FLEX: World's Fastest Chainless E-bike that Fits a Suitcase
FLEX: World's Fastest Chainless E-bike that Fits a Suitcase
Amazing ride experience. 28km/h fast. Smart-folding. 15kg light. 30km range. Designed in Canada. $998 USD.
Amazing ride experience. 28km/h fast. Smart-folding. 15kg light. 30km range. Designed in Canada. $998 USD. Read more
About this project
The FLEX was designed to inspire and empower more people to use clean electric transportation. Current electric bicycles are still too complex, heavy, and bulky to address the needs of modern commuters. Other new compact electric vehicles sacrifice safety, rider fit, and ride quality to achieve portability. Many of these "last mile" vehicles use tiny wheels and aren't legally allowed on the road. We decided to create the ultimate electric transportation tool that combines portability, lightweight, and practicality in a great riding and easy to use e-bike design.
The FLEX is a revolutionary folding electric bike that provides the most portable and convenient transportation option ever. It was designed to fit the rider and how they live. FLEX folds in one second and is the world's only chainless, front pedaling e-bike featuring a dual mode transmission. It is more convenient and easier to use than any other electric vehicle. The lightweight (15 kg) design folds extremely compact and offers a comfortable upright riding position. FLEX offers an incredibly fun and agile ride experience while the design inspires everyone to go electric!
The Revelo ride platform has won numerous industrial design awards and has been recognized around the world for its innovative approach to personal mobility.
Robust yet simple to use, the Revelo FLEX provides an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind ride. We've field tested the FLEX in North America, Europe and Asia and riders absolutely love it.
“Revelo FLEX is what would have happened if Apple had made electric bicycles. It’s an incredible ride... fun, simple to use and beautifully designed!” - T. Hewson
“Riding a Revelo is like surfing the city wave of streets with ease!” - R. Rizzo
“People smile when you zip past them. It's like flying by in a chair.” - M. McKercher
Best in Class Speed: With a maximum speed of 28 km/h (17.5 mph) the FLEX is the fastest among ultra-portable chainless e-bikes. With a lower center of gravity and nimble geometry, the FLEX provides an agile and awesome ride! The heat treated, rust resistant aluminum chassis of the FLEX is solid feeling, while the 16" and 20" easy rolling wheels, plush saddle and resilient frame smooth out road imperfections.
FLEX Video - On and Off Road Testing
A Joy to Ride: The FLEX will bring a smile to your face the instant you climb aboard. FLEX is friendly and easy to ride. Play our video and hear what riders have to say.
A Revolution in Personal Transport: We've created a new category of vehicle by putting the user experience first while maintaining extreme portability. Created in North America from the ground up, the FLEX is a cool design that fits the user and rides like the wind. It elevates mobility to a whole new level and changes the game of personal transportation.
Patented Dual-Mode Crank (DMC): An e-bike requires a pedaling system so we invented and patented our own pedal technology, one that drives the front wheel directly and makes the FLEX so much fun to ride!
Cruise or Pedal: The DMC also lets you switch effortlessly mid-ride between a resting foot position to an active pedaling position to adapt to different road conditions. The independently floating cranks make steering feel plush and help smooth out bumps. See the DMC in action below:
Innovative Dual-Mode Handlebar (DMH): Our DMH smart design allows the handlebar to rotate 90 degrees into an ultra-slim profile so you can move unobtrusively through a crowd or tight spaces.
Unique Walk'n Roll: For extreme portability, you can fold and walk'n roll. Our unique design allows the FLEX to easily roll in a folded position for the ultimate in compact, convenient and spontaneous transportation. Go anywhere you want, anytime you like!
Versatile Dual-Mode Recharging (DMR): For ultimate convenience, our premium lithium battery is detachable so you can recharge both ON or OFF the FLEX at any standard electrical outlet. The small but powerful, Samsung lithium-ion battery gets you where you need to go with a 30 kilometre (20 mile) range on a single charge. When depleted, a full charge takes only 3-5 hours. Battery lifetime is rated for 1,000 full recharge cycles or the equivalent of approximately 4 to 5 years of average use (based on 3-5 full recharge cycles per week).
Premium Components: The FLEX is built with top quality parts such as Shimano brakes, Mirrycle side mirror, CST flat resistant tires, Samsung battery cells. FLEX also uses standard bicycle industry components so that wearable parts can be easily serviced at any bicycle shop.
FLEX PRO model: Includes all features of the FLEX plus 1) SABS front brakeset for incredibly smooth anti-lock braking; 2) detachable Wellgo pedals for even more compactness and easier rolling; 3) suspension seat post for added comfort; 4) Revelo custom designed side pannier rack for on-the-go added storage. Fits standard bags and does not interfere with the fold.
FLEX EXPERT model: Includes all features of the FLEX PRO plus 1) an easy to read backlit LCD Display which provides battery level, speed and distance indicators; 2) USB power connector (5V .5A) to charge your mobile devices; 3) Revelo custom cargo trailer.
