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The KRANX POWERSTIK - A new way to cruise!

A drill powered skateboard!!!

The KRANX POWERSTIK - A new way to cruise!

A drill powered skateboard!!!

CA$ 4,063
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27
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
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About

Inventor and Co-Founder Tony Ward
Inventor and Co-Founder Tony Ward
The team: Jon Kroeker and Tony Ward
The team: Jon Kroeker and Tony Ward
Co-Founder Jon Kroeker inspecting Kickstarter Promo board
Co-Founder Jon Kroeker inspecting Kickstarter Promo board
KRANX Powerstik set-up with complete limited edition cruiser board! Numbered 001 - 100, with "Thanx _(your name)_ for Kickstarting Kranx!" Also signed by Founders  - See Reward #10
KRANX Powerstik set-up with complete limited edition cruiser board! Numbered 001 - 100, with "Thanx _(your name)_ for Kickstarting Kranx!" Also signed by Founders - See Reward #10
Powerstik Assembly   - See Rewards #6, #7, #8, #9. (Reward #10 also includes this Powerstik assembly as well as a complete cruiser board.)
Powerstik Assembly - See Rewards #6, #7, #8, #9. (Reward #10 also includes this Powerstik assembly as well as a complete cruiser board.)

 Powerstik Assembly Includes:

  • 3 - 80mm 'KRANX' wheels
  • 1 - 80mm drive wheel
  • 1 Set of 8 wheel bearings
  • 1 Drive hub (shown threaded on drive wheel)
  • 1 Hub removal tool (not shown)
  • 1 Magnetic hub protector
  • 1 Powerstik drive shaft
  • 1 Set of 2 - 4mm thick riser pads
  • 1 Set of 2 - 8mm thick riser pads
  • 8 - 10/32 x 1.5" long truck hardware (nuts and bolts - total 16 pieces) to accommodate risers.

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“I kickstarted KRANX!” t-shirt. Includes: Your name! recognized with all other contributors at particular reward level. Shirt will be numbered and signed by Kranx founders. See Rewards #5, #6, #7, #8, #10
“I kickstarted KRANX!” t-shirt. Includes: Your name! recognized with all other contributors at particular reward level. Shirt will be numbered and signed by Kranx founders. See Rewards #5, #6, #7, #8, #10
Sticker package – 5 stickers plus one secret bonus sticker. "I kickstarted KRANX" sticker has transparent backing not white as shown. See Rewards #2, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10
Sticker package – 5 stickers plus one secret bonus sticker. "I kickstarted KRANX" sticker has transparent backing not white as shown. See Rewards #2, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10
Reward #1 - KRANX POWERSTIK logo candidates. You vote for our (primary) look!
Reward #1 - KRANX POWERSTIK logo candidates. You vote for our (primary) look!
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Reactions and Observations

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Epiphany

A few years ago, long time municipal worker, casual longboarder, and part time inventor Tony Ward (that’s me writing in the third person!) while uncharacteristically jogging on his lunchtime break had a quirky idea...hmm?…what if?,…is it possible?…I wonder..?… could I, power a skateboard with a cordless drill?! He smiled to himself and thought, hmm,…perhaps I’ll try.

Getting Rolling

Thus began my fun filled journey. Just a few days later I came up with an initial, very rough, prototype. At first, I thought to create a long straight shaft with a disk near the end spinning perpendicular and in contact with my skateboard’s right front wheel. This idea, although having some theoretical advantages, did not seem to have much true potential.

First 'Powerstik' Prototype
First 'Powerstik' Prototype
First 'Powerstik' Prototype
First 'Powerstik' Prototype

From there, I determined to try a relatively modest design, elegant in its simplicity. This revised configuration showed a lot of promise. Over the course of a couple years this assembly continued to delight both me, the rider, as well as my audience of neighbours, pedestrians, and drivers as I bombed around local roads testing the newer versions.

Small selection of prototype iterations/learning:)
Small selection of prototype iterations/learning:)

 Spinning My Wheels

Along this journey I have had a number of obstacles, of course, just like any worthwhile endeavour might. Challenges like the costs associated with the high numbers of prototype iterations required to find this ‘bliss point’ where all competing engineering requirements nicely intersect. Additionally, I found myself almost ‘dead in the water’ when I could no longer sustain these trickling costs including those associated with pursuing patenting.

