This project's funding goal was not reached on April 5, 2013.
About this project
How to Order or Customize your Loko™:
- START SMALL with Loko base-unit (universal mounts included) or
- ORDER below then add bags or options as needed. Many motor kits fit Loko now. Our universal drive-kit fits super-clean Lehr®, EcoSpeed.com motor kits and EPA/CARB approved Honda® or others starting at less than $350 complete.
- REVIEW other removable options in design shown in Video Updates below.
- REMEMBER pledges don't charge you until and only IF we reach our goal so please Pledge, Like and Share with friends or no one can benefit from Loko.
More Function (video update #3 is a 2-min summary)
Ever wanted to carry more, faster or easier by bike? This system fits any and makes clean motors instant and temporary. It may be "The World's Best Transport Tool." If you and friends order we'll make more for everyone. How can you use it?
- Carry 4-6 bags of groceries. Expand, shrink and even add, remove or switch proven motors to match your needs, terrain and biking purposes.
- Use new locking boxes. Pannier any bag: even messengers or shopping bags.
- Put it on, lock it up or remove in seconds -- you'll save MORE on gas money.
Motored or not, Initial set-up takes minutes with basic tools -- then it's On, Off or Locked-up without tools. Loko empowers bikers more, and like never before.
Guaranteed or Your Money-Back
KS backers get 100%-satisfied for one year or we'll refund 100%. We tested all we can so you don't have to wonder. If suppliers make us late over 3 wks, your Loko gets a deck or motor-mount kit on us. In stores it may cost $179-199 MSRP
Any backer can vote on options now in design: 1) solar built-in tamper proof light system, 2) removable cargo kickstand, 3) Instant eBike under $600, 4) Track-My-Bike locator and alarm system. KS-surveys let you say which would be most helpful.
Why it Makes Any Bike Better
Without modifying, buying bigger bikes or expensive items, videos show Loko Quick-Release Biking System™ has options to instantly (and temporarily) become a:
- a Cargo-Bike system to not only carry more but fit rooms, budgets and public transport. Options (bags, child-seats) by Trek®, Kona®, Yuba® or Xtracycle® fit and unlike others Loko™ adapts - it's on or off fast;
- a Motor-Bike option for 180+mpg and up to 30 mph, letting you use or switch between well-proven systems without altering your bike;
- *an eBike -- they're used 5x more than normal -- quiet and clean 50+mile, 20+mph options exist -- we'll make 35+ mile quality-units instant & cheaper.
* Phase II - Instant eBikes make bikes better. It may do what Telsa® did for cars but $5+ gas options can be healthier and cost 50x less per mile. Preview FAQ below.
More Options = More Biking + More Adventures
We tested options on commuters who shop by bike, even 50+mph scooter-racers love what Loko does quietly. GoPed® made power-scooters fast, Razor® made electric cheap. Loko™ adds the best, most proven and affordable to bikes.
- "This makes my beach cruiser as fast as my road-bike... I can wear nicer clothes and go more places with no sweat" (Keith K., Semi-Pro NM road/MTB racer)
- "'Bike-Rack' doesn't say it. You solve BULK, WEIGHT & SPEED... that's handy as a Honda, saves on parking." (Greg 0., 30-yr owner, Bike Co-op NM)
- "It's the moped I wanted as a kid, but cool. I can motor to the track, ride my normal BMX, then motor home. What the ..?!" (Derek S., GoPed racer).
PROVEN OPTIONS not theory. Each part has been used for years on related applications. This system makes proven options instant and temporary.
How it Fits Any Bike
Our mounts adjust up, down, back and forward to fit 20" to 29" wheel bikes, solid axel or skewer. Loko fits perfectly no matter the frame, drop-out angle, even over fenders since 95%+ of hubs are spaced 105-145mm. Straps (for now) fit fat-bikes and full-suspension. Quick-release for exotics and skinny-versions arrive in summer. Our parts (2.6 lbs rack + .74 lbs mounts) can also be swapped to triple our 85+lb rating.
Universal mounts may sell for $40+ after KS. One set is included but expect to pay more in future - you'll see why when you feel their precision. Our mounts do not alter bikes, they're unobtrusive and look great on any bike.
