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A Look Inside
Engaging the Thrusters The patented Flybar 1200
spring system consists of 12 independent rubber
thrusters. Each one is capable of storing up to
100 pounds of thrust when stretched to full
Multiply that by 12 and that puts up to 1,200
pounds of thrust under you. (You didn't think
the model number was coincidental, did you?)
That's enough to get a 170-pound rider over 5
feet of elevation.
Engaging thrusters is quick and easy and can be
done with the outer shell on or off. Adjusting
the number of thrusters will change the feel of
the spring from soggy to stiff and can be used
to limit the bouncing height of the Flybar for
beginners. Adjustability is also how the Flybar
is capable of accommodating such a wide range of
rider weights. To start we recommend engaging
one thruster for every 20 pounds of rider weight
using a minimum of four at any time.
To engage a thruster, just use the included tool
(that niftily stows in the Flybar's protective
top cap) to lift the T-shaped hanger up and into
its cradle in the upper mount. Disengaging is
just the opposite. The slots on the Flybar outer
shell allow you to do this without
without taking the Flybar apart. In under 30
seconds the Flybar can be adjusted to the
appropriate spring setting and passed from an
80-pound rider to a 250-pound rider.
Powering the Pistons
Another great feature of the Flybar 1200 is
piston height adjustability. The piston is
easily adjusted via two bolts and a safety pin.
This also can be done from inside or outside the
Flybar outer shell. Just learning how to use the
Flybar? Set the piston to 11 inches; it will
limit your bounce height and make it easier to
balance on the footpegs. Well practiced and
ready for some airtime? Set the piston to the
full 18 inches, jump onto the footpegs, and
enjoy the view.
How It All Began
Since his first boyhood bounces on a pogo stick,
pro skateboarder Andy Macdonald had a passion
for the elevation, exhilaration, and pure fun
that the pogo offered. Even though Andy went on
to become the world's top-ranked skateboarder (a
title he still holds today), he never lost the
desire to revisit that rush he knew as a young
boy on his pogo. However, no product substantial
enough to support the weight, strength, and
demands of a world-class athlete existed. So in
the summer of 2000, Andy embarked on an effort
to find a manufacturing partner that could
deliver on his vision for this next-generation
Irwin Arginsky, president of SBI Enterprises,
had shared that same vision and goal but for an
even longer time. SBI Enterprises has been
manufacturing pogo sticks since 1918 and
developed a reputation as the industry leader.
In fact, the company is the original holder of
the Hansburg Pogo patents. Although SBI
experienced steady success over the years, Mr.
Arginsky continually searched for an opportunity
to develop a product that would bring the
"excitement of elevation" to a new level.
It was this common quest for a product that
could elevate adults as well as children to new
levels and in new ways that ultimately led to
the unlikely partnership between Andy Macdonald
and SBI Enterprises.
After countless meetings and false leads,
Macdonald was about to abandon his quest,
frustrated by the futility of his efforts to
find a sporting goods manufacturer willing and
able to develop this new product--until August
10, 2001. On that date, Macdonald spotted a
story in The Wall Street Journal on the fad of
newfangled pogos on the market, ones that
included bells and whistles but lacked any new
technology or capabilities. SBI's Irwin Arginsky
was quoted in the article, making reference to a
new technology that would revolutionize the
concept of bouncing. Arginsky's goal: To create
a new product category--not just a new fad.
Macdonald quickly contacted Arginsky, who
eagerly offered to share the beta prototype of a
patented elastomeric spring system that was
mobile like a pogo and could clear heights of
over 5 feet, with a bounce that felt like a
trampoline. After testing the system in a secret
meeting with Arginsky in the shadow of the 2001
Gravity Games, Macdonald was convinced this was
the real deal. A partnership was born as the two
businessmen and visionaries agreed to
collaborate in developing and marketing the
product known today as the Flybar 1200 model.
But there was much work to be done.
With the market flooded at the time with pogo
sticks that made promises they could not
deliver, this team knew their product had to
withstand the skeptics and truly earn respect.
For three years, SBI and its development team of
engineers, designers, and manufacturing experts
collaborated with Macdonald to translate the
patented system into a product capable of mass
production and that met the exacting demands of
Macdonald and Arginsky. After investing more
than a million dollars and innumerable
labor-hours, testing multiple prototypes, and
resisting temptations to rush to market, the
Flybar 1200--the first of several models planned
for production--is now available.