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BikeOn is a simple and lightweight device that converts your bicycle to electric assist in seconds, with no tools or skills.

BikeOn is a device that converts any bicycle to electric and back in seconds. No tools or skills required, Just attach the device to the wheel of your bicycle and it becomes an electric assist. 

BikeOn has won an Editor's Choice award at Maker Faire 2019.

  • EASY TO INSTALL - Install in seconds with no tools.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT - 2.4 lbs/1.1 kg (excluding battery) 
  • INTELLIGENT - Pedal assist with torque sensor
  • REMOVABLE - Use your bicycle both as regular and as electric assist when needed
  • VERSATILE - Fits most bicycles


Motor: US: 350W, EU:250W
Battery: 250 Wh, sleek water bottle design.
Range: Up to 20 mi 
Sensors: Torque sensor, accelerometer, gyro.
Weight: 2.4 lbs/1.1 kg (excluding battery)
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2
Smartphone app: iOS 10 or greater; Android 5 or greater



Here is a list of our competitors. For more details on each of them, please see the video below. It’s not an exhaustive list, but more of a representation of competitors’ types and some companies:

1. Electric wheels:

a) Superpedestrian: all-in-one rear wheel, nice design, natural feel and handling, but heavy, hard to install, requires tools, skills, time.

b) GeoOrbital: all-in-one front wheel, easier to install, but less natural feel, handling is changed. Might be dangerous - if for some reason the wheel stops spinning, the rider may flip over.

2. Mid drives (Bosch, Schomano, Bimoz etc) - very powerful and suitable even for mountain bikes, but really hard to install, require good skills and time.

3. Friction drive devices (Rubbee, Add-e) - Rubbee is removable, both are relatively easy to install, even though still require some tools and skills, but they wear out the tire and are very easy to lose the friction of the wheel.

4. Conversion kits - a bunch of parts, cumbersome to install, heavy.


Micro VESC 6 KiCAD files: 44mmx34mm PCB packs the VESC 6 with 6xPowerTDFN FETS. Github repo: Under GPLv3

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  • New BikeOn Demo Video

    Shushanik Khachaturian2 days ago 0 comments

    Today we have recorded a new more detailed video of #BikeOn demo. Our last video left some questions, I hope this one gives better understanding of our product and the way it works. If anything is still unclear, please leave a comment, so that we know what information to include in the next demo video.

  • BikeOn Development: First Working Prototype, 2014

    Shushanik Khachaturian2 days ago 0 comments

    This is our first working prototype of BikeOn, back in 2014. At that time we envisioned BikeOn as a ring-shaped device that would contain embedded-in axial flux motor, controller and all the sensors, all built on a single PCB. We were designing a front-wheel mounted device, because we thought that it would be easier to mount BikeOn that way.

    This is the video on which we are powering BikeOn for the first time: 

    This is the video when we are trying BikeOn on the road for the first time. It didn’t work very well at that time:

    As you can see from the videos, at that time BikeOn didn’t have sensors embedded in, and it worked only with a throttle.

    The Lesson We Learned:

    Later we realized that using third party motor would speed up our development without much sacrifice on desired specs, qualities and our vision. We learned the hard way: if there is something out there you can use, make every effort and reasonable compromise to use it.

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Marcos Chaparro wrote 4 days ago point

Hi guys, as the biggest VESC firmware contributor behind Benjamin Vedder, I have to remind you that once you start distributing your hardware you have to also distribute the source code running on your VESC boards. Keeping it to yourself is not an option with GPLv3 licences, and that includes any custom algorithm executed by the mcu.

And btw there is no such enforcement in the hardware design, copyleft only applies to the source code.

Best of luck!

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Aram wrote 2 days ago point

Hi Marcos,

Thanks for your comment and work you’ve contributed to VESC development.
We do know that we must distribute the source code running on the VESC board (once we start distributing the device) if we add to it/modify it in any way. However, in our design we use separate mcu to run the algorithm and sensors. The only connection between our mcu and the VESC is the UART line. The VESC code was not modified in any way.

Per our research and understanding, in this case it is not required to make our algorithm open, but we’re still thinking about it. Please correct me if I am wrong.

In any case, before we start distributing our product, we will double check all the licensing requirements and make sure that we comply with the law.

Thanks and best of luck with your project!

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Marcos Chaparro wrote 2 days ago point

Yeah, an external mcu is the cleanest way to comply with the licensing terms, you'll be safe.

You are likely going to need to customize the vesc code to allow for updating the coprocessor firmware or tune its parameters, in that I case I look forward to seeing bikeOn as an officially supported hardware in the mainstream repo, its not that difficult to do


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EngineerAllen wrote 07/08/2019 at 22:01 point


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Aram wrote 7 days ago point


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bosko wrote 06/08/2019 at 19:24 point

Nice project, im wondering how much cost Micro VESC, will be available for purchase ? Where i can send that files to make complete VESC.  Im using normal VESC size for now is good. What are specifications of this micro ? or what are difference between "normal" and micro.

