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Move through busy city streets in no time and spare your energy with the help of Smart Wheel, a pedal assist that encases an ultra-thin electric motor and intelligent electronics within a robust housing, neatly fitted onto the spokes of a bicycle rim. It fits practically any bicycle frame and helps you use your bike more efficiently and comfortably, when and where you need it.
Smart Wheel is a pedal assist which means it helps you ride your bike effortlessly. The motor turns on when you start pedaling and begins accelerating to your desired speed. It stops when you stop. It saves you time by getting you to your destination faster and gets you there without losing your breath or breaking a sweat. There’s no need to worry about what to wear to that business meeting or 8 o’clock date.
Smart Wheel takes care of itself. You can remotely lock the motor and track it in case it gets stolen. While riding, Smart Wheel keeps you safe because it spares your energy and allows you to keep your focus on the traffic.
Smart Wheel is designed to fit practically any bicycle frame. It comes in different sizes and colors. You’ll be able to specify the size and the color that suits your bike after the campaign.
Smart Wheel is designed in a way that makes installation as easy as possible. The motor and all the other components are packed inside a robust case. There are no wires or other gadgets to install. You simply remove your rear wheel, replace it with the Smart Wheel and you’re all set!
LIGHT, POWERFUL & SMART
Smart Wheel’s genius design packs a lot of power and keeps its weight as light as possible. It goes up to 20 mph (25 km/h) for a 30 miles (50 km) range and it weights only 9 lbs (4 kg). You can control the Smart Wheel with the FlyKly App which offers aditional features for safety, support and social connectivity.
Smart Light holds your phone safely in place while riding. This cute little light is also a convenient phone charger that’s always there to help you out!
A sticky pad on the Smart Light tightly holds your smartphone in place. Additional safety straps work as an extra measure for rockier terrains or faster bikers.
Smart Light connects to a dynamo generator. You simply connect your smartphone to the USB port and while you’re enjoying the ride your phone quickly recharges.
As the Smart Light name suggests, the dynamo also gives out just enough electricity to power a bright LED bulb which leads the way and never leaves you in the dark.
Smart Light is easily installed with a simple theft-proof clip-on mechanism. A thin cable connects it to a dynamo on the front fork of a bicycle frame. To turn on the Smart Light you simply start pedaling.
FlyKly App allows you to control and monitor the Smart Wheel. It also offers many other features like safety, support and social connectivity. It’s available for free for iOS and Android devices with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and for the Pebble Watch.
It's simple. Just set the top speed on the app, start pedaling and Smart Wheel will do the rest. While cruising you can monitor your current speed, the distance, the time of travelling and the battery level. Smart Wheel studies your cycling habits and suggests the most time efficient, the safest or the most attractive routes.
LOCKING & TRACKING
You can lock the Smart Wheel with a simple touch of a button on your app. In case your bike gets stolen it can quickly be located and tracked via GPS.
FlyKly App constantly monitors the Smart Wheel components and functionality. In case anything happens to go wrong we’re already a step ahead at suggesting a solution. This way we can offer you the quickest and most efficient support.
The data collected by the app can easily be shared and compared with the cycling habits of your friends. You can also share it with your city officials who’ll be able to use it to design better cycling infrastructure. This way you can stay in touch with your cycling community and help creating more livable cities.
For all the Pebble Watch users we designed a special version of the FlyKly App. With Pebble Watch you can set the top speed, lock the Smart Wheel, receive notifications and always have most of the cycling information at arms length.
*WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED
ABOUT THE MOTOR
Smart Wheel’s revolutionary motor is incredibly thin, light and efficient. With its 9 lbs (4 kg) it generates 250 W of power which is enough to push you up to 20 mph (25 km/h). This makes the whole wheel easy to ride and even carry up the stairs.
ABOUT THE BATTERY
Smart Wheel’s 36V Lithium battery lasts for a range of up to 30 miles (50 km) when fully charged. It can be charged in 2-3 hours by connecting it to a charger and plugging it into the nearest wall socket. The battery also charges when you’re going above the desired speed, riding downhill or pedaling with the motor off. The life expectancy of the battery is around 1000 charging cycles.
Smart Wheel comes in different sizes (20", 26” or 28” wheel rim) and in 9 different colors (white, black, grey, blue, red, green, yellow, pink, Glow in the dark). You’ll be able to specify the size and the color of your choice through an official Kickstarter survey.
Smart Wheel is iOS, Android and Pebble Watch compatible. It works with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 3rd, 4th gen, iPod touch 5th gen and iPad mini. Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S4. Pebble Watch.
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT KIT (SDK)
Smart Wheel is as open as possible. It generates a lot of data that can be interpreted and applied in many different ways. We want to enable the people to develop software and hardware solutions that will work with the Smart Wheel. We're trying to create an ecosystem of connected devices - that's why we’re making our SDK available for you.
