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Is this hubless e-bike the future? Reevo has storage inside its wheels and 'impenetrable' theft protection

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Jack Sexty

Jack is the news editor here at eBikeTips, and also edits the live blog and writes tech news over on our sister site road.cc. Jack first became fascinated with e-bikes when an elderly gentleman breezed past him without a care in the world up a big old hill in North Wales - thus realising e-bikes are the real deal! Although he genuinely enjoys time trials and lung-busting climbs without assistance, Jack likes nothing more than cruising round town on an e-bike during his days off.   

12 comments

1 month 4 days ago

"very unique-looking creation"? And what about Cyclotron Bike (2016 already) for instance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SatCnalAE90? And there are others too... But anyway ver nice lloking!

1 month 5 days ago

Hubless bikes are one of the things that has been 'the future' for fifty years or more but actually never stands up to reality.  See also solid as opposed to pneumatic tyres, rear view video cameras on concept cars (I know some cars now have them but they're rubbish), voice operation for computers, etc.

There are two ways of trying to make it work: either you have a rim that's effectively a super-sized hub like this in which case the bearing losses are punitive, or you have a rotating rim held and guided at a single point (or potentially more for the rear wheel) in which case the torsion at that point in anything other than a straight line on a glass-smooth surface pulls it apart.  You could conceivably consider it for a track bike - no braking concerns, no bumps - but the weight is still a showstopper.

I do like the idea of using the space inside the wheel for storage: as it's low down and not actually rotating, it would make the bike very stable and actually shouldn't affect steering.  But the only sort of bike that needs that much storage is a long-distance tourer and no-one's going to tour on one of these!

1 month 6 days ago

This concept creates a whole new set of engineering problems without solving any of the existing problems. Why delete the hubs?? Looks like they ran out of ideas when it came to the brakes too - they are just plain nasty!

1 month 1 week ago

If my experience of fingerprint recognition is anything to go by, you wouldn't want to ride this anywhere on a rainy day. Because when you come to ride home you won't be able to unlock it.

What does 'autonomous lighting' mean? Does it have its own tax-raising powers?

1 month 1 week ago

The bearing sealing and bearing drag will be a nightmare. Arthouse concept, not a practical product at all.

1 month 1 week ago

oh oh - I take my comment back - there is two seconds of riding video going in a straight line on a perfectly flat surface. Lots of static pictures and no real video, not a great look for a bike advert.

1 month 1 week ago

Yes, it is the future - because it certainly isn't rideable in the current time continuum we can access now, or anthing in the near future either.

A 'finished product' out of R&D that looks like somebodies first day with Photoshop and not one video on the website ? Suddenly they have ignored the laws of phsics ? This is hype people, not a product.

Also road.cc, please fix your page headers, the different flavours are not accessible between flavours, eg start at road.cc and try off.road or ebike tips. 

 

1 month 1 week ago

Where are the integrated mudguards and those lights are in a perfect position to pick up road muck. Other than that looks cool.

1 month 1 week ago

"...expect it to be extremely competitive against what's currently on the market. We have spared no expense ..."

Um, that's an awkward juxtaposition.

1 month 1 week ago

"...expect it to be extremely competitive against what's currently on the market. We have spared no expense ..."

Um, that's an awkward juxtaposition.

1 month 1 week ago

Looks pretty cool, not sure I can see it working that well, but I hope it does, just for the shock factor when people see one of these going past.

1 month 1 week ago

Interesting point on the wheel storage affecting handling. Would it be any different to fork or rack  mounted paniers? after all the point load will be in a similar location.