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Hubless Electric Bikes – What You Need To Know About These Spokeless Wheels Bicycles

Have you ever wondered what hubless electric bikes are and how they work? If you’re a movie geek, I’m sure the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the term “hubless bicycle” is an image of the futuristic motorcycles from Tron Legacy.

Well, while humans haven’t advanced to the point where we’re able to transform into vehicles, hubless electric motorcycles (like the Verge TS) or hubless wheels are in fact real. And recently a startup in Seattle Washington started manufacturing electric bikes with hubless wheels.

Beno Inc. (the name of the company) is set to start shipping its third batch of futuristic e-bikes to customers later this year. While a lot of bicycle enthusiasts are excited about this innovation, some bike users are not impressed by Beno’s invention and even believe what the company is promising is too good to be true.

In this article, we will answer some of the most asked questions about hubless spokeless bicycles. We will also take a deep dive into how hubless wheels work and find out if they are more efficient than regular wheels.

Is the hubless bike real

Beno’s Reevo is indeed real. The hubless electric bicycle was first teased on Indiegogo sometime around October 2020 and the company behind the product has managed to raise over 6 million in funding since the beginning of their campaign.

The bike, which is expected to ship to addresses in the US anytime soon, comes with a 750W Reevo electric-drive motor (more on this later in the article), spokeless tires, front rear lights that come with light sensors, a 48V 10.5Ah removable lithium-ion battery, etc.

Currently, there isn’t much information about the bike and it hasn’t been reviewed by independent sources yet. However, you can rest assured that the Reevo and the concept behind it are real; hubless motorcycles have existed for more than a decade now.

What is a hubless e-bike

In general, a hubless (or spokeless) e-bike is a bicycle whose wheels have no spokes. The idea of hubless wheels had existed long before Beno decided to integrate its unique engineering into their futuristic-looking electric bike (hubless wheels were first invented in 1989 by Franco Sbarro).

How do hubless wheels work

In most cases, a hubless wheel system will consist of a wheel, a center ring, an outer ring (this is the part that stays bolted to the frame of the bike), a huge sprocket, two large circular bearings (one inserted into the other), and a belt drive.

Okay, so let’s break down the function of each piece mentioned above:

  • The wheel (or rim) is the ring that supports the tire;
  • The outer ring, as mentioned earlier, stays fixed to the bike or motorcycle’s frame. This piece does not rotate;
  • The center ring attaches to the wheel to sort of create an extension that goes through the outer ring and connects to the sprocket;
  • The circular bearings fit in-between the center ring and outer ring, ensuring that the center ring is able to rotate independently;
  • The belt drive transfers motion from the motor (or engine) to the wheel (It doesn’t have to be a belt drive though. Belt drives are just used in most of the popular applications of this system. The whole idea is to transfer motion to the components in the wheel that spin);
  • The sprocket, like in regular vehicles, rotates the rest of the wheel with power from the belt (or chain).

So, basically, the operation of a hubless wheel system goes like this; the bearings ensure that while a part of the entire wheel is anchored to the frame, another part can still go on rotating in the same system.

Centerless e-bikes can also be hub-driven. In a hub-driven hubless spokeless bicycle, the electric motor spins the bearings fitted into the outer ring. These bearings then transfer the rotational force from the motor onto the center ring which goes on to spin the wheel.

The example above is just one application of a hub-driven centerless wheel system. Engineers are always trying out new ways to transfer rotational force from a motor (or engine) to a rotatable ring within a hubless wheel system.

The only components that are consistent in all hubless wheel systems are circular bearings.

You see now that hubless wheels kind of work like regular wheels. They’re just a bit more complex than regular “hub” wheels.

How much does a hubless bike cost

Hubless electric bikes haven’t gone mainstream yet. When they eventually become popular, expect hubless e-bike to range between 2500 and 3500 per unit.

Currently, the only hubless electric bicycle available on the market is the Reevo and it costs just 2698. Beno’s premium package costs about 3190. This package includes one Reevo e-bike and all the necessary accessories and utilities users will need to enjoy safe and convenient rides on their bicycles.

Potential buyers also get a discount when they purchase more than one bike.

