The German ‘draisine’ might have looked like a lean, long, and not-so-stylish ‘dandy horse’, but two wheels vehicle was patented by the fall of 19th Century. This can be called a forerunner of today’s bicycle, but the term ‘bicycle’ itself dates back to 1860s. Those were the days when people used their feet pushing on the ground to propel this vehicle forward. With time, pedals got attached to these, and “lean looking dandy-horse” came to be replaced by stylish structure. As days passed, bicycles became no less than a style-statement, with gears and spring-seats, vibrant colours and much more. What remained was, to make it electrical! That happened too, but problem was these vehicles became heavy! Wires and battery packs made things little complicated. UK based startup Rubbee finally found a simpler way out to make bicycles electrical without hampering its style quotient.
From Paper to Bicycle
The man behind Rubbee Gediminas Nemanis spent most of his years building things- from jet engine to electric bicycles and scooters, RC models and hovercrafts. He rode BMX bicycles, when one day he suddenly thought of having another electric bicycle. However, he fringed from the idea of having wires dangling from his bicycle or fidgeting with battery packs! In quest of having something clean and simple, what began as a simple sketch on a paper became the first prototype of Rubbee in Gediminas’s garage. Two months down the line, he knew his idea was working.
First prototype was good enough to impress design engineer Mindaugas Bliujus and electronics guru Laurynas Jokuzis. Soon, the trio was joined by Jonas Juralevicius who is responsible for marketing, legal matters and logistics. Many sleepless nights went into making prototypes, each time coming up with a new addition or modifying existing ones. After version 4.0, finally Rubbee came to look as we see it today!
Rubbee sounds funky and fresh, and it definitely has its etymological origin rooted in rubber tires, friction like rubbing and electric vehicles. Numerous meanings ultimately culminated to form “Rubbee”. It happens to be a latest and an unique piece of engineering in electronics world. Rubbee is extremely small and light package that is able to provide an experience very much similar to that of a 35 kg electric bicycle. This electronic device is well equipped with custom battery packs and custom motors, all CNC, laser cut and cast parts. All sample components have passed the phase of trial-and-error, and are absolutely ready. Once exact number of orders comes in, production will start off.
Rubbee is Unique
Rubbee is one of its kind. Lightweight and easy to attach on a bicycle, this electronic device has some unique features listed specifically:
- Cast Friction Wheel: Your bicycle’s tires are safe from wearing off too much, because these wheels provide a maximum grip. Power is transferred through rubbing instead of grinding. So, now you know the exact history as to why this device is called “Rubbee”!
- Multifunction power button: Along with on/off it also indicates battery level. Blue coloured LED keeps blinking- if it blinks faster, it indicates caution: you have less power left!
- Integrated suppression system: This reduces your risk of falling off in wet conditions with its constant force on the tire.
- Battery Pack: You can expect high currents sufficient to push you up the hills. With a lifespan of 2000 cycles, you can recharge Rubbee every day for a stretch of 5 years without having any difference in its range.
- Multipurpose Connector: Rubbee is “simple” in every sense- it has just one electronic plug for all functions.
- Waterproof Construction: If “simple” is one feature, “versatility” is Rubee’s second name! Rubbee is your all-weather companion- even on a rainy day, Rubbee will not crack or creek! The suppression system and custom cast rollers minimizes power loss even when your bicycle’s tires get all wet and muddy!
- Rear LED Light: Makers of Rubbee care about your safety. This rear LED light shines bright red the moment you turn Rubbee on. While your safety is taken care off, Rubbee’s team also knew how important it is to look cool- and to be honest, bright Red Light looks really cool!
Rubbee is a hassle free device- you need not worry about any complicated attaching processes, or keep any hand soap ready in-case you dirty your hand. Take out a minute from your schedule, clamp it on your seat tube, remove the fixation pin (you can leave it in if you prefer to ride around with Rubbee detached from wheels), Connect the throttle/PAS sensor and switch it ON. Removing Rubbee is equally easy- just reverse these steps and you are done in 60 seconds.
Rubbee has “Kick-started” and is moving ahead
Rubbee has successfully reached its goal on KickStarter recently. Anything good and unique has a good price to it. However, brains behind Rubbee wish to get the price down from what they currently have on KickStarter when Rubbee becomes a mass production unit. However, since its exclusive for a commuter who wants to ride with style and ease, it can’t be really low cost!
Rubbee has its headquarters at Lithuania and assembles all its hardware components locally. Since hardware components are manufactured and assembled locally, it is an advantage in terms of time and quality control.