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We built Gi FlyBike in the pursuit of one big idea: to transform the way millions of people commute around the world.
We built Gi FlyBike in the pursuit of one big idea: to transform the way millions of people commute around the world.
We built Gi FlyBike in the pursuit of one big idea: to transform the way millions of people commute around the world.
311 backers pledged $426,980 to help bring this project to life.

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Gi FlyBike: The first electric bike that folds in one second

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Now have the option of choosing a black or white frame!
Now have the option of choosing a black or white frame!
Your Gi FlyBike is now upgraded with mudguards!
Your Gi FlyBike is now upgraded with mudguards!
If/when we reach 450k you get a bicycle bell and 2 USB keys!
If/when we reach 450k you get a bicycle bell and 2 USB keys!
                             

Have a question? Ask the founder.

Hello and thank you for checking out the Kickstarter campaign for Gi FlyBike. If you are not persuaded as to why you should invest in a new Gi FlyBike, please contact our founder Lucas Toledo directly by email and he can help you with any questions you may have. Lucas can be reached by email at: ltoledo@giflybike.com. Thank you so much and we hope you enjoy our campaign. Best, The Gi FlyBike Team.

  

Gi FlyBike is an electric, smart, maintenance-free, folding bicycle with full size, 26” wheels that we created for the future of urban commuting.

Crafted from ultra lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, Gi FlyBike can be taken anywhere––bus, train, office, elevator, or locker––without compromise. Gi FlyBike gives people exactly what they need. Freedom to ride without excess or restraint.

Last year we launched a Kickstarter campaign for the first iteration of the bike that validated our concept, design, and features. We gained worldwide attention, with over 49,000 website mentions and coverage in more than 400 media publications.

Our last campaign led to the newer, more affordable, patent-pending Gi FlyBike, and a bigger and more dynamic team. We have built partnerships with IncutexGoodwin ProcterRibcap, DannyShaneSantex and New as well as an incredible mobile app. TUV, the Technical Inspection Association, now ensures that Gi FlyBike complies with European laws for electric bikes.

Plus, Gi FlyBike is $1,500 less than the original bike––with even more technologically-advanced features.

Piqued your interest? Find out more about Gi FlyBike by visiting us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Here is the link he was looking for!

FlyBike Features
FlyBike Features
Gi FlyBike's features make the bike a sustainable, technologically-advanced and–perhaps most importantly–practical commuting option. Each of the following features are rooted in one simple question: how can we improve your commute?

  • FlyFolding System: Folds in one single second, and in one simple motion. 
  • Electric Flight Assistance: Rides 40 miles (60 km) on a single LifePo4 battery charge. 
  • GPS System: Syncs wirelessly with iOS and Android. 
  • Solid, Anti-Puncture Tires: No more flats. 
  • Belt Drive: Maintenance free riding. No grease. No noise. Your pants are safe.
  • USB Phone Charger: Stays connected and never runs out of battery.
  • Smart Locking System: Locks automatically when you are 10 feet (5 meters) away. 
  • LED Smart Lights: Controlled remotely and automatically with the app.
  • Sharing Program: Create a personal profile and share your Gi FlyBike with friends.
  • Gi FlyBike App: More details below.
All of these features come together to create an enjoyable commuting experience. Imagine: you get off your elevator with your folded FlyBike; you unfold the bike in one second, choose your route, and start cycling towards your destination; you do not want to arrive sweaty so you increase your level of electric assistance; the sun begins to set so you turn on your smart lights; you've arrived cool, calm and collected, and with a fully-charged phone. As you dismount and fold your bike, it locks automatically; you are finished with your FlyBike... for now, but a friend wants to borrow it so you share it through the app. 

You enjoyed commuting. Now its their turn.

FlyFolding System: One second. One motion.
FlyFolding System: One second. One motion.
Electric Flight Assistance: 40 miles (60 km) on a single charge.
Electric Flight Assistance: 40 miles (60 km) on a single charge.
Smart LED Lights: Controlled through the app.
Smart LED Lights: Controlled through the app.

We teamed up with Santex, a global software engineering company, to create the Gi FlyBike mobile app. The iOS version is fully-developed and now available for download on the App Store. We are finalizing the Android version and it will be available shortly after the Kickstarter campaign.  

Click here to download the Gi FlyBike mobile app from the App Store. Please keep in mind that it is a work in progress, and that it needs to be synched with a Gi FlyBike to be fully-functional.

The app allows for full control of all the bike’s features including its electric assistance, GPS system, smart lock, and smart lights. On top of that, it has its own bike sharing program: loan your Gi FlyBike to a friend with a secure request access code; share your favorite routes over social media; and track your personal fitness statistics.

