This project's funding goal was not reached on June 12, 2014.
About this project
Every Ride Matters
Think about the days when you were late for work because of a traffic jam, or the days when you did not know which street to take to make it to an important meeting, or when you were just too tired to keep on pedaling to get home, or when your bike did not fit in the elevator and you had to take it up the stairs…
Those days are now over for all of us; for the young professional that commutes every day through Manhattan, for youngsters in San Francisco that want to enjoy a sunny Sunday near the bay, for freelancers who are hoping from job to job in Berlin, for the housewife that wants to go shopping or take her toddlers to school.
For all of them, we created The Gi-Bike. We all know that bicycles are the most efficient and eco-friendly way to commute throughout the city, but we found out that there is no bicycle with -all- the features that satisfy all the needs of the everyday commuter. In fact there has not been any major or real innovation since its original creation in the 1800s. That is why we invented The Gi-Bike, by carefully challenging every aspect and design of the traditional bike.
The Press Review
We have received incredible feedback from around the world:
- “Gi Bike pushes the envelope with a clever folding design that easily fits in any cubicle or storage closet” - inhabitat.com
- “The Gi electric Bike folds up in a flash” - nzherald.co.nz
- “Admired in the street, unnoticed in the room” - “Re-inventing the bicycle” - Movilidadelectrica.com
- “We are looking at the cool looking smartbike that is cleverly known as GiBike!” - techmash.co.uk
- “GiBike is a winner” - styleedger.com
- “It’s a smart ride that integrates ALL of the above features (and more!) into ONE compact bicycle” - brit.co
- “GiBike: folding bike connected with everyone's dream!” - connected-objects.fr
- “GiBike the bike is connected, and foldable, which should meet a great success ... if he was born one day” - aie-tek.com
Now we are ready to produce the first batch of orders and make our dream a reality, that’s why we launched The Gi exclusively on Kickstarter.
We are committed to providing the best riding experience and improving the life of millions of commuters around the world. We believe our product is revolutionary, and we would like nothing more than to make it a reality. But we cannot do it without your help.
- $400,000 – Initial Production of limited edition Gi-Bike
For 200 years, since the inception of the bike, we have not experienced a true bike revolution. Behold the Gi, a 21st century crafted vehicle, by city lovers, for city lovers. Conscious, intelligent, practical, light, connected, easy and a pleasure to ride.
The Electric Assistance (Pedalec) knows when you need help and will assist you with the electric engine, that way you won't sweat a drop when riding to an important meeting or that first date. Love the City. Love your Gi.
Light as a feather. Strong as a bull.
Folds as fast as reading this phrase.
Safest option in the streets.
High performance LiFePo4 battery.
Because we want everyone to be the master of their own journey, we’ve designed two versions of the Gi-Bike:
- The Gi-Bike with electric assistance.
- The Gi-Bike without electric assistance, but still with all of its other awesome signature features.
Our dedicated mobile app, available both for Android and iOS, allows you to control all of Gi’s features, including its electric assistance, wireless lights, its signature anti-theft locking system and a special mode that allows you to share your bike with friends and family.
The app also provides Live Statistics measuring calories burned, speed, time, mileage, and much more. The social media integration allows you to share your experiences with friends and family.
The Gi-Bike was created to make your life simple, but we need your help in order to make this a reality! We want YOU to be part of Gi!
You can join us and help us mass-produce The Gi-Bike, please:
- Spread the word and share our video with friends and family...
- Send us comments, feedback and ways to improve our product, so don’t be afraid on getting in touch with us...
- Back our project and we will be forever indebted to you…
What you get
We are shipping the Gi through out the U.S. and internationally.
Founder Collector Pledge (All above plus Original Artwork)
The Original Gi-Bike (Manual & Electric)
The electric Gi couple reward
Behind the Bike: The Gi-Bike’s Story
The idea behind Gi-Bike was born in Córdoba, Argentina after a national strike paralyzed public transportation throughout the country and restricted people's freedom to move throughout the city. It was during this difficult time that we realized the importance of independence and the need for a better method for daily commuters to regain their independence. After researching different means of transportation, we realized that the bicycle was the most efficient means of transportation throughout the world.
We set our goal in the pursuit of one big idea: to revolutionize and transform the commute of millions of people around the world by carefully challenging every aspect and design of the traditional bicycle.
We designed The Gi-Bike with a minimalistic design, prioritizing the functionality over the esthetics. After two years of work, we came up with a design specially built with the comfort, safety, and ease of use that daily commuters deserve.
We designed the Gi-Bike so that you can fold it in less than one second in only one movement while preserving the quality of a full-sized bike.
Our dream is for daily commuters to have an all-in-one bicycle that fulfill their needs, adapts to their cities, and promotes a greener and better world.
Where does the money go?
The funds collected in Kickstarter will be used for turning Gi-Bike into a massive product, available for everybody. It will be used for:
Casts for aluminum
Finishing the mobile app for iOS and Android
Website platform to connect Gi users around the world
Re-engineering final touches
Who can ride the Gi-Bike? Everyone!