Once I had my initial (far from production) prototype completed and had demonstrated it I garnered some interest from investors. However, after patiently waiting for months on end, verbal commitments never materialized.

Finally, the owner of the company which I had chosen to CNC machine a few key parts approached me when I had swung by for a visit. He asked me about my progress and I intimated the issues. Enter Jon Kroeker: owner of Ktech Manufacturing Inc. I had already had a positive relationship with Jon up to this point, but now he asked if I wanted a partner. With Jon's experience and enthusiasm as well as Ktech's capabilities the answer was obvious.

Small selection of sketches and patent application drawings
Small selection of sketches and patent application drawings

 Regaining Traction...Picking Up Speed!

Once Jon and I were formally partners we began meeting routinely at a local restaurant (see reward #2! ;) ) to report on prototype testing, general progress, as well as to discuss next steps to move forward. We determined somewhere along the way that the best runway for us to launch this project to the world would be on Kickstarter.

Jon Krankin' it!
Jon Krankin' it!

Launch!

So now after a lot of work (and fun!) and a great deal of anticipation (much of it ours) we are very pleased to present to you the KRANX Powerstik!

Thanks for checkin' us out!

Visual inspection.
Visual inspection.
Powerstik assembly and hub protector shield
Powerstik assembly and hub protector shield
Production Powerstik (shown without carbon fiber shaft cover)
Production Powerstik (shown without carbon fiber shaft cover)
Various boards with Powerstik assemblies
Various boards with Powerstik assemblies
Thanks for cruising by!
Thanks for cruising by!

Risks and challenges

Though we have a great deal of confidence in both our partner’s as well as our own productive capabilities, quality control, and productive capacity the point in this section is to be honest with our supporters regarding potential limitations.

First of all, we have chosen to fabricate as many of our parts as possible in-house through Co-founder Jon Kroeker’s K-tech Manufacturing Inc. http://ktechmanufacturing.com/ . Not only can we eliminate the lag time and cost of shipping certain parts this way, but we can make rapid adjustments with respect to quality control, production volume, and speed of fabrication.

However, some of our parts are, out of necessity, sourced from reliable companies both domestic and overseas. Although these partners are large organizations with good reputation serving 40+ countries each and with product we have tested, we are aware that anomalies can happen. We have selected a delivery date for most items in September 2015. We have left a modest buffer in this expected date to allow for a little contingency. Having said that, it is our number one priority to ensure that a quality product is being produced, no compromise.

We understand that the Kickstarter crowd is a special breed. You are the kind of people who act in good faith in the hope of both supporting budding entrepreneurs as well as being the first to participate in new and exciting innovations. We do not wish to abuse your trust. We will communicate with supporters quickly should unforeseen challenges arise.

Last thought. Of course a significant challenge is the unknown factor of what will be the public's response to our product introduction. We respectfully ask you that if you found it interesting enough to click on our project and scroll all the way through to read this could you please help us out by sharing this link by social media, email, and word of mouth. From one long-time municipal worker who is trying to get one foot firmly planted in entrepreneurship I give you my sincerest thanks! - Tony Ward.

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    Pledge CA$ 1 or more About US$ 1

    • 1 Big THANK YOU from us at KRANX!

    • 1 Important vote to help us decide which logo will be chosen going forward to represent KRANX Powerstik. You choose between our four candidates seen in photo. Once the tally is counted we'll announce the winning version.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About US$ 8

    • 1 Awesome KRANX Powerstik sticker package! – Includes 5 top quality (StickerMule) stickers plus one secret bonus sticker! (see photos).

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    Pledge CA$ 15 or more About US$ 12

    • Lunch, hang out, cruise!

