About this project
Hey Kickstarters! Thanks for stopping by and checking out round 2 of our Nectar and Elixir project. We've done some serious renegotiation, and dropped our goal by over 80%. This time you can be sure that Project Seat Clamp is go for launch!
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. We've made some great new manufacturing contacts, and cut the cost of launch WAY down, but we still need your help to kickstart the project. 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, plus free shipping. 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!
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 sweet colors to match your ride.
Are you a tuner? Dialing things in for optimum performance? Relentlessly push your bike to the limit, then tuning it just a little more for that extra oomph? Or maybe you just like to drop your seat for the downhill. Either way, ELIXIR is for you. It is strong, light, and includes a long quick release lever for really clamping your seat post in place. It won’t slide with this baby!
NECTAR and ELIXIR are going to be CNC machined from 6061 aluminum for high strength, and light weight. They will be anodized in 5 colors to match your bike, make a statement, and provide a hard, long lasting finish. All hardware will be strong, corrosion resistant stainless steel.
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.
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.
“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 devised a special color combo and a very "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! Check out the design.
WHERE'S MY MONEY GOING???
So why $2,500? Manufacturing isn't free. We've scaled way back, and are focused on CNC machining, so the startup cost is low. We still have to purchase the raw materials, pay the machinist, the anodizer, and the laser etching factory. We need your support to help us launch the line. It is going to 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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