With the original regulatory system created for Gi-Bike, it is not necessary to work with different frame sizes. This is achieved by adjusting the height and angle of the seat. Modifying only the steel rods of the seat we can make the Gi suitable for different user heights:
- Small: for Riders until 1.6 mts - Steel rods of 14 cm
- Medium: for Pilot between 1.6 and 1.75 mts - Steel rods of 21.5 cm
- Tall: for Cyclers between 1.75 and 1.9 - Steel rods of 29 cm
- Giant: for Airmans more of 1.9 - Steel rods of 36.5 cm
The design of the handlebars and the seat was devised for maximum comfort when you ride the Gi through your city. The saddle has a shock absorber system and silicone gel inserts with additional thickness around cutout.
For more information, please email the Gi-Bike Team
Video Music by Cesar De Medeiros "perpetual e-motion"
Risks and challenges
Our team is fully committed to making Gi-Bike the best it can be. We have dedicated the last two years sourcing the best materials and selecting the most experienced suppliers in order to mitigate as many potential risks as possible.
At the moment, we have a fully functional prototype. We have conducted usability tests and the Gi-Bike passed with flying colors. Regarding the mobile app, we have a working prototype with all of the technical aspects approved. We have all the blueprints and the technical feasibility test completed. We are in the final negotiations with providers and are close to completing all contracts. Almost everything is done but we need to make at least 150 bikes to reach our target price. Please help us make this dream come true!
The Gi-Bike is an ambitious product that will revolutionize and make mobility sustainable. It’s innovation and technological development has been supported by institutions such as the National Agency for Science and Technology of Argentina with partial funding from the Inter-America Development Bank (IDB). The project was selected from hundreds of projects to receive funding for technological innovation.
We have a fully built and tested prototype with all drawings, blueprints, specs and quotes to go into mass production. Some parts will be imported to the U.S. while others will be produced internally.
The Gi-Bike, like everything else on Kickstarter, is a work in progress. We believe in transparency and communication, so our backers will be the first to know about any unplanned hurdles or delays.
Go Gi! Love the City. Love your Gi.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We have the electric assisted Gi and the Manual Gi, without assistance.
We are creating a network of certificated service stores to take care of your Gi, the locations will be published soon.
Not at all, the Gi it’s weather sealed.
In general it’s aluminum, there are other metals just in key places for optimal performance and minimal weight.
The only difference its the presence of the electric motor for assistance and the electric components associated with it.
They are as durable as the bike itself.
The recommended maximum weight limit is 125 kg (~275 lbs).
It weights 17 kg (37.4 lb) for the electric one and 12 kg (26.5 lb) for the standard model.
In the unlikely case that you run into trouble you will always be able to use it as a regular, manual bike.
The bike has 5 levels of assistance and a special smart mode that analyzes your use and adjusts accordingly. The actual speed depends of the path you ride and how much you pedal.
It’s impossible to fold the bike when you are riding, the system is designed to auto-lock itself with the weight of the user, you only need 2 kg (4 lb) to lock it, and it locks even if you run out of battery. So it’s as safe as can be.
The Gi uses 26x1.5 tires, the rims and spokes are custom made for the Gi.
Unabridged (extended) the Gi it’s 1700mm (6ft 6in) long and 1020mm (3ft 4in) tall, the shortest 26 in bike of the market, but abridged (folded) its only 900 mm (3 ft) long.
The handlebar it’s 660mm (2 ft) wide.
Abridged (folded) its only 900 mm (3 ft) long and 1020mm (3ft 4in) tall.
Sure! Fits flats, houses, apartments, flats, even your office.
No, you only have to charge it when it runs out of battery.
Yes! we are on the development stage, but I can tell you that the first two accessories will be a mudguard for both wheels and a briefcase holder.
We are developing them as accessories, we recommend you wait few more weeks and we will have it on the market with the Gi
The material used for the tires is rubber providing additional grip and anti-sliding for wet weather. That said, riding in snow and surface flooding is not necessarily recommended.
The way they work is kind of complex, what you need to know is that they will work for you. You can activate them manually by the Gi’s app on your smartphone or you can set it up to turn on automatically when the light sensor on your phone detects darkness.
How do your batteries cope with cold weather (frost)? Do the quoted 40+ miles range of riding also hold in cold climates like in Scandinavia?
All batteries lose some change power on extreme cold, the Gi has an enclosed battery to keep the charge as much as possible on temperatures over -15 °C (5 °f).
It’s as fast as 25 km/h, 15 miles/h (which is the maximum possible, legally.) You can pedal over that to achieve a faster pacing, although it’s not recommended in heavy urban areas.
The batteries are inside the frame so you will need support from our network of certificated service stores to take care of your Gi. Because we care about the quality of our products we suggest that only use certified stores to change the batteries if necessary. We will publish a list of the network of partners.
The Gibike has regenerative braking system that recharges the batteries when you use the brakes, not pedaling. In order to charge the batteries while pedaling you would have to apply a lot more energy than the energy you are recovering.
The wheels are not offset at all. They are perfectly aligned as on any regular bike.
Sure, the Gi you can hang it from a hook. You just need to be a bit carefully with the integrated lights.
The battery can be charged a 1,000 times before you notice any kind of difference in battery life. With average use, this is similar to ride with electric assistant during five years.
The Gi has a battery on 6,000 mAh. But the real star it's the controller that allow us to reach more than 40 miles of electric assistance.
The batteries are fully recharged in four hours connected to any regular outlet.
The Gi has a hydraulic disc brake for the rear wheel and mechanical disc brake for the front wheel.
- (30 days)