2020 – A Year in Review

It can be said without any hesitation that the year 2020 was full of surprises, rapidly changing situations, stretched deadlines, and general disarray. We kept our head low, concentrated on the tasks at hand, and continued developing the Revonte ONE Drive System for the upcoming launch in 2021. 

Here’s a summary of what happened during 2020.

The Year of Revonte

A lot of things can take place within a year. This is especially true when developing a new and innovative product in a competitive environment. Steady progress and occasional challenges were accompanied with big breakthroughs and new partnerships. 

Read the following list to know the essentials of Revonte in 2020. 

03 March

During the first quarter of the year we announced our partnership with the innovative – even disruptive – company from the UK named EAV. Their forward-thinking concept of cargo e-bikes has set the pace for the whole industry. Cargo e-bikes solve the last-mile dilemma and EAV’s range covers every imaginable need and purpose. 

Also, a story about our Drive System run on Pinkbike. If you’re interested of knowing what’ inside the Revonte Drive Unit, this is the one to read.

05 May

Simple, minimalistic, even elegant – those were some of the design goals of the Revonte Controller. We purposefully decided to go screenless with the design which leaves the final decision to the user. After all, configurability is in our DNA and the Controller is in line with that. 

Instead of occupying more space from the usually crowded cockpit, we take the opposite approach. Two brake levers, and the Revonte Controller forms the complete interface between the bike and the rider. No separate trigger or shifter for the gears are needed. Less is more. 

08 August

One of the many strengths of the Revonte ONE Drive System is the simple, robust and clutter-free single-speed drivetrain. Besides the traditional and time-tested chain, the Revonte ONE Drive System enables the use of a belt drive. 

To answer the inquiries we built a prototype with the industry-leading Gates carbon belt.

09 September

An energy storage is needed to employ the features of the automatic and stepless features of the Revonte ONE Drive System. To make everything right from the start we decided to partner up with class-leading German battery manufacturer Akku Vision GmbH, and develop our own battery.

Meet Revonte AKKU 5 and AKKU 7. Both models share the latest Li-ion technology and physical dimensions to meet every need and price point in the market. A unique feature is the smart battery management system which makes it possible to connect up to four batteries with the combined capacity of over 2.8kWh!

10 October

Eurobike gets cancelled. First the premier event was postponed, and eventually cancelled. This was unfortunate since we had made big preparations for the upcoming show and were looking forward to it. 

Revonte GmbH – a German subsidiary! To meet the demands of the European market we established a German branch to the ever-growing needs of the European e-bike market. Mr. Uwe Daniel, a long-time member of our team, was appointed as the CEO of the new company.

Cargo e-bikes are picking up and big time! An interesting development took place in a short timespan; cargo e-bikes rose to the position of becoming almost an industry leader. Our partner EAV is in the forefront of this movement and providing solutions to the challenges faced in the logistic chain. It’s not a coincidence that the Revonte ONE Drive System is the drive system of choice for cargo e-bikes.

We are looking forward to the year 2021 and we believe we aren’t the only one.

12 December

The release of the long awaited Revonte test ride video saw its premiere in December. Besides some test ride material the video included a general update of the past year. 

See what’s up with the Revonte ONE Drive System by viewing the video. On that note, see you next year!

Eurobike 2019: Launch of the Revonte ONE Drive System

Eurobike took place in the first week of September in Friedrichshafen, Germany. It’s the event where the whole bike world gets together to show their latest products and visions. As usual with every major expo, plenty of gadgets and inventions with questionable utility can be found as well. To put it shortly, Eurobike was big for us, since it was our first public appearance and the event where we launched our Revonte ONE Drive System. We had set our expectations high well before the event, but those got exceeded by quite a large margin by the amount of interest our system gained!

Our booth just moments before the three-day event started.

Read further to learn more. 

We have Arrived at the Party

The days in Eurobike were filled with scheduled and spontaneous meetings. Our goals for the event were threefold:

1)    Start negotiations with new customers for the first deliveries in 2020. 

2)    See what the rest of the industry is up to.

3)    Media coverage.

Iiro explaining the inner workings of the Revonte ONE Drive Unit.

All of the goals were met and none of our team had a boring moment during the fair. The list of contacts we made during the event produced quite a stack of paper which will surely provide plenty of work for us for the following weeks. If there’s a delay with our reply, that is the reason and please accept our apologies beforehand. 

Antero and Uwe explaining the features and benefits of the Revonte ONE Drive System.

Our presence has been noted and we got daily visits by some of the biggest players in the field. It was a sign of things to come when the representatives of one very notable e-bike motor manufacturer came to our booth just half an hour later after the start of the whole event! 

Not only we were noticed by the industry people, but by the media as well. A big highlight for us was that the legendary reporter Steve Jones from EMBN.com listed Revonte ONE as one of the highlights of the show! This mention meant a lot to us and we are honoured and very grateful for it.

To get the message, it’s best to hear from the source itself:

“I mean this has got to be the future of e-mountain biking. So from Finland then, Revonte is absolutely on it!”

A Long List of Unique Features

Eurobike also provided an opportunity to see what the rest of the industry is doing. Although we’re very focused on developing our product and service package, it was encouraging to see that no one else has taken the route we’re on. The Revonte ONE Drive System is still the only one with the following unique features:

  • A single-speed drivetrain. When several options exist, the simplest one usually prevails. This is especially true when it comes bicycle drivetrains. The Revonte ONE Drive System uses a single chainring, cog and durable single-speed chain, which produce a robust, low-maintenance, affordable and reliable drivetrain solution. Getting rid of the cassette and rear derailleur does good things to weight distribution and suspension characteristics in mountain bike applications. 
  • Combined motor & Internal gearbox. Placing all the ´moving parts´ in one enclosed package creates a drivetrain that is care-free, functional and pleasing to the eye as well. 
  • Automatic & stepless transmission. This was the feature that produced most of the questions during the show. Since bicycle transmission has been based on indexed solutions since the beginning, it can be hard to grasp the features and ride properties of a stepless version. When automatic shifting and our steady cadence mode is added to that, it’s quite a lot to take in. Our software enables the rider to use an indexed type of shifting as well which emulates the function of traditional drivetrain by dividing the gear range to the desired amount of steps.
  • Software first approach – which stands on the sturdy foundations of robust mechanical engineering. Although almost all of the existing e-bike motor systems have some type of in-built software, no one is going as far as we have. More on this below!  

No Other System Goes Software First

We are taking the e-bike motor software to the next level. First of all, the ´magic´ behind the ride experience which Revonte ONE offers is based on sophisticated software that is monitoring rider inputs and other parameters (used assistance mode, velocity, battery life, etc.) with very high frequency and adjusting the output and motor behavior accordingly. It also learns from user behavior over time. Accomplishing this type of ride experience would not simply be possible with a simple electro-mechanical system. 

Our app is the portal between the rider and the motor, enabling a high level of customization on the fly.

The other major feature and benefit of our system is the high level of configurability that happens on the level of bike manufacturers and end-user. Read our previous blog text to learn more. 

Our goal is that bikes with Revonte ONE will get better over time. How is this possible you may ask? Via continuous, over-the-air software updates. At the moment Revonte ONE is the only one able to do this to a considerable extent because of the connectivity and the ´powerful brain´ inside the motor.

Other Major News

Our trip to Eurobike was accompanied by other good news in the form of funding. A funding round of $2 million got confirmed towards the end of the event. This sets us up nicely to start the production in the second quarter of 2020 and enables us to expand our strong and motivated team. Good things have happened, and it will only get better from here! 

On an ending note, take a look at the more detailed description of Revonte ONE from EMBN.com video below.