With the Livall PikaBoost, a “smart e-bike conversion kit” is launching on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. The retrofit kit is designed to turn any standard bicycle into an e-bike in just a few easy steps.
Livall PikaBoost launched on Kickstarter
The possibility of turning a bicycle into an e-bike is by no means new. We’ve already introduced you to similar solutions several times, including the Skarper– or the Boost Kit. But the Livall PikaBoost, now launched on Kickstarter, takes a slightly different approach.
Here, power is transmitted by a kit that can be mounted directly on the seat post without any accessories and drives the bike electrically by means of frictional energy.
The rear wheel is driven, while the kit should be able to cope with different types of tires without any problems. However, this should have an impact on tire wear, after all, a mechanical force acts on the tires here.
In addition, the Livall PikaBoost features Automatic Adaptive Rate (AAR) technology, which can automatically check road conditions and adjust itself and speed accordingly. An LED taillight is also already integrated into the removable kit.
Normal 18650 battery installed
Inside the Livall PikaBoost, which weighs around three kilograms, an 18650 lithium-ion battery is at work, which should have a capacity of 234 Wh and thereby last for up to 5 years. The manufacturer promises over 500 charging processes and a high charging speed.
A total of nine 18650 battery cells fit into the PikaBoost, at least according to the Kickstarter website, giving it a maximum range of 30 kilometers with pedal assistance. However, additional battery holders can easily be ordered, which can also be equipped with batteries and are quickly replaceable.
The motor delivers a full 250 watts, while the PikaBoost only measures 6.6 x 33.8 x 13 centimeters. There is also a USB port for charging the smartphone while riding.
Three riding modes are offered: Crusie, for particularly relaxed cycling, Eco, in which the pedal assistance only takes effect uphill or in rough terrain, and Exercice, in which PikaBoost makes additional resistance noticeable. This should make the kit suitable not only for training, but also recharging the battery cells by means of kinetic energy.
Price and Availability
The Livall PikaBoost e-bike kit is available now on Kickstarter. The campaign is still running for 18 days, while the original goal of 24,636 euros has already been exceeded many times over. Almost one million euros have already been raised. Prices start at around 298 euros, with worldwide delivery scheduled for March 2023.