Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Rocket City, No'ala
Bikes: 2014 Trek Domane 5.2, 1985 Pinarello Trevisio, 1991 Colnago Master, '06 Bianchi San Jose, 1987 Moulton Fuso, 1990 Gardin Shred, '82 John Howard(Dave Tesch)
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"The Copenhagen Wheel differs from other electric bikes in that all components are
elegantly packaged into one hub. There is no external wiring or bulky battery packs,
making it retrofittable into any bike. Inside the hub, we have arranged a motor,
3-speed internal hub gear, batteries, a torque sensor, GPRS and a sensor kit that
monitors CO, NOx, noise (db), relative humidity and temperature. In the future,
you will be able to spec out your wheel according to your riding habits and needs. "
I'd move the batteries to the bike frame to reduce rotational weight.
I'd ditch all the geek electronics to reduce cost.
I would not make it red.
I don't want to have to use a smartphone to use the "Wheel".
Oh, and ditch the "must buy this in order to save the polar bears" preaching. MIT did this because they needed a way to score lots of government cheese. If they really want to sell this product, they'll worry less about carbon emissions and more about how to get manufacturing costs down and how to get a company like Trek to build a bike using their product. Or maybe they put in all the monitoring stuff in order to score even more gov't. cheese in the form of governments buying these bikes for the masses.
E-assist systems have been around for a long time. Overcome the reasons why they aren't more popular and they might just have something worth selling.