Giveaway: Win Olaf kick scooter and upgrade your urban lifestyle!

Sustainability means a world to us and we’re here to make it happen. Our mission is to improve your everyday urban mobility. Therefore we designed state of the art kick scooter for your commuting – Olaf Urban. And included it in our Instagram giveaway!

Joining is simple

    1. Publish a photo depicting our favourite topics: urban mobility, city transport, daily commuting. Among hashtags make sure you include #winolafscooter
    2. Mention or tag @olafscooter
    3. Follow us on Instagram
    4. Invite friends to like your post*
    5. Repeat whenever you feel inspired*

*Steps 4 and 5 are optional, but they help 🙂

Giveaway Rules and Deadlines

Finally, hurry up! We will pick a winner on Saturday, August 4th and mention his or her username among comments of  the original giveaway post on Instagram. Rules are simple and number of entries per person is not limited. The more you post, better the chances of winning our state of the art urban kick scooter.

Oh no, my Instagram profile is private!

No problem. You can still participate. But since we can’t see your photo right away, you can either:

  • make your profile public during the contest
  • let @olafscooter follow you (drop us a direct message and we’ll reply with follow request)
  • send us a screenshot of your published photo (also via Instagram direct messages)

And we have a winner!

Thanks everyone for participating. We have recieved more than 100 entries, private and public. And here’s the winner of Olaf Urban!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl8aydpnUF6

OLAF 2018 – finally here!!!

Mission

We want to become global trendsetters for unique, niche luggage/backpack/cargo scooters resulting in true SOS (Saving Our Streets) campaign. We truly believe in that.

Strategy

By combining design thinking from first sketches to the sample off production with our strongest awardwinning development background that allowed use to use materials and concepts that were never used in scooter and luggage sector yet. All that blended within both OLAF, but that is just a start.

Design thinking

After several thousands OLAFs kicking globally, we paused our sales for a year, collect all ideas from our fans, went back to the drawing board and completely redesign our fleet.

After 5 years, we still fell strong about our main concept of foldable, luggage/backpack/cargo scooters so we kept the concept. However, no single tech or design detail was kept the same. Both, Urban and Business scooters consist of more than 150 parts and not a single part was kept same with previous models.

Awards

Did you know that OLAF Urban (old model) is a current best Urban mobility scooter 2017/2018 by ISPO award jury? We think that they are still the biggest and best professionals out there. Let see what will they think about the new models…

Old batches into recycling!

We listen to our fans, to their problems, suggestions, always. Thus, our constant is change, improvement. Mid last year, we have realized that current OLAF chassis just could not be improved any more as we wanted. Although scooters were OK and selling great, we already had first designs of 2018 model generation ready in our heads. Having those ideas, we did what no profit orientated should do.

We completely stopped sales with our warehouse full of 2017 chassis. We did that since we already knew that product was not our best what we can do, not the one we wanted our kids to ride, not the one we can say – this is our best!

Having our chassis made in aluminum, cases in plastic and textile, the only parts we cannot truly recycle are wheels (PU material).

Sales & delivery

As you know we had several production/transport/price problems in the past. From being late with first Kickstarter deliveries, no stock, not being able to reach B2B market due to high production prices etc. We learned our lesson the hard way; by completely stopping all sales activates we were able to concentrate on the product first. After development was done, we passed most complex certification for scooters (not just luggage certification). After demo start production, additional testing, we are now already in production phase building our stock. This time we wanted to keep our promises regards deadline, also due to shipping problems we had in the past. That why we will have stock in Europe, Asia and US in order we keep transport costs low & deliveries short.

By having complete development & production chain (read costs) carefully under control, we will be able to go B2B finally. So, do contact us if you want to join OLAF community

OLAF Urban 2018

1. Urban chassis modifications

We modified complete chassis structure, invested in new tools and processing technologies in order we can make best possible foldable scooter chassis possible. And we did it. Although all main chassis component stayed in aluminum, we have chosen aircraft aluminum alloy quality this time.

We still love wood. We redesigned the main board at rear wheel section and apply antiskid surface on complete top surface of main board. When Urban gets in trolley mode, wooden board is locked and secured with new developed locking system that holds board safely in place.

Lots of our effort was focused into eliminating any rattling noise when using Urban on poor surface. Simply because its annoying! Consider it done.

All in all, we made Urban chassis much more sturdy and safe to conqueror your city. We already proved with our old chassis that Urban carries two adults, one as rider and one as cargo. New model is even more of a beast.

2. Folding and steering

Concepts is the same, true, but thats more or less all what it is. Complete folding system is much stronger since it withstands most severe certification scooter standards out there.

Steering runs much smoother more user friendly through complete range of steering angle. We have redesigned & packed steering springs into main chassis body in order to protect them from any riding accidents.

We further improved our patented folding system with doubling the strength and safety of complete folding system by adding steel cross bar. By doing so, we limited the handle movement and gain extreme folding system strenght and consequently handle strength.

3. Handle

In order to reduce noise and improve handle height safety, we added extra clamps in addition to our existing knob/pin system. By doing that we additionally reduced noise when used on bumpy surfaces.

4. Wheels & brake

Size does matter! We changed front wheels from 110 to 145 mm while rear wheel was kept 80 mm. New rear wheel bracket has been designed and rear wheel brake improved – thermal insulation between metal brakes (In heavy braking your shoe will not melt down).

In addition, we installed best possible bearings to all wheels.

5. Trolley

In order, your OLAF stands vertically safe also when fully loaded, we made that trolley stand extremely strong. Now, you do not need worry about tilting.

Side movement of trolley is limited with axis lock out system – when Urban is in trolley mode, axis is locked and trolley functions as true trolley.

