Superpedestrian, Copenhagen Wheel - Vaporware?

J.R.

Well-Known Member
Scam, wishful thinking or ahead of it's time and just need more of it?

Superpedestrian debuted their Copenhagen Wheel in 2009 and made sure everyone knew this invention was straight from a MIT lab. Almost immediately they started taking money from investors, backers and through "pre-orders", to the tune of tens of millions of dollars! Fast forward to 2016 and what has Superpedestrian been able to produce other than income? We know they produced at least one unit for the press to test ride, but we really don't know what's inside the prototype's two red discs. They did raise their pre-order price, from $799.00 in 2013, to $1200.00 in 2015. I guess it was a bargain back in 2013!

I think it was late 2015 Superpedestrian did deliver a unit to a customer in the U.S. and another to a customer in Australia. I think, I don't want to watch the videos of the happy customers again to check. And that seems to have been the point, YouTube! It must be true, there's a picture and video.

Another thing they produced earlier this year, two lawsuits for patent infringement. One against FlyKly and the other against Zehus. I don't know what the state of those lawsuits are.

I wanted this wheel to be true. I especially wanted it to be true for converting an existing bike for $799, not so much at $1200. I really want this to be true for the hundreds of customers that put their hard earned money down for this wheel. I was reminded today just how hard earned that money was, when I read we Americans still aren't making as much as we did in 2007. That's probably true the world over.

Here's the most recent, complete article that I could find:
http://www.betaboston.com/news/2016/03/04/next-gen-bike-technology-still-peddling-uphill/
 
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trebor

New Member
I went to their office and test-rode one. They had maybe 6-7 demo bikes set up. It felt good riding it, but I have no real sense for the range.
 

Captain Slow

Well-Known Member
It took them a really long time to bring this wheel to market. So long that it's basically on the verge of becoming obsolete. You have to have a bike with rim brakes and either 120 mm or 135 mm drop outs. Not many new bikes are being sold with rim brakes and 135 mm drop outs. Sure there are some, but most bikes these days are disc. Yes, some high end road bikes are rim brake still, but they generally tend to be 130 mm drop outs.

Unless they adapt to the market they'll end up disappearing soon. Grin Technologies is adapting and selling wheel kits for thru axles, and 142 mm and 148 mm spacing. If Superpedestrian takes another 9 years to sell a wheel that works with most new bikes well, actually I doubt they'll last that long.