Knog halts PWR campaign; What that could mean for all Kickstarter backers

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Australian accessory maker Knog first let us know over the weekend that they had just decided to pull the plug on the recent Kickstarter for their PWR range project. We had just featured it a week earlier and it was likely on track to getting funded, although as they put it: underwhelmingly. The reason why was that they saw feedback from a few vocal supporters of their previous crowdfunding for the Oi bell that weren’t happy with how that product and delivery was turning out. As Knog puts it “out of respect for that community response” they decided to end the campaign before it got funded. What does that mean for backers of this project? And with the growing number of failures, delays, hiccups, and increasingly expensive projects on Kickstarter, what does that mean for the continued prospects of crowdfunded bike products…

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Australian accessory maker Knog first let us know over the weekend that they had just decided to pull the plug on the recent Kickstarter for their PWR range project. We had just featured it a week earlier and it was likely on track to getting funded, although as they put it: underwhelmingly. The reason why […]

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Audionoggin attracts the tunes while keeping your ears free of plugs, wires

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Like music while you ride but want to keep those ears open for traffic sounds and ambient noise? Audionoggin’s wireless mini speakers put a relatively lightweight, aerodynamic solution on your helmet for a solid five hours of ride time before needing a recharge. The design is slim, but with long speaker sections that push sound down all around your ears to become immersive, but not distracting. Volume and control buttons sit on top, and it sticks to your helmet with magnets…

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Like music while you ride but want to keep those ears open for traffic sounds and ambient noise? Audionoggin’s wireless mini speakers put a relatively lightweight, aerodynamic solution on your helmet for a solid five hours of ride time before needing a recharge. The design is slim, but with long speaker sections that push sound down […]

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F3 Cycling gives you direct-to-stem out front cycling computer mounts

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Out front mounts are great because they put the screen closer to your field of view, keeping your eyes more where they should be while riding. They also look good, and arguably are more aero. But, they still require a bit of real estate on your handlebar, which may not work with some aero bars (looking at you, ENVE) or can be a significant investment that deters upgrading to a different diameter handlebar. Or getting a new cycling computer that’s a different size or model.

If any of those apply to you, or you just like a totally minimalist look, F3 Cycling’s new FormMount bolts directly to your stem face place for a clean look and solid attachment…

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Out front mounts are great because they put the screen closer to your field of view, keeping your eyes more where they should be while riding. They also look good, and arguably are more aero. But, they still require a bit of real estate on your handlebar, which may not work with some aero bars […]

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Kickstarter Roundup: Super insulated bottles, coffee-infused jerseys, GoPro mounting gum & more!

Can’t get that GoPro (or any other action camera) mounted exactly where you want it for that sweet angle? Now you can just stick it there and start filming. Gekko Gum sticks to almost anything, holds up to 200g, and stays malleable and sticky for years. This one’s already fully funded but still has a few weeks left for you to nab one for €15 with delivery in January.

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Can’t get that GoPro (or any other action camera) mounted exactly where you want it for that sweet angle? Now you can just stick it there and start filming. Gekko Gum sticks to almost anything, holds up to 200g, and stays malleable and sticky for years. This one’s already fully funded but still has a […]

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Cycliq captures computers and cameras with new Duo bar mount

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At this point, Cycliq has both the front and the rear of your bike covered. The Fly 6 provides rear lighting as well as rear view filming, while the Fly 12 offers even more light and better filming up front. Most likely, if you’re riding on the road you may have a computer mounted to your bars as well. In order to clean up the cockpit area, Cycliq wanted to offer their own dual purpose handlebar mount.

