Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Two More Copenhagen Wheel and FlyKly Competitors: Daymak DDS and GeoOrbital

Snagit, it is a great time to watch North American e-bike innovation!

Daymak is Canadian, eh?

Daymak makes its way back onto the Mesquite Hugger e-bike radar with the DDS. A cool idea - a complete wheel system that includes a 15W/hr solar charging system. The motor is a geared 250W and the battery is a 36V 12Ah lithium polymer. Another distinguishing factor for this one is that it uses a handlebar mounted wireless throttle/transmitter, which has its own solar panel and can be used to charge your smartphone, which can be used to monitor functions via Bluetooth connection. This Canadian marvel is set to come in at $699 - $100 cheaper than the Copenhagen Wheel.

Daymak DDS Promo Video

Never Fear - I like his t-shirt!

BikemanforU DDS Interview (BikemanforU is my new favorite bike reviewer)



And now for something completely different:

The GeoOrbital - an electric wheel with a Boston Accent
 
In other developmental motorwheel news, Electric Bike Report featured a very different approach to the same idea. This idea was birthed at Cambridge, so it has a pedigree similar to the Copenhagen Wheel. The differentiating factor for this one is that the center of the wheel stays stationary while the outer rim and tire do the turning. Details are a little scarce, but this setup uses a 350W motor with a wired throttle, and the company, GeoOrbital, hopes to sell their wheel for less than $500.

Here is the link to the article with a short video on BetaBoston.com.

May the wheel on your bike go round and round (under its own power).