Reevo Hubless E-Bike Looks Otherworldly

The Reevo Hubless e-bike, that can be reserved on Indigogo (the bike is claimed to be near production but not shipping yet) is a bike that will turn heads wherever it is ridden. It is reminiscent of a Storck carbon fiber mountain bike I rode a decade ago until you check out the wheels. Where are the hubs and spokes? Reevo doesn’t use them. Wild! 

I don’t get the Indigogo website? The top line says Reevo has raised $3.5 million from 1,700 backers. Then the “perks” (the different packages you can order) only show 69 of 120 being spoken for. I don’t get it, but I’ve never backed any project pitched on Indigogo so my lack of experience is probably to blame.

THE BOTTOM LINE
Don’t buy one. At least, not yet. This bike features a substantial departure from bicycle wheel design. I can’t think of one instance when the second generation of a bike using brand-new, untested-in-the-real-world components and technology wasn’t way better than the first generation. That is, if there was a second generation. Not all wild concepts make it that far.

Early adopters will go for it no matter what I tell them. To be the first on the block is what is important to them. To a regular rider, I’d hold off until the Reevo has some miles under its wild wheels or take your $2,500 and buy a conventional e-bike that is available today from an established e-bike or bicycle manufacturer. 

Uphill battle: Adopting a new technology (like those hub-less, spoke-less wheels) is a gamble. Holding off for version 2 should assure that the bugs will be worked out. It is an amazing-looking bike.
Similar profile: The Storck mountain bike from a decade ago looks like inspiration for Reevo. I remember the Storck being on the flexy side of lateral stiffness. Reevo may have solved this issue in their frame construction. Early adopters better hope so. 

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