Go-e’s ONwheel Converts You Regular Bike into An E-Bike – Video

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Let’s say they finally get people to lose their addiction to comfort and convince them to commute by bike. It would make for a hell of a difference in terms of air and traffic quality, not to mention the benefits of staying in shape. There’s a setback to this, though, you can’t just expect everybody to turn into a professional cyclist.
And that is precisely what the alternative to driving a car is, considering that you have to be quite good at pushing those pedals with every trip you take to work and back home, every day. You’ll say e-bikes are the solution to this problem, and we totally agree. However, you’ll find that 8 out of 10 new electric bicycles come at a hefty price. Here’s where this clever gizmo kicks in.

So you have a regular bicycle, but you’d love to get some help from an electrical motor for a change. With Go-e, that problem is solved in a matter of seconds. The initial installation requires attaching the mounting unit on your bicycle stand plate. It’s located between the pedals and the rear wheel. If you don’t have a bicycle stand plant, the Feldkirchen, Austria-based company will provide one.

Once you took care of that part, you can just plug in the e-motor and battery and of you go. It’s up to you whether or not you plug the motor in every time you take the bike to work.

In terms of range, things look quite right. Power comes from a removable cylindrical 25.2-volt 200-Wh lithium-ion battery pack, which sits in a bottle cage-style holder. It takes around four to five hours to charge it, but that will keep you going for 60 km (37 miles).

Speeds of up to 28 mph

Not only is this device connected to its specially designed app, but you can adjust the amount of additional power with buttons on your handlebars or turn it off completely. Sensors are detecting if you are pedaling, and if you do, the motor engages and drives the rear wheel with up to 800W of additional power.

According to its creator, the maximum power means it can offer speeds of up to 28mph (45 km/h). However, due to EU-regulations, the go-e bike ONwheel motor is set to a standard 250W and a maximal speed of 25 km/h. You can later set the maximal amount of assistance (e.g. off, 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of maximal assistance level). The whole device is water resistant and takes little to none maintenance.

In what its price is concerned, you should know you can preorder it via go-e’s current Kickstarter campaign for EUR499 ($568) while the retail price is estimated at EUR599 ($682).

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