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Fiona Scott ThomsonBy Fiona Scott Thomson
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Fiona Scott ThomsonBy Fiona Scott Thomson
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About

Scottoiler CYCLE S1 - The revolution in chain performance. 

The Scottoiler CYCLE S1 is the first ever fully automatic chain lube system for your bike. The system attaches to your bike and takes over the entire chain maintenance process, automatically delivering the perfect quantity of premium fresh lubricant onto the chain exactly when required. This gives you maximum performance and increased efficiency, making sure you get the best out of your bike.

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The Problem

A poorly lubricated chain relying on traditional lubrication quickly becomes less efficient. Achieving and maintaining the optimum level of chain lubrication is a challenge. How do you know you have the correct level of lubrication on your chain before you ride?  

• Too much lubricant will attract dirt and grit from the road which creates a horrible, oily, sticky black grinding paste that is impossible to clean off. Any excess lube will also get thrown off, dry out or get washed off.

• Too little lubricant and your chain will be inefficient and chain life will reduce significantly due to increased friction.

lubrication changes over time
lubrication changes over time

Due to their construction and the single application before you ride, traditional chain lubes wear off over time. Depending on the environment and external factors they can be either thrown, washed off or attract all sorts of nasty contaminants.

Introducing the Scottoiler CYCLE S1 - The world’s first automated chain lubrication system for bicycles!

The Scottoiler CYCLE S1 continuously lubricates the chain with the exact amount needed to preserve optimum lubrication at all times. This produces maximum power transmission in the chain and smoother gear shifts, which will result in measurable performance benefits over the course of any ride.

Through continuous lubrication and use of this specially formulated non-stick lube, using a CYCLE S1 will also result in a much cleaner chain and chain components

The black grinding paste - created as dust sticks to traditional lubes - wears out chain pins and lets the chain stretch. Replacing chains, chain cassette and chain rings can be a very expensive business. Ultimately a properly lubricated and clean chain is much safer. A worn out or snapped chain can leave you stranded at the side of the road, or even worse, be the cause of an accident.

The absence of sticky lube will prevent dirt and grit sticking to the chain, which creates a black grinding paste that is impossible to get off. Without the black grinding paste your chain and sprockets will last a lot longer, saving you the unnecessary hassle and expense in the long run.

Easy Installation

The unit is easily fitted to most bicycles, and can be mounted in various different positions on the frame to suit your riding style or accessories choices. Similar in style to brake or gear cables the system tubing can be fitted discreetly on your bike, and in some cases it is possible to fit the system with internal routing in the frame.  

S1 system with the bottle cage mount
S1 system with the bottle cage mount
S1 system attached to frame with rubber wrap
S1 system attached to frame with rubber wrap

Accurate Delivery System

The fluid is held in the chamber attached to the frame of the bike. A tube feeds the lube at selectable intervals down to the jockey wheel. The lubricant is dispensed onto the face of the jockey/pulley wheel and through centrifugal forces reaches the key components of the chain, lubricating them correctly. The 360° adjustable cage attachment on the jockey wheel can be aligned for optimum delivery. 

The lube is sprayed onto the jockey wheel where it transfers direct onto the chain
The lube is sprayed onto the jockey wheel where it transfers direct onto the chain
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Controlled Flow Rate

The system can be manually programmed to five different settings to control the frequency of lube application. This increase/decrease in flow rate is controlled by the buttons on the front of the system and is indicated using 5 LEDS. There are 4 buttons, ON/OFF, PRIME and setting change HIGHER or LOWER flowrate. 

adjusting the flowrate to your riding style
adjusting the flowrate to your riding style

Average riding time for each setting:

• Setting 1 (Highest) – 10.5 Hrs Riding Time

• Setting 2 – 21 Hrs Riding Time

• Setting 3 (Middle Range) – 32 Hrs Riding Time

• Setting 4 – 42 Hrs Riding Time

• Setting 5 (Lowest) – 52 Hrs Riding Time 

Automatic Activation

The CYCLE S1 only lubricates the chain when you are riding, activating a sleep-mode when the bike is stationary and preserving battery life. It also has built in an automatic activation via a triple-axis accelerometer – meaning it gets to work lubricating your chain as soon as you start your ride.

Scottoiler Speed Lube

In 2014 Scottoiler launched Ultimate Bike Solution a full bike protector spray specially designed for low-maintenance application and use for all cyclists. It is biodegradable, non-stick and can be washed off using only water – no need for any specialist cleaners. The product quickly gained a following in the UK market and won the prestigious Design and Innovation Award by Enduro Magazine. 

When developing a lubricant for the CYCLE S1 we started with out existing UBS spray, took all the amazing characteristics of the spray and developed the best lube we could imagine. Even used as a lubricant directly without the system we have seen amazing results. 

We call it the Scottoiler Speed Lube - for ultimate chain maintenance and performance.

Traditional lubricants wear off over time, leaving your chain without sufficient lubrication for an efficient power transfer. By using automatic lubrication you can achieve near perfect efficiency throughout any ride. 

