Hey folks, hope you are enjoying another week and getting your float on when and where able!
So there are about 10 Recon Rail sets out there being tested to date. For all folks using my products, pre-production, I am going to keep you updated on parts as they are refined at no cost to you. I’ve begun to receive tons of great feedback, and yes some negative, but that’s the point here! The Onewheel industry is currently pretty small, but you and I know it’s going to get a lot bigger. As I roll out new products, I want to keep it lean and community-feedback driven. Having worked in product development for about 10 years, I have a real knack for getting designs updated, prototyped, and to production fairly quickly. I want to continue incorporating community feedback into my design process, so here’s what I’ve received and acted on to date:
- All black…
- Better instructions for installation.
- Clean up molded parts.
As you can see below on the left, the first revision included black aluminum alloy picatinny mounts fixed to naturally finished 6061 Aluminum plates. The combination of the two increased the product’s overall resistance to bending stress, even though that’s alleviated by mounting flat to the rail. For consistency, I’ve built jigs for the tapping and assembly of the parts. I anticipate someone will clip a curb with the front of one of these so I want to ensure it won’t grab and bend. So far so good there. I’ve had two requests in the same thread for all black. While, of course, I’ll eventually be as smart as FM and release multiple colors; I’m going to switch to the all black murdered look until then.
Better Instructions for Installation.
Given that the install is VERY simple, I relied heavily on a simple render to show the steps. While that does show it, feedback suggests that folks will need some more deets! All good there, I’ve updated the installation instructions (see below) and created an overview video.
Cleaned up molded parts.
My intent is to field feedback on the functionality of the system and ease of installation. Also, any durability issues or just general product feedback. I have pushed a few mounting brackets and FF Adapters out that have aesthetic flaws. I’m molding the parts using a Cast Urethane process and want to cover all changes necessary for a full launch. I have a fantastic molder I’m on-boarding to start shooting these in a hard tool after they’re all tested out. I expect prices will drop with the drop in COGS as I switch to Injection Molding. Parts below show the before and after shots of parts that I’ve sent and changes made to the aesthetic since. The ugly one was a prototype mount, the prettier ones on the right or bottom are what is currently shipping. Also have feedback to increase the offset of the “mating” faces for a more secure hold (Thanks Cory).
What’s next for the Recon Rail?
I have a vendor producing custom 18″ picatinny rails for me. I’ll transition to that once I off-ramp the assembly to the manufacturer so we aren’t using two different sizes per side. This should reduce COGS and consequently cost.
My molder for the mounting brackets will also be doing the handle. Fillets will be added for better comfort. Currently, the handle is flat stock TPU cut with a water jet to eliminate Non-Recurring Expenses (NRE) in production until I feel it’s time to inject it.
Once the supply chain is ironed out with my manufacturer, I’ll start adding multiple color options.
What’s next for Elite Onewheel?
Well, hopefully no one cares that I have Onewheel in the name. I’m sure I’ll hear if they do.
The Flight Fender Adapters (formerly Flight Fin Adapter) will be off-ramped to the molder for better parts pretty soon. They will be molded in glass-filled Nylon for durability and resistance to the elements.
I have 3 types of pads going to production. Not happy with the last sample, so no pics until they’re right. One is a standard set of coarse grips, one is standard EVA for comfort cruising (would rather buy from an existing 3rd party vendor), and the “Shred Grip.” The Shred Grip is unique in a couple of ways. The front grip creates a concave footing and the rear grip has a hump in the arch of the foot. This mimics parabolic stringers on a surfboard and doubles down on your cutting power.
I have a prototype for a set (front and rear) of pads. It’s early in development, but currently functional. These pads allow the changing of grips without tools or adhesive backing. The base will be comprised of glass-filled nylon and an industrial TPU and will be lighter than the stock pads.
A Caddy system for Joon Kim, lol. Actually, it’s a “Caddy” that will attached to the Recon Rail using the holes for the built-in rubber handle. It is a frame-style device that will not interfere with fenders, Flight Fins, etc. and will be used for grabs, handle points, speaker mounts, long-range mod mounts, lights, and more.