Cycling has become a very important part of every day life in many cities across the globe. More and more people decide to turn their attention towards bicycles in an attempt to avoid traffic and protect the environment. However, even so, sometimes a little help at pedaling and gaining speed would not go amiss. Evelo Omni Wheel comes to provide assistance by replacing the front wheel of the bike and giving it an electrified power boost.
Omni Wheel is one of the latest powered wheel concepts for non-electric bicycles. However, the co-founder of the company, Boris Mordkovich, believes it might just be the first to reach mass production stage. “Since we do not rely on crowdsourcing to fund the development and production, we are able to better control our timelines and meet the delivery commitments,” Mordkovich explained. “Although other companies have been working on an all-in-one wheel design for some time, at this point, we may be the first ones to actually ship the product to customers in March.”
The Omni Wheel’s stats seem to outperform potential competitors. It has a 350 W motor and can reach up to 20 mph (32 km/h). Its range has been calculated at about 25 mi (40 km). As opposed to other powered wheels on the market, Omni Wheel does not come with an accompanying smartphone app. However, it features a wireless control unit that can be attached to the handlebars. After it is attached, the user can control the five levels of pedal-assist with the help of its buttons. Speed, battery-life and other information are also featured on a LCD screen.
Evelo says that its Omni Wheel can be installed in only 30 seconds. It also provides instructions with the help of a video. The powered wheel can be pre-ordered for $999. Shipments will be starting in March. What do you think about it?