The T10 crowdfunding campaign is over and production will soon be underway for the newest body-powered carving vehicle in the Trikke Tech lineup: the Trikke T10 Roadster, slated for rollout in early 2018.
Shortly after the campaign ended in October, an email message was sent to backers, essentially stating: the campaign fell slightly short of its funding goal, but Trikke Tech is forging ahead with plans to make the T10 Roadster a reality.
That reality is now even further along, according to Gildo Beleski, CEO of Trikke Tech:
“We could not back out of this project. We think it’s essential for our business. The pledges and passion of our riders basically made this happen.”
This despite the fact that the crowdfunding effort only covers around %70 of the production costs, which turned out to be higher than originally expected.
“Trikke will not give up on this important Trikke.”
“The real cost of tooling surpassed our estimate by almost 40%,” notes Beleski. “The cost of the product also went over 50% of our initial estimate. This is one of the reasons we had to re-evaluate the retail price of the product [still available here].”
Even so, the Trikke designer and man Trikke riders affectionally call “G” is undeterred in his determination to bring this latest three-wheel wonder to market.
“Trikke will not give up on this important Trikke,” he says. “We already started working on the production of molds and are receiving full support from our manufacturing partner in China.”
The first phase of pre-production is finished. The mechanical drawings, specs and quotations have all been completed and revised.
“We worked tirelessly with suppliers to get it all aligned,” adds Beleski. “We’ve already started making the molds for plastic parts, aluminum-injected wheel rims and brakes, and various extruded and forged parts, including jigs for building and welding the frame. These are very expensive tools and we can’t afford mistakes, so we had to double check everything and make sure the suppliers fully understand our instructions.”
The first sample frame should be ready before Christmas and will be fast-shipped to Trikke Tech for inspection, along with other parts samples.
“I plan to reveal a few pictures of the parts as they come to life,” says Beleski. “After that, we will start the production phase, which will take another 60 days to complete. Then the first series of T 10s will be ready to load on a container heading to the USA.”