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COBI is the smartest way to upgrade your bike – making every ride more rewarding and more fun.
Rediscover cycling with the smartest way to upgrade your bike – making every ride more rewarding and fun.
Rediscover cycling with the smartest way to upgrade your bike – making every ride more rewarding and fun.
1,872 backers pledged $401,666 to help bring this project to life.

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COBI. World’s Smartest Connected Biking System.

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COBI is the smartest way to upgrade your bike – making every ride more rewarding and more fun. It adds over 100 intelligent features to any bike – with a simple, predictive and beautiful interface on your smartphone.

COBI (MTB Styling Kit) in the field

Roadbike with "Urban" and "Race" Styling Kits

Hands-On: COBI System (early prototype)


Stretchgoal #3 ($350.000) unlocked.

                            

Stretchgoal #2 ($300.000) unlocked.
We’ll add “The COBI Customizer"!


Stretchgoal #1 ($200.000) unlocked.

We’ll add “The Dash” support to COBI!

COBI upgrades your bike and improves your life. Its advanced technologies and smart design are geared towards one purpose: enhancing your biking experience. Here just a few examples:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Maximum enjoyment with minimum funding. We offer two versions: one for Standard and one for e-bikes, each tailored to suit your equipment. Both upgrade your biking to the next level. Since e-bikes² already have a COBI-compatible controller, we're able to reduce their upgrade price a little. Rejoice analog bikers, you on the other hand get our new and elegant, made-for-COBI Thumb Controller and a high-capacity Battery Pack on top.

Driven by passion, bonded by experience and united by vision. These are our four bike-loving and tech-savvy founders who share one dream: Reinvent biking.

One mission, one team, and only one cadence: full speed in top gear. We started as lean as possible. No fancy furniture or foyer. Nothing to distract us from our calling. This allows for high paced communication, problem solving and prototype iteration.

To up the quality, we upped the competence – by screening the market for partners with a proven track record in their prospective field. To add even more innovation expertise to our founders' 60+ years and ensure that every aspect of our product, its production and the procurement is to your utter satisfaction.

www.cobi.bike

Risks and challenges

Technology Risks

While COBI is undoubtedly an innovative product, we have many years experience working on the cutting edge. Therefore, we have forged partnerships with specialist companies in all critical areas of product development. These precautions, together with the prototyping carried out to date makes us confident that we can contain and manage risks associated with software and hardware development. The remaining risk factors relate primarily to the parts of the project we can only begin in earnest following a successful Kickstarter campaign. These are:

Supply Chain Risks

COBI is a complex product involving many parts. While we have a team working on sourcing and supply chain design, delays may occur if we encounter longer than expected lead times in part delivery.

Environmental Testing

The outdoors can be a harsh environment and to ensure COBI works in wind, rain and on rough terrain, we will be conducting rigorous testing in simulated conditions. We will not begin final production until we are fully confident that the product will perform perfectly in real-world conditions. While we have allowed time for this testing in our plans, the outcome of the first iterations is hard to predict. But while testing may take longer than we can anticipate, we are certain that the results we need are achievable.

Certification

Following the pre-series production run, we will be submitting COBI for the certification required by the relevant authorities in the territories we will ship to. These tests are mandatory pre-requisites for delivering COBI to our customers. All are standard tests with which we are familiar, but that does not completely remove the risk that we may face delays if we have to rework any parts of the product to reach compliance.

Logistics

COBI will ship to Kickstarter backers via the same logistics chain that we will use for subsequent orders (with the exception of the Dev Kits, which will be sent earlier). We will only book shipment slots once this system has been established – it’s not rocket science but it’s not without challenges either.

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FAQ

  • For our Kickstarter launch, we only plan to ship to the countries specified. This may change if we get enough demand though, so please sign up to vote for your country here:

    http://eepurl.com/96NGb

    The reason for shipping to these countries is not just logistical. We have to look at local legislation in each territory and certify the product for use before we can distribute it. We have not done this yet for your country. Longer term, we aim to distribute COBI in many countries - we're just keeping the list short for now to keep things manageable.

    P.S. Those are the currently specified countries:

    European Union, United States, Switzerland, Norway, Singapore, Canada, Australia

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  • Lucky you. COBI is the smart upgrade for all bikes with a handle bar diameter of 25mm to 32mm and standard front end welds with max. width of 60mm and diameter of 50mm. You can choose handlebar adapter size before delivery.

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  • COBI is designed to support e-bike systems which offer a Bluetooth/ ANT+ wireless interface, or use a CAN-Bus for wired control. COBI's modular assembly system allows us to interface with a wide variety of dock mechanisms used on today's eBike systems. Platforms that we know to be compatible are listed on our Kickstarter website - we will be updating this list as we qualify more systems.

    List:

    Bosch e-bike Classic+, Active and Performance Lines, Model Year 2013 or Version 2 and later (Model Year 2011 & 2012 if upgraded to Intuvia. If in doubt, please contact your local dealer).

    Other CAN-compatible eDrive Systems (e.g. Brose and Yamaha)

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  • We will be launching programs for partners who are commercially interested in the COBI system. If you are an OEM or part manufacturer, retailer or distributor, or service provider, you can pre-register for access here:

    http://bike.us8.list-manage1.com/subscribe…

    For direct enquiries, please contact partners@cobi.bike.

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  • Lucky you. COBI is the smart upgrade for all bikes with a handle bar diameter of 25mm to 32mm and standard front end welds with max. width of 60mm and diameter of 50mm. You can choose handlebar adapter size before delivery.

