About this project
FLECTR is the world´s first wheel reflector which combines outstanding aerodynamics with state-of-the-art reflection. It´s weightless and indestructible. Eye-catching and paper-thin FLECTR fits every spoke like a glove. The age of ugly wheel reflectors is over!
One year ago we started to draw the rough concept for this reflector. After visits of photometric institutes, countless hours of CAD modelling and evaluation under real conditions, we have finally achieved what we set out to do, for us and for all bikers out there: We have created a new-generation wheel reflector, its name is FLECTR.
FLECTR - thousands of microprisms. Advanced reflection technology that meets the high standards of police & rescue vehicles in the U.S. & Europe. Stunningly glowing by night.
Sleek and sexy over the day. A small silver flag – that´s it.
FLECTR´s shape and profile are optimized to avoid air drag. Extensive testing with incident flow velocities of up to 100 mph / 160 Km/h has shown that FLECTR passes these tests without oscillation, moving and noise.
With a weight of only 0.024 oz / 0.7 gram FLECTR does not affect the dynamic balance of the wheel in sharp contrast to others.
FLECTR is foil-based. Just remove the foil carrier, center the reflector on the spoke vertex and press both side panels gently together. Tool-free and easy.
Production of FLECTR is resource friendly and requires about 5-10% of raw materials compared to conventional reflectors.
After month of research, sourcing of materials and technical planning, we have tested the design for quite some time under various circumstances and changing climate conditions. Not until the end of last winter, did FLECTR prove to us that it is functioning under all conditions.
Soon FLECTR will be released in a wheel magnet edition for your cycle computer. This clever solution weighs 0.028 oz / 0.8 gram. Actually we make the final test runs and will offer this part additionally in our after-campaign survey.
We are the “Outsider” team, a group of people who are outdoor and water sports enthusiasts and, most of all, active bikers enjoying a good ride on our mountain and racing bikes. Together we have spent hundreds of hours working on our bikes, optimizing and enhancing look and performance. Every passionate biker seeks the optimal support of his or her bike. Trail seekers look for stability, commuters want an easy and comfortable use, while racing cyclists have sleepless nights over the best possible configuration of their lightweight racing machines. Agreed, the requirements are multifaceted, as is the accessory market trying to serve all those needs, nevertheless there are specific bike parts, where no tangible progress seems to be made. Without being unfair, most conventional wheel reflectors do their job, but all of them come with a downside and there is not even an alternative for flat spokes or sport tires. We all know that conventional wheel reflectors are heavy, bulky and aerodynamic-wise, they are a millstone around one´s neck, respectively one´s bike. They easily become useless in wet conditions and dirt. They get stolen, they fall off, they break. And one thing is sure: They are anything but sleek and stylish. That’s reflecting (no pun intended :-) the current market situation and explains why cyclists do without wheel reflectors, although it means a huge compromise from a safety perspective. This realization initiated our project.
Compatiblity: round & bladed spokes of any diameter Weight: 0.024 oz / 0.7 gram each Dimensions: 0.79“x2.00“ / 20x50 mm Reflection technology: cube corner prismatic reflector Reflectors: metalized prisms Material: flexible thermoplastics Assembly: self adhering, tool free assembly Wheel magnet edition: out soon. works with all standard magnetic sensors Clearance: sensor to magnet not greater 0.32“/8 mm, sensor right side mounting only!
After the campaign has ended we will process everything fast and professionally. You will receive a survey invitation on the deposited e-mail account via backerkit.com. The survey just takes three minutes of your time and ensures a carefree and proper shipment of your pledge. After your conseignment has been shipped you receive a tracking information via e-mail. As FLECTR is a valuable good, we will deliver all conseignments insured and trackable. Together with DHL Deutsche Post Group we are able to offer you a reliable and well-priced solution. Your reward will be send as registered priority letter and requires signature on receipt. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for customs charges maybe if required by your country for importing goods. We are sorry, but due to various reasons we have to exclude some countries from participation of our campaign. Some for the reason, that our carrier can´t guarantee a trustworthy delivery, while with others we are already in an evaluation and approval process.
Until now we have managed to bear all costs of research, evaluation and prototyping. Now - and with your help – we would like to make FLECTR being a viable and affordable product for cyclists all over the world. So we need your support for partial financing a first production run including tooling costs. And of course manufacturing and shipping your pledges. Project status: FLECTR is completely engineered and manufactured in Germany - actually just an hour away from our workshop. We have a well established relation to our suppliers and are able to take a look at the production process at any time.
Thanks for taking the time to look at our project.
We really appreciate your support and hope you find value in our project! In case you have further questions, don´t hesitate to contact us. Your Outsider Team
Risks and challenges
As soon as our campaign is successfully funded, we are going to make sure everything is happening according to our plan. The supply chain, manufacturing and logistics are set up and ready to go. We have accurately checked the technical feasibility of our product and have the certainty of being able to bring FLECTR to your home. So we do not see any direct risks or challenges. In general we are committed to do everything in our power to deliver your FLECTR on time and keep you informed about all further processes in regular campaign updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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