[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit

[Group Buy] TKD Cycle8 80%/TKL Mechanical Keyboard Kit

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‼️ Before purchase, you must read and accept following Terms and Conditions of TKD Cycle8 Groupbuy‼️ 

  1. This is a "Groupbuy" sale. Upon purchase, you acknowledge that estimated shipping time is November, 2024, and delay may occur due to but limited to conditions like: shipping delay introduced by any unforeseeable production issue.
  2. After purchase, you will be charged immediately.
  3. By placing order, you acknowledge that you have carefully reviewed and accept Cycle 8 Quality Inspection Standard.
  4. Due to the nature of "Groupbuy" sale that we will start to arrange production immediately after sale conclude, we generally do not allow cancellation. If you do need to cancel before GB ends, we review requests on a case-by-case basis at our discretion. If cancellation is accepted, a 3% payment processing fee will be withheld on refund.
  5. We reserve the right to cancel orders which we deem violating our sale T&C.
  6. This is a keyboard kit and does not come with switches and keycaps.
  7. Keyboards will be batch shipped to our US Warehouse and to customer domestically. 

 

Overall Introduction:

Cycle8 is the second kit following Cycle7, featuring an 80% keyboard layout that continues Cycle's design language and philosophy. It remains an entry-level product aimed at achieving high completion standards, with improvements in production difficulty and craftsmanship.


As a break through introduced in Cycle7, EZ-assemble System, a ball-catch quick-assemble structure, will continue to be an integrated part of Cycle8 but with improved custom CNC components better suited for TKL frames.


This release enriches design details compared to its predecessor. As a TKL-sized keyboard, Cycle8 introduces more features:


Backlit Strip


Splitted Bottom Weight


A new PC plate material


And, most importantly, a new HE version PCB, powered by Rakka


Lastly, Cycle8 marks the conclusion of TKD's Cycle series for TKL keyboards, paving the way for future projects under TKD with entirely new design concepts.


Basic Introduction:

  • Dimensions: 80%/TKL (357.20*140.46*33.45mm);
  • Mounting: Two forms of plate mounting: Gasket mounts (switchable);
  • Typing Angle: 8%;
  • Front Height: 17.55mm/EKH=19.66mm (excluding feet pads);
  • Net Weight: 2.15+ kg (unassembled)/ 2.60 kg+ (assembled);
  • Materials: Aluminum/Stainless Steel;
  • Supported Layout: F12 WK/ F12 WKL;

Spec

 

 

Layout

Soldered Layout

Hotswap Layout (Ansi)

Hotswap Layout (ISO)

HE magnetic switch PCB Layout (ANSI ONLY)

The kit includes (main kit, no additional optional purchases):

  • Keyboard Kit x1 set
  • Keyboard bag x1
  • Plate x1
  • PCB x1
  • PCB stabilizer x1 set
  • Gasket beans x1 set
  • Gasket rings x1 set
  • Foam Kit (plate foam, PE foam, case foam) x1 set
  • Foot pads x1 set

Colorways

Totaling 14 colorways, comprising 7 anodized finishes and 7 TKDcoating coatings.
*Please note that product photos are taken of the actual items, but variations in lighting and screen calibration can cause color differences, so they are provided for reference only.


Anodized

Crow

Lunar
Metal

Ruby

Peacock

Void Elf

Aloe

TKD Coating

Zeal

Cream

Peach

Lemon

Acorn

Canvas

Rock

Accessory

Lighting Strip:

  • The lighting strip for the directional area is optional. You can choose between a version with lighting or without lighting:
    • With lighting

    • Without lighting

Battery Compartment Cover:

  • Anodized Aluminum Battery Compartment Cover (135g);
  • Brushed SS Battery Compartment Cover (392g)

  • Brass Battery Compartment Cover (427g)

Weight:

  • Brushed + Polished-Mirror SS (348g);

  • Brushed + Polished-Mirror electroplating (348g);


Plate:

5052 Aluminum plate


PC plate (Unlike previous uses of PC material, this release features a completely new material and process for the PC plate.)

