Rayvolt announced the X One e-bike, a futuristic design that’s in development via an Indiegogo campaign. Using a 250-750 watt motor and hidden battery, it promises a 47 mile range and 4-hour charge time. It also packs high-tech features such as automatic lighting, turn signals, regenerative braking, voice-activated GPS, and even facial recognition software.

Rayvolt X One hybrid commuter e-bike

Apps and electronics integration are continuing to spread in the e-bike world, and the new X One from Rayvolt takes it up a few notches. While its silhouette is almost reminiscent of a motorcycle (along with automobile-like features), it’s a pedal-assist e-bike.

The frame is said to be made of an aluminum composite, with a hidden downtube battery and integrated lights. The battery is 42 volt, 16Ah, and is capable of up-to-75km of assist. With a quoted 28mph assist limit, two models are Class 3 e-bikes, with the Power model adding a throttle (i.e. non-pedal-activated assist).

Rayvolt also claims that the X One has regenerative braking, similar to what you see on hybrid cars. The battery charges when you squeeze the brake levers, or pedal backwards while riding. A 5-speed hub comes standard, with 7-speed optional upgrade.

All of the electronics are managed via a huge integrated touchscreen that’s Android-powered. It uses facial recognition to unlock and power up the bike – remembering the settings for each user. It also features hands-free GPS with voice control to safely navigate you to your destination.

Details have yet to be released on geometry or size options. Complete bike weights are quoted at 20 – 24kg (44 – 53 lbs).

Check out the X One’s Indiegogo campaign for more info, with 15 more days left to get in as a project backer as of this writing. Retail pricing will be set at $4,399 for the Power+ model, $4,199 for the Smart + model, and $3,999 for the Smart model. All are offered with a 50% discount for early supporters.



  1. When you lock your bike on the street and then some fool smashes integrated(?) electronic screen, then what? Can you still ride the bike with the electronic facial recognition? If not, are you up the creek?

  2. Are there any pictures of someone riding this bike with an appropriate fit? Even raising the saddle would be a start. Does this bike come in sizes? And since the cockpit appears to be totally proprietary (and therefore not adjustable with standard bike parts), what are those sizes?

    • The fyre festival of bikes? The reason I know they don’t have anyone with the technical experience to manufacture a carbon fiber e-bike on their team is because if they did theyd tell them what a bad idea this is.

    • In the beginning crowdfunding was for startups who launched campaigns to raise some money for production. Now the concept is a bit changed and companies launch their new products there to receive market validation, get feedback from early adopters and have pre-orders. Big brands such as Phillips, Nikon, Canon, even Coca Cola had their crowdfunding campaigns. You can check the Rayvolt company story and founders background to be sure it is not a scam.

  3. Regenerative braking is because they are using a direct drive motor. Direct drive motors are big, heavy and use a lot of battery. If you are lucky you might get 5% battery back coming down a mountain.

  4. I never liked bicycles, because they lacked the technology capable of tracking our movements and monetizing our behavior. Now, that has been solved. I hope that this cycling thing will catch on now that bicycles truly ‘get’ us.

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