TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016’s “wildcard” participant GeoOrbital has a distinctive consider on the electric powered bicycle. Alternatively of placing a motor on the bicycle, they put it in the wheel. This crazy idea was in fact prompted by anything founder Michael Burtov noticed in the movie Tron. He imagined there was a great deal of wasted space inside of the bikes for the reason that of their hollow wheels. But this brought on him to desire up what he now phone calls the GeoOrbital wheel.

The wheel, which will come in two sizes, is intended to be connected to any bicycle in a lot less than a minute — having the location of your bike’s entrance wheel.

It uses a Panasonic 36V removable Lithium-Ion battery with a pedal-assisted variety of up to fifty miles for each battery, or up to a 30-mile variety for the 26-inch wheel. It also has a 500W Brushless DC motor that the enterprise promises will get you to 20 miles for each hour in just 6 seconds. And just like any other electric powered bicycle, you can carry on to pedal to go even more rapidly.

The wheel will come in two sizes to go over extra than 95 % of all adult-sized bicycles, the enterprise suggests. If your bicycle has a 26-inch wheel, or 700c entrance wheel, and uses rim brakes, the GeoOrbital wheel fits, the company’s Kickstarter site clarifies. It’s also compatible with 28-inch and 29-inch wheels, they say.


The wheel charges by way of USB through a created-in outlet, which can also power a speaker on the go or charge your mobile phone. You can also clear away the battery if you want transportable power — like for a working day at the beach front.

GeoOrbital blew previous their $seventy five,000 fundraising target in just seventy eight minutes. Backers have now funded the enterprise to the tune of $633,788 as of the time of producing.

The wheel alone is an all-season “flatless” tire loaded with stable foam. That may not make it ideal for significant bikers, but they are not truly GeoOrbital’s market, possibly.

“We seem at it as extra of an city merchandise, or suburban merchandise,” suggests Burtov.

He explains that his wheel will attractiveness to any person who would like to bicycle, but needs a minimal boost. That could involve individuals who basically want to get there at get the job done without having obtaining sweaty, or any person who would normally go biking but for some reason couldn’t.

This is not Burtov’s initially startup. He founded a SaaS-dependent HR application enterprise prior to GeoOrbital. But he’s now been performing on the wheel for a few of decades.

After creating a prototype and submitting patents, he ended up meeting SpaceX engineer Dakota Deckerd at a nearby occasion.

A 12 months and a 50 % ago, Deckerd still left SpaceX and turned GeoOrbital’s CTO.


Now the two-individual crew has extra than 20 testers driving on their wheel around the startup’s hometown of Cambridge.

Following its Kickstarter debut a 7 days ago, GeoOrbital is prepared to go into manufacturing. They are performing with a maker in New England who can make equally the components and add-ons.

The enterprise is also no longer fully bootstrapped. A thirty day period ago, they took in their initially outdoors cash by raising $one hundred fifty,000 from a team of unbiased angel buyers.

GeoOrbital aims to begin shipping and delivery its wheels to clients this tumble for $seven-hundred. For Kickstarter backers, it will operate $499.