The MOD project was a great opportunity to do something you would want to do as a 6 year old boy:  design your own big wheel.  We are not talking about a $29 big wheel at the big box store - we're talking about an aluminum-framed-power-drifting-awesome machine!
Sketch concepts - I did a few quick sizing studies based on current products.  The product manager wanted to add a special feature:  make it adult-rideable.  So the geometry needed to be able to stretch a bit...
We got the first proto back from our vendor (there was still snow on the ground) and did an indoor test with various aged children.  We found a few surprises like the brake levers - too far of reach for such little hands!  We modified them accordingly.  The painted wheels didn't work as planned on polished concrete either...
Unintended user scenario:  Travis Pastrana.  The man took a MOD and back flipped it (among other stunts) It is rather amazing he did not break his neck, and amazing the MOD held up to the test!

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