Admittedly, Cycliq’s latest product is hardly breaking the mold when it comes to new designs. Dual purpose handle bar mounts are offered by a number of companies, yet Cycliq thought they could make one that is stronger, lighter, and perfectly fits their Fly 12 (or other cameras) with a number of computers. The result is the new Duo…

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At this point, Cycliq has both the front and the rear of your bike covered. The Fly 6 provides rear lighting as well as rear view filming, while the Fly 12 offers even more light and better filming up front. Most likely, if you’re riding on the road you may have a computer mounted to your […]

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VEAR Legs Jacket zips on and off in seconds to keep your legs warm & dry

Ever wondered why there isn’t a rain coat for your legs? After all, when conditions change, wouldn’t it be nice to just zip on or off the same protection for your lower half as you can for your upper body? Well, in a classic case of “why hasn’t someone done this sooner”, the VEAR Legs Jacket presents just that, and it’s quite well thought out, too.

Available in two materials, they start at just $89 in their Kickstarter Super Early Bird deals for the basic version. Or opt for the Performance version and you get a higher tech fabric. Both are waterproof and windproof, feature reflective sections on the lower leg and fold up into their own pocket. Oh, and they can be put in on under 15 seconds…

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Ever wondered why there isn’t a rain coat for your legs? After all, when conditions change, wouldn’t it be nice to just zip on or off the same protection for your lower half as you can for your upper body? Well, in a classic case of “why hasn’t someone done this sooner”, the VEAR Legs […]

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PhiPAL makes any helmet a smart helmet, and can even signal for help off grid

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These days it seems like everything is coming out in a ‘smart’ version. Smart bikes, smart lights, smart… well, you get the picture. Smart helmets are also becoming a thing, but there are different goals and ways to go about it depending on who you talk to. The latest offering from Saphibeat is less about playing music inside your helmet and more about keeping you connected, and therefor safe in case of an emergency. Also, because it’s not part of the actual helmet, it can be removed and placed on different helmets in your gear closet to keep tabs on you during whatever adventure you’re about to set off on….

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These days it seems like everything is coming out in a ‘smart’ version. Smart bikes, smart lights, smart… well, you get the picture. Smart helmets are also becoming a thing, but there are different goals and ways to go about it depending on who you talk to. The latest offering from Saphibeat is less about […]

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Knog takes to crowdfunding again for PWR light and powerpack system

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We thought it was a bit odd when well-established accessories maker Knog took to a Kickstarter campaign back in the spring to bring out their slick new Oi bell design. I mean, why did a company that clearly could finance a new product through a conventional development cycle go the crowdfunding route? Knog told us then it meant they could accelerate the process from design into production and actually deliver the goods many months earlier than through regular development. It also let them gauge interest entering a new product category. Well it obviously worked out. They raised over a million dollars and have now delivered bells to backers, with them making their way to retail channels now too.

So it makes a bit of sense that going into another new direction, they are reaching out for early backer support again through Kickstarter. This time the new product category is a modular mobile power lineup called PWR. The idea is a new system of products, not overly bike centered but just targeted at outdoor enthusiasts, that combines a modular power (PWR) source to keep your GPS, phone, and lights charged on the go. Besides the basic power supply, there are 300 & 800lm bike lights, a camp light, a headlamp, and even a Bluetooth speaker. Check out the details and how it all will work together after the jump…

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We thought it was a bit odd when well-established accessories maker Knog took to a Kickstarter campaign back in the spring to bring out their slick new Oi bell design. I mean, why did a company that clearly could finance a new product through a conventional development cycle go the crowdfunding route? Knog told us […]

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The Motion France damped, travel adjust, leaf spring suspension fork takes the movement out of brake dive

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There’s a new suspension fork on the horizon, and it looks like it will check off a number of boxes. Like all the boxes. If the new Motion fork from Motion France delivers on all of their claims, it will be a one size fits almost all fork with adjustable travel, no brake dive, and limited maintenance. On paper, the Motion fork seems like it could be a truly groundbreaking design, but there is one catch…

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There’s a new suspension fork on the horizon, and it looks like it will check off a number of boxes. Like all the boxes. If the new Motion fork from Motion France delivers on all of their claims, it will be a one size fits almost all fork with adjustable travel, no brake dive, and […]

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