The Evolution of the E-Bike
How it all started
Two brothers, different paths, one goal.
Michael and Thomas Rath chose two different career paths. One abandoned his telematics studies to work in a startup company. Years later, he took time off to travel to the Caribbean and then founded several IT companies.
The other was a successful skateboarder and world traveller who sold motorized pocket bikes over the Internet at the age of 18. He returned to Austria after spending 7 years working in development and management in an engineering office in Shanghai.
Despite their different careers, the two brothers returned to Southern Styria, where their parents owned a farm, to chase their dream.
They both have one thing in common: a dream of creating something of their own and watching its growth and development. Each brother was propelled by the vision of improving on the competitors' ideas in order for the market to profit.
Michael & Thomas decided to improve the e-mobile sector. They founded a company and began designing and building e-bikes in a barn.
Over time, a vision evolved that centered around an e-bike that at first glance does not appear to be one, yet was simple to maintain and equipped with the best components without being exorbitantly priced.
Acquired knowledge with time
The two brothers gave themselves a year to analyze every aspect critically: the competition's products, outsourcing designs or creating their own... where did the maximum potential lie? What could be improved? Which obstacles would they be faced with and how could they best overcome these obstacles by improving the design? They created everything from scratch, built prototypes and ran tests.
Ultimately, an e-bike was created that revolutionized the e-bike market with its innovative design: the Geero.
Geero's development in more detail
Developing the Geero took a year to complete. Michael and Thomas were aware of the challenges that lay ahead, due to their years of experience when it came to building e-bikes. Still, the special design of the Geero bike demanded all their skills.
The focal points of the bikes are: easy maintenance and minimizing the loss of performance due to overheating.
A new electrical system
To get performance related problems under control, the two brothers focused on the development of the electrical system before tackling the bike's design. The simplest solution, integrating the electronics into the motor, was out of the question. This integration brought more problems than it solved. In particular, heat generation in the motor, related loss in performance and reduced reliability would have been hard to overcome. In addition, the electronics would have been difficult to access once the bike required service.
Therefore, a new electrical system had to be created. Thomas and Michael invested a lot of time and money to finally reach their goal: integrating the electronics into the saddle mask. This solved the problem of overheating and ensured easy maintenance.
Design, weight distribution and angle
The next step was taking on the bike's design. "Elegance" was the motto, which meant that the electronics would need to be integrated into the frame of the bike as best they could.
The first drafts of the bike were done on computer. Prototypes were built to eliminate any problems and for overall improvement. On and on and on it went. Many of the Geero's components were designed by Thomas and Michael and were thus brand new, that means they could not be found on the market.
Later, the brothers tackled weight optimization and adapted the geometry . Ultimately, each Geero bike should have optimum handling ability, thanks to their low points of gravity, and perfect angles.
After several prototypes, countless tests and endless adaptations, the two brothers were able to develop the best e-bikes of their careers: cleverly designed e-bikes at an unbeatable price!