When Thinking Global We Act Loko!
We in-source so that people and places shown soon will make your Loko. Gnarly Metal video on PinkBike.com shows, How. Over $100,000 of our own funds were used to rehire, retrain and retool to build more Loko products - so more bikes get better.
WHO WE ARE: an eclectic mix of engineers, developers & gear heads. Staff and advisors are MIT, UC and Georgetown geeks from finance to robotics; from Santa Fe to Scotland. Cris co-designed Loko and engineered parts in over 20 countries. Dan builds for national labs and aerospace. Other bike pros prefer making Lokos to Lattes so we up-cycled cool craftsmen. Bike-giants loved how modular and adjustable it is but offshoring bothered us. Dealers can view these letters, tour or see our shop below.
"What We've Built Before." (click blue link at left to SEE more)
Where Loko is Made: Compare Quality & Capacity
It's Mac-pretty, PC-priced - brushed 6000-series aircraft aluminum and hardened steel from CNC shops we've co-run for 20+yrs. Materials are sustainable and strong (90% aluminum is recycled in transport). Mounts make it a bit heavier than $180 Tubus® or Old Man Mountain® racks, but Loko can adapt to hold 250+ lbs.
WHY BIKES NEED MORE? Options let more of us use them, more often. We'll picnic on bikes with chairs, coolers, even grills. More can commute to work, errands and cafes. More of 7 Billion people can (and more easily will) use 1 Billion existing bikes. We can spend LESS on "conflict-oil" using more affordable (and fun) hybrids.
UPDATE VIDEOS Show Our Progress:
Why Funds Needed and What They Do
Molds and jigs are costly so we can't build less than 500-1,000 units, affordably. Without KS, it'll take 12-18+ months for funds we lack to produce Loko. Other versions are ready and a "green only" investor will match KS for eBike designs and more robotics. Matched funding also bonds liability, buys supplies early, insures sooner shipping so quality options cost less. You can try it, Risk-Free!
PRIORITIES, TIMELINES & COMMITMENTS:
- Order Minimum-Quantity materials, minor retooling, dies and molds to make Loko as shown and guaranteed to ship within 60-90 days of Kickstarter.
- Release and ship many motor-options less than 60 days of Kickstarter.
- Finalize tests of our powerful, quick-release eBike Power-Pod unit,
- Expand patents to: ship internationally and help developing regions.
Sneak Peak at Loko Rack Mounts (for backers)
Designs blurred were seen by pros: riders, racers and shop owners shown items not (fully) patented worldwide. We'll show mounts on our last video update. We'll compete on quality with anyone but one region making 95% of bikes often imitates designs or uses inferior parts. Campagnolo® got secret after Shimano®, then SRAM®. We're small so we needed a kickstart plus a headstart. Thanks for understanding.
Open Source 3D Printer Mounts (for anyone)
Backers get an HDK (hardware developers kit) with 3D-plans we tested and a non-commercial license to experiment with your own more on bikes. Send us fun ways you mounted a tripod, tuba or anything. Our MIT wiz-kid is making safer-ride iPhone-Optrix apps and many ways OMB (onemorebike.org) can reward shopping by bike.
WHAT IS UNFINISHED are luggage/seat accessories other US-makers help to refine. We finished Loko, now old or new boxes (more bags in design are 25-75 liter wheeled backpacks) are pannier-able, lockable. Amsterdam O-lock is made (for now) by others, as are most eBike parts. Redesigned hinges integrate into modular version shown.
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* Preview of Phase II: More Fun from the Sun
READ FAQ below to see watts-coming. eBike kits now go 50 miles at 20 mph, fit Loko, and low-cost options are coming. Prietobattery.com (and others soon) can recharge 35+ mile/20mph units in 10-minutes at cafes, carrying 3-5x more home - without driving. THAT is one affordable transportation game-changer, globally.
Motorcycles evolved from bicycles so bikes using electric and 180+mpg options is full circle. Folding solar recharges in 3-4 hours kits by EcoSpeed.com and Ego-kits.com cost $6k+ last year; this year it's 80% less! Loko makes it all available instantly so soon: greener, faster, cleaner options can cost even less. Imagine city sponsored, shaded and solar-powered bike corals -- it's coming -- be apart of it.