Are hubless wheels (without Spokes) more efficient

In most cases, the efficiency of a hubless wheel will depend on the type of drive system integrated within the wheel. For example, a “hub-driven” centerless electric bike is bound to be more efficient than an e-bike with a center hub-motor because its motor is closer to the outer rim and as such retains more of its centrifugal force.

This works like a geared hub-drive system where the rotor spins a series of gears in its system which then rotate the wheel. One of the biggest advantages of this setup is that it provides an extra layer of security against bike theft (it doesn’t feature an automatic lock though)

Unlike other electric bicycles that can still be pushed along without electric power, the Reevo hubless e-bike comes with a wheel lock that once activated, locks the wheels in place. Now whoever’s trying to steal your bike can’t manually ride it or even get into its drivetrain to bypass it.

The bike is currently available in 750- and 250-Watt versions. The 750W version is designed for riders in the US and comes with both pedal and throttle-assist functionalities. This model can reportedly reach top speeds of 25 mph (40.2 kph) in its highest pedal-assist setting (PAS level 5).

The version that is designed for riders in EU nations comes with a 250-Watt motor propels the bike to a max speed of 25 kph (15.5 mph).

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Reevo electric bike operation

Once turned on (after unboxing), riders can connect the Reevo hubless electric bicycle to their smartphones via an app. The app gives riders access to a lot of functions available on the bike, one of which includes setting a fingerprint lock.

The lock, once set, prevents anyone from being able to gain access into your bike’s electronic drive system. After registering your fingerprint, you can take your bike out for a spin.

The app also records riders’ speed, trip distance, battery consumption, etc. Riders can also set how much power they want the motor to deliver at any given time as well as tweak the sensitivity of the bike’s light sensor.

While the Reevo hubless e-bike doesn’t come with its own LCD device, there’s a phone mount attached to the bike’s handlebars where riders can place their phones and monitor their ride data.

Final thoughts

While the Reevo’s unique design makes it an attractive e-bike, it’s worth noting that there are risks involved with investing one’s money in a project that hasn’t gone mainstream yet.

In 2016, a revolutionary company teased the “world’s most advanced hubless Smart cycle”; The Cyclotron Bike. The company’s finished product was supposed to come with a 36V 10Ah lithium-ion battery and a 500W brushless DC motor.

However, production halted sometime around 2020 and the manufacturer has since ended their campaign on Indiegogo. They were, however, able to raise about 300,000 during the course of their campaign — money that hasn’t been returned to the people who invested in their project.

Now, I’m not saying that the same fate will befall Reevo investors, but this isn’t the first time we’re seeing an overly enthusiastic manufacturer propose an innovation that would “rock” the cycling industry. Beno claims to have started shipping Reevo e-bikes to customers, however, there are still no reviews of the bike from independent testers.

According to updates on their Indiegogo page, shipments to the United States should begin sometime in 2022. I would advise that riders who want to purchase this e-bike wait till trusted reviewers are able to get their hands on this product before investing their hard-earned money in it.

Pioneering the next generation of electric bicycles

Pioneering the next generation of e-bikes

We are building desirable electric mobility solutions by combining beautiful aesthetics with innovative technology- starting with Reevo, the world’s first hubless e-bike with over 6M in orders to date.

If just 15% of urban transportation miles were travelled by e-bikes. we could cut carbon emissions by 12%bicycling.com

Most e-bikes today look and feel the same, with little to differentiate their appearance from traditional bicycles. We believe that the bikes of the future have to look like the bikes of the future.

Theft is also a major concern. The most common solution today is the good old bicycle chain and lock. but these are often bulky, heavy, require a “chainable” parking spot, and are often easy to tamper with.

E-bikes today are also lacking in many essential features that we take for granted in cars and motorcycles. For example, users are often required to purchase 3rd party accessories to enable basic functions. leading to a fragmented and inconvenient user experience.

It’s time for the next generation of e-bikes.

The e-bike market is one of tremendous opportunity and growth. E-bikes are emerging as an appealing transportation mode as they offer the convenience of a bicycle, paired with a sweat-free commute.

With bikes already outselling cars two-to-one, global trends are further pushing the adoption of e-bikes as a clean, alternative mode of transportation. The future of mobility is clearly electric.

