The all-new Falco eDrive is an electric bike drive that doubles as an indoor trainer and is a year-round cycling solution for those that enjoy living in the saddle. This indoor/outdoor cycling system drops a powered wheel onto your bicycle for up to 100 miles (161 km) of e-boosted range, then docks in the included stand and allows you to regenerate battery power whilst rolling through virtual courses. There’s no excuse not to get pedaling.
The Falco eDrive has a lot of resemblance with other aftermarket electric bike wheels out there. There is no shortage in the market and Evelo Omni Wheel and FlyKly Smart Wheel have been examined by us in addition to checking out a handful others comprising the hub-less GeoOrbital Wheel.
The Falco eDrive is an electric wheel, similar to those electric add-ons, which has been manufactured in order to convert a standard bicycle into an electric one by adding output from either a 250- or 350-watt five-phase electric motor. The 400-Wh lithium battery of eDrive is external as opposed to all-in-one e-wheel designs and is attached water cage-style to the frame.
While the electric-assist range of Falco has been estimated to be up to 100 miles (161 km) per charge, it will absolutely alter a lot in accordance with the rider, terrain, settings, etc. The included regenerative brake assists in getting every last mile of power out of the battery before it’s time for a six-hour recharge (four hours to 75 percent charged).
Top speed varies by model, from 15 mph (25 km/h) for the standard European pedelec version, to 20 mph (32 km/h) for the US version, up to 28 mph (45 km/h) for the speed pedelec model.
Unlike other electric bikes and aftermarket kits that finish up the day’s work at the doorstep or garage, the eDrive is supposed to roll inside and continue working. According to Falco, it is the first indoor/outdoor electric drive in the world and includes a bike stand for use as an indoor trainer. It can be used in conjunction with an iOS, Android, Windows or Mac device and indoor cycling programs like Zwift, Trainer Road and Falco’s own app to create interactive training sessions.
The electromagnetic resistance is featured by the trainer which can automatically modify resistance to match changing terrain and conditions in the accompanying software. It will also vibrate in order to simulate road feel. Besides, the e-drive system can also be employed to recharge the battery pack by means of pedal power during indoor training sessions.
The eDrive is available in several common bicycle wheel sizes, including 20-in, 26-in and 700c. It will work with several drivetrains, including single speeds, eight-speeds and 10-speeds. Falco lists weight at 13 lb (5.9 kg) for the motor, 5.5 lb (2.5 kg) for the battery and 11 lb (5 kg) for the training stand. The kit includes ANT+ and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
The eDrive was unveiled last week by Falco for a US$1,149 pre-order price. This price will rise to the full $1,649 at the end of January and the shipments are believed to start in late June by the company. It offers a five-year motor warranty and two-year battery warranty.
In addition to this, the eCiti is also being presented by Falco, which is a full bike with eDrive for a pre-order price of $1,995 ($2,595 estimated retail).