First of all, apologies for having been quiet for approx 30 days. We were constantly fighting to overcome the new challenges that production brought. While we already surpassed almost all of them, we have one more to fight with. Good news is that we are at a good point and that production already started. I hope you'll enjoy the giant step forward we made, while we're making the final, last one to bring you what we thing is an excellent product. And we got the confirmation from our testers which have now made 1000+ km on mountain trails with our system.
Bikee Bike App available on Google Play Store
We are so excited to present the App Bikee Bike for the Mid-drive motor setting. In the last update, we presented it with a short video: now you have the chance to become familiar with the system downloading the App from Google Play Store on your Android smartphone. The App allows you to interact with the motor and check other parameters like residual battery charge, consumptions and torque value. The full name of the App is "BEST ebike kit Control Pad" and you can get it here.
The iOS version is currently under final testing and debug. The developers said it's a matter of days and that will be available as well.
Validated winding for the 250W version
We approved the winding’s final configuration for the BEST 250W and now 50 windings of this type are ready. We are still waiting for the winding of the 749W and 500W versions that will arrive the next week (50 for the 749W and 50 for the 500W).
Controller box’s design confirmed
That has been a big pain, and finally that's behind us. We made it, tested it and approved it. Last time we presented the brand new tooling for the controller box. The new mould allowed us to improve the IP grade that is now confirmed as IP67. The next week we are going to do the final immersion test in order to ultimately prove their effectiveness. The electronic circuit boards samples have been fully potted so that no moisture can harm the electronics.
The design of the controller box that you can see in the photos below is the final one. The anodizing of the rough controller boxes gave them a matte finish that we greatly appreciated.
And here comes the bump: while testing the controller pilot producton we realized that the electronics made a strange sound and abnormal current consumption, so we had to ship them back to tune them again. In the last two weeks we jointly made testing with the supplier and we finalized the 250W configuration. In this moment we are testing the 500W, 749W and 1000W version to make sure the perfomance will be good. We'll receive the first 40pcs of the 250W controller next week so we'll be able to ship those.
Batteries arrived here in Mantua
These two big pallets contain your batteries. They arrived here by ship from the manufacturer with a special shipping, according to the new (and super strict) laws for the Li-ion Batteries. We received in-house batteries for European customers. We'll send those along with the motors, while extra EU bikeers should already have those. Also the shipping boxes arrived here today.
Production is ongoing!
We hired new collaborators for production, so the team now is bigger, and new ones will join us next week to keep up with the schedule. Our target now is to deliver all the Kickstarter backer motors within July. Everyday we keep on working on motors and every single part of them is meticulously assembled and stored. We also decided to purchase new equipments to bring production to a higher level of efficiency. Right now we are waiting for the controllers to be tuned so we proceeded to go ahed with all the sub-assemblies so to make the final motor assemblying process shorter.
First motor is now shipped!
The first kit is finally shipped. It's for a hero who bought it before the Kickstarter campaign, on our website. This week we'll proceed shipping the Kickstarter motor, firstly the 250W version.
What a journey...
The last four weeks have been incredibly intense for all our team. We know you deserve your system to fully enjoy the summertime and we're fighting each day to make it happen. Problems and bumps are around each and every corner, but, with your amazing support, we made it: we started shipping. That means we overcame all the challenges that we faced. We're exhausted but, at the same time, very satisfied for bringing an awesome product to light. And without you that wouldn't have been possible: again, you should be extremely proud of that.
I'd like to Thank You and all Bikee Bike's team: Luca, Davide, Irene, Fabio, Mattia, Sabrina. I see you working around the clock with all your heart and passion, and I'm sure our product reflects that.
Thank you again,
Matteo, Luca and Bikee Bike's Team