Intelligent connected e-bike Cowboy to hit the street
Cowboy, the intelligent and permanent to the internet connected electric bike developed by a Brussels’ start-up is to hit the street. The sleek bike already won the Start-up Award at the 2017 Eurobike in Friedrichshafen (Germany) when presented the first time in September last year.
Finally the e-bike will be sold exclusively online (https://cowboy.bike/) at a price of 1.790 euro instead of the 1.399 euro the young start-up had put forward last year. But they claim it has a lot of exciting technology to offer to the young urban people they are targeting.
Integrated in frame tubes
The 252 Wh battery weighing 1,7 kg is integrated completely in the main saddle tube of the frame. It gives the bike an autonomy of 50 km. Along a lot of electronics are built into the frame too.
Speed and torque sensors are integrated, as is the security lighting that lights up brighter when braking harder. No chain to drive the rear wheel, but a carbon belt. The bike can sense itself when its climbing and can adjust powering accordingly automatically.
On the handle bars nothing else than a standard to fix a smartphone with the Cowboy application. The Cowboy app is used to unlock the bike and its battery.
The bike itself has its own SIM card, 2G connection, GPS tracker, sensors for speed, temperature and pressure and Bluetooth for connection with the smartphone. The app has a chat function to contact the Cowboy team directly when needed. Other functionality will be added in the future.
The 16 kg bike is built in Poland, but electronics are inserted in Belgium (Poperinge). A team of 12 people worked on the development of the Cowboy bike, with Tangy Goretti, Karim Slaoui and Adriaan Roose, as founding fathers who pioneered before with Take Eat Easy, a restaurant food delivery start-up in Brussels that didn’t make it.
Raising 2,4 million
Cowboy is supported financially by a number of Belgian and French ‘business angels’ like Thibaud Elzière (eFounders), Harold Mechelynck (ex-Ogone), the Hardware Club and investment funds like Index Ventures and Kima Ventures, raising some 2,4 million euro until now.