Fat bikes have changed what kind of terrain we think of as rideable, allowing us to explore new landscapes and more remote locations. When getting out and riding in those locations it is a necessity to have efficient, dependable gear you can rely on, because hiking out isn’t always an option. Enter the Fat Stevens™ fat bike pump. We’ve been developing and refining this pump for over a year now to be the best portable pump for fat bikes.
At 39mm in diameter the barrel of the Fat Stevens™ is even larger than most floor pump barrels. This means it’s able to inflate a fat bike tire in half the strokes it takes with a standard mountain bike mini pump. (Check out our Stroke Count test results here!) We painted our prototype barrel, but in production it will be anodized black with laser graphics.
The Fat Stevens™ pump has a composite pommel handle threaded to an oversize alloy piston. This pommel handle is a lot tougher than a standard flip style handle yet it still feels super comfortable in your palm.
To keep the pump in place when in use, the Fat Stevens™ has a steel foot peg that flips down. The production version will be a little over an inch longer than our prototype model so that even if you’re wearing bulky boots, you can keep the pump stable. The pump head rotates to attach to Presta valves in any position.
The forged alloy lever is easy to securely lock onto valves (Presta or Schrader), even while wearing big gloves on a cold day.
The Kickstarter version of the Fat Stevens™ also comes with a sweet carrying case handmade by our friends at Blaq Paks in Portland, Oregon. It has two internal pockets for storing additional tools and will be available in two different colorways. Stash it away in your frame bag or backpack.
We have spent countless hours in both the development/design of the Fat Stevens™ and in on-ride testing. From the coastal dunes of Oregon coast to the snowy trails in the Cascades we've put the pump through the wringer. This field testing has directly translated to the design of the pump and the materials chosen. We are confident that the production Fat Stevens™ will perform not matter where your fat bike takes you.
We are currently seeking market confirmation and funding of $30,000 to enable us to move the Fat Stevens fat bike pump design to high volume production tooling. By helping us meet our funding goal you will help defray tooling cost by half and confirm there is demand for a portable fat bike pump.
Kickstarter Campaign: May 2015-June 2015
Survey and Finalize: June 2015-July 2015
Tooling Created: June 2015-August 2015
Production and Quality Control: August 2015-September 2015
Pack and Ship Rewards: October 2015
In addition to securing your very own Fat Stevens pump at pre-production special prices, we’re offering a few other sweet rewards for your support, including:
Portland Design Works creates beautiful, simple gear for everyday cycling. Designed with intention in every detail, PDW products are produced in consideration of cost, aesthetics, durability and rebuildability.
Since 2008, we've been developing gear that cyclists would want to use for any and all of their rides. Having launched with only a handful of grips, we've expanded to offer over 50 different products to make city riding comfortable, safe and convenient.
Our vision is to create gear that excites cyclists to ride and ride more often. That's why we create products that not only work great but have a bit of fun and flair too. We proudly stand behind that vision and every product we produce with a lifetime warranty.
Risks and challenges
The most difficult part of the product design process is fine tuning the features and specifications so a quality product can be produced at a reasonable price. We have already completed the most difficult design phase so all we have to do now is give the word and our suppliers will begin creating the tooling for the Fat Stevens.
After funding is successful, the largest potential challenge we face in bringing the Fat Stevens to market is running behind on our tooling and production schedule. With different suppliers creating molds for extrusion parts, injection molded parts, rubber parts and the steel foot, there is potential that one of them will fall behind and deliver the parts outside of our 60 day tooling window.
That being said, we have tooled up numerous products and have never run into this type of problem. We have strong relationships with all of our suppliers and all have indicated the parts we have designed will be relatively easy to tool and produce.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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