Closer to home, the E-BIKE Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate in July 2021. The legislation aims to get more people out of cars, and onto e-bikes by offering tax credits worth up to 30% off.

Institutional investors know this, and are betting big on e-bikes.

We built Reevo – the world’s first hubless e-bike. Beautifully designed and elegantly crafted, urban mobility has never looked this good. It features our signature anti-theft system and integrated assistive features to make your next ride a truly futuristic one.

Reevo offers a one-of-a-kind, premium design with new innovative features. all at an affordable price point. We’re setting ourselves apart from the competition by pioneering novel technologies and generating valuable IPs with 10 patents pending.

Pure engineering excellence, secured with world-class triple-barrier security and built around a strong, lightweight core with a sleek stealth black finish.

Adaptive pedal assist

  • Reevo’s electronic adaptive pedal assist system detects road gradient and pedaling parameters to provide algorithmically tailored assistance.
  • Rated for up to 37 miles (60 km) assisted range.

Hubless e-drive

  • Power is transmitted efficiently from the electric motor to provide unmatched power when needed
  • Works with pure electric, hybrid, and manual pedaling modes.

Triple-barrier security

  • Biometric access.
  • Secure theft prevention. an advanced wheel locking mechanism renders Reevo immobile and nullifies tampering devices.
  • Theft detection with GPS tracking. actively scans for motion and alerts your phone if a theft attempt is in progress.

Integrated safety features

  • Automatic night detection.
  • Integrated signal, brake lights, and LED headlamps.

Exceptional ride quality

  • Responds quickly to input.
  • Strong, lightweight core.
  • Crafted with high quality materials.

The proof is in the demand: we’ve raised over 6M on Indiegogo within 10 months, and exceeded our funding goal by 200% in just 15 minutes.

Our core revenue streams are bike and accessory sales. with a healthy 45% product margin. We have already invested heavily into tooling and molds, which means that our margin will improve as this cost is amortized into future orders as we grow.

Oh, and we also did a collaboration with THE luxury brand, Balenciaga.

Our goal is to grow. fast. With delivery starting soon, our attention will be focused on growth and expansion. We have been working to scale up our production facility to produce over 3,000 bikes per month.

We are also building a strong network of regional distributors to scale quickly and effectively with over 7M in orders committed for Q1 / Q2 2022.

So far, we have secured partnerships in Southeast Europe, France, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Luxembourg, Hawaii, French Overseas Territories, and South Korea. with more to be announced soon.

We’re crafting the most innovative, technologically advanced, secure and unique e-bikes in the world. We’ve patented our technology, filed our trademarks, and proven demand with over 6M in orders within a year, but we need you along for the ride to make our larger vision a reality.

We have a big dream, and a bigger plan to grow our company to an IPO and beyond.

Over the next two years, we’ll launch new product ranges, solidify existing plans with worldwide brick-and-mortar distributors, and address additional e-bike market segments. Besides that, we also plan on adding recurring revenue through the launch of a battery subscription service for our range of electric vehicles.

We will also expand our RD team to venture into the rapidly growing electric motorcycle / moped market by leveraging our patented core technologies.

Over the next two years, we’ll launch new product ranges, solidify existing plans with worldwide brick-and-mortar distributors, and address additional e-bike market segments. Besides that, we also plan on adding recurring revenue through the launch of a battery subscription service for our range of electric vehicles.

We will also expand our RD team to venture into the rapidly growing electric motorcycle / moped market by leveraging our patented core technologies.

This is your chance to get in on the ground floor with our first ever funding round. Join us, invest in your future, and watch your investment grow as we do!

Reevo Hubless E-Bike(2021): The Future of E-Bike Is Here

Reevo Hubless E-Bike is the latest added in the e-bike store. When we say that e-bikes are the future of transportation, we mean it.

You may have a question, How?

E-bikes not only offer the best technological innovations, but they are also sleek, fast, and lightweight as well. And today, we will talk about the best e-bike available out there now, the Reevo Hubless e-bike.

The Reevo Hubless e-bike is creating havoc in the industry of e-bikes, and it’s the good kind of havoc. The extraordinary features and eye-appealing aesthetics of this e-bike are gaining popularity and praise from all over the world. The sleek black frame and the autonomous LED lights of this high-end e-bike offer the highest value to the customers.