FR4 plate

PCB
  • Single mode
Single-mode offers the option of Soldered PCB and Hotswap PCB.
The single-mode is developed using the official QMK library, supporting VIA/VIAL.
  • Tri-mode
Cycle8's tri-mode will support VIA, no longer appearing in standalone driver mode, which means it has a more stable driver program. It is equipped with two 2200mAh batteries and has implemented the functions of combination keys and soft switch switching modes. There will be enhanced optimization of device compatibility in Bluetooth mode.
  • Magnetic Switch PCB
Cycle8's HE solution is provided by Rakka, featuring hardware and software developed in-house by Rakka, specifically tailored for the Cycle8 kit. It boasts strong performance, ensuring low latency while maintaining consistency between theoretical and physical performance metrics.

Key features include:
  • 8000Hz polling rate
  • Adjustable actuation distance from 0.1 to 4.00 (true physical travel with no dead zones)
  • High resolution up to 0.05mm (adjustable in 0.05mm increments)

To ensure stability of the HE solution, it includes:
  • FR4 plate
  • HE PCB
  • Plate-mounted stabilizers
  • GATERON magnetic jade switch

These components will be pre-assembled as part of the kit order.

Inner Weight

Please note, this is an additional optional purchase:

Battery compartment internal weights (stainless steel adding approximately 315g, brass adding approximately 346g)

These weights are not compatible with the tri-mode battery pack due to size constraints.

Stainless Steel Inner Weight

Brass Inner Weight


EZ-assemble System - a ball-catch quick-assemble structure


The Cycle8 still adopts the ball-catch EZ-assemble system from the Cycle7. However, to achieve a frame proportion more suitable for TKL and improve assembly stability, we have produced smaller-sized ball-catch components in-house using CNC machining.

Utilizing 7-series aluminum alloy paired with hardened anodization.

Custom carbon steel springs combined with silicon nitride ball catches (compared to stainless steel balls, silicon nitride offers higher strength and inherent lubrication).

Structural Options

Dual Mounting Modes

The Cycle8 features two modes of Gasket mount, allowing for structural changes to be swiftly accomplished with the assistance of the ball-catch EZ-assemble mechanism.



Gasket Beans
This offers a more delicate and soft typing experience. We've retained the gasket beans mounting from the Cycle7, as it offers efficient and stable tactile feedback. This characteristic was proven effective in the Cycle7.

Gasket O-ring
We have introduced a new form of gasket with an O-ring, which we believe is superior to the traditional O-ring structure with single-sided support typically found in whole-board setups. This new configuration offers a more stable performance regarding pressure distribution within the PCB.

Furthermore, it largely preserves the tactile characteristics of the O-ring structure. It provides the most direct critical feedback under non-rigid connections, distinct from the soft feel of the deformation travel of comparatively fragile gasket beans.

Case Ping Prevention

Building upon the foundation of the Cycle8, we have further optimized the internal structure of the Cycle8. This ensures superior sound performance even without foam filling or modifications, effectively suppressing case ping.


Foam Kits

The Cycle8 comes standard with a foam kit, including three components (mid layer, under-switch PE foam and case foam), to accommodate various assembly configurations.


Group Buy Instructions:

To provide a timely and reliable group buy experience and ensure timely delivery, Cycle8 group buy will be conducted in limited quantities.

Quantity and allocation to group buy agents (totaling 3000 units):

North America - Click Clack (800)
Singapore - iLumkb (300)
EU - Delta Key Co. (375)
UK - proto[Typist] (200)
South Korea - SwagKeys (300)
Australia - Switchkeys (100)
New Zealand - Kiwiclack (50)
Malaysia - Rebult (100)
Vietnam - Soigear (200)
Thailand - Aiglatson (80)
Philippines - Zion (100)
Indonesia - Kukey (100)
Argentina - LATAMKEYS (25)
Ukraine, Poland - Funkeys (100)
Turkey - Rationalkeys (50)
India - NeoMacro (50)
Japan - Basekeys (50)
Taiwan - Typo!works/ Masje (20)

 

Group Buy Timeline (20 days):

  • Starts: July 12, 2024
  • Ends: July 31, 2024

 

Delivery Schedule:

  • All orders will be delivered by October 2024.
  • Delivery dates will be based on order shipments, including direct shipping for individual orders and bulk shipments to agents.
  • Additional compensation will be provided if delivery extends beyond the specified timeframe.

Quality Inspection Standard