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Lightweight and highly efficient all-in-one design pedal assist that fits on practically any bicycle.
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FlyKly

2,358 backers pledged $701,239 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Andreas Steen 2 days ago

      @james
      Sometimes the bluetooth connection works if the charger is connected. Please try that out.

    2. Creator Paulo Devera 3 days ago

      @james. You have to turn off your bluetooth, turn it on again, connect to your flykly, go to app, connect. I know, it sucks!

    3. Creator Jesse 4 days ago

      @james it sounds like they forgot to config your bluetooth module... I don't think it can be done over bluetooth, has anyone figured out the pinout for the flykly connecter yet? If it's like the Zehus, there should be some sort of serial data cable that allows you to connect the wheel to a computer to finalize it's settings... you might have to ship the wheel back if they wont supply you with the tools necessary to do it yourself.

    4. Creator James Dichter 4 days ago

      Ok. Here is the problem-- appreciate help.

      My iPhone Bluetooth does find the Smart Wheel which shows up as device RN-AIP-48A5.
      And is able to connect.
      But my iPhone Smart Wheel app doesn't see the wheel is connected. When I hit 'connect' on app I receive error message to go to Bluetooth and connect with Smart Wheel.

      What now? Without being able to open app my Smart Wheel is useless.
      Thanks,
      Jim

    5. Creator James Dichter 4 days ago

      Andrews,
      Unfortunately my iPhone has not been finding the Smart Wheel putting the iPhone next to hub. It does find device RN-AIP which I am able to connect with. Buy that does not help when I go to Flykly app and press connect.

      What device name does your Smart Wheel show via Bluetooth.

      Appreciate any help-- very frustrating.
      Jim

    6. Creator Andreas Steen 4 days ago

      @James
      You have to put your iPhone directly near the HUB, otherwise your Flykly will disconnect. This Bluetooth issue has been described here several times. Then you have to do your individual settings and after that procedure you do not need your iPhone again for Flykly with the exception of settings changes.

    7. Creator James Dichter 4 days ago

      Can anyone help me. When I turn the Smart Wheel on the blue light indicated is very faintly blinking. (Should the blue light be solid or brighter?

      Then When I turn on Bluetooth on iPhone no device shows up named Flykly or Smart Wheel.
      I do get a device called RN-IAP-48A5 which I can connect to.
      But when I go to Flykly app to setup and press Connect I get error message about going to Bluetooth and connecting to Smart Wheel.
      Have tried on several iPhones with no luck.

      Any thoughts on how to get Bluetooth connection to Smart Wheel so can use App. At this point wheel is of no use.
      Thanks.
      Jim

      I have emailed Flykly folks with no reply on this Bluetooth connection problem.

    8. Creator Andrew R 5 days ago

      M. -

      Did you go through the wheel setup in the app? It's sort of hidden but the instruction book has a bit about it. Mine didn't assist until I did this and I was a bit confused at first. I'll likely never learn to read instructions before just trying a new tool out for myself but it would save me a lot of time to do so.

    9. Creator M. Eichar 7 days ago

      Can anyone help me? The wheel arrived two days ago, and I plugged it in and charged it to be certain the battery was full. Since it's not compatible with my hybrid, I had to get a new chain. I took it to a reputable bike shop in town, where they installed the chain. The owner and the bike tech were excited about the wheel, and are interested in bringing it into the store, so I let the tech try it out. Epic fail! I got it connected to my iPhone6, and sent him off, but despite a small amount of assist at the beginning, it disconnected while he rode. We tried again, but same thing.

      Discouraged, but optimistic, I took the bike home and tried it out. There's no assist whatsoever and I had to push it up a very minor grade, one that I would normal cycle up in a high gear.

      What am I doing wrong? Does anyone have any tips for me? I'm pretty sure there's a secret that I don't know, and if any of you who are happy with your bikes can share, I'll be grateful. I'm going to email Niko, too, as he should know there are shops that want to stock the wheel...if it works.

    10. Creator theadrew on April 29

      update: bluetooth issues aren't as bad as I had thought (MAY work from handlebar to wheel distance for real-time adjustments). But having to re-connect phone to wheel from dropped bluetooth connection with wheel is common and required before entering app to make adjustments.

      @paul devera my first ride I got 19 miles on modest settings for half then top speed settings for second half over relatively flat terrain in Chicago. I weigh about 170 lbs and have a mid 80s schwinn traveler steel frame. I suppose that the 30 mile range is only to be expected for factory settings which are around 60-65% I think. My battery wore down to 11-13% and I noticed that the force on my top settings felt reduced by 50% or more. To me, this means that the top 3/4 of the battery charge will perform better than the bottom 1/4.

