Tooling, Contamination, & Flying Mounts!
Locked & Loaded
If you've been following the project updates, you know that we've been really focused on testing and design changes up to this point. We delayed the start of production tooling to incorporate a number of important design changes that dramatically improved the functionality and longevity of the seatpost (read about some of those changes here).
So we're happy (and relieved) to announce that the design is finally locked down and production tooling is underway. In this case "tooling" refers to the forging molds, extrusion dies, and machining fixtures that will be used to produce the individual parts of the seatpost. These tools are what make it possible to shape the raw materials consistently and cost-effectively into finished parts.
The next critical juncture is the first-article inspections of the production samples (produced using the tooling described above) which will happen toward the end of this year.
We've Got a Thing for Mud
Just because tooling is underway doesn't mean we've stopped testing. We've shifted our focus to contamination testing to make sure that the performance of the pivots and seals is bulletproof in the worst riding conditions. That means a combination of lab testing with sand, water, mud, etc., as well searching out the worst-possible conditions for ride-testing.
Seatposts in the Wild
Our team continues to put the prototypes through their paces, not only during competitive events, but also commuting and just tooling around town.
* Claims of improved child behavior have not been independently verified.
We'll provide another update in about one month with further details, but as always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out via the Kickstarter comments, Facebook, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Redshift Team