Marc Carter

Rubbee Electric Drive Gives a Boost to Any Pedal-Powered Bike

by , 07/23/13

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Today’s electric bikes represent a great alternative to traditional pedal-powered bikes, especially when you’re traversing a hill or on a hot summer day. The biggest drawback is the larger investment over a standard bike, not to mention the dilemma of what to do you do with your old pedal-powered bike once you’ve purchased an e-bike.Rubbee has created a unique and easy way to convert just about any traditional bike into an electric bike with a small motor that can be added above the rear wheel.

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Rubbee’s new electric drive mounts onto almost any bike in just a few seconds. With an integrated clamp mechanism, it can be mounted on a bike’s rear wheel in just a few seconds and the innovative drive motor with an integrated battery pack keeps you going without having to pedal for up to 18 miles. The Rubbee electric drive uses a motor that can produce a maximum of 800 watts of power and a 280 volt battery pack. The system has the ability to reach speeds up to 16 mph; it weighs only 13 pounds and can be fully recharged in two hours.

The London-based designers are currently trying to raise production funds with a Kickstarter campaign. If you pledge at least £799 ($1,226 US) or more you can get your hands on the first batch of electric drive units that will be available in November.

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5 Comments

  1. StoutEric August 25, 2013 at 7:21 am

    A number of years back there was a bike cop show, called \”pacific blue\”. In 1 of the episodes there were these robbers that were able to get away from the bike cops by having electric motors and rolls mounted to put the power on the back wheels… the model is different (actually i think the show made these things up, that was way before I ever saw commercial ebikes, before 2000) but the system is pretty much like this one…All things come back it seems :-) here\’s a video of the final chase, i didn\’t find anything else on internet about it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3qm4lNM9j0

  2. Arijit Sadhu August 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Clive Sinclair did that with the Zeta some 20 years ago: http://www.nvg.ntnu.no/sinclair/vehicles/zeta.htm

  3. Marcos Rissi July 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    It can be done much better for sure. For sure there would be ways for recharge the system from the rotation of the tyres when the cyclist it pedalling. The recharge thing for 2h and the 18 miles only limit is so so so antiquated. Are we or are we not in 2013? Maybe we in 1913? Errr…

  4. James Earlywine July 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    How does it know when to stop because you\\\’re breaking, or when you want to peddle on your own?

  5. Shannon Slanina July 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Still too expensive right now you can get a bike that does that with a dirty gas motor for less than 300.00.

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