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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 on the go: CES 2015, Smart Light shipping and Smart Wheel installation

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Dear backers,

We’ve had a very productive December and exciting start of 2015. In December, first Smart Wheels were delivered, first Smart Lights were assembled and shipped, we fine tuned our Smart Wheel assembly process and got first feedback from Smart Wheel users. In January, we were present at CES - the biggest consumer electronics show in the world, where we officially launched Smart Wheel. We’re so excited about Smart Wheel being the first all-in-one electric pedal assist to hit the market. Woo hoo :)

FLYKLY AT CES 2015

We made it to CES 2015, that took place in the beginning of January in Las Vegas and united the most innovative companies in the world with 170.000 industry professionals and more than 3600 exhibitors. We officially launched Smart Wheel on the market and won the race among all-in-one electric pedal assists.

FlyKly booth at CES 2015

We got a lot of media attention at CES and here are few of them:

“FlyKly’s new electric-assist bike wheel takes the huff n’ puff out of hill climbs. We want one. Badly.” by Popular Science.

"FlyKly has won the race to be the first company to ship their Smart Wheel to customers." by Electric Bike Report

"Riding a FlyKly bike feels like the wind's at your back." by VentureBeat

“The FlyKly Smart Wheel puts the foot down on pedaling with a 250-watt boost.” by Digital trends

"If you want to ride a bike to school or work without being sweaty, Smart Wheel is for you." by CNET

LET THERE BE LIGHT - SMART LIGHT IS SHIPPING

We are proud to say that first Smart Lights have been shipped. Take a look at the final product. Looking good:

Smart phone, Smart Light and bicycle belong together

 Most of you can expect your Smart Light together with your Smart Wheel delivery. We already shipped first 100 Smart Lights and the rest will be ready by the end of January. Most of you, that already received your Smart Wheel, will receive Smart Light separately.

PROFESSIONALS BEHIND SMART WHEEL ASSEMBLY

We take our Smart Wheel assembly very seriously. Each hub is assembled by hands, carefully centred and measured thoroughly, so you will get optimal experience while riding your bike.

We test every wheel that comes out

Tine during Smart Wheel assembly 

The assembly process is performed by bike assembly professionals – read about detailed process of Smart Wheel assembly and Tine, one of the people behind it on our blog.

UPDATE ON SMART WHEEL SHIPPING

We are fully occupied with Smart Wheel shipping. Our production is limited to 80 Smart Wheels per week. Thank you all for your patience.

Smart Wheels waiting to be shipped

 Estimated delivery time:

  • Expedited shipping orders – white sent, silver sending
  • European orders – white Smart Wheel orders sent, silver Smart Wheel orders will be sent end of January 
  • US orders – white and silver Smart Wheel orders will be sent out end of January, you can expect them by the end of February
  • International orders – white and silver Smart Wheel orders will be sent out in the end of February, you can expect them by the end of March

OUR SUPPORT PAGE IS READY

Take a look at our new support page. You can find all the help you need in 11 support videos like Smart Wheel first installation or using Smart App and more. We also have a list of FAQ and we are sure it will help to answer many of your questions.

 WHEN YOUR SMART WHEEL ARRIVES

Once you receive your Smart Wheel, please follow all the steps of installing the Smart Wheel carefully. It is very easy to install it and you will find the steps in the manual and in first installation video. In case you do not follow each step of installation, your Smart Wheel will not start properly, so take your time to install it.

Note: at least one hand brake is required on your bike. The regenerative brake is strong enough to slow down the bike, but not strong enough to stop the bike. At least one mechanical (hand) brake is suggested to be on the bike, back pedal brake is not enough.

JOURNEY - SHARE YOUR SMART WHEEL EXPERIENCE

We are hungry for your first ride experience with your smarter bike. What are your first impressions of the Smart Wheel? How do you feel about it? What do you like the most? Why, where, when and how do you use it? What’s your story? We would be thrilled to share your experience and pictures with our community.

We would ask you for some pictures of you with your smarter bike (while driving, walking or standing next to it etc.) and story of your experience with Smart Wheel. Please send us journeys and pictures from your first rides at info@flykly.com. Thank you for sharing!