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Brain, brand, and looks. The Reevo Hubless e-bike is a combination of these three components. It is impossible to find an e-bike that matches the standard of the Reevo Hubless e-bike. There is a reason why we call it the future of transportation.

Everything we said about the Reevo Hubless e-bike sounds unbelievable, right? Continue reading to know about the extraordinary features of the Reevo Hubless e-bike, and you will see why it is our favorite.

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Before diving into details about the features of the Reevo Hubless e-bike, let us take a look at the specs of this high-end electric bike.

Reevo E-Bike Features:

The Reevo Hubless electric bike also features a hidden backup battery that can provide up to 10 hours of standby power when you disconnect the main battery from the electric bike. The backup battery intelligently charges itself back when the main battery is connected to the bike once again.

Hubless Wheel Configuration:

The hubless wheel configuration of the Reevo e-bike is by far its most distinct feature. The wheels of the Reevo Hubless e-bike are centerless and are built with a strong core. The hubless wheels can support weight up to 265lbs or 120kgs.

The wheels are aesthetically pleasing as they sport an elegant matte black finish. Another major feature of these wheels is that they themselves offer storage points, allowing the rider with space to mount a bag.

However, the hubless wheels are both a strong and weak point of this electric bike. The absence of the hub causes the wheel to be thicker and heavier, which in turn increases the overall weight of the electric bike.

Reevo E-Bike Safety Features:

Each year, more than 2 million bikes get stolen, and maybe somewhere, someone is losing their ride as we speak. And surprisingly, this number of stolen bikes is just in North America. than 97 percent of these stolen or lost bikes are never recovered. Losing a bike is a very unfortunate event, especially when it is your only mean of transport. Bikes generally come with a lock system that can be easily tampered with the help of tampering devices.

If it was that easy to prevent the stealing of bikes, then the number of bikes stolen each year would not have been this high. Beno Inc. knew that if they wanted to prevent the Reevo Hubless e-bike from getting stolen, they had to come up with some strong safety measures. Thus, Beno Inc. designed the Reevo Hubless e-bike with certain safety features that makes it impossible to steal.

Beno Inc. equipped the Reevo Hubless e-bike with a triple barrier anti-theft system, all while making sure that the bike meets the expectations of the riders perfectly. The triple barrier anti-theft ensures that the bike will safely stay with its owner.

The functions of the triple barrier anti-theft system in the Reevo Hubless e-bike are as follows:

One-touch fingerprint sensor:

The one-touch fingerprint sensor allows the owner to lock and unlock the bike without the use of a traditional or typical key.

The analog security system of a Bike

The Reevo Hubless e-bike comes with an advanced wheel locking feature that is incorporated within the frame of the bike. The automatic lock helps to prevent the e-bike from moving and protects it from vandalizing devices like bolt cutters.

GPS coupled with motion detection:

Reevo Hubless e-bikes have a microchip integrated within their frame. This microchip actively scans the bike for motions and sends out alerts to the owner’s phone when the bike or the position of the bike is triggered.

The next-generation e-bike also houses a GPS module that can be tracked through the Reevo smartphone app from anywhere at any time.

Due to this triple barrier anti-theft system of Reevo, you do not have to worry about your bike being stolen or lost. The biometric lock or one-touch fingerprint sensor makes sure that no one can unlock the bike without you. The motion detector and automatic locking feature of the bike save you from the trouble of purchasing a bike lock.

Simply park your electric bike at its designated parking spot and relaxingly go on with your day instead of worrying about your bike or checking on it once every few minutes. You will receive alerts on your phone through the Reevo smartphone app if anybody tries to move your bike or steal it.

Reevo App:

Beno Inc. has fully integrated the Reevo Hubless e-bike with advanced smartphone technology. You can place your phone in the smartphone carrier of the bike. The Reevo app is perfectly compatible with both iOS and Android and allows you to track your e-bike and get safety and security alerts.

A virtual geofence is deployed as soon as the bike is locked using the biometric or automatic lock. The GPS module of the electric bike will be activated as soon as it leaves the geofence and sends alerts to the phone of the owner. You can track your Reevo Hubless e-bike through the Reevo from anywhere in the world.

