We’ve all been there on a bike, with our kids out for a ride or trying to get some extra miles in to burn off the winter weight. Suddenly you’re faced with a hill that is a little too steep, or you’ve simply pedaled a little further away from home than you should have. The Omni Wheel from Evelo is attempting to provide the answer to those bike conundrums by putting the power of electricity into most consumer bikes.
Really, who wouldn’t like a little help with those evening rides every once in a while? It’s just gonna cost you to get the wheels rolling…
The Omni Wheel attaches to most bikes that you’ll find at your neighborhood shop, allowing bikers to travel roughly 25 miles on a standard charge or up to 40 miles with the extended battery. Built specifically to replace the front wheel on your bike so that it does not interfere with the gears on the back wheel.
Additionally, the Omni Wheel relays important information via a display that attaches to the handlebar of your bike. This wireless display lets the rider now how much charge they have left, as well as stats about their current ride.
This tire isn’t a completely brand new idea as we’ve already seen something similar in the Copenhagen Wheel. While there are a few design differences (front tire vs. rear, wireless display vs. smartphone), they largely aim to accomplish the same idea. The Omni appears to be a less feature-rich version of the Compenhagen, not sporting some more luxurious options like regenerative breaking, but overall they set out to help the rider.
Starting at $999 and rounding out at $1,250, the Omni Wheel is not the cheapest accessory you’ll buy for your bike. But it does fall in line with other options out there, such as the Copenhagen which starts at $950.