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Turn Your Bike into a Smart Electric Bike

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Both healthy and eco-friendly, biking is a great way to get around. Of course not everyone feels fit enough to travel by bike, while those that do don’t want to arrive all sweaty at their destination.

With this in mind, bike enthusiast Niko Klansek founded FlyKly. After introducing electric bicycles to the American market in 2011, Klansek realized that the cycling field is ripe for even more innovations. Enter the FlyKly Smart Wheel.

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The Smart Wheel makes riding your bike effortless through its patented pedal assist technology. The wheel has a motor that assists you the moment you start pedaling. From there, it will gain speed until the limit you set in the accompanying app, or until it reaches its top speed of 25 km/h (16 mph) – helping you arrive at your destination faster and without breaking a sweat.

smart wheel breakdown

Installation is as easy as detaching your bike’s rear wheel and attaching the Smart Wheel in its place. It’s designed to fit regular bicycle frames and comes in the following sizes:

  • 28″ – for city bikes
  • 26″ – for mountain bikes
  • 20″ – for foldable and bmx bikes
  • or just the HUB – for limitless adjustment possibilities

smart-wheel-various-bikes

At just 3 kg (6 lbs), the FlyKly Smart Wheel is pretty small, but is quite powerful – able to assist you for over 40 km (25 miles) until it needs to be recharged. The charging time is 2-3 hours from the outlet, but it also charges while you ride downhill.

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The accompanying app further sets this wheel apart. The app doesn’t just limit your maximum speed, it allows you to monitor your current speed, the distance and time traveled, and the battery level. You can customize it according to the way you feel, extend the range, boost the speed, or adjust brake or assist levels.

Additionally, the Smart Wheel studies your cycling habits and suggests the most time efficient, the safest or the most attractive routes. These of course you can share with your whole social network.

Smart-wheel-App

Finally when you reach your destination, you can simply use the app to immobilizing the Smart Wheel, locking your bike. If someone tries to steal it, a notification will be sent to your app letting you take immediate action. Or you can just track it via GPS straight to the bad guy’s secret lair!

Visionaries + Movers

Niko Klansek (founder)

Photos via: FlyKly

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