You might be forgiven for thinking that a product called the Copenhagen Wheel is from Denmark, but it is the brainchild of a transportation robotics company called Superpedestrian and their technology was invented at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It was then further developed in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
We have been following their development over the months. It is a sure sign of the maturity of the product that the company has now opened a new production facility in the Netherlands to ship within Europe – which of course includes the UK.
The Copenhagen Wheel can be installed on regular bikes that comply with certain criteria:
• Rim brakes only.
• Wheel sizes of 622mm, 700C, 29er, 559mm or 26 inch.
• Gear count: single speed, 7, 8, 9, 10 SRAM or Shimano.
• The dropout spacing needs to be 120mm (single speed) or 135mm (single or multi-speed).
The benefit is that a “regular” bike becomes an affordable e-bike with some remarkable technical claims. The wheel directly measures a rider’s power output, speed, torque and cadence at a rate of 100 times per second. It then delivers the right boost at the right time.
Assaf Biderman, founder and CEO of Superpedestrian, explained “we realised there was a tremendous opportunity to improve the technology and experience of riding an e-bike. We developed new sensors, controllers and alloys to enable an e-bike that performs exactly like a traditional bike, but makes you 10-20 times stronger.”
All of the technology lives inside their immediately identifiable brilliant red hub. There are no external wires, batteries, or buttons to press. Riders connect their Copenhagen Wheel to their (Android or Apple) smartphones via Bluetooth. They can then customise the cycling experience with riding modes like Turbo, Eco, and Exercise. The Wheel is equipped with a battery-powered motor that enables riders to ride up to 20 km/h and cover distances of 50 km with one battery charge.
The Copenhagen Wheel provides riders with a self-diagnostic system, adding an extra layer of a protection to the rider. Superpedestrian handles repairs and replacements locally, with new Wheels sent immediately upon request.
“Superpedestrian is pushing the boundaries of technology with the new Copenhagen Wheel,” added David Rowan, former Editor-at-large of Wired UK and advisor to Superpedestrian. “At the same time, using the Copenhagen Wheel is so simple, just pedal and enjoy the ride.”
Superpedestrian’s Copenhagen Wheel is available for purchase in Pounds, Euros and U.S. Dollars, shipping within 5-7 business days.