This project's funding goal was not reached on March 19, 2011.
About this project
Hi Kickstarters! Thanks for stopping by and checking out our project. We hope you like it!
Devin, Wes, and I make up Swarm, a new design firm in SLC, Ut. We have worked together for several years developing products for other companies, and we really love working together. Living in Utah, our lives revolve around the outdoors- biking, skiing, hiking, and camping. Being designers, we are always coming up with ideas for products we wish we had. Since we have lots of experience bringing other companies' products to market, we think that we have what it takes to develop some great new products under our own brand- Swarm.
That’s why were here today. Launching products costs a lot of money! Tooling, warehousing, and distribution are all expensive. So to help cover this cost, we’re here today asking you to preorder your NECTAR or ELIXIR. Once in production, these will have a retail price of $25 for the NECTAR and $35 for the ELIXIR, but since you guys are our generous early supporters, we’re happy to discount that to $20 and $30 for your pre-order. It’s all about people helping people!
Enough begging already, what about the products?
NECTAR and ELIXIR If you’ve watched the video, you know exactly what they are- seat clamps for your sweet ride. But not just any seat clamps, these babies have a built in bottle opener. Yep, we did it. We combined two of life’s greatest pleasures into one handy little device.
Love biking? Oh yeah!
Love beer? Definitely! At the end of a hot ride nothing is more refreshing than a delicious beverage. But how will you pop the top?
Dig through your tool bag for a bottle opener? Try to use a rock to smash the cap off? Tear that cap off using nothing but your teeth? No way! 9 out of 10 dentists* recommend using a bottle opener, not your teeth. Now you have the technology to mount that bottle opener where you have easy access. NECTAR and ELIXIR are always there, ready for you to pop open your favorite brew.
Oh, and did we mention that we think they look kind of sexy? Take a look for yourselves! NECTAR Some of us like the simple things in life. Single speed bikes, PBR in a bottle, and fixed seat clamps. When you want to bolt it and leave it, the NECTAR is for you. It is simple, strong, and light. And it comes in 5 colors to match your ride.
We will be manufacturing NECTAR and ELIXIR in the 5 colors of Swarm: black, grey, bright orange, green, and blue. Each part will be laser etched with our logo for maximum awesomeness. SIZES Since bikes come in many shapes and sizes, we are going to be offering both NECTAR and ELIXIR in 5 sizes:
28.6mm 30.0mm 31.8mm 34.9mm 36.4mm
If you need to figure out what size your bike needs, either go to the frame manufacturer’s website and look for the “seat tube” diameter, or just measure your old seat collar, or the outside of the tube that you slide the seat post into. Will it fit my bike? Definitely. We've tested NECTAR and ELIXIR on many different bikes, and found that they work beautifully. The trickiest bikes are dirt jump bikes, and hard tail 29ers. These bikes have a really low seat tube compared with the back tire. The fix? Put he seat collar on backwards! Or worst case, if you have a high back tire, and a tight top tube, you can always open your quick release ELIXIR, twist the bottle opener to the side, pop the top, and enjoy! Just remember to twist it back, otherwise you'll be catching your pants when you ride. REWARDS “What if I order the special edition?” you ask. Ah! Good question. Since the people who donate on Kickstarter are what make this whole shindig possible, we are dreaming up a special color and creating a special laser etched logo just for the special edition crowd. These will only be available on Kickstarter, so get them while you can. Once we go into production, you’ll be stuck with the regular (though still supremely awesome) colors.
And the jersey? Oh yes. The very generous among you get to become members of The Swarm. We’ll send you a high quality, custom designed biking jersey. This way, not only will people notice your phenomenally amazing seat clamp, but they will also see that you were a founding Kickstarter who made NECTAR and ELIXIR possible. You will be looked up to for generations! WHERE'S MY MONEY GOING??? So why $15,000? Well, like we said above, getting products ready for market is expensive. Since we’re doing 5 sizes to make sure that we can fit your bike, that means that we have to make 5 tools for the collars. On top of that, we have to make an additional 5 tools for the quick release levers. This is 10 extrusion dies. That alone takes thousands of dollars. Then, we have to pay the manufacturer for the goods, pay the shipper to get them to us, pay customs duties, and pay to warehouse and distribute them. You can see how the cost adds up quickly. But it will be totally worth it. Just think, by donating you are making it possible for us to release the seat clamp bottle opener and make the world a better place! Biking and beer for everybody!
*We’re just guessing about the dentists **Nectar and Elixir are patent pending. Please don't steal the design!
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