Enthusiasts that ride to work daily or those that want a solid performance bike will appreciate the advanced technology used by the Vanhawks Valour Smart Bike. This sophisticated bicycle uses smartphone app technology to transmit GPS directions as well as providing riders with feedback for speed, distance, calories burned, time and more.
A Smart Bike That Thinks
The Vanhawks Valour utilizes innovative tracking sensors that monitor and provide continual feedback to riders. Built into the bicycle’s handlebars, the LED indicators rely on Bluetooth technology to help you safely navigate roads. The sensors are capable of providing riders with detection of blind-sports via innovative haptic feedback, which works by alerting riders as an enhanced safety feature.
Avid commuters can take advantage of the bike’s use of GPS technology when riding through traffic-jammed roads for suggested alternate routes via the smartphone connected app. Downloadable apps that will be available when the product is launched includes one for Apple’s iPhone as well as an app for Android and Pebble.
Fitness enthusiasts can use the sensors on the Vanhawks Valour Smart Bike to track overall distance traveled as well as how many calories they have burned. Riders can also monitor their rate of speed and view suggested driving routes. The bike’s onboard technology gives it the ability to think as it collects data while being ridden so that riders can avoid roads with potholes or other obstacles.
Built-In Strength, Performance and Comfort
The Vanhawks Valour Smart Bike frame design is based upon the usage of carbon fiber technology. The material is structurally strong yet very lightweight and is capable of toughing out rough roads and even potholes. Bike enthusiasts will appreciate this not only for making the product solid and durable, but also for the fact that even the heaviest model only weighs 19.6 pounds.
The co-founders of this unique bike designed and engineered the product for both performance and comfort. Ergonomic features take into consideration the proper alignment and positioning of the rider toward providing the optimum level of support and comfort. Riding the Vanhawks Valour will be more enjoyable thanks to the Ergon brand design dynamics of the bike’s saddle, paddles and hand grips.
Technology specifications for the Vanhawks Valour includes a speed sensor, gyroscope, mesh-network, Bluetooth 4.0, an accelerometer, blindspot detection sensors, a GPS receiver and LEDs. The Smart Bike is equipped with Shimano caliper brakes and a unibody frame. The bike is available in four size models to fit riders ranging in height from 5’1″ up to 6’3″ and taller.
Kickstarter Funding of Vanhawks Valour and Estimated Availability
The ingenuity of the Vanhawks Valour Smart Bike can be attributed to four primary team members. Sohaid Zahid is a co-founder as well as the Chief Designer and Chief Executive Officer who worked closely with Adil Aftab (co-founder and Chief Manufacturing Officer) during the process of initial brainstorming for design, engineering structure, and product testing. Additional team members include Ali Zahid (co-founder and Chief Operating Officer) and Niv Yahel (co-founder and Chief Technology Officer) who collaborated together on efforts toward achieving incorporation of the developed technology into the Vanhawks Valour during product development.
The Vanhawks Valour team achieved successful funding and financial support with Kickstarter on May 31, 2014. Having obtained the support of 802 backers, team members passed their targeted $100,000 goal and were rewarded with funding in the amount of $820,000 (Canadian dollars/CAD). Manufacturing of the Vanhawks Valour will take place in Germany, China and Pakistan. Once production has started, parts will be shipped for final assembly of the bikes to be completed at the company’s headquarters location in Toronto, Canada.
Prospective bike enthusiasts can purchase the Vanhawks Valour directly online at the company’s website. When navigating to this link, look for the “Pre-Order Now” icon located in the upper right corner of the page. Frame colors for the Smart Bike include matte white and naked carbon. The company offers a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for bike enthusiasts that want to check out additional product details and technical specs as well as shipping options.