The Xmera Bionic Bike Lets You Work Out During Your Commute
Combining the monitoring of a fitness bracelet with the power of an indoor gym bicycleby Tudor Rus, on
Electric bikes are becoming more and more popular. There’s no hiding from that. Plus, recent studies have suggested that e-bikes are better than electric cars for the city as a whole as they encourage people to give up on cars (even of the electric ilk) and look at other means of transportation that won’t keep them stuck forever in traffic. After all, spending one or two hours in traffic just to get to the gym and work out is utter nonsense, but people still do it. Luckily, the Xmera bionic bike is here, and it wants to change the way we work out and take care of our bodies.
Xmera Bionic Bike - What is it?
The Xmera is a mixed breed between a bicycle, a retro cafe racer motorcycle, and workout machine that gives you the chance to monitor a set of biometrics such as calories burned and heart rate. It basically solves two issues the modern man struggles with - getting a good workout and commuting from A to B, with the icing on the cake being the ability to track one’s progress. Here’s how the Xmera e-bike manages to offer the best of both worlds.
Xmera Bionic Bike - Design
Obviously, the whole package includes the bike. But together with it, users get a smart fitness bracelet that does two things: number one - it measures your heartbeat and number two - it communicates to the bicycle’s controller, which in turn adjusts the level of assistance provided by the bike’s electric motor (or motors) according to your current condition.
Neat as this might sound, it’s not the only ace up this bike’s sleeve.
With the data flow between the bracelet and the bike up and running, you can actually select between several workout modes.
For example, one of them aims to keep your heartbeat at a steady rhythm, basically replicating a fat-burning cardio session similar to what you’d get from an indoor bike at your gym. Moreover, the controller can also manage the electric flow in such a way that the bike recovers some of the energy generated during braking or deceleration and stores it back into the battery.
Xmera Bionic Bike - Build Details
The Xmera bike tips the scales at 74 pounds (that's around 34 kilos) thanks to its aluminum frame and is capable of reaching a top speed of 20 mph (that's the US version) or 25 km/h (for the EU version).
Battery life ranges from 37 miles (60 km) to 124 miles (200 km), depending on rider weight and the bike’s configuration - you can have a secondary, back-up battery pack and a choice between one electric motor (250W or 750W) powering the rear wheel or two electric motors (one 500W motor for each wheel).
According to the bike’s page on Indiegogo, it is still in development, in the sense that the project team only has a working demo, not the final product. But again, the idea of an electric bike that solves your commuting issues and lets you workout on the go sounds pretty enticing to us. If the same can be said about you, then you might consider getting one. The 250W version can be had for $999 (discounted from $3,699), while the 750W version will require $1,099 (discounted from $3,899). As for shipping, a realistic date at this time would be January 2020, so a certain amount of patience is recommended.
|Tires||20 x 3 inches, all-season compound|
|Wheel size||20 inches|
|Brakes||160 mm discs|
|Battery range||up to 124 miles (200 km)|
|Max speed||up to 20 mph (32 km/h)|
|Gearing||Shimano TZ21, 6 speeds|
|Versions||250W, 750W, 2 x 500W|