Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on May 19th, 2015 at 3:16 pm
There are many reasons we love Portland Design Works. They’re based right here in Portland, they give back to the community through sponsorship of events like trail work parties and Rider Appreciation Day on Williams Avenue, they make our Ride Alongs possible, and they happen to make very functional and well-designed products for cycling.
Now they are once again doing something interesting. They’ve turned to Kickstarter for “market confirmation and funding” for their new “Fat Stevens™” — a high volume pump made specifically for fat bikers. Read the press release below for more info:
Portland Design Works launches industry-first portable fat bike specific pump on Kickstarter
May 19, 2015, Portland, OR – Portland Design Works (PDW) – recognized innovators of cycling inflation tools – has launched its newest leading-edge pump, the Fat Stevens™, on Kickstarter Tuesday May 19, 2015. The handy Fat Stevens™ pump expands the riding landscapes accessible on fat bikes by offering an efficient and dependable high-volume pump in a portable size.
“Due to the overwhelming popularity of our Dave’s Mud Shovel™ fat bike fenders, we hear from fat bike riders all over the world. The one piece of gear they kept asking us to make was a fat bike specific mini pump. It took us a long time to develop, but we’re confident that the Fat Stevens™ is going to set the standard for portable fat bike pumps,” said PDW co-founder Erik Olson.
The ultimate inflation tool for fat tire riders, the Fat Stevens™ weighs less than a pound and is only 14” long, allowing it to easily fit in a backpack or frame bag. The Fat Stevens™ barrel is 39mm in diameter, larger than most floor pump barrels, and fills fat bike tires in half the strokes it takes using a standard mountain bike mini pump. The Fat Stevens™ also offers users a sturdy flip-down steel foot peg which keeps the pump stable, even when wearing bulky winter boots.
Designed with additional smart features including a composite pommel handle and oversized knurled nozzle, the Fat Stevens™ pump is comfortable to use in any conditions. Like every PDW product, the fully rebuildable Fat Stevens™ pump is covered by a lifetime warranty against any defects in workmanship or materials.
Portland Design Works is seeking market confirmation and funding of $30,000 through this Kickstarter campaign to defray the high-volume tooling costs for the Fat Stevens™ pump by half. Backers of the campaign will have access to purchase the pump at pre-production prices and exclusive Kickstarter edition carry-cases made by local Portland manufacturers BlaqPaks, among other rewards.
For additional information, please contact Jocelyn Gaudi or 503-234-7257 or visit the PDW website.