    11. Creator James Dichter on April 29

      Has anyone been able to contact Flykly and receive support for Smart Wheel not working with your bike? Sent emails with photos showing problem and asking for help/solutions. No reply.

    12. Creator James Dichter on April 28

      Liked the idea of changing to 18t 3/32 sprocket but after talking with the senor bike mechanic at the leading Boston bike store he strongly advised against going this route.

      This guy works on a number of electric bikes and said way the SW sprockets was attached was a really bad system. Also thought trying to put on another sprocket could be a can of worms. Wouldn't touch it in his shop.

      He said that if I did replace the sprocket the torque of SW would not be very good for my bike's front sprocket and the derailer.

      If you have good success changing the SW sprocket and having your bike work well please post.

      For now It seems I have a non-usable expensive Smart Wheel unless I buy another bike.

    13. Creator James Dichter on April 28

      Ok, so we all find the Smart Wheel will not work on our multi gear bikes as we were assured it would. That Flykly is not helping to resolve the problem and still giving false information on their website is disturbing.

      Replacing the Smart Wheel sprocket to fit my chain/bike may work. ButI was told by a few bike guys that the more heavy duty single speed chain was needed to deal with the torque on the Smart Wheel. Any thoughts on this? And if SW sprocket is changed will there be an potential damage to my Derailure?
      Thanks for any info.

    14. Creator Andre Wendt on April 28

      Regarding Derailer and problems you guys have - easiest us to keep the chain and Derailer setup and change the sprocket on the flykly.
      You need a 18t 3/32" sprocket, suitable for fixed gear setup, no freilauf setup!

      Flykly recommended me a shop in Slovenia to order that.
      http://pici-bici.com/product/gusset-18t-narrow-cog

      Good luck and enjoy.

    15. Creator M. Eichar on April 28

      Too bad we can't edit or delete these posts...Update: The wheel in no way fits the hybrid I wanted to use it on. The hub axle bolts are too big for the rear derailleur hangers. I'll check out my mountain bike, and if that doesn't fit, it's down to the local bike shop to find something that does. This is in no way a criticism of FlyKly - there are too many bicycle variable for them to attend to all of them - but it does mean extra time and possible money before I can ride.

    16. Creator M. Eichar on April 28

      My wheel has arrived, and I'll have to do some derailleur-type magic for it to fit my bike (see below) but I'm excited to have it in my hands. It was a long wait, some communications lags, but all in all I'm really happy that I backed this project.

    17. Creator theadrew on April 27

      Up and running here. You'll probably need an 1/8" chain (wider than my previous 3/32" chain). This is because the sprocket it comes with is thicker (1/8" size). So yes it will wear out your front sprocket if you continue to use it with a 3/32" front sprocket, but it does still work with a 3/32" front sprocket. I removed my derailleur too, but did not try and see if it would have worked. I have found that bluetooth connection is bad. It's bad enough to not expect any real time adjustments or distance/ speed/ battery measurements. You'll have to stop, get off bike, go to settings, go to bluetooth, make sure wheel is on by spinning wheel with the pedals, hold phone near hub, hit connect to flykly from list of bluetooth devices, wait for connection, open flykly wheel app, enter passcode, go to settings, adjust assist or brake or top speed, and hit save. It would have been nice to auto connect to wheel through bluetooth when in range, but I have to manually go in and re-connect every time it gets 12-15 inches away from hub (disconnects). You'll have to do this to change assist or brake or speed levels from previous settings. My distance and battery info seem to update when I re-connect.

    18. Creator Andrew R on April 27

      I planned to install the wheel on an older road bike and it didn't seem to work with the multi-speed chain as others have mentioned. Bought a fixed gear sprocket (bike long overdue for an upgrade anyway) and single speed chain and it works great. Does not seem to be compatible with any bike as advertised, at least not with the sprocket it ships with.

    19. Creator James Dichter on April 27

      After finding my Cannondale hybrid chain did not fit with the Smart Wheel sprocket --- I went to REI today. The top bike repair guy said the Smartwheel needs a single speed chain which is wider and heavier then my bike chain. But apparently this single speed chain can not be used with my derailleur . And even bypassing the derailleur doesn't help for the REI guy indicated the wider chain will ruin my pedal sprockets. the FlyKly says many times their product can be used with multi-gear derailleur bikes. is the REI guy wrong?

