About this project
UrbanX E-Bike Wheel - Your favorite bicycle, now electric...
...and just in time for summer.
An all-in-one, 60 second solution to convert your traditional bike into an electric bike with a 30 mile range and a 20mph top speed.
We designed UrbanX as cost effective way for casual rider to go electric, while giving enough power to excite the eBike enthusiast to upgrade their favorite traditional bike:
- Any Bike - Most electric bikes look fairly weird, perhaps not your style. UrbanX let's you convert any bike to fit your taste or riding style.
- Affordability - Most electric bikes are expensive. Don't pay for something you already own and love, upgrade your existing bike at a fraction of the cost.
- Weight - Most electric bikes weigh anywhere from 65 to 90 pounds. UrbanX is designed to be light weight, only adding an additional 15 pounds to your bike.
- Plug & Play - Most electric bikes are hard to pedal. UrbanX is designed for the front wheel, not affecting your pedals and easily taken off in seconds if preferred.
Converting your traditional bike into an e-bike is hassle-free.
Install UrbanX in under a minute, swap out batteries in one simple click and squeeze the throttle to go electric or stay traditional and pedal as normal.
The UrbanX Electric Wheel requires only a wrench, a screwdriver & one minute until you're pressing the throttle on your new electric bicycle.
UrbanX will fit 99% of bicycles on the market and is installed in 3 simple steps:
- Step 1: Swap Out Front Wheel
- Step 2: Secure Throttle To Handlebar
- Step 3: Connect Wheel To Throttle Cable
UrbanX's one-click removable battery is compact, allowing you to charge your new eBike when and where it's convenient for you.
Easily double your range in seconds by tossing an extra fresh battery in your backpack or bike saddle bag then swap the new for the old in a single click.
The choice of riding traditionally, all electric or somewhere in between is up to you.
Unlike most eBikes that are hard to pedal and designed for electric only riding, UrbanX allows you to comfortably pedal as you normally would or easily switch between electric modes:
- Full-Electric Mode - Sit back, relax and press the throttle down on your new eBike and allow the UrbanX Electric Wheel do all of the work.
- Pedal Assist Mode - Your bike will now sense you pedaling and how fast, activating the any of UrbanX's 3 levels of assist you've selected.
- Traditional Bike Mode - With our front wheel motor your traditional bike it pedals as it normally would, not affecting your chains, gears or pedals like most eBikes.
Better yet, you can restore your bike to it's traditional, non-electric state in seconds by simply swapping back to your original bike wheel.
UrbanX is the first and only electric bike wheel with 6 sizes, fitting almost every bicycle.
UrbanX is available in 6 sizes; 24”, 26”, 27.5”, 29", 650c & 700c that covers 99% of the global bike market.
Unlike most other add-on electric options, UrbanX also works with both rim and disc brakes and any tire you choose that fits the rim size.
The only decision you'll need to make is:
In advance of our June 2017 shipping date (just in time for summer!), we'll send a survey asking for your bike’s brake type and wheel size, ensuring you'll get the right size...it's that easy.
Power meets performance in a compact package with an UrbanX eBike Wheel.
UrbanX comes in two sizes, a 350W electric motor and a 240W electric motor allowing it to be street legal in nearly every state and/or country.
With an UrbanX electric bike wheel, your choices are easy and boil down to your location and how fast you want to go...
Powerful 350W Electric Motor - USA Street Legal
- UrbanX's most powerful 350W motor has a top speed of 20mph with a max range of 30 miles and is street legal in the United States.
Standard 240W Electric Motor - USA/EU Street Legal
- Our 240W motor has a top speed of 15mph with a max range of 30 miles and is street legal in the UK, EU, USA, etc.
Benefits of the UrbanX Plug & Play Front Drive Motor:
- Pedaling - With a font drive motor, it is much easier to pedal while riding your bike traditionally, as it does not interfere with the drive train.
- Safer - By mounting the motor on the front wheel of your bike, you eliminate accidental wheelies by pressing the throttle too hard.
- Weight - Aviation aluminum maintains lightweight, only adding about 7kg (15lbs) including the motor, battery, spoke, rim and tire.
UrbanX is the first ever electric eBike wheel with a 3 level pedal assist system and is easily changed via our mobile app.
With pedal assist mode, UrbanX senses your pedaling, and the motor kicks in to help you along based on how fast you pedal and your selection of the 3 levels of pedal assistance in the UrbanX app.
The more you choose to pedal and the lower the level of assistance selected, the more range you can expect and you can always take a spare battery with you for longer rides.
The secret to UrbanX's small size is that it works smarter, not harder by using an algorithm to ensure 100% of motor output is utilized to power your ride.
By using our patent-pending Sinus Algorithm Controlling System to convert electric energy that's stored in the battery to kinetic energy from the motion of your wheel, UrbanX is able to minimize energy loss, increase output and ultimately extend the riding range of your battery.