Aesthetics:

Just having the advanced features and industry-leading technology will not attract people to a product. Attraction to the beauty and looks of the product is equally as important as its features. The majority of people back off from buying a product if they do not find the product appealing to the eye. Luckily, the looks will not be an issue for the Reevo Hubless e-bike.

One of the things that makes the Reevo Hubless e-bike extremely attractive is its undeniably eye-pleasing look. The frame is made up of aluminum alloy, and the wheels are hubless with an appealing black matte finish. The e-bike looks even more attractive with its lights and clearly defined details.

The Reevo Hubless e-bike undoubtedly gives all of us a ‘love at first sight feeling. And there is no denying that we are utterly in love with the beauty and elegance of this Reevo electric bike.

The Reevo Hubless electric bike is now available in four colors. These are:

A Lightweight Frame with Power

The Reevo Hubless e-bike is made up of lightweight aluminum alloy and materials that offer high durability. You can easily peddle your e-bike using the assisted peddle function, or you can put your foot down and enjoy an effortless and easy bike ride.

The top speed of the Reevo Hubless e-bike can easily go up to 25 miles per hour, and the speed can go up to 37 miles per hour if the rider uses assisted pedaling. The high-quality motor of the electric bike offers a power supply of 750 watts, and the battery of the bike comes in at 48 volts.

Automatic Lighting:

Other than the industry-leading technology and eye-appealing aesthetics, the Reevo Hubless e-bike offers a lot of features. The electric bike offers an additional feature of automatic lighting, which allows the rider to ride the electric bike at any time of the day, regardless of the lighting outside.

The Reevo Hubless e-bike comes with a bright headlamp and a tail light. It is equipped with an ambient light sensor. The ambient light sensor has the ability to detect darkness and automatically turn the headlamp and tail light on. This additional feature provides the rider with an extra layer of protection while riding the bike at night.

Reevo E-Bike Availability and Price:

We come bearing a piece of sad news for both you and us. The amazing Reevo Hubless electric bikes are not yet available for spot purchase. However, the futuristic e-bike is available on pre-order. So, if you want to be an owner of this wonderful electric bike, you can place an order for it on a pre-order basis.

For pre-order, the price of the Reevo Hubless e-bike starts at only USD 2,278. However, there will be a surge in the price of the electric bike after the pre-order period ends, increasing the starting price up to 3,450 approximately. If you want to take advantage of this pre-order price, then hurry up and place your order for the Reevo Hubless e-bike today!

When it comes to pricing, the Reevo Hubless electric bike is not the most low-priced electric bike available in the market. But the engineering excellence, top-class triple barrier anti-theft system, and the eye-pleasing aesthetics of the electric bike make it worth the cost.

Final Thoughts:

After reading the specifications, features, and technology of the Reevo Hubless e-bike, we believe that you have received a clear idea about this electric bike. There is a reason why we address this electric bike as the future of transportation. The reason is, there are hundreds of electric bikes available in the market right now, but not one of them matches the high standards and technology of the Reevo Hubless e-bike.

The Reevo Hubless electric bike is heavy on feature and high on value. This electric bike is a complete package of brains, brawns, and good looks.

The Reevo Hubless e-bike comes with features that many companies have imagined but failed to execute. It is the execution and design of Beno Inc. that made the Reevo Hubless stand out among all its competitors. It is not our intention to degrade another brand, and we are here to provide the Reevo Hubless e-bike with the recognition it deserves.

Frequenty Asked Question:

How Much Does A Reevo Hubless E-Bike Cost?

The Reevo Hubless Electric is only available on pre-order right now. The price of this high-end electric bike, packed with some of the industry-leading features, is priced at only 2,278.

The price of the Reevo Hubless electric bike indicates that it is much affordable than the majority of the electric bikes available in the market. For example, the electric bikes offered by Ducati or Husqvarna costs way more than the Reevo electric bike. But those bikes do not offer as many features as the electric bike by Reevo.

However, the price of the Reevo Hubless e-bike is supposed to increase up to 3,450 when it is available to the world for spot purchase.