      What are my options?
      The Smart Wheel seems to require buying a new single speed bike. the single speed bikes I have seen are fixed gear which will not work with the wheel!

      if there is an easier solution please post it.

    20. Creator James Dichter on April 27

      Does anyone have Flykly phone number? The number listed from Switchboard and other sources is now a Hawaiian water company!
      sent several emails with no reply.

    21. Creator James Dichter on April 26

      I am also having a sprocket problem with installing the Smart Wheel. My chain links are a different distance then the wheel's sprocket teeth. The chain does not mesh and therefore quickly comes off. bike is a Canondale with 24 speeds. The company said the wheel is compatible with a derailleur. It seems any chain that fits the Smart Wheel sprocket will have link lengths that will not then fit my pedal sprocket. Am I missing something?
      Any suggestions?

    22. Creator M. Eichar on April 24

      My wheel's been stuck in Canada Customs in Toronto since the 17th. They may hold it another couple of months because they can. AAARGH!!! (Pulling hair out) (Head in hands) (Despair)

    23. Creator Sabine Premadevi von Schroeder on April 24

      Dear Kickstarter People,
      yesterday my husband got his wheel - one year later than the estimated delivery date. I backed you one day later thank him an my wheel has not arrived :-((((
      Please come back to me soooooon!!!!!! svs@gutbliestorf.de,
      Sabine

    24. Creator theadrew on April 23

      Got my wheel on Wednesday. Took about 14 days via air Slovenia post. Then usps took over. Charging wheel now. I have a deraileur I might leave in place but we'll see how the chain fits. Anyone try the android smart wheel app or is the iOS favored for now? Ill report back on range but ill probably break it around 50-60% settings max. The charger has a proprietary 5? Pin connector on the end that connects to the wheel so we won't be ordering spare chargers off eBay ;( .

    25. Creator Eben Polk on April 23

      I recently received my wheel in Oregon. Shipped from Slovenia via air. Very excited to try it out.

      When starting to install the wheel I noticed that, per the manual, each axle has flat sides that align with the dropouts, letting you slide the wheel securely into place in a fixed position. However, on my axle the flat sides on the two ends are not aligned, or not parallel. The flat sides point off in different directions. So, when I rotate the wheel so that one end of the axle can fit into its dropout, then the other end of the axle on the other side of the wheel no longer fits.

      Has anyone had the same issue? If so, has anyone been able to torque the two ends of the axles so the flat sides are aligned and can fit into the dropouts? I submitted the same question to FlyKly and if I hear back from the support people I will share the response on this forum too.

    26. Creator Paulo Devera on April 22

      Been running my flykly for a few days now. While the ride is pleasant, it is in no way powerful. Nowhere near the promised range. Im getting about 13 miles for full assist full speed with 16% only battery left. Is anyone having range issues or can we share data on your rides? This may be an isolated issue which is why i would like to share information. Here is my ridewithgps data.
      https://ridewithgps.com/trips/4413115
      Please share your range so we can find out if we got a dud or not. Thanks.

    27. Creator Tim W. on April 22

      I see there is a continued lack of updates from the Stay Fly team. I was told mine was shipping a while ago and I never received any notification for tracking. I suspect it will be multiple summers before I see it?

    28. Creator Laurent Altenburger on April 22

      My sprocket problem is solved. The FlyKly wheel requires a thick Single Speed chain and mine was thin. First impression from the first ride in Berlin is really good. Confronted with the same bluetooth weakness. Discovered a bug where my PiN reseted itself to a factory standard. Overall very good first impression!!!

    29. Creator Andrew R on April 21

      Received my wheel in DC yesterday. Shipped from Slovenia via airmail on 4-1. Thanks Flykly for honoring the shipping piece of the Kickstarter campaign - undoubtedly this is expensive. The wheel seems well-built and was pretty easy to install - would have been easier but for the wonkiness of the 30 year old bike I installed it on and my poor bike mechanic's skills. Bluetooth connected easily from close range. Disconnects more than a couple feet from the wheel as others have noted which will need to be fixed (suspect this will be a hardware fix and not until the next generation). Don't foresee Bluetooth being a big issue as I expect once I figure out my settings preferences I won't change them much.
      Have only ridden around the block and need to tweak my bike some more and play with the settings but overall the wheel is very responsive and powerful. The braking capability seems lacking but I think this has more to do with the settings than the wheel itself.
      The light came as well. Looks nice, fairly bright, like the USB port to charge a phone. The generator seems really heavy and large but will see how it is once installed. The band used to connect a phone to the light seems destined to obscure part of the screen but in the upside is secure and wouldn't worry about losing my phone while riding.
      Anyway - initially favorable impression and meets expectations with the exception of Bluetooth range. More after I use it a bit.

