Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Xiaomi Smart Electric Foldable Bicycle $450
The folding smart bicycle premiers as part of Xiaomi's Mi Ecosystem, the QiCycle bike will let get you up to 45 kilometers on a fully charged battery while slight pedaling, and comes complete with its own companion app.
With the help of the companion app, the rider will be able to monitor distance, speed, GPS location, and calories burned. It also features an IDbike Torque Measurement Method that employs sensors to optimize your energy output. This means that once you’ve set your desired speed, the bike will tell you how hard you need to pedal. This means that you don't need to overexert yourself when it is not needed, since you are riding an electric bike.
The Xiaomi QiCycle bike comes in a Shimano Nexus three-speed gear hub, has both front and rear lights built into the frame, and can easily be folded to half its size. It only weighs 14.5kg which is easy to carry on buses, trains etc.
Xiaomi partnered with iRiding, a Taiwanese startup for this product line. This is iRiding second product. Their first bicycle was the $3000 Qicycle R1 that was released back in March.
The Mi Qicycle is quite cheaper at 2999 yuan ($450.) It has a 250W, 36V motor and 20 Panasonic lithium-ion batteries that will assist the rider in pedaling for about 45km (nearly 28 miles) on a single charge.
It also has different modes like Fitness, Power-Saving, Balanced and Extra Power.
The QiCycle bike is being crowdfunded inside Xiamoi’s Mi Home app, which means that it won’t be released until they reached the quota of number of buyers. Unfortunately, the Mi Qicycle is currently only available in China.
IDbike Torque Measurement Method (TMM) intelligently measures the torque you apply and adjusts power based on your pedaling
- Companion smartphone app displays in-depth info: bike status, GPS navigation, ride stats
- 250W, 36V high speed motor
- Panasonic 18650 20 x 2900mAh lithium-ion battery cells (same battery used by Tesla) with self-developed Battery Management System (BMS) that lets you go 45km on a single charge
- Shimano Nexus 3-speed hub
- Foldable and compactly lean at 14.5 kg
- Provides real-time stats: speed, distance, power, dynamic power, calories consumed