Is the Reevo E-Bike Legit?

If we talk about the incredibility of the Reevo Hubless e-bike, then it seems pretty promising so far. The bike is completely equipped with Smart technology, safety features, attractive aesthetics, and a unique design, making it the electric bike for the future.

However, what concerns the public is whether the Reevo Hubless electric bike will ever see the light of the world, or is it just another scam? Truth be told, nobody can answer the question until the right time arrives.

The reason why people are skeptical about this electric bike is, in 2016, the release of the first hubless Smart bicycle was announced. But even after almost five years, the world still has not seen the face of that bike in real life. Thus, the majority of people are expressing their doubts about the legitimacy of the product.

Customers are more than willing to wait till the official launch of the product in the market. Even though the price of purchasing the electric bike on pre-order is significantly lower than the said price on the spot purchase.

How Does The Reevo Hubless E-Bike Work?

As we mentioned in the guide above, the Reevo Hubless electric bike is packed with innovative features and technology. It has a biometric lock on its handlebar as part of its triple barrier anti-theft safety feature. The e-bike does not use a typical or traditional key and is locked or unlocked by the owner’s fingerprint on the biometric lock.

The Reevo Hubless electric bike also has a GPS module in it which allows the rider to easily maneuver through the roads by using the GPS. It also features an ambient light sensor, making it easier for the rider to ride the bike even during the night. The bright headlamp with 800 lumens and the tail light of the electric bike provides an additional layer of protection on the road at night time.

The bike works using a motor with a power of 750 watts and has a 48 volts battery coupled with the motor. The charging time of the battery used in the electric bike is 3 hours. You can ride this electric bike by using the assisted peddle or put your foot down and enjoy the ride effortlessly. The bike can reach a top speed of 25 miles per hour, and if you use assisted pedaling, then the bike can reach a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour.

What is the benefit of using hubless wheels?

The feature that helped the Reevo Hubless electric bike gain popularity in the market is its hubless wheels. The hubless wheels are also commonly known as centerless wheels. These wheels do not have hubs or spokes in the center. The advantage of using hubless wheels is that it provides better steering and enhanced braking. The hubless wheels used in Reevo electric bikes also offer storage points, allowing the rider to mount a bag there.

Does the Reevo Hubless Electric Bike Require A SIM Card?

The answer is yes; your Reevo Hubless electric bike requires a SIM card. You can use any nano SIM card from your network provider. You must be wondering what will happen if you do not use a SIM card on your Reevo Hubless Electric bike? There are many features in the bike that will still function even if you do not use a SIM card. However, functions such as GPS or GSM cannot work without a nano SIM card.

Steven is a professional cyclist and his passion is cycling. He has been cycling for the last 6 years and he loves using bikes while outing as well. Based on his experiences with the different types of bikes; he is sharing his opinions about various bikes so that a beginner can start right away. Find him on @thecyclistguy Happy Biking.

These Tron-like bikes are designed made by a Penang startup, but they aren’t for M’sians

When I initially came across the hubless Reevo Bikes, I was first impressed by the fact that it was made by Malaysians. My next thought was about how they looked like the bikes from the Disney movie, Tron. (Yes, I know it’s based on the 1982 film of the same name, but I’m too young for that). My managing editor, Sade, who is a fan of the Disney movie, excitedly pointed out the same.

Turns out, we were (sort of) right.

“The idea for Reevo actually came from an old movie that you’ve probably heard about—Tron,” Dr Ivan Chew, the COO of Beno Technologies, said to Vulcan Post. “The concept of hubless bicycles was something that just captivated our imagination.”

However, a hubless bike isn’t a new idea and the Beno team knew that too. There are other hubless bike prototypes out there, but none of them ever made it to mass production due to the complexity and high startup costs.

For some, that knowledge might come as a deterrence. For Beno, it only served as motivation. Ignoring past failures, the team started working on the bike using funds that came out of their own projects.

It paid off. Reevo has now raised over RM28 million via Indiegogo and is working on shipping out the bikes to its backers. Here’s how the Malaysian team did it.