 HAVE YOU CHOSEN YOUR COLOR YET?

As most of you already know, we now offer two colors of Smart Wheel: pure white and silver gray. In case you have not informed us about your new color choice, please email us at info@flykly.com with your new color choice. Thank you for your flexibility.

Again, thank you all for your patience and support. We’re making cities smarter together and we are thrilled to be on this journey together with you, our amazing community.

Stay Fly,

FlyKly team

We Are Shipping.

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We have good news. It took us a bit longer to source the best possible wheel components and make sure the assembly line works flawlessly, but now the very first FlyKly Smart Wheels are ready to ship. We are excited to let you know that all the waiting and hard work was worth your while. The first Smart Wheels are on their way and expedited shipping backers all around the world together with first EU backers will be the very first to get it. After that, North American and International shipments will follow.

The interest for expedited shipping was huge and we are shipping those orders first. The estimated delivery time for expedited shipment is 4 - 7 days. If you are interested in expedited shipping, please contact us at info@flykly.com.

WHEEL COMPONENTS

We are proud to let you know that the Smart Wheel comes with top of the line components.

Sprocket: 18 teeth chrome plated steel sprocket.

Spokes: 2 mm stainless steel silver spokes.

Rim: Double walled alloy silver rim.

Rim tape: Textile rim tape.

Inner tube: Inner tube with french valve.

Tire: A high quality puncture-resistant rigid tyre for everyday reliability. Size 37 x 622 (700 x 35C), 47 x 559 (26" x 1.75) and 47 x 406 (20" x 1.75).

Each FlyKly Smart Wheel is assembled, tested and packed in a ready to ship box, including a charger and a manual. All the components can be easily found in most bicycle shops in case of repair.

COLOR OPTIONS 

In order to optimize the production, we can only offer two of our most popular colors – pure white and silver grey at this time. We took this step because we wanted to deliver our first Smart Wheels as soon as possible and limiting our production to only two colors enabled us to produce our products faster and more efficiently.

The color silver grey is a paint finish and not polished chrome. Here are our final pure white and silver gray colors:

We are having difficulties with producing the glow in the dark effect because of the color application process on the aluminum housing. To be exact - the protective layer of aluminum housing reduces the glow effect. At this time we cannot assure the exact delivery time.

We apologize for the inconvenience regarding the color options. In case you would like to change your color to one of available pure white or silver grey colors or update any other detail, please let us know and we will be happy to update your order.

SMART WHEEL APP

Another awesome and exciting news is that our Smart Wheel iOS & Android App is available for you to download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

SUPPORT PAGE

Support Page is coming soon and here is a preview of How to Install the Smart Wheel video:

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ACCESSORIES & PARTNERSHIPS

MSC & Linus make our favorite city bikes and we are excited to partner with them on this out of the box set of bikes with the Smart Wheel.

Roadster by Linus: A retro-chic urban explorer for everyone on the move.

Dutchi by Linus: Comfortable and classy riding for boys and girls.

Trackster by MSC: A sporty, lighter and colorful ride on the cool.

You can learn more at FlyKly Store. If you are interested in upgrading your reward to one of the bikes with the Smart Wheel please let us know.

This year has been an amazing journey for FlyKly. It has started with your belief and support in the FlyKly project. From there we have developed a top quality, light and efficient Smart Wheel that fits on any bicycle. Setup production, assembly and shipping logistics. Built a strong community of urban cyclist around the world and connected with city officials to continue improving cities to become more bicycle friendly. We couldn’t be more excited to start shipping the FlyKly Smart Wheels. This is just the beginning of our journey and we thank you for being a part of it.

Stay Fly,

FlyKly Team

Joyride Recap, Production & Shipping.

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Dear Backers,

Past few months were busy and exciting. We have done 10 Joyrides and many of you came to test the Smart Wheel for the first time. Components ordered in May have been produced and most are already delivered to our production in Italy. We have optimized the production and setup the assembly. And we have made a shipping plan that will most likely enable us to deliver the Smart Wheels with no additional cost to you.

JOYRIDE 

Joyride tour was a huge success. We had 10 joyrides in following cities: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Zurich, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, London, and Paris.