Compact: FLEX compacts into an impressively small footprint of just 1’ x 2’ x 2.5’.
Quick Folding: The FLEX folds incredibly small to be easily portable, but opens big enough to get you quickly where you need to go
Lightweight: Weighing no more than an average set of golf clubs (15 kg/33 lbs), FLEX is a breeze to carry up or down a flight of stairs, pack in a vehicle or take aboard public transit.
Take It Anywhere: FLEX fits wherever you need it. Put one (or even four) in a trunk, take it with you on your boat or RV, store it in a closet, tuck it under your desk or put it in a suitcase!
Comfortable Upright Position: The upright riding position of the FLEX provides a comfortable view of the road ahead while the sure footed stopping position provides a safe perch for your next take off.
Easy to Ride: FLEX has virtually no learning curve. It's a completely new way of riding, one that is fun and totally liberating.
Small or Tall: The Revelo ride platform allows you to tailor the vehicle to fit you and not the other way around. The FLEX fits riders 4'11" to 6'4". Our "e-gonomic design" philosophy centers on how to best fit people with electric propulsion to provide the best experience.
Weight: Ultra-lite 12.2 kg (26.9 lb) without battery
Frame and Fork: Heat treated aluminum for light weight, strength and corrosion resistance
Range: 30 km (20 mi) on a single charge
Speed: Top speed 28 km/h (17.5 mph)
Battery: 2.8 kg (6.3 lb), 36V 10aH, Lithium, Samsung 1000 cycles, 3-5 hour charge*
Motor: Rear mounted 250W High torque brushless geared
Front Drive: Chainless Patented Dual Mode Crank (DMC) for cruising or pedaling modes
Front wheel: 20" Freewheeling clutch hub with aluminum rim
Tires: 1.75" CST Puncture resistance e-bike tires
Brakes: Powerful front and rear Shimano v-brakes with electronic cut off alloy levers
Saddle: Comfort base with spring suspension
Safety: Mirrycle mirror, bell, and kickstand
Open Dimensions: 116 x 100 x 38cm (45" x 39" x 15")
Folded Dimensions: 30 x 60 x 80 cm (1’ x 2’ x 2.5’)
Suitcase Dimensions: 50 x 76 x 28cm (20" x 30" x 11")
Rider Height: 4' 11" (153 cm) to 6'4" (193 cm)
Max. Rider Weight: 220 lbs (100 kgs)
Warranty: Lifetime on frame and fork. 1 year on non-wear items.
*Includes a 120/220V Charger and manual.
The FLEX was designed to get more people moving with clean electric power. It started as Henry Chong's industrial design thesis in 2011 to answer the question of "what is the best electric solution for commuters in cities like Toronto?" Henry started with a fitting system and surveyed people about what had the most comfortable and safe feeling position. This become the core of the FLEX design philosophy. Along the way Revelo was born and the team learned from commuters what they wanted and needed to inspire them to get a personal electric vehicle. In 2012, Henry and his sister Mary co-founded Revelo and built a studio in Mary's garage from which the first designs were prototyped and built. We poured every bit of research into the design and arrived at an e-bike that fits how people live and commute while being extremely portable, fun, and convenient.
We are a team with a mission to revolutionize personal transportation with clean and efficient electric alternatives that give people more fun and freedom. We hope game changing designs like our FLEX will encourage more people to adopt greener transport, and help relieve our cities of congestion and empowering them to better explore and connect with their surroundings.
After three years of extensive design and testing, we’re ready to get these e-bikes into your hands and on the road. We’ve met with manufacturers, we’ve quality inspected facilities and we’ve developed the processes needed to get the Revelo FLEX into production. We need your support to get this product to market and to the people who are as eager as we are to experience something ground-breaking in e-mobility.
Risks and challenges
Specification is ready for the first batch. Henry and the Revelo team have been working and refining the design for over 3 years. We have had over 1000 test riders and over 10,000 km or real world community with our vehicle platform.
Some risks and challenges might come our way when we start our first large-scale production of Revelo FLEX, and we want to be upfront about that. Kickstarter projects come with some degree of risk inherent in product development. Our backers invest in new ideas, so we want to do everything we can to minimize the risks involved.
We have partners in Canada and Asia for manufacturing. We have finalized our molding designs, and partnered with the best bike manufacturers to make sure we have things in place once we go to full production. This also means that we've already spent the past year collaborating with factories and suppliers during the prototyping phase. Henry has been overseas to make sure that we have the availability of custom components, and quality once we go in to production.
Once all the parts are manufactured and pass QC checks, they will be shipped to Revelo headquarters in Toronto, where the bike will be inspected. Operational logistics might delay the build time and shipping time. Our partners have extensive experience with shipping, import/export, and all things within. The only thing they cannot control is the weather or other factors which might affect freight schedules.
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