Challenging the bicycle

As cool as the Reevo Bikes are, I still wondered—why reinvent something like the bike? As the saying goes, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

“As engineers, we (sometimes foolishly) relish a good challenge, so we set out to reinvent the wheel, and we are today,” Dr Ivan explained. “It took us four years of part-time work to come out with the prototype as we still had our day jobs at that time.”

Yet, while the bike might be a breakthrough for the engineers, it still has to serve a purpose for end consumers, who could easily buy a bike for much cheaper. The one obvious thing Reevo has going for them would be the aesthetics. But is visual appeal really central for bicycles?

“Aesthetics is actually a huge reason as the emotional connection plays a huge part in the ownership of vehicles,” Dr Ivan countered.

I suppose that’s true. After all, aesthetics is a major reason why some people collect cars, despite their core function being the same.

Beyond the design, though, Reevo also comes with additional security and safety features that are not typically found on traditional bicycles or even e-bikes. These features include Reevo’s proprietary anti-theft system, GPS tracking, and fully integrated lighting on the headlamps, brake, and signal.

“We wanted to create something innovative and futuristic to challenge the concept of what a bicycle could be and look like,” Dr Ivan said.

Haters will hate

Searching Reevo on YouTube to get a better idea of how the bike performs, I was shocked to find many sceptical Комментарии и мнения владельцев.

“This bike is going to break faster than a toy from AliExpress,” one person wrote. “Can’t you see this is another scam? LOL it’s not supposed to be a real bike,” said another.

These are just two of many countless Комментарии и мнения владельцев, and it’s no surprise that the team at Beno has seen them.

“Since we started this project, we’ve received more than our fair share of scepticism,” Dr Ivan said. “A lot of it has to do with the outlandish nature of the product and the fact that we’re crowdfunding to fund the product.”

However, the team has since learnt to tune out the noise. They’ve decided to let the results do the talking.

Personally, other than the fact that they took the time to answer my questions, I also find the regular updates on the Reevo website to help a trustworthy feature too.

According to Dr Ivan, the team has learnt that transparency goes a long way towards building the confidence of Reevo’s backers and customers, so they’ve written over 60 updates since the start of the campaign.

The latest update, titled Delivery Update #4, was posted on May 13 and provides insight into how far along the team is with production and shipping.

Malaysia on the global map

Reevo has facilities in the US as well as in Malaysia, with the manufacturing arm based in Penang. According to Dr Ivan, the decision to base the factory in Malaysia is not just because of lower costs, but also to build a strong footprint in Malaysia and contribute towards building up local industries.

“We’ve also found that there is a lot of untapped talent in Malaysia, which we hope to bring on board with us,” he said.

However, audience-wise, Reevo is targeting something a bit more global. Since the bike is designed to be a commuter bike (that is, for short urban trips), it’s not exactly fitting for the local culture. In Malaysia, bicycles are often used for sports or exercise since we lack the proper infrastructure to use them as a means of transportation.

Furthermore, Dr Ivan points out that Malaysia is a more cost-sensitive market with many viable options such as motorcycles that are within the same price range.

And there’s another glaring issue. “It’s too hot to get around with bicycles!”

Being innovative

Before you start to feel left out by the Reevo Bikes, Beno Technologies actually has something else in store for us.

“At Beno, we are focused on building next-generation electric mobility solutions with a strong FOCUS on two-wheelers,” Dr Ivan began. “While I cannot dive too much into the details, we are currently in the early stages of developing a range of electric motorcycles and scooters for the Malaysian (and SEA) market.”

What could it be, I wonder? Tron-like motorcycles? Foldable Smart scooters? Hovercrafts? We’ll have to wait and see.

Besides that exciting news, Beno Technologies is also working on other innovative projects such as a battery swapping solution to complement its electric vehicles.

The end goal is to build up a strong electric vehicle ecosystem to facilitate the adoption of green mobility technologies locally and abroad. With this in mind, the company is open to partnering up with private and governmental organisations to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.

Although Beno currently has its eyes set on other countries with Reevo Bikes, I’m definitely looking forward to its progress here in Malaysia.

“We are positioning Beno to be a global brand with a global appeal, but with a homegrown identity,” Dr Ivan said. “We definitely hope to represent and make Malaysia proud on the global stage.”

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Weltfahrradtag: Sehen so die Fahrräder der Zukunft aus?