Additionally, the 36V, 3500mAh & 126Wh lithium ion battery pack is rated at 125Wh and meets the International Aviation Transportation Association requirements allowing it onboard flights should you travel.
The fully-electric bike thumb throttle makes it easy to cruise along at up to 20 MPH with the push of a button and no pedaling required.
The handlebar thumb throttle is optional and the only part connecting to your bicycle. If you choose to only want a pedal assist only bicycle and not full electric, you have the option to not instal the throttle.
UrbanX is intelligently designed so not to affect your bicycles performance by adding a tremendous amount of extra weight.
By using aircraft grade aluminum we can achieve maximum strength and durability while making it the lightest weight eBike option with a total weight of 15lbs which include: motor, battery, spokes, rim & tire.
Top Speed: 15mph (25kmh) for UrbanX Eco, 20mph (33kmh) for UrbanX Booster
Motor Power: 240W for UrbanX Eco, 350W for UrbanX Booster
Speed Levels: 3 levels
Battery: Lithium Ion Battery (Manufacturer TBD - Panasonic or Sanyo or LG) – 36V, 3500mAH, 126WH
Charge Time: ~1.5Hrs
Battery Life: 1000 Cycles
Range: Up to 30miles (50km)
Supportable Brake Types: Both Rim Brake and Disc Brake
Supportable Rim SIze: 24/26/27.5/29" & 650/700c
Dropout Size: International Standard 100mm
Weight: 15lbs (7kg) Max Load: 300lbs (135kg)
Material: Aviation Aluminium
Connectivity: Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0)
App OS: iOS/Android
Warranty: 1 Year Limited
Our founder Eric has 7 years of experience in the traditional Electric Bike Trading and has served customers from all around the world. In that time, he leant that each customer has their own unique idea of the perfect E-bike design. Most cyclists have their own favorite bikes lying at home. Eric decided to develop a kit that could make full use of customer’s own bikes and electrify them without sacrificing any functionality. An electric wheel saves customers money, saves our business on shipping and handling costs, and saves valuable resources and energy for our planet by cutting down on commuters in cars and other fossil fuel-based transportation.
The Copenhagen Wheel was a great inspiration for Eric. But the complicated rear-wheel installation and limited compatibility drove him to develop a similar electric wheel that is universal for any bike, more capable, and less difficult to install.
Eric teamed up with Aberdeen, an experienced industrial designer in the bicycle industry, to officially start the UrbanX project in 2014. After 2 years of effort and numerous prototypes, We launched our version 1.0 in China.
We named the product iMortor, and it was a good start, but was limited in ability. The wheel could only be controlled via a throttle, and was only available in 26" sizing. The sensors in the wheel were not particularly advanced, and the battery was not as efficient as it could be. Finally, the wheel weighed 18 pounds. We knew we still had work to do, and we wanted to build a version that would be street legal world wide.
We listened to our customers and continued to iterate. Our most significant iteration was that we developed pedal assist functionality across our model range. We developed a more powerful 350W version of our motor. We increased the available sizes from one to six. And even with the added pedal assist functionality, we managed to shave weight and drop to 15 lbs total. We added additional sensors to measure speed and control the wheel, and we developed a new algorithm to increase battery efficiency. The result was our version 2.0, the UrbanX, and it was ready to go global - so we turned to crowdfunding.
Above, you'll find our very first prototype, which was the stepping stone to our final design.
A more fleshed out and finalized prototype, on which both the iMortor and the UrbanX is based. The iMortor could only be controlled via a throttle. It was exclusively available in 26" sizing, and it weighed 18 lbs. For UrbanX, we added an entirely new, 350W motor option. We added and improved sensors for speed, motor braking, and pedal assist functionality. We increased available sizes to 6, and we reduced weight to 15 lbs. We developed our Sinus Algorithm Controlling System to improve battery efficiency, and limited speeds to road legal speeds for global regulations.
For a peek behind the scenes, check out the video below of the assembly and testing process of our V1, the iMortor:
Almost every person to whom we introduced our Smart Wheel idea liked it much more than buying a traditional E-bike. To achieve our mission of getting more people enjoy the fun and convenience of E-bikes while saving resources of the planet, our biggest stumbling block is spreading the word about our product. Crowdfunding is the most effective way of getting the word out.
Risks and challenges
With our experience in the E-bike and automotive industries, and our experiences in the mass production of version 1.0, our supply chain is well established.
We greatly appreciate the vote of confidence and trust our backers have put in us and in our project. We are working hard to avoid issues and have been planning a contingency strategy to get the products to the backers and fulfill our goal of getting more people riding bikes in a smarter way. Our combined experience and a network of resources will allow us to quickly react to any unexpected issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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