What's up shredders!
Eric here to introduce a new product concept that I'd love to get your feedback on.
Your comments help our team understand the most important factors of the design, and if we should move on to the next phase of development based on your excitement level.
Let's get into it with a quick demo video!
Now For Some Context
As an avid XR rider myself, I have a lot of experience using ShredLights on the Onewheel and know that we can do better. We designed the sticky mounts to be a simple and effective way to add brighter lights and improve visibility on the Onewheel. The light output from the SL-300 and SL-1000 are a serious game changer for riding at night, not to mention the style points of the SL-FX.
However, we received some feedback from riders that lights were not staying attached as well as they'd like.
That got me thinking there must be a better way...
Meet Wil & Ernie, the Magnet Masters
I began doing more research and talking to our customers. My search led me to a rider named Wil, who expressed the same concerns with lights falling off and S-LOCK being a bit too strong to remove his ShredLights easily.
To solve these problems, Wil came up with the idea to buy some magnets from Amazon and redesign the mounts himself. This small change significantly improved his experience using ShredLights to the point where he said he loves using them for the following reasons:
- Lights can easily be attached or detached without even looking in less than ideal conditions
- Easy swapping from the board to a helmet or wrist guard depending on need
- Lights can be attached to anything metal and double as fantastic work lights
- Magnets allow for more flexibility on impact than traditional mounts
After meeting with Wil, I continued interviewing more Onewheel riders including a rider named Ernie, who independently came up with the same idea to use magnets! He even used the same magnets as Wil, but his design came from a different problem with the sticky mounts.
I Need My Own!
After speaking with Wil and Ernie, I had to try these magnetic mounts myself so I purchased the same magnets and created prototypes for testing. It was super easy to make them and I had functioning magnetic mounts in about 15 minutes.
Right away, I loved how easy it was to attach and remove lights and I was also impressed with how strong the magnets are. The key here is the downward strength of the magnets is very strong. This means any force pushing the light directly away from the magnet will hold very well, but if you push on the side of the light it will come off easily.
Now, I've ridden about 20 miles with the magnetic mounts and have yet to lose a light while riding. My riding isn't on Bodhi's level, but I hit the occasional curb drop and off-roading which they handled beautifully.
I did some roll testing which did knock the lights off about 1/3 of the time, but the magnets were fine and I popped them right back on the board. I actually like that these come off, as opposed to holding on for dear life like the VHB mounts need to.
What Do You Think?
Me, Wil and Ernie are all clearly stoked about the magnetic mounts. But, for ShredLights to design the perfect magnetic sticky mounts we need input from other Onewheel riders too.
Thanks for checking out this product concept and I can't wait to read your comments!