Superpedestrian Copenhagen Wheel
“It’s time to move on to the next step in the psychedelic revolution.”
– Ken Kesey
Look, we get it. The electric bike movement is here to stay. It’s going to save the industry, right? Here are our issues with the electric bike in no particular order. The vast majority just look goofy. Many feel a lot more like riding a motorcycle than they do a bike. They are motor-driven vehicles. Isn’t that sort of the opposite of what a bike is all about? Hold off on the letter to the editor, we understand the arguments for e-bikes and we aren’t saying we are right. Are we small-minded elitists? There’s a line around the block to make that particular accusation.
We swore you would never see an e-bike in our publications, but we’re eating our words. Our minds were expanded. We’ve transcended our reality and come to a higher state of being thanks to Superpedestrian and its Copenhagen wheel.
What the Copenhagen wheel does so well, and what other e-bikes do so poorly, is retain everything we love about bikes;the simplicity, the clean lines, the feel of your legs driving you forward; while adding quite a bit of extra getup-and-go for the commute or bike-based errands in town. That’s because it’s not an e-bike, but an electric wheel you put on a regular bike. There is no tacked on LCD dashboard, no wires hanging out, no giant battery bolted to the down tube, no huge motor at the bottom bracket It looks like your bike and it feels like your bike because it is your bike, just faster.
The Copenhagen wheel can deliver 350 watts of extra power, goes 20 miles per hour, regenerates power when you brake and has a range of up to 30 miles. You access the power by pedaling, not hitting a button. An app allows you to control the wheel’s five riding modes; from no power to full-gas turbo. The app also tracks rides, battery level, calories and a host of other data. It even keeps your wheel locked for security when you and your phone aren’t nearby.
Right now, the Copenhagen wheel is for rim-brake bikes only, but expect a disc-compatible version in the near future. It can be configured as a single-speed or for a traditional rear derailleur up to 10 speeds. Internal hubs are not available. We set up a Shinola that originally had an 11-speed internal hub; running it as a single-speed now, we don’t miss the gears thanks to the Copenhagen wheel. $1,500, superpedestrian.com