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UPDATED: FlyKly Smart Wheel: Easily Convert Your Bike to Electric! [VIDEO]
Jan 07, 2015
The race for the all-in-one electric bike system has been heating up recently and it looks like FlyKly has won the race to be the first company to ship their Smart Wheel to customers.
The FlyKly Smart Wheel makes an easy (replace rear wheel), economical ($999 to $1,099), and relatively light (6 lbs.) way to convert your traditional bike to electric!
The FlyKly Smart Wheel makes it so easy to convert your bike to electric. All you have to do is replace the rear wheel and wirelessly connect your smartphone via Bluetooth.
The Smart Wheel puts every e-bike component in the rear hub of the wheel. That includes the motor, batteries, controller, etc.
The Smart Wheel is similar to the Copenhagen Wheel that was announced a few years ago. Speaking of the Copenhagen Wheel, it appears that it is also coming to market soon, along with the Zehus system, and the EVELO Omni Wheel.
The pedal assist only Smart Wheel is controlled by a smartphone application and offers ways to customize the Smart Wheel performance to fit your riding style. The application is available for the iPhone, Android phones, and the Pebble Watch.
The app has the ability to lock the Smart Wheel and also tracks the wheel in case your bike is stolen. There are also more features like social connectivity that let you share ride info with friends and city officials to help built better bicycle infrastructure.
Here’s some information on the specifications of the Smart Wheel:
It has a 250 W motor that can help you up to 16 mph and it has regenerative braking.
A 30V 5.33 amp hour (160 watt hour) lithium battery is housed in the rear hub. Stated range is 25 miles.
The battery can be charged in 3 hours. Expected life of the battery is 1,000 charging cycles.
One of the very unique features of the Smart Wheel is that it weighs 6 pounds! That is remarkably light for this whole system.
The Smart Wheel is available as just the hub ($999) or fully built wheel ($1,099) in either 20″, 26″, or 28″ wheel sizes.
It will be available in Pure White or Silver Gray.
In addition FlyKly is offering 3 different fully built bikes that use the Smart Wheel.
The Linus Roadster is a “retro-chic urban explorer” that has a classic design and is priced at $1,699. Available in 3 different colors.
The Linus Dutchi has a step thru frame and an upright position for comfortable riding and it is priced at $1,699. Available in 2 different colors.
The MSC Trackster is for all you hipsters out there. It is currently priced at $1,549. Available in 3 different colors.
FlyKly is also selling a Smart Light that is a handlebar mounted bike light, phone holder, and phone charger.
Here is video of how to install the FlyKly Smart Wheel:
Some of the limitations of the Smart Wheel are that it’s a single speed only and there is no option to use a disc brake on it.
For more information about the Smart Wheel check out the FlyKly website.