The ATON is a joint effort: the bike is offered by Italian bicycle manufacturer F.lli Schiano and the tech for the pedals – dubbed PED – is from startup SPEAROAD. If you like what you see and read, know that you can back the project either as-is and get the bike with the smart pedals, or just for the pedals, which are said to fit most of the current bikes.
The e-bike itself is pretty standard fare, so if you’re already part of this ever-growing community, don’t expect anything out of the ordinary to get you interested in a new purchase. You get a fashionably fat-tire, folding bike, with a 250W Brushless DC rear hub motor from Xiongda, a removable battery with an 80-km (about 50-mile) autonomy, mechanical disk brakes, display led screen, and standard Shimano equipment for the gears and the derailleur. The motor being 250W and this being an Italian product, it’s safe to assume top speed is limited at 25 kph (15.5 mph) on pedal-assist.
Clearly, the hot selling point of ATON is the smart pedals, which you control via a remote controller on the handlebar. The remote itself needs a small battery, but the pedals don’t, being powered by energy recovered from pedaling. You can use them either to signal turns or to have 360-degree visibility on the road.
The e-bike with the PED pedals is priced €1,299 ($1,498) for backers, while the pedals alone sell for €119 ($137). However, bear in mind that this is a crowdfunding campaign and, as such, it comes with inherent risks.