6. Backpack

Main improvements lie in backpack attachment system to Urban chassis. We doubled the attachment straps, modified the buckles for easier access. Your backpack will not detach unless you want to.

In addition, we made backpack handle stronger and softer to carry. We also modified the backpack back surface (and shoulder straps) using advanced 3D mesh material – this material will allow better airflow thus no wet T shirts spots on your back.

We kept the concept that you can completely remove interior plastic reinforcement – in that case you can squeeze & roll your OLAF backpack. With reinforcement inside, your backpack will stand vertical by itself also when fully packed with no fear for tilting over (especially great for school kids).

We did not forget about wheel covers when using Urban as backpack.

7. Certification – EN14619:2015

We have spent lots of weeks in past two years in our testing lab testing new improved chassis for static and dynamic loads. These static loads are just one of tests we needed to pass.

8. Shipping & prices

As already said, although we made new OLAFs best of the best, we were able to bring the price down due to improved processing technologies and bigger production series.

We have included shipping costs for EU, US/Canada and most of Asian countries.

Production is already in full swing, we start shipping first orders in August.

OLAF Business 2018

Lets go into details.

1. Business chassis modifications

We modified complete chassis structure, invested in lots of new tools and processing technologies in order we can make best luggage scooter chassis possible. And we did it.Although all main chassis component stayed in aluminum, we have chosen aircraft aluminum alloy quality this time.

2. Noise

Lots of our effort was focused into eliminating any rattling noise when using Business on poor surface. Simply because its annoying! So, we integrated shock absorbers between all wheels and chassis. Done!

3. Adjustable steering spring feedback!

If you weight 50 or 150 kg, if you like your OLAF to be agile (soft spring feedback) in making corners or you prefer more elegant and smooth steering (hard spring feedback). Now you can adjust your steering feedback in limitless steps; needed tool will be added – see user manual for more info (by default we will position springs in soft spring feedback).

Antiskid surface: complete top board surface is covered with antiskid tape for your safety.

4. Folding

We modify everything not working best in previous modelsand keep same what is working best; folding concept is something we remain almost the same.

In addition to limitless adjustment of steering feedback, we modify steering springs to operate in linear motion through complete steering range. We mean serious when we say we went into every detail.

We further improved our patented folding system with doubling the strength and safety of complete folding system by adding additional supports. By doing so, we limited the handle free movement and gain extreme folding system strength.

Additional folding lock

When folding Olaf board, we added additional safety lock – although OLAF is a carry-on luggage approved, sometimes its separated from you and goes through standard luggage drop off. In such cases, we advise using this additional lock.

5. Wheels & brake

We are keeping front wheels in 110 mm and rear wheels in 55 mm. New rear wheel bracket has been designed and rear wheel brake improved – thermal insulation between metal brakes (In heavy braking your shoe will not melt down). In addition, we installed best possible bearings to all wheels.

6. Colors

We went for all black now – as many of you wanted.

7. Trolley

In order, your OLAF stands vertically safe also when fully loaded, we made that trolley stand extremely strong. Now, you do not need worry about tilting.

 

8. Case

a) Case stoppers

Has it happened to you that you old OLAF (or any case actually) has been moving around in back of your trunk. Not any more:

b) Expandable case

Our case dimensions is limited via carry-on size limitations. However, in same case, we are not limited with this and we can expand case in order to pack for that extra day off.

c) Fast & safe access pocket

For safe and fast access to your valet, passport, tablet

9. Certification – EN14619:2015

We have spent lots of weeks in past two years in our testing lab testing new improved chassis for static and dynamic loads.

10. Shipping & prices

As already said, although we made new OLAFs best of the best, we were able to bring the price down due to improved processing tehnologies and bigger production series. In addition, we have included shipping costs for EU (also tax for EU), US/Canada and most of Asian countries into basic price.

Production is already in full swing, we start shipping first orders in August.

Big update for your favourite kick-scooter

Hi there,

We don’t send emails very often. We only post news when there is news. Like now when we want to talk about our latest improvements. None of which would happen if it wasn’t for you, our dear OLAF fans. Read through or skip to the last paragraph if you want to learn about our shipping updates. We’re not only better, we also ship faster! Hooray!

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OLAF Urban – made in a minute

Interested how OLAF Urban is made? The whole process takes about an hour.
Check it out.

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ISPO BRANDNEW Finalist

We went to Munich, to ISPO fair (leading sports business trade show).
It was great fun as you can see. 4 days, thousand of visitors and great new inventions.

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OLAF Modification

I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR a suitable vehicle for commuting in Paris for quite some time when I came across the Olaf. The ability to take it onto the metro and use it to shorten the famous “last mile” sold me on the idea and the last few months of using the scooter did not disappoint.

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How it’s made, vol. 1: Laminating wooden OLAF Urban boards

We are using local harvested beech 1 mm (0,04 inch) thick veneer. All sheets are covered with special water resistant glue and stacking is based on our home recipe. All 15 layers are pressed with hydraulic press. In order to speed up the gluing process we heat up the glue via creating heat in aluminum sheets that cover tooling. Those blanks are heated via microwaves with similar process as in your home microwave oven. Tool opening and cooling the board down follow.

Learn about trimming and lacquering soon – stay tuned, it will be interesting:)

 

Working on new OLAF accessories

When developing an OLAF backpack, we knew that we will need to develop new gadgets that will be useful in everyday life when using our OLAF Urban.
Although almost any bag can fit to the platform, we still wanted to make something new. Yes both, the bag and the wooden basket can fit to your OLAF Urban. They are also handmade in our shop in the EU and they represent our vision of urban mobility.
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