    30. Creator Paulo Devera on April 21

      @theadrew i got the tracking number on april 3rd. Arrived in customs in NY at April 10. Received my smartwheel and smartlight on April 13.

    31. Creator Laurent Altenburger on April 20

      I received my wheel today. I was estonisched to see my chain not fitting on the sprocket. I counted then the number of teeth. There are only 17 instead of 18!! Am I the only one with the problem? Did you get it fixed? Thanks!!!

    32. Creator theadrew on April 18

      @ rob pennington as far as I have read the smart light should be included in shipment

    33. Creator theadrew on April 18

      @paulo devera did you pay for expedited shipping? Did your wheel ship slovenia postal air mail? how long between receiving your tracking number and arrival in NY or cali? Thx

    34. Creator Danny ter Haar on April 17

      @m. eichar you mean: guinea pig :-)

    35. Creator M. Eichar on April 17

      Has anyone had to pay duty on their wheel? Mine is in Toronto customs, and I'm bracing myself for a big bill. With Kickstarter, am I an investor or a consumer?

    36. Creator Phillip Dean on April 16

      Another email asking for my choice of colours. That'll be the third time I've told them white. So, so disorganized. Since they are still asking about my colour choice I have to believe that the 'first shipment' of wheels to North America doesn't include mine.
      Would not recommend to anybody I know.

    37. Creator Mitch Evans on April 14

      I'm #2140 and still no shipment notification! Looks like yet another Summer will go by with no product. Kind of ridiculous being that you didn't even make this wheel yourself and just used our kickstarter funds to buy someone elses product and brand it as your own.

    38. Creator Kris Mclean on April 13

      Same here Tamir, another request for colour choice 4 months after the last one. A lot of chatter on other bike forums about how this design has drifted these last 18 months. Claims it's now down to a 24v underpowered motor with unreliable bluetooth. A disappointing introduction to crowd funding for my first plunge.

    39. Creator Paulo Devera on April 13

      exciting news! i got my flykly this morning. everything was packed well, initial test working. the bluetooth issue really needs to be resolved, range is very terrible. no way to change the settings on the "fly" i'll do more testing as soon as i adjust the chain, change the tires and charged it fully.

    40. Creator Tamir Kojfman on April 13

      Hi, there seems to be a problem. I sent in my colour request on December 17, 2014, and just received another email asking the same thing, and now for an August delivery.

      I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where the riding season starts mid to late April (albeit rainy and cold) and ends around October, November of we are lucky.

      Would it be possible to get my wheel in April or May, since people in California can ride all winter but northerners like myself can't?

      My patience is starting to wane and I'm beginning to lose hope and faith that the Smart Wheel will ever come, and after missing an entire riding season last Spring and Summer, with very good reason I understand with the improvements and company merger, but I've paid for this via Kickstarter on November 26th, 2013 and already informed you of my choice last year.

      What do I have to do to make sure I can utilize my purchased wheel for the majority of my limited riding season?

      Sincerely,
      Tamir Kojfman
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    41. Creator Paulo Devera on April 11

      Im backer #2127 if that helps. SF, CA

    42. Creator Drew Tennimon on April 10

      For you happy US backers when did you pledge? October 2013 here and I am being told 2 to 3 more months...arrrrgggg

    43. Creator Paulo Devera on April 10

      YASSS! Finally after a year! My FlyKly is in NY. Should have it within a week to Cali!

    44. Creator M. Eichar on April 9

      Also got my tracking number! Pretty thrilled...

    45. Creator theadrew on April 9

      Just got a tracking number. My backer number was 52 and I'm in US.

    46. Creator Rob Pennington on April 9

      Looking forward to receiving my FlyKly which I just received noticed has shipped. Will I receive my light in the same package or was that supposed to have been shipped separately?

    47. Creator Andrew R on April 9

      Had resigned myself to July/August but just got shipment tracking info from Flykly - looks like my wheel is on its way to the US. Now to get my bike in shape before it arrives...

    48. Creator Anthony Krumeich on April 9

      Is there a way to get a refund? I'll assume the best about the intentions of the FlyKly team, but at this point I'd rather just have my money back.

    49. Creator Wookhyun Cho on April 5

      Please shipment.
      It is waste of Shipping
      I would like to request the cancellation to you.

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