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HyCore Co.By HyCore Co.
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HyCore Co.By HyCore Co.
First created
$24,863
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
57
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, February 1 2016 12:19 AM UTC +00:00

About

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For additional press inquiries, please contact david@hycore.com! Our doors are always open!

Stay connected with us via our Facebook page! Like us!

CENTINEL Wheel contains all the necessary components of an electric bicycle within the form of a bicycle wheel. Simply swap your bicycle wheel to transform your regular bicycle into a fabulous electric bicycle. If you don’t own a bicycle, CENTINEL Wheel can be a great option next time you purchase one.

This all-in-one smart wheel concept has already been introduced to the market by a few other competitors pioneering the market. So far already, they have proven that this concept is a better solution in comparison to the former types of E-bikes that are either unaffordable or unpleasant.

So what does CENTINEL Wheel bring to the table?

CENTINEL Wheel is all about becoming the best of all the various e-bikes available, including all-in-one type wheels. We want to offer people an e-bike that is neither unaffordable nor unpleasant.

We sincerely believe that the CENTINEL Wheel is not only the best all-in-one smart wheel, but also the best electric bicycle available for three main reasons:

First, it is better-designed for easier user experience.

Second, it is better-built for superior performance.

Last but not least, it is better-offered for better affordability. 

Read more to see how CENTINEL Wheel seeks to be the best.

We threw in all the components required for an electric bicycle to operate within ONE bicycle wheel, so that everyone can give oneself a high-quality electric-powered bicycle that is affordable and ready to go. 

With CENTINEL Wheel, all traditional types of e-bike are no longer an option for people who simply want an affordable, yet pleasing e-bike experience.

Say goodbye to bulky batteries and massive motors barely hanging on your bicycle with tangled wires and unbalanced weight load.

All you need now is the CENTINEL Wheel.

We designed the CENTINEL Wheel to be EASY.

Not only is the wheel detachable, but all the internal components are also detachable. This makes everything easier and better for you.  

  • Detachable batteries make charging easier than ever.
simply replace the used battery to a fully charged battery to reach far
simply replace the used battery to a fully charged battery to reach far
  •  Detachable components make maintenance easy & convenient.
"Your motor broke? We will send you a new one. Just plug it in!"
"Your motor broke? We will send you a new one. Just plug it in!"
  •  Detachable housings make customizing a breeze.
(Any Marvel fans in the house?)
(Any Marvel fans in the house?)
 

Why are we calling this a “smart” wheel? Thanks to its Pedal Assist System (PAS), the CENTINEL Wheel interacts with you as you ride to create the most pleasant experience possible.

PAS is enabled in CENTINEL Wheel to help you forget about operating the wheel. It calculates the amount of force generated from the pedal and operates the motors accordingly. With PAS, you can enjoy the physical action of riding a bicycle while the motors simply assist your actions.

CENTINEL Wheel’s technological and visual capabilities are unlimited!

We are in love with the look of CENTINEL Wheel, but we love the design for more than just appearance! This design is the source of CENTINEL Wheel’s greatness.

 While coming up for the design of our product, we decided to boldly get rid of the traditional spokes used in bicycle wheels. This allows wheel’s components to be detachable for easier use. More importantly, this design provides the perfect structure for the dual motor system to be compactly inserted into one little bicycle wheel.

Our dual motor system allows for unlimited technological possibilities within the wheel.

two 180W motors and an intelligent controller maximize performance
two 180W motors and an intelligent controller maximize performance

Inside CENTINEL Wheel there are two motors which mutually operate to reach maximum performance. (When we say “performance”, we mean stability, durability, agility, safety, and utility)

tweaking CENTINEL Wheel's intelligent dual motor controller
tweaking CENTINEL Wheel's intelligent dual motor controller

At Hycore, our engineers specialize in electric motor and gear system development. We develop and manage various motor-related technologies such as our exclusive dual motor technology, DUOMO®, for applications in light electric vehicles (LEVs).

Our ultimate vision is to develop and implement perfect dual motor systems for all types of transportation, but especially a micro-scale system for applications in personal transportation such as bicycles. When we finally achieve our vision, there will be powerful e-bikes with automatic transmission like the ones in automobiles. CENTINEL Wheel is our very first step we take towards our vision. 

There is an infinite potential between CENTINEL Wheel and its app.

