The Straight Goods
Stop me if you've heard this one before.
Guy has idea.
Feebly sketches sketchy sketch.
Guy sits on idea, thinking, "how the heck do I make this happen"
Flies some more.
Years later Guy gets inspired to do something about it.
But new career gets in the way.
Time flies. 20 years to be exact.
Career is on fire.
Finds and marries 'The One', sows seeds (who are budding young riders I might add). Builds happy home.
Canadian dream achieved.
But 'The One' convinces Guy to chase his passion and entrepreneurial dreams (she's very persuasive).
So he does some research.
Lots and LOTS of research.
Discovers people actually LIKE the idea and would (gulp) pay money for it?!?
Guy hires smart engineer to build working concept. Finds it tests pretty...ok. Enough to build on.
So more prototypes. And tests.
Then more and better prototypes.
And more tests.
Learning and iterating with each new revision.
Things seem peachy.
Until they're not.
HUGE hurdles loom.
Turns out breakthrough innovation is hard.
No examples to go by.
Zero standards to limit possibilities. Virtual wild west.
Things look bleak.
Then Covid-19 hits.
Maybe career-life isn't so bad afterall...
Maybe life as an executive (AKA corporate shill) does have its upsides.
Big moola and steady pay.
Job security bar none.
Everyone laughs at your jokes.
Guy should "just be happy with life".
So gets back on the horse.
Finds another smart guy to add to the team.
An industrial designer with a penchant for mechanical design and robotics.
Just so happens to be a fellow two-wheeled enthusiast with a nose for steep, gnarly lines. Huge bonus.
Hurdles after hurdle met.
And more testing.
News breaks out on Pinkbike about what we're up to.
Instagram blow up. Internet lights up.
The stars are aligned.
Then "THE" Stars" align.
Would seem our research was spot on. Got us a winner.
And just like that, the SwitchGrade is born.
Now the real journey begins.
The Straight Goods.