The Gi FlyBike Mobile App
The Gi FlyBike Mobile App
Gi FlyBike Specs
Gi FlyBike Specs
Gi FlyBike - Extended vs. Folded
Gi FlyBike - Extended vs. Folded

Gi FlyBike is not just a sustainable, technologically-advanced solution to commuting in cities. Gi FlyBike symbolizes our desire to change the world for the better. Commuting can affect our outlook on the day ahead but more importantly, it impacts our perspective, society, and planet. With Gi FlyBike we believe that thoughtful design and technology can take us into the next generation of transportation, to create more effective and eco-friendly cities with happier people.

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We started Gi FlyBike in a basement with almost nothing. But we started with enough: an idea and an incredible passion that has since driven this idea to places we ALWAYS knew were within our grasp.

A few years ago, while we were living and working in Argentina, a national strike paralyzed public transportation across the country. The strike inspired us to delve into the kinds of problems commuters face, and to critically examine alternative forms of transportation.

During and even after the strike, we noticed that commuters wanted the kind of independence that is incompatible with public transit; they also wanted agility that cars cannot offer, with as little environmental impact as possible. This has been the inspiration behind the design of Gi FlyBike.

Our Evolution: Paper to Wood to Plastic to Aluminum!
Our Evolution: Paper to Wood to Plastic to Aluminum!

We chose Kickstarter for two reasons. First, Kickstarter and Gi FlyBike both take pride in fostering innovation, critical thinking, the assurance of quality, and community. Second, Gi FlyBike seeks to inspire green commuting around the world and can do so with the help of Kickstarter's global reach. 

The funds raised will be used for: 
  • Producing factory samples.
  • Running sample testing and homologation. 
  • Finalizing the design of the FlyBike mobile app for Android.
  • Developing an e-commerce platform. 
  • Creating an international network of service stores.
  • Mass production and distribution.
Additional funds will be used for:
  • Broadening our international network of service stores.
  • Designing an environmentally low-impact packaging system.
  • Creating a line of accessories.


We have created the Gi FlyBike Founder’s Club exclusively for our Kickstarter backers. Our backers have been with us from the beginning, and we want to express our gratitude not only by saying thank you, but by offering something more tangible. 

As a member of the Founder’s Club, you will get first dibs on our accessories (at reduced costs), specialized access to our service stores, invitations to our events and conferences, as well as your name engraved onto the wall of our Gi FlyBike office. 

Welcome to the Founder's Club
Welcome to the Founder's Club
                             

Please note: Backers are responsible for sales taxes and import duties, which will vary according to the country, state or province to which the reward is being shipped. Please use the following duty calculator to determine the estimated import duties and taxes for pedal assisted electric bicycles in your respective region.

We created Gi FlyBike with a minimalistic design, prioritizing the functionality over the aesthetics. 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 are proud to announce that Yadea Technology Group is bringing Gi FlyBike's design to market!

Yadea is global leader in the e-bike manufacturing world with over 18 years of experience in the industry. Yadea sells more than 3.2 million units to 5 continents and 66 countries annually, representing 10 to 15% of the e-vehicle global market share. The partnership provides Gi FlyBike access to the highest quality manufacturing capabilities available, as well as world-wide expertise in the e-bike sector. With Yadea as our ally, we can ensure a timely delivery of the product to our backers.

Gi FlyBike's founders in Yadea's factory!
Gi FlyBike's founders in Yadea's factory!

Gi FlyBike’s co-founder and CTO, Agustin Augustinoy, has already relocated to Yadea’s facility and is currently working closely with Yadea’s production team to assemble the first round of Gi FlyBikes.

The process of going from prototype to mass production involves testing our samples for safety, organizing distribution logistics, managing tooling costs, and then circling back and re-testing the entire manufacturing process.

In addition to producing the bike, we have designed a line of accessories that meet the needs of bike commuters, including briefcase holders, bike fenders, and mudguards.

One hundred and seven parts.
One hundred and seven parts.

Thank you for your support! Now for some bloopers.

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Risks and challenges

Our team is fully committed to making Gi FlyBike 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, and have run usability tests, which the bike passed with flying colors. All of the technical aspects of the mobile app have been tested and approved. It is now available for download on the App Store, and the Android version will be coming to Google Play shortly after the campaign.

Gi FlyBike is an ambitious product that will revolutionize and make mobility sustainable. Its innovation and technological development has been supported by institutions such as Incutex, 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.

Gi FlyBike, 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.

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FAQ

  • The FlyFolding system is a patent pending custom arrangement of mechanical parts that allows the bike to be folded in one second and in one simple motion. You just need to activate the lever on the frame and pull upwards.

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  • The FlyBike Brains refers to the set of features embedded in the Gi FlyBike that are controllable via the FlyBike mobile app.