    Does not fit on your bike? Please send us dimensions and a picture to support@cobi.bike.

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  • You can choose the $10 pledge which includes a VIP-vote for future supported smartphones. Otherwise you can vote here:

    http://eepurl.com/-x2zD

    What's the benefit of the VIP-vote? Your vote is weighted higher :)

    If there are enough votes for one type of phone, we'll add it to our list!

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  • You can choose the amount of your pledge freely.
    For example: If you want two $255 packages, you can pledge $510 and we'll make sure you get the package twice.

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    THANK YOU! Your support will help us launch COBI. In return, we’ll feature your name on our supporter page. You may also vote for your favorite smartphone. If more than 500 backers vote for a device we’re not already planning to support, we’ll add it to the list!

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    COBI E-Bike² EARLY BIRD. Upgrade your e-bike² System with our COBI Hub in silver and we’ll let you choose an Urban, City, Race or Mountain variant, complete with our integrated Signature Light and Mount Case + Rain Cover for your phone. As an early-adopter, we’re tempting you with a huge discount on the retail price. Pledge now and we’ll throw in our limited edition Kickstarter Styling Kit!

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    COBI E-Bike² SIGNATURE. Before delivery, you can choose your favourite Hub variant (Urban, City, Race or Mountain), preferred color (silver or black), suitable Mount Case with Rain Cover and matching Styling Kit (one of four colours available). We will ship your e-bike² compatible COBI, together with our integrated Signature Light at a 25% discount. Pledge now, and we’ll throw in an extra set of customising decals to make your COBI truly individual.

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    Pledge $159 or more About $159

    COBI Standard EARLY BIRD. Become one of the first truly connected bikers on the planet by choosing from our range of Urban, City, Race or Mountain variants. Pledge now, and you’ll get the COBI Hub in silver, including Mount Case, Rain Cover, Thumb Controller, Battery Pack and our Signature Light, together with a special-edition Kickstarter Styling Kit – all at 40% off retail!

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    COBI Standard BASIC. After reading the specs and features, you know it’s anything but basic. You’ll get the COBI Hub in silver or black, Mount Case, Rain Cover, Thumb Controller and high-capacity Battery Pack all for 30% off retail.

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    Pledge $199 or more About $199

    COBI Standard SIGNATURE. Get the COBI Hub variant that suits your bike: Urban, City, Race or Mountain – all with integrated Signature Light, Mount Case, Rain Cover, Thumb Controller and Battery Pack. You can choose a silver or black finish for your COBI Hub, customise with a Styling Kit in one of 4 colours and we’ll include a set of customising decals too. Pledge now, and at 25% off retail you’ll be the envy of every biker!

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    Pledge $199 or more About $199

    COBI E-Bike² ALL-IN. For those who want the latest and greatest in connected bike technology. You add the Auto Brake Light to our COBI SIGNATURE SET for an E-BIKE² and we wish you safe and sound biking! We'll also include faring sets not just for one, but for all variants (Urban, City, Race and Mountain). Pledge now and get this COBI package for 25% off the retail price!

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    Pledge $205 or more About $205

    THE KICKSTARTER’S CHOICE. By popular demand: based on our EARLY BIRD reward for standard bikes but with Auto Brake Light – as featured in the COBI Kickstarter film. The reward includes: a COBI Hub in silver, Signature Light, Mount Case + Rain Cover, 1 Styling Kit and the Auto Brake Light. Pledge now and select your favourite Styling Kit (Urban, City, Race or MTB) before we ship. You’ll also get a Kickstarter decor set so you can pimp your COBI.

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    Pledge $225 or more About $225

    KICKSTARTER'S CHOICE – BLACK EDITION: Just like the Kickstarter's Choice pledge – but with a matte black COBI Hub. Includes: a COBI Hub in matte black, Signature Light, Mount Case + Rain Cover, Thumb Controller, Battery Pack, Auto Brake Light and 1 Styling Kit. Pledge now and select your favourite Styling Kit (Urban, City, Race or MTB) before we ship. You’ll also get a Kickstarter decor set so you can pimp your COBI.

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    COBI Worldwide: Like the KICKSTARTER’s CHOICE package, but available for backers resident in countries outside our early release tier. Includes a COBI Hub in silver or black, Signature Light, Mount Case + Rain Cover, Thumb Controller, Battery Pack, Auto Brake Light and 1 Styling Kit. Pledge now and select your favourite Styling Kit (Urban, City, Race or MTB) before we ship. You’ll also get a Kickstarter decor set so you can pimp your COBI. Worldwide shipping by DHL.

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    COBI Standard ALL-IN. Since compromise is not in your nature, you get the works! This set adds our amazing and interactive Auto Brake Light component to the COBI SIGNATURE SET for STANDARD BIKES. You also get the option to switch between Urban, City, Race or Mountain variants at any time. For safe trips and stylish turns at a fantastic price!

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    COBI DEVELOPER SET. Included is a pre-series COBI SIGNATURE SET configured either for a Standard BIKE or an E-Bike² together with a beta-version of the SDK. Since we can’t guarantee the early release kit will be perfect, we’ll send you a second production-grade COBI too. Be quick and pledge now as we’re limiting this offer to ensure we can look after keen developers.

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    COBI ART EDITION: As a personal thank you for your invaluable support, we invite you to send us a photo of your bike, together with a briefing for our designers. We’ll send you your choice of our ALL-IN SETs, together with a personalised Styling Kit – a custom shield design, just for you. Of course, this very special offer is strictly limited to only 30 units.

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Funding period

- (30 days)