Canadian Startup Launches Valour, the First Smart Connected Bicycle

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Vanhawks today announced the launch of Valour, which it claims is the industry’s first smart carbon fibre bicycle.

Built for commuters with safety, comfort, and connectivity in mind, Vanhawks launched a Kickstarter campaign this afternoon that already has seen $20,000 pledged.

According to the company, a member of Montreal accelerator FounderFuel's current cohort, the bike is connected to iOS, Android and Pebble through Bluetooth and tracks rider statistics in real-time including the route, distance, speed, and time.

Valour’s LED handlebar indicators are connected to the smartphone’s GPS navigation and give riders turn-by-turn directions, reducing the distraction of having to look at a smartphone screen. The Valour also includes, the industry’s first sensor-driven blind spot detector, which alerts the rider of any object in their blind spot through haptic feedback in the handle bar grips.

 

 

“With so many people turning to bikes to commute and get around town, safety is a rider’s primary concern,” explains Sohaib Zahid, CEO of Vanhawks. “With Valour, we want took the great invention of the past—the bicycle—and combined it with the great invention of our time—mart phones—to create the safest ride."

"We want to change the way people think about urban commuting and the Valour bike offers an easy, safe and green option," he added.

 

 

The Valour is crafted to prioritize human ergonomics and is designed to relieve pressure on your back muscles, spine and buttocks, without compromising the frame’s strength, according to Vanhawks. The frame of the bike is developed from carbon fibre using proprietary technology which makes internal walls to reinforce critical load bearing points in the frame.

Perhaps most amazingly, the Valour weighs a very modest 16 pounds.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more



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