    No need to pay a bunch of money to chill with us. Make your way to Langley, B.C., Canada and we'll reserve a seat for you where founders Tony and Jon have met routinely for this project. You’ll get a simple breakfast and our personal thanks. Chill out an hour. We’d love the company. Oh, yah,.. and we’ll pick-up the tip! - Sept.1, 2015 - 12pm – 1pm

    **Bring your Powerstik, board, drill, and a few charged batteries; after lunch let's cruise!**

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About US$ 23

    • 1 "I kickstarted KRANX" t-shirt

    • 2 Large top quality (StickerMule) stickers. (see photos)

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    Pledge CA$ 40 or more About US$ 31

    • 1 “I kickstarted KRANX!” t-shirt. Includes: Your name! recognized with all other contributors at this level. Shirt will be numbered and signed by Kranx founders.

    • 1 Awesome sticker package – 5 stickers (as seen in photos) plus one secret bonus sticker.

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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About US$ 113

    ***New Rewarded Added!*** - May 20th

    “At-Cost Powerstik!”

    • 1 KRANX Powerstik at $125 off initial retail!

    Powerstik Assembly. See product description and photos.

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    Pledge CA$ 175 or more About US$ 132

    “Early bird gets the Powerstik!”

    • 1 KRANX Powerstik at $100 off initial retail!

    Kickstarter Bonuses Include:

    • 1 Awesome sticker package – 5 stickers (as seen in photos) plus one secret bonus sticker

    • 1 Kickstarter Promo “I kickstarted KRANX!” T-shirt. (as seen in photos) Includes: Your name! recognized with all other contributors at this level. Shirt will be numbered and signed by Kranx founders.

    "Seasoned Kickstarter Surfers deserve a deal!"

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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About US$ 151

    Family Deal! – "you may not be the early bird, but you’re still family!"

    • 1 KRANX Powerstik at $75 off initial retail!

    Kickstarter Bonuses Include:

    • 1 Awesome sticker package – 5 stickers (as seen in photos) plus one secret bonus sticker

    • 1 Kickstarter Promo “I kickstarted KRANX!” T-shirt. (as seen in photos) Includes: Your name! recognized with all other contributors at this level. Shirt will be numbered and signed by Kranx founders..

    "It’s in the blood baby!"

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    Pledge CA$ 225 or more About US$ 170

    Friends Deal! – "OK, your not in the family tree, no problem, let's be friends!..."

    • 1 KRANX Powerstik at $50 off initial retail!

    Kickstarter Bonuses Include:

    • 1 Awesome sticker package – 5 stickers (as seen in photos) plus one secret bonus sticker

    • 1 Kickstarter Promo “I kickstarted KRANX!” T-shirt. (as seen in photos) Includes: Your name! recognized with all other contributors at this level. Shirt will be numbered and signed by Kranx founders

    "Besties forev'r!"

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About US$ 189

    “Kickstarter Promo!”

    • 1 KRANX Powerstik at $25 off initial retail!

    Kickstarter Bonuses Include:

    • 1 Awesome sticker package – 5 stickers (as seen in photos) plus one secret bonus sticker

    • 1 Kickstarter Promo “I kickstarted KRANX!” T-shirt. (as seen in photos)

    "We’ll make a bunch! - as many as are ordered! A big Kickstarter KRANX thanx!"

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    Pledge CA$ 325 or more About US$ 245

    New lower pledge amount May 15, 2015! Was $375! Don't miss this opportunity!

    *** 1 KRANX Powerstik set-up with complete limited edition cruiser board! ***

    We’ve partnered with a quality longboard manufacturer to bring you our own smooth riding, great carving, Canadian Maple ply cruiser board. We will be producing a Limited - KICKSTARTER ONLY - model. Board graphics will include our branding "KRANX POWERSTIK" with "I kickstarted KRANX!" Each deck will be signed by Founders Tony Ward and Jon Kroeker, numbered 001 - 100, with a personal note saying "Thanx _(your name)_ for Kickstarting Kranx!

    – Set-up includes:

    • 1 complete cruiser board
    • 1 KRANX Powerstik

    Kickstarter Bonuses:

    • 1 Awesome sticker package – 5 stickers (as seen in photos) plus one secret bonus sticker

    • 1 Kickstarter Promo “I kickstarted KRANX!” T-shirt. (as seen in photos) Includes: Your name! recognized with all other contributors at this level. Shirt will be numbered and signed by Kranx founders.

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Funding period

- (28 days)