We believe every good ride ends with a beer. Nectar and Elixir are sweet seat clamps that will hold up your seat, and open your beer. Read more
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!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Sweet! You’re doing your part to make NECTAR and ELIXIR a reality. Some day you’ll be able to tell the grandkids that you helped make it possible to open a beer with your seat clamp.
You’re pre-ordering your very own NECTAR fixed seat clamp. The NECTAR will retail for $25, so you’re a savvy shopper for saving 5 clams. Let us know what size and color you want, and we’ll ship it as soon as the product is ready (April-ish). Oh, and we’ll throw in a sweet Swarm sticker to match your new candy! (Shipping to Canada please add $10, international $15)
You’re pre-ordering your very own ELIXIR quick release seat clamp. The ELIXIR will retail for $35, so by doing your thing on Kickstarter you’re showing that you’re clearly a financial genius. Bernanke, take note! Let us know what size and color you want, and we’ll ship it out as soon as it is ready (April-ish). And the stickers? Yep. Color coordinated to match your sweet new clamp. (Shipping to Canada please add $10, international $15)
You have a few bikes, and want both a fixed and a quick release seat clamp. No problem! We’ll even cut another $5 for your support. Donate at this level and we’ll ship you one NECTAR and one ELIXIR in April when they ship, along with a couple stickers. At this level you’re saving $15. That’s enough for some pretty good beer… (Shipping to Canada please add $10, international $15)
Now we’re talking special edition. Donate at this level, and we’ll send you a special edition NECTAR or ELIXIR (you tell us which one you want) with a special color, and some sweet laser etched goodness. It will only be available through Kickstarter. And yep, you’ll get a sticker too! (Shipping to Canada please add $10, international $15)
You say you want both special editions? You’ve got it. Donate at this level and we’re sending you one Kickstarter edition NECTAR, and one Kickstarter edition ELIXIR, both in the special edition color, and both etched with special sweet, sweet laser action. And 2 stickers are yours, my friend. (Shipping to Canada please add $10, international $15)
This is the special edition super generosity gift pack. Donate at this level, and we’ll send you one NECTAR and one ELIXIR with the special Kickstarter edition special sauce, plus 5 standard issue NECTARs and 5 standard issue ELIXIRs. Give them to friends, or outfit your entire stable of bikes. Just tell us the sizes and colors. And to top it all off, we’ll send the first 50 Kickstarters at this level a custom TEAM Swarm biking jersey! Tell us your size. (Shipping to Canada please add $10, international $15)
Thinking of getting a sweet new bike? Let us build it for you. We’ll put together a bike to blow your mind (fixie, 29er, cruiser) And we’ll make you a custom titanium NECTAR or ELIXIR in the color of your choosing, with your name laser etched on the inside. That’s right, titanium. These will be the only ones on the planet. Plus we’ll throw in a grab bag of 10 NECTARS and 10 ELIXIRS. You tell us the sizes and colors. And a riding jersey! (We’ll cover shipping on this one)
- (40 days)