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Better Bikes Can Make our World Better
Imagine biking 25 gallons of water 25 miles; not walking 5 gallons, 5 mi/day. It's a game-changer for Africa, many areas provided more capable bikes through a "buy-one-give-one" program similar to Toms Shoes®. More soon on LokoBikeRacks.com.
Some of us began Goodmakers.org in 2008, supporting bikes in Morocco, N. Africa. OneMoreBike.org is our NP-initiative to bring developing areas bikes and improve more bikes. Loko gives 10+% annual profit to NGO's who empower disabled vets and disadvantaged kids locally plus those helping to solve transport needs globally.
LOKO CAN HELP water, food, health and schools get better. Backers (of any KS project) can request vids of Loko tests, like in Nepal this month or 100-lb and 250-lb tests (motored and non-motored) on Rocky Mountain trails done regularly.
Who knows, maybe we'll back your project one day. Until then,
"Think Global... Act Loko!"
Loko may back-order after KS 'til 4/15 as we prioritize shipment of all bike racks, cargo + options to early backers. It's best to order one early.
Risks and challenges
WE'RE HAPPY K.S. REQUIRES ADD'L DISCLOSURE. CONTACT US FOR OUR CPA-DIRECTED FUNDS POLICY OR READ FAQ BELOW. In short, a CPA makes sure we establish reserves, ship and guarantee pledges at rates 3x higher than "average nat'l rates" before repaying our own development costs.
THE BIGGEST RISK is delayed "low-cost electric." We met the President of LEV (Light Electric Vehicle assoc) and he may further consult. Adaptation may cause delays for low-cost electric. All other versions (gas, propane or premium eBike kits) work well and adapt to our removable platform.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE is for quick-release electric to be US-made and less than $1,000. We're testing suppliers and can't guarantee it. Entire Asian scooters wholesale for $400 but we'll only ship quality, fully-tested systems. WE SUGGEST YOU ORDER LOKO FOR: "proven Cargo, Moped Options and if willing to wait 2-3 months for shopping-cart, picnic-bike, billboard options or 3-6 months for low-cost electric." It may be sooner if non-domestic or cost more for eBike versions initially.
1300+ ASIAN BIKE BUILDERS met at InterBike can also, or alternatively, make parts. We design, build and assemble 95+% locally except for motors which may initially or remain made overseas.
PLEDGES HELP BIG ISSUES MANY SMALL-TALK ABOUT: GREEN LOCAL JOBS, ENERGY, SAVINGS, SUSTAINABILITY & BETTER TRANSPORT.
PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE IF YOU FEEL OUR PROJECT DOES GOOD.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
WE'VE TESTED WITH 150 LBS both the welded version shown in Africa and new, more modular version on washed-out fire-roads and trails. Both are remarkably stable with up to 100 lbs. So long as weight is low and toward the front it doesn't wheelie and is quite manageable. The problem on bikes is BULK and how to quickly, easily (or elegantly) accommodate more of it. LOKO more than triples the bulk and weight capacity of "normal bikes," with or without the use of motors. IT LETS YOU EASILY REMOVE IT SO YOUR BIKE CAN BE NORMAL AGAIN.
LOKO™ Bike-Rack becomes LOKO-MOPED™. Updates show it doing crazy stuff, like trying to break eBike speed-records at Salt Flats this summer using options debuted on Kickstarter and Popular Mechanics in June. eBikes or good gas scooters cost thousands - our kits start at $350. Our parts interchange with rear mount kits used for years AND new systems too like solar-rechargeable 1kW-3kW units by http://EGO-kits.com and others not dealers of Loko.
AVAILABLE NOW are motor kits widely available by: http://Staton-Inc.com, http://RoadBug.com, http://LiveFastMotors.com and others. Soon, imported mini-scooter commodity parts (such as those seen on http://XtremeScooters.com allow electric on bikes to cost even less. All our kits allow many drive options (direct friction-drive, chain drive and belt-drive is coming) soon available on http://LokoBikeRacks.com. 4-stroke motors by Honda, Subaru and "clones" get 180-200mpg - these 25-35cc are EPA/CARB approved. Propane is used on GoPeds® scooters, gocarts and quiet Generators are also AVAILABLE NOW. Jay Leno interviewed Lehr® CEO whom we also met, and called propane up to 97% cleaner than gas, a 80+% locally produced fuel.
