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!
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.
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.
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,
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
. Whenseveral options exist, the simplest one usually prevails. This is especially true when it comes bicycledrivetrains. The RevonteONE Drive System uses a single chainring, cog anddurable 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 &
steplesstransmission. 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 steplessversion. 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 traditionaldrivetrain 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.
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.