Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rinsten Spring - Kickstarter Spotlight

Anyone who has ridden a bike down a rugged gravel road, or even a decent gravel road, will know that it can be an uncomfortable experience, to say the least. The Rinsten Spring aims to solve this issue and make your cycling experience more pleasant and comfortable. Rinsten is hoping to get this bicycle shock absorber onto the market via its new Kickstarter campaign.

The Rinsten Spring is made up of only 5 different parts, which has several advantages: with so few parts there’s theoretically not much to go wrong, it makes it easy to set up, easy and quick to adjust, and allows the price to remain relatively low. The lack of moving parts and the fact that it’s composed of steel and aluminum mean that it should be very durable. It’s strong enough that it’s rated to carry passengers up to 330lbs, and Rinsten is confident enough in the Spring to back that up with a lifetime guarantee.

It’s not just useful for rough surface.The Rinsten Spring can also purportedly improve comfort even on paved roads, and apparently the spring can be adjusted in just a minute to suit different road surfaces. Rinsten also claims that the Rinsten Spring can improve your health by reducing vibrations while riding. When I first saw this I immediately thought of my brother, who is a keen cyclist, but has gone through countless seats trying to find one that’s comfortable. This might be exactly what he needs.

The Kickstarter campaign for the Rinsten Spring begins today (march 21st 2017) and runs for 30 days. It is expected to be produced in July 2017. As with all kickstarter campaigns, a certain amount of caution is called for - as we’ve seen with past crowdfunding projects, there’s a lot that can go wrong. However, Rinsten and its product seem perfectly legitimate - they’ve already developed and tested it, so their release window seems more than reasonable. Their goal of $15,000 is also reassuring - it’s not too high or too low as to invite skepticism or suspicion - it seems just about right for what they’re trying to accomplish.  As long as you’re aware of the inherent risk in crowdfunding you can pick up the Rinsten Spring for just $25. That's 50% off what it will cost once it’s on the market.

I’ll be reviewing the Rinsten Spring soon, so stay tuned, and subscribe to Illuminations from the attic on Youtube!

Rinsten Spring Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/2mQs8pB