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About

FLECTR VORTEX - actually a specialized reflector for bicycles with clipless pedals – such as road and mountain bikes - is the ultimate safety accessory for ALL bikes.

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Where clipless pedals offer no space for reflectors, or as an addition to standard pedal reflectors: FLECTR VORTEX reflects car headlights back to the source and catches the car driver's attention. 

FLECTR VORTEX FEATURES

  • Indestructible, reliable adhesion & dirt-repellent surface
  • Discreet during the day, vibrantly reflective at night
  • 360 degree visibility increases your safety
  • Maximum reflectivity through microprismatic technology
  • High recognition through permanent rotation

High-tech compressed into a 2.2 gram light product

Technically FLECTR VORTEX follows the concept of our FLECTR 360 wheel reflector: reflection all around! A rotating curved surface of a bicycle component is ideal to attract 360 degrees of attention. FLECTR VORTEX forms a reflective surface with the highest reflection quality. In addition, it offers a unique formability over any 3D surface and an adhesive strength that is unique on the market. The smart "one size fits all" design together with a centring aid ensures that every crankset becomes an effective 360 degree reflector in seconds.

DO IT YOURSELF?

No reflective film offered to the public has the necessary technical properties for a crank reflector of this type. That is why we have teamed up with the most innovative suppliers of reflective film technology.

Proven, rugged, beautiful – FLECTR VORTEX (click pic to enlarge)
Proven, rugged, beautiful – FLECTR VORTEX (click pic to enlarge)

Pedal reflectors – if mounted – only work in two directions: forwards and backwards. FLECTR VORTEX wraps razor-thin around the arched profile of the crank arm and reflects light in ANY direction. A big plus for your safety. 

We have kickstarted FLECTR ZERO in 2016 and FLECTR 360 in 2017. Thousands of cyclists trust our products and we have gained broad international recognition for bike safety on roads. Be a part of our 6th Kickstarter campaign now!

OUR REWARDS 

FLECTR VORTEX comes as set with 2 pcs. each – With one set you are able to equip one bike. Here we go:

DOES IT FIT MY BIKE? 

FLECTR VORTEX fits every bike with common crank arms +++ Set weight: 0.78 oz / 2.2 gram +++ Technology: high-grade cube corner prismatic retro-reflector +++ Reflectors: metalized prisms +++ Adhesive: custom adhesive for reliable bond/can be removed without residues +++ Life cycle 5 - 7 years +++ Installation: self adhering installation - just clean the mounting area from dust and grease and press FLECTR VORTEX onto the crank arm at room temperature.

Does it fit? Yes, it does!
Does it fit? Yes, it does!

ARE REFLECTORS BETTER THAN ELECTRIC BIKE LIGHTING? 

Reflectors have a big advantage over electric lighting - they do not require maintenance and are still there for you even if your lighting fails. But both, reflectors and bicycle lighting form a system and should always be used together. You decide how much safety you need to feel comfortable cycling. Both increase your visibility for car drivers when riding at night. They won't make you invincible!

FLECTR VORTEX is still there for you even if your lighting fails.
FLECTR VORTEX is still there for you even if your lighting fails.

INTERNATIONALLY AWARDED QUALITY & DESIGN

We are product creators, bikers and outdoor enthusiasts – based in southern Germany. Our team, within which we are constantly exploring the feasibility of new products, consists of experienced designers, craftsmen and technicians. Since 2014, when we started with the first concept of a new-generation wheel reflector called FLECTR ZERO, our world has turned and the project has grown to a real brand and a full-time business for a team of bike enthusiasts.

Not without pride we look back on these international awards: ISPO BRANDNEW FINALIST 2017 /// EUROBIKE AWARD WINNER 2017 /// GERMAN DESIGN AWARD WINNER 2018 for excellent product design /// GERMAN BRAND AWARD NOMINEE 2018 for excellence in branding. We are currently in the race for the coveted EUROBIKE AWARD 2018 with FLECTR 360.

FLECTR at the German Design Award 2018
FLECTR at the German Design Award 2018

The story about FLECTR VORTEX 

Although FLECTR 360 was and is an incredible success story, the intensive contact of the last months to many bikers worldwide has shown us that despite the great flexibility of our 360 degree reflector there are still many bikes that are not suitable for FLECTR 360 due to their low-volume rims. In addition, racing cyclists in particular are striving for maximum minimalism. Since we know how great the safety effect of all-round radiant reflectors is, we looked for a solution to carry the proven concept further and bring it to every bike.

Monitoring reflector rotation
Monitoring reflector rotation

The basic solution was the rotation of the crank arms. This is actually a bit funny, because especially pedals of road bikes and fitness bikes are replaced more and more by clipless pedals without reflectors. The development of FLECTR 360 has opened the doors to FLECTR VORTEX for us, because the hurdles are the same: High reflective power paired with highest wear resistance, 3d formability and a special adhesive. 

FLECTR VORTEX in our photo studio
FLECTR VORTEX in our photo studio

So we went out and got a bunch of pedal cranks - our selection was a "best of" from the last 25 years of bicycle construction. We created the first designs on paper, followed by the adhesive tests. Many rides in the dark later we knew that our concept would work. The required surface dimensions and the final design were determined on our CAD systems. The last big challenge was to convert all mandatory parameters into a design that actually works for almost all cycles.

This is how assembly begins. (CAD drawing)
This is how assembly begins. (CAD drawing)
Our 3d formable custom material ensures optimal adaptation to any crank shape. (CAD drawing)
Our 3d formable custom material ensures optimal adaptation to any crank shape. (CAD drawing)
The final stage - pay attention to the centering aids. (CAD drawing)
The final stage - pay attention to the centering aids. (CAD drawing)
Surface calculations in FUSION 360
Surface calculations in FUSION 360

STATUS OF THE PROJECT

FLECTR VORTEX is thoroughly developed, tested and we are ready for the first production. All products we show in this campaign are already finished products from a pre-production. With your help we want to make FLECTR VORTEX a viable and affordable product for cyclists around the world. That is why we need your support in financing a first series. And, of course, production and dispatch of your pledges.

FLECTR stands for reflective bike products with function and style in mind. Now FLECTR VORTEX teams up with FLECTR ZERO and FLECTR 360. Together they build an unbeatable bike-safety team for all kind of bikes. We believe in FLECTR VORTEX and with your valued support we will be ready to launch this wonderful product. 

FULFILLMENT 

  • 31.05.2018 – end of campaign
  • 04.06.2018 – start of FLECTR VORTEX production
  • 05.06.2018 – start of address-survey
  • 15.06.2018 – we receive your funds from Kickstarter
  • 16.06.2018 – quality control and packaging

Start of shipment: Monday, 18th June 2018

This is gonna be the best Kickstarter-campaign you've ever been in. We have prepared everything and want you to be able to mount FLECTR VORTEX to your bike as soon as possible!

We record all shipments and take care of every baker if problems occur during shipping.
We record all shipments and take care of every baker if problems occur during shipping.

After the campaign has ended we will process everything fast and professionally. You will receive a survey invitation on the deposited e-mail. This survey just takes three minutes and ensures a proper shipment. All conseignments are insured & trackable. Together with DHL Deutsche Post we are able to offer 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. (In fact no customer ever has reported about it...)

Risks and challenges

Since we have started with our business in 2016, we have served thousands of bikers world-wide and do it day by day. So we have the experience to serve you - our valued future customers - fast and reliable with our new product. FLECTR VORTEX 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. 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 VORTEX in time and keep you informed about all further processes in regular campaign updates.

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