The time when your chain becomes less efficient depends on a variety of factors such as riding style, environmental impact, road conditions and the lubricant used. Our initial testing has shown that you can lose up to 4 Watts of power in the second half of a 4 hour ride. The S1 automatic chain lube system will make sure your chain is always lubricated, especially when you need it most. 

At the start of the project Scottoiler worked with many experts on different feasibility studies around automatic chain lubrication.

Using an in-lab testing setup we proved that dry chains can be greater than 10% less efficient than lubricated chains.   

To test if these results were valid in a real life application we worked together with the Life, Sport and Social Sciences department of Edinburgh Napier University. Dr Geraint Florida-James and his team developed a new testing methodology that analysed the effects of chain lubrication on physiological efficiency in a real-world testing scenario.

Dr Florida-James found on average a 5% increase in power output when using a Scottoiler automatic lube system with cyclists taken previously used bicycles onto a moving treadmill. 

Further testing results in our own in-house test rig are currently under way and so far are extremely positive. We will also back up all results through an independent test with the reputable company, Friction Facts, who are experts in bicycle component efficiency.

Testimonies: 

" It works well, it maximises power...it gives plenty efficiency, it's nice and easy on the pedals. Also it's slick gear changing especially when I'm out the saddle..."

- Franco McSherry, Duathlete, Team GB

The CYCLE S1 was designed to be easily fitted, filled and adaptable. It was also built to be durable - mud proof, waterproof and shockproof - giving you maximum chain efficiency whatever you throw at it. 

Power:

•  2 x AAA Batteries

• Battery Life 200+ Hours on Highest Setting

• 45 x 4.5Hr Rides

Unit Weight: 

• All Parts (NO Fluid) – 178 grams

• All Parts (WITH Fluid) – 210 grams

Unit Size:

135 x 45 x 35mm 

Fluid Capacity: 

• 38ml (Full) (Easy Fill) 

Temperature Range:

• -10⁰C to +50⁰C (Temperature Stable Control) 

• Stable Oil flow across a range of temperatures 

Required Oil: 

Scottoiler Speed Lube (Wet & Dry Lube, Water Washable Lube) 

We have already established our supply chain, having visited our carefully chosen manufacturer and confirmed fixed costs for production.

Now all we need is your help to reach our goal of £72,000 to get the Cycle S1 system out into the world and on to your bike.

This will cover:

 - Investment in the required tooling to bring the product to the market

 - First production run from new tools 

 - Packaging and Postage

 - Kickstarter fees

Please click that Pledge button now and help us reach our goal - share the product with your teams, cycle buddies, friends and family!

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All our rewards are exclusive to Kickstarter. We have a wide range of early bird deals and bumper packs that will ensure you or your entire team will be ready to chase that personal best.

The Retail Price of the Cycle S1 will be £179 (€249, $280)

Scottoiler cycle jersey
Scottoiler cycle jersey

Scottoiler is a Scottish company with 30 years’ experience of manufacturing motorcycle accessories which is now expanding into the bicycle market. Innovative products are our core business and although we specialise in automatic chain lubrication for motorcycles, we have a lot of cyclists in the business. The first ever employees at Scottoiler were cycling couriers and it has always been a deep desire of the company founder to bring the benefits of Scottoiler systems to the cycling world. After extensive testing, design refinement and development, we are excited to share our new Cycle S1.

Early concepts of the S1 system
Early concepts of the S1 system
Development prototype of the S1 system
Development prototype of the S1 system

Risks and challenges

Thanks to our extensive knowledge with chain lubrication systems we are optimistic that we have set a realistic timeline for the delivery of the product. However problems can always arise, especially with a brand new product and technology.

The first prototype units have been tested vigorously in our lab and on the road and testing continues during and after the campaign. We will continue to improve both the product and the software throughout the campaign.

We will be assembling all units in our own factory in Scotland. If we receive a very large amount of backing, there is a possibility that there could be a small delay in production, however, the quality will never be compromised.

We believe that we will start shipping the first units of the S1 system in February 2016.

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    THE S1 SYSTEM - EARLY BIRD

    Thank you for believing in us and backing our project. You will be the first ones to receive your very own S1 system. Ready to be fitted to your bike and take over your chain maintenance, increasing performance and efficiency, reducing the hassle and saving you money on replacement parts.

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    GET THE S1 SYSTEM

    You will be the first ones to receive your very own S1 system. Ready to be fitted to your bike and take over your chain maintenance, increasing performance and efficiency, reducing the hassle and saving you money on replacement parts.

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    S1 TEAM PACK

    A sure way to make your team more successful. Get the S1 system for your entire team and ready for the next race.

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    You and a friend will be invited to a trip to Scotland. We will pick you up from the airport and take you to our office in the north of Glasgow where you will receive your personalized S1 system. You will spend a day with the team to discuss the product development and testing. We will take you out to ride the start of the West Highland Way before we return to Glasgow for dinner and drinks.

    3 nights stay in a double room or 2 single rooms at a 4 Star Hotel in Glasgow is included. Flights are not included.

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