- FlyKly Smart Wheel already assembled and fitted to a wheel rim of your choice along with a bicycle tube and a tire
- FlyKly Smart Light with an adhesive surface for holding your smartphone and dynamo generator included
- an electric charger for charging the Smart Wheel
In 2011 Niko Klansek introduced the first line of the FlyKly electric bicycles to the USA market. After the first experience with the electric bicycles he realized the many possibilities of how to innovate on the e-bike field. The time was ideal to finally actualize the idea he had for years on how to upgrade the ordinary bicycle with a motor and turn it into a pedal assist. Niko sketched the rough concept and started working with a team of engineers, designers, software developers and bicycle culture researchers and created the first working prototype in early 2013.
FlyKly is a team of coworking friends who are also strong supporters and promoters of utilitarian bicycle culture. Many of these young creatives were already a part of four successful Slovenian Kickstarter campaigns: LL Stol, ONDU Pinhole, Musguard and Lumu.
The FlyKly vision is to reshape the cities bottom-up to improve citizens' quality of life by providing a more people-, city- and environmentally-friendly solution to the problem of transportation. We try to empower people with tools that will start to reshape the cities with mass use in a way that again people, not cars, come first.
founder and CEO: Niko Klansek
product design: Matej Colja
motor: Janez, Peter and Samo Frantar
plastic housing: Darko and Peter Osterversnik
software: Klemen Nagode, Marko Jurincic, Rok Cresnik
graphic design: Romina Kavcic
bicycle culture research: Eva Percic, Andraz Tarman, Tonja Klansek
video: Andraz Jeric, Bor Pungercic, Luka Tisler, Simon Pensk
music: Boomhauer & Donkeyhorse
photo: Peter Marinskek, Lucijan Kranjc, Vladimir Mickovic
legal: Maja Bogataj Jancic, Stephane Levy
support: Jerca Jeric, Elvis Halilovic, Jurij Lozic, Miha Artnak, Tilen Sepic, Marko Pirc, Stas Stankovic, Nejc Matjaz, Nicholas Barfell, Caterine Molina
Risks and challenges
We need to raise the funds to establish production in New York City, buy some tools and equipment and place bulk orders for the materials.
Shipping options have already been checked out and most of the arrangements have been confirmed. We’re already building a strong customer support network for the Kickstarter campaign as well as later communication so we’re not leaving anything to chance.
Worldwide shipping costs for the Smart Wheel as well as the Smart Light are of course already included in the prices of the pledge rewards.
Yes, Smart Wheel is actually fully compatible with multi-geared bikes since the rear gear cassette gets removed together with your old rear wheel once you replace it with the Smart Wheel. This of course turns your bike into a single-speed bicycle but we don't see that being much of a problem since shifting is no longer necessary beause Smart Wheel is already doing most of the work for you.
No, Smart Wheel is unfortunately not compatible with either disc brakes or coaster brakes.
Charging the Smart Wheel's battery 1,000 times doesn't make it completely useless but only decreases its charging capacity which drops to around 80% after that.
The battery pack is of course also easily replaceable so there's no need to replace the whole Smart Wheel. The battery also falls under one-year warranty together with the whole Smart Wheel.
Smart Wheel's battery is currently measured at 12 amp hours (Ah) but because we're still testing out different types of Lithium batteries to ensure the best performance and durability these specifications are still bound to change in the future.
Yes, Smart Wheel's housing is completely water proof so it's totally safe to use it in heavy rain or snow. The housing material is also resistant to salt and other similar corrosives so it's safe to use it in winter conditions. It's also very resistant to different temperatures (with some limitations to battery life in extremely freezing enviroments where cycling is not recommended in the first place anyway).
If the Smart Wheels begins to move while locked the motion sensors alert the GPS module to begin transmission of the tracking signal. Smart Wheel actually comes with a fully functional GPS module which means it's also equipped with a GSM chip with a full one-year cellular service included - you will be required to extend the subscription after this initial period.
We're aware of some similarities with other 'smart wheel' designs but because this is neither a new or genuine concept neither a patentable one we see no problem of having multiple designs of it on the market. There are however some features that strongly differentiate the Smart Wheel from the others:
1) Smart Wheel is incorporating a brand new, thinner, lighter and especially more efficient proprietary electric motor than any other motor before it for which we also acquired an international patent.
2) Smart Wheel is a pedal assist which means it only works when the user starts pedaling and is never working on its own. It's not a regular electric bicycle but only an addition to the user's regular cycling experience.
3) Smart Wheel is using 'smart' technologies like Bluetooth connectivity and GPS tracking together with a specially developed smartphone app to follow user's cycling habits and routines and uses this data to suggest better cycling practices - for the end users as well as cycling initiatives and city traffic offices.
4) Unlike many other similar all-in-one designs of pedal assisting devices, Smart Wheel is actually already able to move out of its prototype phase and become readily available as soon as May 2014.
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