Every so often we drop in with something ridiculous just to break up the stream of carbon enduro fat gravel e-bike porn, and upon first glance at this gem, I thought it might fit somewhere in my “Redunkulist.” However, after reading into it and considering the design, features, and the population that the Gi FlyBike is aimed at, my urge to chuckle through the keyboard started to dwindle. The Gi FlyBike is an electric-assist, smart, maintenance-free, folding aluminum bicycle with full size, 26” wheels created for urban commuting. And though maintenance free sounds far fetched, it’s kinda true.
Skip past the fold to see what we really think of this different take on an urban assault bike….
Sure, any self righteous bike snob/enthusiast might consider the Gi FlyBike an eyesore in their collection, but to someone that may consider having a bike as their only mode of transportation, this thing may look pretty neat to them and other onlookers. Regardless of being called a “fred” by “Spandy Andy”, (I’m really not sure which one of these is worse), the Gi Fly Bike stands out and is definitely a conversation piece.
The idea behind Gi FlyBike was born in Argentina after a national strike paralyzed public transportation throughout the country. Three friends; Lucas Toledo, Agustín Augustinoy, and Eric Sevilla, observed the crucial need for independence from public transportation and realized that the bicycle was still the best way to get around any city.
Once you make it through the smoke and mirrors of their over the top, “this will change the world” marketing campaign (which seems to be the standard anytime someone thinks they’re re-inventing the bicycle), the features, looks and portability of the Gi FlyBike could very well be a home run. In fact, it actually is according to their Kickstarter page. They’re at almost quadruple their goal of $75,000 with just under 2 weeks to go.
They claim the Gi Fly Bike is 37 lbs, which is plenty respectable for any e-bike…. not to mention for one that folds. It has an easy-to-use, Gi FlyBike mobile phone app that integrates with the bike’s many features, and folds in one second with only one motion for seamless portability. The bike features full-sized, 26” “solid” tires, and a belt drive making it virtually maintenance free (we’re just going to assume the belt will always stay perfectly tensioned, among other things). The Gi FlyBike comes with a 3-speed electric assist motor that is good for up to 40 miles per charge, and some well laid out “smart” features.
The “smart” part of the Gi FlyBike is its integration with your iPhone (and soon to be Android device). The app allows for full control of all the bike’s features including its electric assistance, GPS navigation system, smart lock (locks bike when you walk away), and smart lights. On top of that, it has its own bike sharing program within the app. You can actually loan your Gi FlyBike to a friend by giving them the secure access code. The app also lets you share your favorite routes over social media, and track your personal fitness statistics. Plugging your phone into the Gi FlyBike lets you charge it though the bike’s battery.
Gi FlyBike Features
- FlyFolding System: Folds in one second, and in one simple motion.
- Electric Flight Assistance: Rides 40 miles (60 km) on a single LifePo4 battery charge.
- GPS System: Syncs wirelessly with iOS and Android.
- Solid, Anti-Puncture Tires: No more flats.
- Belt Drive: Maintenance free riding. No grease. No noise. Your pants are safe.
- USB Phone Charger: Stays connected and never runs out of battery.
- Smart Locking System: Locks automatically when you are 10 feet (5 meters) away.
- LED Smart Lights: Controlled remotely and automatically with the app.
- Sharing Program: Create a personal profile and share your Gi FlyBike with friends.
“Early bird” backers will be priced at $1990, after which the cost will be $2290 for the remainder of the campaign. Orders are expected to be delivered in the summer of 2016.