Electric bicycle wheels are coming to the masses, and they are coming from multiple sources. A few years ago we saw the Copenhagen Wheel, and now a similar product is making its way to market – the FlyKly Smart Wheel.
The Smart Wheel is designed to work on almost any bicycle. The 250W electric motor automatically kicks in when the user starts pedaling, and it stops when the user does. As is the case with conventional electric bikes, this allows riders to pedal with less effort.
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The motor allows for a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) with a 30-mile (48-km) range. The whole wheel weighs in at 9 lb (4 kg), and will be available in 20, 26, and 29-inch sizes.
Aside from the actual motor, the wheel also comes with a mobile application that offers features like the ability to lock the motor, track it in the event that it is stolen, and set the top speed while riding.
FlyKly is seeking funding for its Smart Wheel on Kickstarter. It started with a modest US$100,000 goal, and it has already quadrupled that amount. Backers interested in getting a Smart Wheel will need to make a minimum pledge of $590. The company expects to deliver the wheel to backers in May of 2014.
The Kickstarter pitch video below provides more information on the Smart Wheel.