made at campaign close.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $75 or more
Cozy up with a Kickr hoodie. These will keep you stoked in the winter months when Kickr is going through its first major production phase. Size and Logo selection will be made at campaign close.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $125 or more
Get a LIMITED EDITION Kickr deck, complete with a custom design masterminded by our graphic design artist, Eddie. These rad deck designs will be limited to Kickstarter backers only!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $299 or more
20 backers All gone!
Early Backer PRODUCTION - Be the first to get a Kickr. Be an adopter of the first affordable, detachable, high performance electric drive system for longboards. We open up the opportunity for you to be a part of a new revolution! This includes the Kickr Motor Assembly, Battery Module, and Charger. Beginning in April, we will ship 100/month, first come-first serve.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $399 or more
PRODUCTION - Get a Kickr. Be an adopter of the first affordable, detachable, high performance electric drive system for longboards. We open up the opportunity for you to be a part of a new revolution!
This includes the Kickr Motor Assembly, Battery Module, and Charger.
Beginning in April, we will ship 100/month, first come-first serve.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $599 or more
Kickr COMPLETE - Don't have a board to put Kickr on? Get a complete functional longboard with a Kickr. These shipments will take place amongst the PRODUCTION Kickr orders. This includes the Kickr Motor Assembly, Battery Module, and Charger, a LIMITED EDITION Kickr deck, wheels, bearings, trucks, and miscellaneous hardware to get yourself started.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,499 or more
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Get a gold anodized and custom-engraved Kickr with a Kickr Complete. (Order full-filled amongst the first production)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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