Altogether there was an amazing 1,084 joyride participants.

It was really nice to meet, talk and get a great feedback from you. Thank you all for joining the joyride.

Here are some of quotes from the joyriders:

“The Joyride has been beautiful and gave me the feeling back that we all get a wonderful piece of technology“ by Andreas from Hamburg

“The wheel performed admirably and looks very elegant. It is also very light.” by Linda from Los Angeles 

“I tried the wheel in San Francisco. I was impressed it was every bit as good as it was stated to be.“ by Gregg from San Francisco 

“It does the job very well: Very light: You don't even notice there is an extra motor attached on your bike when cycling or carrying. Low noise operation (I think people around didn't even notice I was running on an electric bike). Very discreet (almost invisible) installation (zero wires, as promised - the only one system like this in the world I guess). Beautiful quality finish (metal, integrated led, outlet in the wheel axis well protected...). Smooth operating: no shots or saccades. Efficient: It helps when needed and it disengages instantly when you don't need it : I think it will permit a relatively long usage when appropriately tuned with the 3 different parameters : top speed / percentage of "help" and braking/regenerating efficiency. Easy to learn: pedaling forward (as usual) to get help from the motor. Pedaling backward to "break" (rather a speed reducer, cause you can't really stop the bike with it when you are biking at a normal speed : need another break). “ By Jean-Baptiste from Paris

You can find more details about Joyrides on our Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

SMART APP IMPROVEMENTS 

We have improved the way you can control the Smart Wheel with the app. Previously the FlyKly app was only able to set the top assisted speed of the Smart Wheel. Now you will be able to set the top assisted speed (0-25km/h or 0-16mph), Assistance level % and Motor brake level %. This enables you to personalize the Smart Wheel to your own needs. iOS and Android app.

SMART WHEEL PRODUCTION

In May we have placed an order for components. For the past few months they were being produced and delivered to our production in Italy. We are testing each component to be up to quality standards and in beginning of September we will start to assemble and ship the first Smart Wheels.

In production, we have optimized the production process by adding the aluminum injection mold for the housing. Previously we have been working with CNC machines to produce the aluminum housing. With an injection mold we will produce the housing much faster and more efficiently.

Aluminum injection mold sample
Aluminum injection mold sample

In order to optimize the production and assembly we will produce Smart Wheels in color batches. First two colors produced will be our most popular White and Silver. Other colors will take longer to be produced due to smaller quantities. The Glow in the dark takes an extra step in production process therefore it will be arriving last. At the moment we have assembly capacity of 80 units a week in order to assure the highest quality of your Smart Wheel. By time, we will be increasing the assembly capacity by optimizing the production and assembly process further.

SMART LIGHT PRODUCTION 

We had to make some corrections on the injection molds for the housing of the Smart Light in order to make the production process smoother. On the electronics we had a charging bug. Now the electronics work perfectly as you can see in the video below.

Smart Light production is now on the way. We have all the components prepared (electronics, battery, LED light, and handlebar holder). The Smart Light will start to ship around the same time as the Smart Wheel. Smart Wheel backers will receive the Smart Light together with the shipment of the Smart Wheel.

SHIPPING 

Due to high cost of production of Smart Wheel, we had to look into different ways to deliver Smart Wheels to you around the world. Our main priority was to find a method to deliver free of charge to you.

The cost of shipping the Smart Wheel by air is expensive because of the packaging weight & volume and lithium batteries. In order to lower the costs of shipping and provide free shipping to you, we have optimized the delivery and assembly process. We will ship by vessel and ground mail. For backers outside of Europe, we will ship only hubs to a destination near you and assemble the wheel there. From there we will ship it by ground mail. This method will take more time but it is the most cost efficient.

Since our production is in Italy and per our color production schedule, the first deliveries will be made by ground mail to EU backers who choose white or silver Smart Wheels.

For North American backers we will produce the hubs and ship them in bulk by container on a vessel to NYC. In NYC we will assemble hubs to wheels and ship them from there. This method will take more time but it is the most cost efficient. Also, with this method there will be no import customs fees and taxes for backers.

