Smacircle S1 foldable bike

Smacircle S1 foldable bike


(Music) Over the past three or four years, so many companies have created
an electric rideable. Whether it’s a skateboard,
a scooter, or a bike. One of the more interesting, crazier ones
is this thing called the Smacircle S1. It’s an Indigogo project. They asked for 30,000 and
they got 160,000 in funding. They build it as an eBike that
you can take on an airplane. So it’s an electric bike that
folds up small enough to fit in some sort of backpack and
I have one here in the office. I’m goinna go unbox it. (Music) Charge it up and then go for a ride. It looks like it’s gonna rain outside,
hoping it doesn’t. We’ll make it work. (Music) Here’s the bag. (Music) This is something. Charger. (Music) And the unit itself. Wow, this thing is tiny. I think this thing is the combination
of battery and where you sit. This is the Smacircle. It’s a preproduction prototype unit. They told me this one weighs a little
bit heavier than the final version. I feel like this things
weighs about 20 pounds, but look at how small this
thing folds down into. It didn’t come with directions. I couldn’t find directions in the box or
in the bag, so, I’m going to consult their Indigogo
page and figure this thing out. So this thing is the battery and
I’m pretty sure this is where you sit, as well, cuz you got the contacts there,
and I bet that plugs right in, and this is the battery brick. I plugged it in. It’s red,
which probably means it’s charging. Also, it has a fan in here, and then,
it looks like it melted at some point. I’m going to definitely keep an eye
on this thing while it charges. Okay, so that unfolds. That and then that locks in like that. Press in here, that wheel comes out
like this, you press in here and that wheel comes out like that. Battery plugs in right here and then handle bars, looks like it, just sort of do this, yeah. And this is it. And then this is the throttle,
accelerator. That’s probably the brake. And, wow,
this looks like something out of Tron. I don’t think anything lights
up on this particular version. But the way this thing unfolded and
became, it`s pretty tiny but it`s definitely something I`m
going to be riding on very soon. I`ve got this thing basically
fully assembled save for the battery that`s charging. Didn`t need any instructions,
all pretty self-explanatory. I`m gonna let the battery charge for
a little bit, then I`m gonna hop on. And go for the first ride in here. I’m on the Indiegogo page
just looking at some specs. And they say that the production unit,
the one that ships in October, is going to be carbon fiber,
the body’s gonna be carbon fiber. So it’s gonna weigh 15.4 lbs. The battery allows you to go about
12 miles on a single charge. But it takes two and
a half hours to charge that battery. And, in my opinion, one of the most
important specs, top speed, 12.4 miles an hour. It’s pretty slow. Nothing on here about weather resistance. Can I ride it through a puddle? Can I ride it in the pouring rain? I have no idea, but I think its safe to say that this
thing is not water resistant. Like I said before the tagline
mentions taking it on an airplane. The batteries are 90 watt hour and
you can’t fly with a battery that’s 100 watt hours or above so
this thing is cleared for takeoff. I think the battery finished charging. I bet it came with some charge. I don’t hear the fan any more and
that light is green. All right, fully charged battery. I think this, is this actually? Okay, so that lifts up like that. Power button is over here, charging
port and then USB cable for power and phones and what not back here. So let’s see, I’m going to assume
that this slides on like that. Okay, and then press the power button. (Sound)
Okay, now, does it just work? No, again,
this thing didn’t come with directions and I’m not really 100% sure
how to work it yet. (Sound) It’s beeping. It’s beeping. (Sound) It’s still beeping. Maybe I have to be sitting on it? (Sound) That beep sounds like,
that beeping sequence sounds like it’s on. And the directions on this
battery are not in English. Looks like I will be emailing them
asking them what I’m doing wrong. I sent a quick email
over to the company and I also just watch
the Indiegogo video again. Apparently these lights on the battery
are supposed to light up and there’s definitely a headlight
on this small circle. So, I’m waiting to hear back. All right, fast forward an hour or two. I spoke with the folks at SmaCircle and
like I said, this is a preproduction prototype unit so the thing doesn’t exactly
function 100% properly right now. So my issue was, is so the seat, right,
the seat will come up and down like this. But they said to leave it down, and I’ll have a better connection
with the internal. So, (Sound) It’s on, and, Yeah, it works,
except the studio’s really small so I can’t really get much mobility in here,
but it works. Woohoo whoa! Okay let’s take this thing outside. (Music) I’m noticing some jerkiness. It’s like not letting me throttle. It’s definitely a prototype. (Music) In terms of actually riding this thing,
there’s the throttle for your right thumb and then the brake
is where your left thumb is. The seat is not very comfortable at all. It kinda hurts my butt. And I’ve only been riding it for
like two or three minutes right now. And I mentioned before,
there’s some sort of jerkiness. It’s definitely a prototype unit. You can see it, you can feel it. And then the way it feels while you’re
riding, it’s a front wheel drive. And then if you make
a hard kind of jerk motion it feels like you’re gonna lose control. But I bet, like with most thing, this thing just takes a little
bit of getting use to. My thoughts on this Smacircle S1
is that it is a really, really unique take on
the foldable electric bike. It is a prototype so
it doesn’t function fully. The seat, not so comfortable. I do wish it went faster and I’ll have to
get my hands on a full production unit when they ship this October. – (Sound)