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  • The FlyBike mobile app is already available to download in the App Store and is coming soon to Android. The app allows you to control the FlyBike’s Smart Lights, lock the bike automatically, loan the bike to a friend safely and securely, create a user profile, and share your favorite routes and your personal fitness statistics over social media.

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  • There are 4 levels of Electric ‘Flight’ Assistance (including the option to chose to ride manually, without any assistance). The FlyBike mobile app allows you to easily and safely control your level of electric assistance.

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  • The Smart Locking System allows you to program the bike to lock automatically when it detects that your phone is 10 feet (5 meters) away from the folded bike.

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  • The Smart-Lights are white, high-efficiency LEDs. They can be activated via the FlyBike mobile app.

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  • The Smartphone Charger is a convenient USB port centrally located between the two handlebars.

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  • The Anti Puncture System refers to the airless set of tires that allow you to ride without the possibility of getting a flat.

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  • It’s easy! Basically the FlyBike mobile app is its own sharing program. Download the app, add friends via social media, and then share your secure unlocking code with a friend you trust (they might run away with it). The app allows you to create a sharing schedule and cancel any particular loan at any point in time.

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  • A belt drive is a mechanism in which power is transmitted by the movement of a continuous flexible belt. Unlike a bike chain, it uses no grease, requires no maintenance, makes no noise, and does not rip or dirty your pants.

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  • The FlyBike weighs 37.4 lbs (17 kg).

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  • The FlyBike, extended, is 66.93 inches (1700mm) long and 40.16 inches (1020mm) tall. The width of the handlebar is 25.98 inches (660mm).

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  • The FlyBike, folded, is 35.43 inches (900 mm) long and 40.16 inches (1020mm) tall. The width of the handlebar is 25.98 inches (660mm).

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  • The FlyBike has a custom Lithium Ferrum Phosphate (LifePo4) battery made with Samsung cells - 6,000 mAh.

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  • The batteries allow you to ride up to 40 miles (60 km) with electric assistance on a single charge.

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  • The FlyBike has full-size, 26x1.5-inch tires with blade spokes and custom alloy rims. Solid tires. Soft enough for the ride, hard enough not to give out to any silly little sharp thing on the road.

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  • The FlyBike is made from 100% recyclable aircraft grade aluminum alloy.

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  • Gi Flybike is made from the highest quality materials available and produced by computer numerical control (CNC) machines - the most precise manufacturing process available. CNC machines are typically used for manufacturing customized products. We have applied them to our entire process to ensure the highest quality possible.

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  • The FlyBike, on the highest level of electric assistance, can go as fast as 15 mph (25 km/h) - the legal limit. You can achieve a faster speed by pedaling, although it’s not recommended in heavy urban areas.

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  • The FlyBike has a Bafang hub gearless, brushless rear wheel 250 watt motor. This is the same technology that won the renowned 24 Hour E-Bike Race in Nurburgring, Germany, this past year.

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  • The FlyBike has disc brakes for both the front and rear wheels.

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  • Our custom made printed circuit board (PCB) aligns with our controller to allow the bike to wirelessly sync with any smart phone.

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  • The saddle has a shock absorbing system: silicone gel inserts and extra thickness around the cutout. The idea is to make you as comfortable as possible.

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  • The recommended maximum weight limit is ~275 lbs (~125 kg).

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  • No. The FlyBike is maintenance free. This does not include charging the battery or changing the battery (around every 5 years).

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  • Yes. We are currently organizing a network of certificated service stores. The locations will be announced soon.

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  • Yes. There is a 3-year warranty for the frame, a 2-year warranty for the battery and motor, and a 1-year warranty for the charger and controller.

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  • Plug your bike into any regular outlet.

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  • The batteries, starting with zero juice, will be completely recharged after 4 hours of being connected to any regular outlet.

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  • The battery can be charged 1,000 times before you notice any kind of difference in battery life. With average use, this is similar to riding with electric assistance for five years.

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  • The FlyBike’s battery is located inside the frame. Take it to one of our service stores to change the battery.

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  • Yes. You will always be able to use it as a regular, manual bike, even if you run out of battery.

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  • It’s impossible to fold the bike when you are riding. Our system is designed to auto-lock itself with the weight of the user, and 4 lb (~2 kg) activates this lock. The bike will not lock if you run out of battery.

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  • Yes! We are in the process of developing a range of accessories to meet the needs of commuters. Look out for announcements in the coming months.

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  • The wheels are not offset at all. They are perfectly aligned as with any regular bike.

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  • The bike has 3 levels of assistance. The actual speed depends on the path you ride and how much you pedal. The motor will get you to 15 mph (25 km/h).

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  • Sure, the FlyBike can hang from a hook or use many other types of standard bicycle stands.

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  • All batteries lose some change power in the extreme cold. The FlyBike has an enclosed battery to sustain the charge as much as possible in temperatures over 5° F (-15° C).

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