About this project
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Elos skateboard rides smooth, comes with legendary handling for riders to carve and superior stability for newcomers to learn.
The concept of Elos started in 2006, when a group of friends came together to teach each other how to skateboard and to share the joy of cruising. After countless iterations and road tests, our passion has grown up with us and became a unique part of our daily urban transportation. We want to share our passion with you.
Now everyday commuters, students, families and city dwellers can "breeze" through town and go places in a fun new way on their stylish skateboard.
Inspired by race cars and adapted from principles of leverage, Elos is the only design which can provide stability even in high speed AND can handle sharp turns easily.
Elos is a one of the kind skateboard. The patent-pending deck design provides a solid and stable platform to learn on. With a couple of quick tips, most people could learn how to ride in 5 min. Most kids don’t even need tips to start.
Designed for quick stop and go. Whether you are waiting for the red light or grabbing that quick pizza, Elos provides a quick and easy solution.
Designed to easily fit into your lifestyle, Elos is extremely portable and small enough to fit into a backpack or to be carried in a messenger bag. Great for short daily commuters or travelers to explore more with less effort.
Love your skateboard? We do too. Your Elos will come with a unique QR code for one click customer support and to help connect your skateboard back if it's lost.
We’ve been riding and traveling with Elos across Europe, Asia and America. We let people ride our board whenever we're asked: “Where did you get that board?”. We are sure this will happen to you when you ride your Elos. Here are some short clips from amazed rider’s response.
This May, we attended Maker Faire Bay Area riding around in the crowd. People were having lots of fun with the board! Look at their happy smiling face!
The design of Elos is inspired by the same principles that goes into race car design. The super wide deck works like a large steering wheel which gives you control into every angle of your turn. The leverage effect makes parts work seamlessly for tight turns and to stay stable while cruising in high speed. Who said one has to compromise performance with size?
Elos is designed with quality to last a long time. Most skateboards are often damaged at the nose and tail. With solid metal protection at the nose and the tail, Elos will last much longer compared to traditional skateboards.
Regular grip tape (sandpaper) on skateboards will wear your shoes out, scratch up your cloth and can make your hands rough.We replaced the grip tape with a foot anchor to increase traction and to provide tactile feedback.
The first concept was carefully handcrafted for loved ones. After these first releases, each iteration has had a unique design. From the first to last prototype, it's been a 10 years journey with lots of tears and laughter along the way.
Some of the early models we created. We started with trick boards, moved to long boards, long cruisers, and then short cruisers. The shortest board to the left is 2 versions before the Elos you see now. The black skateboard next to it is made with pure carbon fiber.
Most of the models that were made in May for Maker Faire were crafted in San Jose between the Tech Shop and our work space.
Thank you for believing in Elos. We want to ride with you! Check out our rewards below:
Here is a chart to show the options we have for each reward level:
Elos was originally designed and created for loved ones. Thus we only use premium parts that we have trusted for years. The board is made of top-grade American hard maple that is processed in California. We hand assemble Elos and make sure each one is up to our standards before shipping.
Special thank you to our friends and families who support us with unconditionally love:
- Filming actors: Brandon, Rachel, Lee, Paul, Max, Mateusz
- Team members: Heikki, Arvin, Varsha, Roy, Leon
- Feature-of-the-day IG models: Lisa, Jeff, Derek, John, Annie, and Kevin
- Mentor - Frank
- Gogo partner - Alex
- MARKiT - Francois, Andrea, Gino, En
- Growth Hack Lab
- KPLUS - Shawn Chiao
- Flux 3D printer - Shawn Lin
- 林小批, 唐鈞翰, Norns Song, Neil Tan, Stanley Wu, Jorge
- You - who love Elos
Risks and challenges
From supply-chain logistics, tooling, quality control, and assembly, expert knowledge is required to get it right. We have been building skateboards ourselves so we are familiar with the process. To ensure things go right, we have contact and finished the first round of sample ordering to check for quality issues. Right now we have at least one candidate for each component and we will keep contacting and testing for more sources so we do not have all eggs in the same basket.
Since we need to get components from suppliers, the more units we order, the strong the bargaining power we will have. Suppler usually gives priority to a bigger customers if there is a limitation to its capacity. To prevent this, we will be sourcing from multiple places.
Receiving and checking pilot run samples is different from receiving larger orders since there might be change of tooling and process. Currently we are making Elos in the low 10s. We will carefully ramp up production to ensure all Elos will come out with our standard. We already have most of the material half way through the production process for super early bird orders.
Whenever a new product is shipped around the world, issues such as delays or damages on the road must be considered. However, we made sure that our estimated delivery time is realistic to give us enough buffer time in consideration of these factors. Last but not least, we will keep our backers updated on the status of their Elos Skateboards. We plan to release to limited countries and possibly open to more when we are confident.
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