We offer an exclusive smartphone app which syncs our CENTINEL Wheel to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Lock and unlock your wheel. Check your wheel’s overall status, including battery usage, speed, and travel information. Track your location and trip through GPS. 

*Above is the UI we have so far under development. Although most of the functional development of the app is complete, the actual user interface is still being designed and finalized. We will share our final initial version of our app as soon as it is ready! Stay connected with us via Facebook & our website.

YOU are the reason why we created CENTINEL Wheel. We want YOU to be able to use it the way YOU want it.  

Wireless Throttle (optional)

Later on, we plan to provide wireless throttle, which we developed, as an option to be installed on your bike! If YOU don’t want to pedal at all, just pull the throttle!

functional prototype for the wireless throttle under development
functional prototype for the wireless throttle under development

* Due to region-specific regulations, wireless throttle may not be available in your region. We are currently researching which region allows e-bikes with throttles.

CENTINEL BIKE

We understand that some of you do not have a 26” bicycle to install the CENTINEL Wheel on. While you can always go out and buy one for yourself, we decided to offer the CENTINEL Bike as a reward here on Kickstarter.

The CENTINEL Bike will be a cool 26” bicycle shipped with our CENTINEL Wheel ready to install. We are currently working with several bicycle companies to provide you the best bicycle for its price. Once we decide which frame to go with, we will share it with you through an update and perhaps ask you to vote on a frame color!

Compare CENTINEL Wheel to other e-bike, e-bike kit, and other all-in-one type wheel with 350W motor that is actually being sold in the market. 

 Above is what we mean by offering an affordable, yet superior e-bike experience!

What is the point of having a great idea or a great product if it is inaccessible, unaffordable for everyone?

We want CENTINEL Wheel to be affordable so more and more people can try it out and experience how a great personal transportation alternative, like the CENTINEL Wheel, can really change their daily lives and their society. 

performing quality checks on motors for next batch of prototypes
performing quality checks on motors for next batch of prototypes

The core challenge of CENTINEL Wheel business is about cutting down the costs on our side while maintaining the best quality, so that we can offer you the best and most cost-effective electric bicycle at your door. 

Thankfully, we have successfully managed our core challenge, and things are looking good for CENTINEL Wheel to finally meet the price demand everyone has for an electric bicycle.

As of now, CENTINEL Wheel is compatible ONLY with 26" frame bicycles with rim brakes, the most common bicycle size. Check if your bicycle frame can fit a 26" wheel with rear axle width of 135mm or greater. Also, make sure your bicycle frame is made of metallic material (not carbon or wood), since other materials may not be durable enough for CENTINEL Wheel.

We certainly have plans for making CENTINEL Wheel for different frame sizes in the future! If you do not own a 26" frame, keep it touch with us via Facebook & our website!

Currently, we only have one master prototype made as shown here on this KICKSTARTER project. Even though this prototype served us really well until now, it is far from the actual mass-produced version of CENTINEL Wheel in terms of quality. 

Although we believe most changes with the actual product will be made internally as we figure out the right structure, components, and materials for the wheel, we also expect to make changes to the external details of the wheel for the better.

creating advertisement contents for extensive advertisement
creating advertisement contents for extensive advertisement

Before the planned mass production, we are currently producing two small batches of pre-production samples ranging from 10 to 100 units in order to improve the product and the business. With these samples, we will proceed to intense quality checks, extensive advertisement, and all the other efforts related to improving CENTINEL Wheel and the business.

estimated KICKSTARTER fund allocation pie chart
estimated KICKSTARTER fund allocation pie chart

We cherish innovation, individual freedom & happiness, creativity, passion, honesty, and the pursuit of solutions to problems. These are the same values which KICKSTARTER happen to cherish as well. 

For all of this above, KICKSTARTER is the one and only place for CENTINEL Wheel to debut!

Based in Seoul, South Korea and Los Angeles, USA, we are a drive solution research & development company specializing in efficiency and performance maximization by combining more than one electric motors. Started from various business incubation programs within South Korea, we are 3 years in with our R&D business.