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Aram wrote 06/11/2019 at 06:16 point

Hi @bosko 

This version of VESC has smaller PCB and the buck regulator outputs 3V3 only. It has fewer number of components therefore. MOSFETS are smaller than on original VESC (PowerTDFNs), but still 50-60A phase current is not a problem with adequate cooling.

I will post BOM and gerber files later so that you can order the PCB from any PCB house.

I can't promise that this version of VESC will be available for purchase, at least for the moment.



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michiel wrote 06/08/2019 at 09:46 point

What is the reason for the reduction in motor power from 350W to 250W in the EU? I know of many E-bikes in the EU (at least in NL) with power ratings at high as 600W for normal commuter bikes.

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Aram wrote 06/11/2019 at 06:07 point

Hi @michiel ,

These are the restrictions pretty widely adopted in the EU. We will review power limitations again closer to the sales launch date. If NL allows for higher power rating, we will definitely go by that.

Thanks for your interest!

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mike wrote 06/08/2019 at 03:13 point

This is really an amazing concept. From the video it appears to connect to the "pie plate". If that is the case, it is transferring the torque through the plastic?

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Aram wrote 06/08/2019 at 06:21 point

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your  interest.

Most of the BikeOn parts are made of metal, there are no issues with torque transfer.

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mcmasterp wrote 06/07/2019 at 20:30 point

when will it be available for sale and how can I get on an email list for info on that?

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Aram wrote 06/08/2019 at 06:25 point

Hi mcmasterp,

Our target is September-October for the first batch of BikeOn to go on sale. Please visit our webpage at , you can subscribe there to our email list, we will keep you posted!


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Steve Shaffer wrote 06/07/2019 at 19:57 point

Looks great! I applaud the clean design both mechanically and electrically. When can I buy just the rear, I build my own batteries.

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Aram wrote 06/08/2019 at 06:29 point

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your kind words.

We hope to start sales in September-October. Please subscribe to our mailing list at and we will keep you posted.


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Сергей Петров wrote 05/31/2019 at 08:18 point

How does the power from the "water bottle" connect? Not noticed on video.

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Aram wrote 05/31/2019 at 16:48 point

There is a short wire, running from the battery pack to the device. Thanks!

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Сергей Петров wrote 05/31/2019 at 08:17 point

When the battery is discharged, does the device need to be removed on the road or does it in no way prevent just driving?
If you need to shoot, is there a way to attach it to the frame of the bike, so as not to need a backpack for this case?

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Aram wrote 05/31/2019 at 16:47 point

If you run out of battery, you can remove the device. If not, the device will apply some minor resistance as you pedal.

It will come with special lock, so that you could lock it to the frame of your bicycle, if you prefer to not remove it while leaving the bike on the street.

Hope this answers your questions. 

Thank you!

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nazarposhta wrote 05/31/2019 at 06:17 point

How fast it can to ride?

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Aram wrote 05/31/2019 at 06:30 point

As fast as you can go. It assists up to 20 mph (32 kph in Europe) and then cuts the assistance off (there is a law that sets these conditions). Thanks!

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bolotbekovab10 wrote 05/31/2019 at 04:38 point

awesome pedal assist!

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Aram wrote 05/31/2019 at 04:51 point

Thank you!

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Nikhil wrote 05/30/2019 at 17:58 point

Seems very interesting. How much $ ?

Demo could show the electric bike in action.

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Aram wrote 05/30/2019 at 18:19 point

Thanks for your interest!

For the battery pack, the charger and the device we're thinking about $1100-1250 price range. We'll know more closer to the sales launch date.

It is pedal assist, it assists you as you start pedaling. If you stop pedaling, it stops too. That's what you see on the demo video,it is in action.

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Harry Lisby wrote 05/28/2019 at 21:58 point

Awesome concept, the part I don't see to be getting is how you couple power into the wheel, does it need a modification first?

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Aram wrote 05/28/2019 at 23:52 point

There is a wire that runs from the battery (water bottle shaped) to the device. I hope this answers your question.

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Aram wrote 05/29/2019 at 00:31 point

...and no, the wheel need no modification. The device drives the cassette on the wheel.

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Tillo wrote 06/04/2019 at 07:01 point

How about differnet cassette sizes? You know, those 12 speed cassettes are nowadays a thing for mountain bikes.

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Aram wrote 06/04/2019 at 16:41 point

@Tillo Nearly all cassette sizes can be accommodated. This version of the device is built mostly for hybrid and road bikes (and some of the mountain ones). Mountain bike version to follow at some point...

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Dan Maloney wrote 05/27/2019 at 18:46 point

Very nice! Make sure you submit this for the Hackaday Prize.

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Michael G wrote 05/25/2019 at 23:35 point

Is it purely the torque sensor that determines when the motor applies power?

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Aram wrote 05/26/2019 at 22:43 point

Hi @Michael G 

No, there are other sensors involved. There is an algorithm inside the device that fuses readings of several sensors and then determines when and how much power to apply.

Thanks for asking!

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