For Asian, Australian and rest of the international backers we will deliver the Smart Wheels in similar way as for North American backers.

Due to this shipping methods, we estimate your Smart Wheels to arrive starting end of September 2014 until February 2015.

If you would like to receive your Smart Wheel earlier there are two steps you can take.

1. Switch to white or silver color.

and/or

2. Pay for faster shipping option. We can ship your Smart Wheel with priority mail directly to you from our production in Italy.

If you would like to switch to white or silver color and/or to find out about the costs for the faster shipping please contact us at info@flykly.com.

Thank you for your understanding and support. We can’t wait to start seeing the Smart Wheels on the streets around the world.

Stay Fly. 

www.flykly.com

Join the Joyride EU.

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Dear backers,

Joyride in USA was pure joy. It was really nice to see so many of you. Thank you for joining us. 

We kicked of Joyride in NYC on a very sunny and windy day. It was great way to experience Smart Wheel making a head wind ride smooth. In SF we got to do some uphill riding and downhill recharging. In LA we got to cruise long distances along the beach and enjoy the smooth ride. Here is a sneak peek.

Warning: Sound of the video is enhanced. In person, Smart Wheel is silent.

JOYRIDE EU

Now, we are happy to let you know that we are coming to EU. We are starting with the test rides this week. Below are the locations and dates where the test rides will be available. If you can make it, please sign up.

Zurich: Friday / June 20th / From 4pm - 7pm / General-Guisan-Quai 37 SIGNUP

Munich: Saturday / June 21st / From 3pm - 6pm / Dienerstraße 12 SIGNUP

Berlin: Sunday / June 22nd / From 3pm - 6pm / Engeldamm 68 SIGNUP

Hamburg: Monday / June 23th / From 4pm - 7pm / Ballindamm 39 SIGNUP

Amsterdam: Tuesday / June 24th / From 4pm - 7pm / Vondelpark 1 SIGNUP

London: Wednesday / June 25th / From 4pm - 7pm / Hyde Park Corner Knightsbridge SIGNUP

Paris: Thursday / June 26th / From 4pm - 7pm / 7 Place Vauban SIGNUP

DEVELOPMENT

In May we have placed a component and material orders for the first Smart Wheels that will be produced this summer. Thank you for filling out the survey. In September we will start to deliver first Smart Wheels. Soon we will take you behind the scenes of our production.

And there's more. We'd like to share our new webpage at www.flykly.com featuring all new content with our 'Street Smart' philosophy. FlyKly is all about cycling and delivering smarter tools for smarter urban transportation for people on the move. Smart move that is. Check it out.

FlyKly products are now exclusively available for pre-order at www.flykly.com. Pre-orders placed now will start to ship in Fall 2014, right after all the backers get theirs.

Stay Fly!

Join the Joyride.

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Join the Joyride.

We are happy to let you know that we are starting the test rides. Below are the locations and dates where the first test rides will be available. If you can make it, please sign up.

New York: Friday / May 30th / From 4pm - 7pm / Hudson River Park (West st & Christoper st) SIGNUP

New York: Saturday / May 31st / From 10am - 2pm / Hudson River Park (West st & Christoper st) SIGNUP

San Francisco: Monday / June 2nd / From 4pm - 7pm / Valencia st & 15th St SIGNUP

Los Angeles: Thursday / June 5th / From 4pm - 7pm / Santa Monica Pier bike path  SIGNUP

EU test rides will be available in the second half of June. We will announce the dates and locations soon. If you would like to see us in your city, please let us know.

Shipping

We are working with large shipping carriers in order to determine the cost and the best way to ship your rewards to you. In order to determine the cost and the best way to ship, we need your shipping info. We have already sent out a survey to all FlyKly Smart Wheel backers. Please complete the survey and if you have any questions, let us know.

Registration

Once we get the necessary info from the survey, we will start to register you as a FlyKly customer on our website. Registering as a FlyKly customer will enable you to manage your account and see the status of your Smart Wheel. Once you will receive your Smart Wheel, you will be able to manage the Smart Wheel info, track the activity, as well as protect your Smart Wheel.

In the following updates we will report to you from the test drives and update you regarding the shipping and registration process. 

Stay Fly!