AVAILABLE SOON are more consumer-refined Electric kits now on our Kickstarter as (phase I) beta-versions: http://EGO-kits.com (German) or http://EcoSpeed.com (USA). Less costly kits (phase II) using commodity scooter-parts are coming soon. Youtube: GoPed or Xtreme-scooters - we took the BEST and left 2-strokes behind. Our 7-9 lb, $350-500 kits turn bikes into quiet mopeds. Our first electric costs more now but 12-cents to recharge, doubling a 200+ lb rider's 10 mph output to 20 mph for 50+miles. Options made by others let Loko do crazy stuff like (folding solar and hydro-electric) to fully recharge camping, surfing or working - some options cost 80% less than 1 year ago - they'll only get lighter, cheaper and faster to charge. Loko will make any motor instant, eBikes race-worthy, and all of it less accessible for more.
LOKO DRIVER-KIT is available 4/15 but many on the market easily adapt to Loko. Our own drive-system accommodates most common electric, propane or gas motors. Imagine: bikes exciting enough to get kids off the couch.
"WHAT CAN MORE DO?" Pedal into the wild for weeks, not days. Pedal into the wind for 20 mph, not 10 mph. Your power can now be tripled, no sweat! Dead battery? Loko pedals like normal so you're never stuck. Pedal-assist, remove or swap motors - important for fitness! Most states don't require license or tags for bikes under 49cc or 20 mph, unassisted.
SUPER-MOTO BMX? Kids travel hundreds of miles to race and smaller kids often quit to race dirt bikes. A new version we'll sponsor can be (quietly run) and set-up on any city or dirt lot. It combines the physicality of bike racing + the excitement of motorized sports. LOKO will sponsor these activities thru OMB (http://OneMoreBike.org) to improve eBiking technologies, show its capacity, and shift the image of very fast eBikes away from being "not powerful enough."
FEEDBACK FROM COPS. We give patrol-bikes locking tough-to-remove cases for tactical storage + removable power options, under $1,000. Cop Ebikes are imported and $3k+ yet they don't sacrifice safety or quality so Loko uses tough ISO-standards. Loko picnic-table is testing at our family-owned beach bike-rental shop in Hawaii for durability; same with the bike-billboard. It isn't some gadget we outgrow but systems made systematically, what we learned racing and building cars, making satellite parts.
REMAINING TESTS at National Labs in ABQ (some electric) may take 'til summer of 2013. We may sub-contract low-cost units since Asian-scooters use commodity parts. EPA CARB-approved gas and "97%clean" propane powered units are tested & ready. Loko-Moto shown was 2nd-gen prototype, it's MUCH better now. The utility-cart, picnic-table and bike-billboard options are "new" and only (yet) work with fixed extensions, require tools and 3 min. to attach/remove. OPTIONS listed are 100% ready, including motor kits (except low-cost electric) at http://LokoBikeRacks.com 4/15/13.
FINAL LOOK AND PRODUCTION may shift to advantages found in our newest slip-fit version - a DIY (5-minute build) alternative. You can see it now - it's looks virtually identical to THAT unit in live action on the page and on UPDATE VIDEOS #2 -- as time goes on it's only looking "better." More options got enabled as mounts were "built-in," discovered by improving our hinges. This version seems "best" though material costs nearly double. Labor efficiency may likely let us ship this (assembled) and a not a welded rack after all, but that's also based upon initial demand.
BIKE LOVERS ORDER EARLY, then Like and Share on FaceBook. Also, send links and blurbs to local news and especially GREEN, ECO, SUSTAINABLE or SOLAR Blogs or Media groups for comments and broader circulation. Media is harder to get than for gadgets or gizmos we often outgrow and tire of. Loko lasts and it can have BIG IMPACT. YOU CAN REALLY HELP.
- (45 days)