How Cytronex Works:
Cytronex was developed to combine all the fun of cycling with a realistic alternative to using a car for local journeys. So our electric bike system needed to be fast without requiring high levels of fitness (although fit cyclists will get to their destinations faster than ever before). Crucially, we found that our third objective of providing 'invisible assistance' complemented the first two perfectly, because the resulting light weight electric bicycle has an unrivalled power to weight ratio.
Other ebikes broadly have two means of control - automatic assistance based on a torque sensor or control via a throttle (like a motorbike). We extensively tested both methods and decided not to use either because:
- A powered bike with a torque sensor is easy to use but the systems cannot predict exactly what assistance the rider wants at any one time, so sometimes you find there is not enough, at other times, too much.
- Ebike throttles provide full control but are often
not convenient to use whilst riding a bike. A twist
grip throttle needs to be held in position so signaling
to turn right or move out is impossible under power.
Since riders generally want full power anyway this
seemed to us rather pointless - after all, if you
need to go slowly, then you don't need any assistance
on a light weight bike anyway. Cytronex powered electric
bikes are just the same as unassisted bikes when
the power is off. For us - a bicycle should look,
feel and ride like a bicycle!
Kalkhoff Aggatu & Pro-Connect,
Gazelle, Ezee, Wisper, Ultramotor A2B, Heinzmann,
Powacycle, E-motion, Monarch Eco, Bionx, Gitane
and Powabyke all use throttles or torque sensor
Power Assistance At The Touch Of A Button
So Cytronex is very, very simple to use: when your speed drops below 15mph and you need assistance - just press the Boost button. A red light illuminates and Cytronex will then continue to push all the time your speed is below the maximum assisted speed, until you touch the rear brake or press the Boost button again. So when you need to stop, the power is cut instantly. It's also very easy to switch assistance off when you don't need it.
So you get full power all the time whenever you press the Boost button, unless you select the low speed setting. The closer the bike speed stays to the maximum assisted speed, the less energy it uses. On steep hills where more torque is required the speed will drop a little and more energy will be used.
The low speed setting is for very steep hills, slow moving traffic or effortless sightseeing. You just toggle between the low speed and maximum power by pressing the left hand thumb switch.
You can use Cytronex to get away from traffic lights fast. Just select low speed, start pedaling when the lights change and as long as the bike is moving at more than 5mph, press the Boost button. Change gear to keep up and add your own pedal power, then finally press the full power button. This can be very useful in traffic to help keep you out of harms way.
Single Speed Bikes:
For the ultimate city bike our single speed bicycles - the Cytronex Powered Genesis Day One and the Cytronex Powered Cannondale Capo (our lightest electric bike after the Cytronex Powered Super Six) are even easier to use, you either ride assisted or unassisted depending on whether the button is on or off. There’s nothing else to think about. When you ride assisted, start pedalling and you find the power quickly kicks in and whisks you up to speed. Basically it’s all the benefits of a single speed bicycle, without the main drawback (hill climbing). This leaves you to concentrate on the traffic and getting to your destination fast. Great for stop, start situations like riding in town.
Click here to see Ortis Deley on The Gadget Show explaining how the system works...
Using your bike without assistance:
Cytronex equipped electric bikes are designed to be used with or without assistance. So if you don't take the battery the weight of the Cannondale Capo is only about 11.5Kg and the Super Six is less than 11Kg (less than 9Kg if you swap the front wheel also). Fully equipped with the water bottle battery the Super Six weighs just 12.9Kg - which we believe makes it the lightest full size electric bike in the world!
The freewheel in the Cytronex motor means that when the going is easy and you don't need assistance, it is just like cycling any other high specification bicycle.
Cytronex is designed for convenience which is why we have one of the fastest recharge times of any electric bike currently available. The battery is removed from the bike after every journey and taken inside for recharging or storage.
So if you are using your Cytronex equipped bike to cycle to work, put the battery on to charge in the afternoon at the office and you'll have maximum power when you leave. A full recharge takes about 90 minutes.
The advantage of being able to fast charge the battery just before you leave is that the battery will still be warm when you get on the bike. This will provide maximum power assistance and acceleration. It should be noted however, that the battery should never be recharged again before it has cooled down.