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Its Electric, Now It’s Not With Rubbee For Bikes

Its Electric, Now It’s Not With Rubbee For Bikes

Image source: rubbee.co.uk

Bicyclists beware. There’s a cool conversion just around the corner you may want to keep your eyes on.

The Rubbee Drive is a rechargeable system that easily converts standard bicycles to electric ones, then back to basic wheelers.

An alternative to e-bikes, the Rubbee’s friction drive component can be attached onto the seat of most conventional bikes and electrical currents give the rider a push with an energy transfer rate of 96%.

Designed to be uncomplicated, after an initial installation the transformation can happen in well under a minute. The equipment can be effortlessly mounted or taken off and powered up or turned off with the flip of a switch.

There are some specification requirements for bicycles including seat measurements, tire size and frame style, but it is made to fit most bikes. It has a 25 kilometer per hour speed capability and comes with a portable charger. Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, it is also completely weatherproof.

Its Electric, Now It’s Not With Rubbee For Bikes

Image source: rubbee.co.uk

Made for the road with its unique wheel gripping ability it is also designed to make the most of its host bike. It keeps tires from being over used and wearing down by generating power through a rubbing motion of the road underneath. It is also street legal.

Check out how it works:

The electric motor has other user relevant features like built in safety lights and blinking LEDs that lets riders know how much of a charge is left in reserve. It also displays the status of the batteries as they power up. Developers state that the battery pack has its own on-board management system and is intended to last for at least 2000 cycles, or enough to restore the unit daily for about a 5 year span with no distance loss.

The Rubbee successfully received funding on Kickstarter recently, so what’s next?

Final production is soon to be underway, and units are hopeful to be available before the year’s end. The price will reportedly be in the $1,000 range for the U.S. market, which is steep. Considering its versatility, the cost may just be worth it to some bicyclists who don’t want to pay the full bill for an e-bike but still want their ride to be able to do a quick change.

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