Wir legen uns fest: Das ist das Fahrrad der Zukunft! Das “Reevo”-E-Bike ist ultraleicht, ultraschnell und sieht ultrafuturistisch aus.

Zum Weltfahrrad-Tag: Ein Fahrrad ohne Speichen? Sehen so die Fahrräder der Zukunft aus? Das futuristische “Reevo”-E-Bike ist schnell, ultraleicht und kommt ganz ohne Speichen aus!

Die neue E-Mobilität verändert die Art und Weise, wie wir uns in Zukunft fortbewegen. Während heute Fahrräder und Roller nur einen kleinen Teil des täglichen Verkehrsaufkommens ausmachen, werden die Investitionen in Bezug auf Autonomie, Design und Leistung immer mehr Menschen davon überzeugen, E-Bikes oder Elektroroller für Fahrten zwischen Wohnung und Arbeitsplatz zu nutzen. (Lesen Sie auch: Die besten Pedelecs für den Sommer)

E-Bike ohne Speichen – eine spezielles System macht es möglich

Eines der interessantesten Projekte für das Elektrofahrrad der Zukunft heißt “Reevo” und ist geradezu revolutionär: Das erste, was einem ins Auge springt, ist das Fehlen von Speichen, Naben, Gabeln oder Ketten, was das E-Bike leichter und schneller macht. Ein doppeltes Felgensystems – bei dem der innere Teil des Rades fixiert bleibt und der äußere Teil auf Lagern beweglich ist – macht das Fehlen der Speichen überhaupt möglich und verleiht dem E-Bike den futuristischen Look. (Lesenswert: E-Bike Stromer ST3: Radeln wie in Blade Runner)

Dank des Aluminium-Körpers ist es in der Lage, eine Person bis zu 120 kg bei einer maximalen Geschwindigkeit von 25 Kilometern pro Stunde zu tragen – angetrieben von einem 250-Watt-Motor. Wenn wir das leistungsstärkste Modell (750 Watt) wählen, kann das Elektrofahrrad 60 Kilometer pro Stunde erreichen!

Das Fahrrad ohne Speichen lässt sich per Touch-ID entsperren

Darüber hinaus verfügt es über eine Reihe von Sicherheitssystemen, die das Rad noch attraktiver machen: vom im Rad integrierten Motor bis zum GPS-Tracker; von den Bewegungssensoren, die beim Abstellen vor Diebstahlversuchen warnen, bis zum Anti-Diebstahl-System mit biometrischer Authentifizierung. Verbinden Sie es einfach mit Ihrem Smartphone, registrieren Sie einen Fingerabdruck auf dem Lesegerät am Lenker und schalten Sie es nur mit biometrischer Erkennung ein. (Auch interessant: 6 Gadgets für die neue Radsaison)

Außerdem gibt es eine Smartphone-Halterung am Lenker (für die Nutzung in Verbindung mit einer Navigations-App) und in die festen Felgen integrierte LED-Leuchten – vorne blau, hinten rot –, die sich dank des Dämmerungssensors, der die benötigte Lichtintensität an die Umgebungshelligkeit anpasst, automatisch einschalten.

“Reevo”-E-Bike: Hier können Sie das Fahrrad kaufen

Was die Autonomie betrifft, so kann das Fahrrad mit seinen 10,5 Ah knapp 60 Kilometer mit einer vollen Ladung zurücklegen – es dauert etwa 3 Stunden, um mit dem im Paket enthaltenen Adapter 100 % zu erreichen. Im Moment ist Reevo für Crowdfunding auf Indiegogo zum Preis von 1.880 Euro erhältlich: die ersten Lieferungen sind für Juli geplant, aber der große Erfolg der Kollektion (ca. 3,2 Millionen Euro in weniger als 5 Monaten) legt nahe, dass Beno, die Firma, die sie produziert – vielleicht bald den Verkauf auf ihrer offiziellen Website eröffnet. (Lesen Sie auch: E-Bikes im Test: Nur wenige sind gut)

Der Artikel “Reevo, la bici elettrica senza raggi (che si sblocca con l’impronta digitale)” von Luca Pierattini erschien ursprünglich auf GQ Italia.

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