With our firm foundation in market analysis and cooperative fundraising, we have developed our CENTINEL Wheel business in order to turn our expertise into an actual product that is widely applicable to everyone’s daily life. We look forward to successfully executing both technology R&D business and CENTINEL Wheel business with synergies from each business.

cruising through Seoul with CENTINEL Wheel
cruising through Seoul with CENTINEL Wheel

Hycore & CENTINEL Wheel

Originally founded in Seoul, South Korea, we found the need to solve modern traffic problem in our city. We always wondered why everyone chooses to move around in automobiles when the average car traffic speed is just around 10mph range and the entire city is deprived of parking spaces. We imagined living in Seoul without traffic problem, and that urged us to search our own solution to the problem. 

We believe electric bicycle is a great alternative, a possible solution to the problem. And among many different types of electric bicycles, all-in-one smart wheel type of electric bicycle completely mesmerize us! From the beginning, CENTINEL Wheel was exactly what we can develop proficiently and manufacture perfectly in time, and at the best cost!

CENTINEL Wheel is the sum of our expertise and passion, our solution to the problem.  

To share a bit more about current success with product & business development, here is a brief list of our 3 major achievements.

1. International headquarter establishment

In May 2015, we have established Hycore International Inc. with its main office in Los Angeles, USA for international business operation.

Once this project is funded, the essential objective of this corporation is to successfully fulfill KICKSTARTER orders from all over the world. No need to worry about a company based in South Korea struggling to reach out internationally. We are bigger and better than that!

2. Intellectual property management

By November 2015, we have 29 intellectual properties (patents, design rights, trademarks) applied & registered globally to ensure our business and CENTINEL Wheel.

This is actually important for our backers and customers because in order for us to successfully manufacture, deliver, and take care of CENTINEL Wheels, we need to ensure that intellectual property disputes do not get in the way. So far, things are looking good with CENTINEL Wheel's intellectual properties.

3. Cooperation with great partners

CENTINEL Wheel will turn out to be as great of a product as our partners in various aspects of this business.

For product design and brand design, we are collaborating with INNODesign (prominent product design firm in South Korea & US!) in order to make CENTINEL Wheel a masterpiece.

For the detachable battery, we will have Elentec Co. (exclusive battery provider for Samsung!) develop and provide the best detachable battery pack for our CENTINEL Wheel.

For the scheduled mass production of CENTINEL Wheel, we will cooperate with DAPU (major e-bike motor manufacturer!) to ensure overall quality and due dates.

As of now, our goal is to start delivering CENTINEL Wheel to KICKSTARTERs on May, 2016!  

Everything seems good to go as the timeline below shows for now, but if something comes up we will do our BEST to meet the dates!

We will stay connected to you via our Facebook page! Like us!

Thank you so much for your support!

KICKSTARTER project design by David WS Choi @ Hycore Co. 

Risks and challenges

Like every other projects on KICKSTARTER, CENTINEL Wheel is a work in progress. Although we already have a fully functional prototype that can proceed into production, we would rather not do so yet because we are confident it can be improved.

Here is a brief summary of major challenges we need to tackle after this project is funded.

About the wheel...
- reducing overall weight of the wheel
- improving battery performance
- perfecting torque sensor based PAS
- improving wheel's design for more utility and better appearance
- performing accurate and reliable quality check

About the business...
- researching & developing the best distribution channel
- protecting & managing intellectual property of CENTINEL Wheel
- developing customer service channel globally
- making extensive marketing efforts (advertisement, brand awareness)
- planning the next CENTINEL Wheel development

As with the product, most of the challenges are about IMPROVING THE OVERALL QUALITY of CENTINEL Wheel, so that the users get more than what they deserve.

As with the business, most of the challenges are about MAKING SURE ALL THE BUSINESS OBJECTIVES GO AS THEY ARE PLANNED since we already have a solid plan for CENTINEL Wheel to safely get to our customers' door.

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    CENTINEL Wheel : Design Only Version
    (no electric components included)

    For those of you who love the tri-spoke design for just its look, we offer Design Only Version!

    This wheel does not include motor, gearbox, controller, and other internal components which a regular CENTINEL Wheel will include below.

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    You will receive one CENTINEL Wheel for installation on a 26" bicycle frame and one free charger for the detachable battery!

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    CENTINEL Bike: CENTINEL wheel + a bicycle!

    Thank you for supporting us!

    You will receive one CENTINEL Wheel for installation on a 26" bicycle frame and one free charger for the detachable battery!

    IN ADDITION, you will receive one 26" bicycle frame with one regular bicycle wheel for front (since you will put on CENTINEL Wheel for rear).

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Funding period

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