Barcelona-based RayVolt has built some of the most creative e-bike designs in the industry and has just announced that it is launching eXXite as a brand new brand.
We first heard about eXXite with the announcement of the X1 prototype almost three years ago. After taking the time to really flesh out the brand with a full line of e-bikes, founder Mat Rauzier and his team are finally ready to launch a thoughtful eXXite brand. The new eXXite line includes the X1 as well as a host of new technology-focused e-bikes aimed at a wide range of possible use cases.
Disclaimer: The author’s accommodation while attending the launch was paid for by RayVolt.
The announcement was made by Rauzier during a launch event at the MEAM museum in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. The event was well attended by international media and RayVolt representatives around the world. The event showcased the history of RayVolt before rolling out the red carpet for the new line of eXXite bikes. Rauzier is a relentless designer, already looking well beyond the first 3 production bikes to the wide-frame CoolX e-bike, the classically designed LaX scooter, an urban commuter bike, and the modern fat tire bike known as the BullX name.
I eagerly sought out the new eXXite bikes and spent quality time with each one in the store and rode them through the narrow lanes of the Gothic Quarter. Naturally, the flagship of the eXXite line, the X1, was the first. This is a full-size e-bike with an aggressive speedbike-style stance. The frame is what sets this bike apart from the masses, with its flowing oversized frame paying homage to the likes of the Cruiser and Clubman in sister company RayVolt’s lineup.
Climbing the bike, the oversized top tube reveals a phone docking station with an integrated wireless phone charger. It’s a neat solution that not only uses the phone’s screen, but also its sensors and camera to augment the bike’s electric motor and batteries. All of this is made possible by the brain of the operation, RayVolt’s EIVA 2.0 app. EIVA 2.0 underpins RayVolt and eXXite bikes, allowing riders to view current power levels, speed, update firmware, perform remote diagnostics, and more.
For a global brand, having the ability to remotely connect and diagnose a bike through the EIVA 2.0 app is a game changer. Speaking to RayVolt representatives around the world, they praised this capability, sharing how it made life easier for owners and the business. Without the possibility of connecting to the bike
As an app, it can easily be updated as new features are added, even pushing firmware updates directly to the bike. EIVA really is next level and even after spending thousands of hours on hundreds of different e-bikes over the years, it blew my mind. Features like EIVA’s AutoPAS, which uses the phone’s gyroscope to automatically detect an incline and increase or decrease the pedal assist system (PAS) accordingly, are not found on any other bike.
The X1 also features eXXite’s exclusive pedal regenerative braking. It sounded like the kind of tech wizardry that might never go into production when they first announced it, but the team at eXXite pulled a rabbit out of their hat and delivered. One of RayVolt’s first innovations was to design its own motors from magnets. It gave them a good insight into how motors work and how to control them.
Typically, e-bikes use a pedal sensor to determine how much assistance the motor should provide. You pedal faster, the motor starts with more power. This synchronizes pedal action and motor assistance. RayVolt realized that it could also work in reverse. They built the regenerative capability into their motors and tied it to the pedal assist sensor, just in reverse. This means you can pedal forward to go faster or pedal backward to engage regeneration to slow the bike down. It feels like magic, and trying it on the compact streets of Barcelona, it worked perfectly. For those times when you need to come to a stop on the fly, the bike’s hydraulic disc brakes were more than up to the task.
Beyond the technology, the X1 has an integrated headlight on the head tube and integrated taillights on the rear dropouts. The X1 also sports integrated turn signals at each end of the handlebars that will activate automatically when cornering. The sleek stance of the bike is accentuated by the choice to straddle the frame over the stem of the bike. This results in a shallower steering angle than on most bikes, but after realizing this and spending a few minutes riding the bike, it was little more than an afterthought.
On closer inspection, you’ll probably be amazed at the huge rear engine due to its size. RayVolt designed these motors to be larger because they found that the larger the diameter, the quieter the motors became. This is immediately apparent when riding the X1 Power (and RayVolt’s bikes fitted with the optional ‘power hub’ motor) as it glides silently down the road. The bike’s stance is very much like an urban crossover bike, but it sports a big set of tires that gives it a much more comfortable ride. We were among the first outside the company to pilot these prototypes fresh off the production line, with the flagship X1 due to launch later this year.
eXXite’s first two production models are a pair of smart folding bikes, the XS and XXS. These twins look like your regular compact e-bikes, but feature eXXite technology under the hood. This includes intelligent regenerative braking, which can also turn the mobile city bike bike into a personal trainer.
The EIVA 2.0 app has a special mode that allows owners to stall the bike on a standard rear wheel stand and engage regeneration to use the bike as a stationary trainer. This is great for staying in shape out of season and actually uses the effort put in during training to recharge the battery. It’s a clever combination and just the beginning of what’s planned. eXXite plans to integrate core training functionality into a fully fleshed out interactive trainer with links across the wide range of cycling training apps like Zwift. Why buy a dedicated exercise bike when you can use your daily commute to do double duty inside and outside the house?
It is exciting to see how Rauzier and his team have taken the eXXite brand forward since the initial launch of the X1 three years ago and fleshed out an entire brand around the initial concept. Around this time, COVID slammed e-bike supply chains and put a damper on their ability to grow the brand, but they didn’t just sit idly by. Based on the technology they showcased at the launch event showcase and the bikes attendees rode around town, it’s clear the RayVolt team has worked hard to develop the technology, refine the concepts and put them into production for the masses. .
The new stable of eXXite bikes opens a new chapter not only for the RayVolt family, but in the world of electric bikes. Their unique designs have set a new bar since the launch of RayVolt and with the launch of eXXite and EIVA 2.0 they are packed with technology that puts them in a class of their own.
For more information on eXXite or to order an electric bike of the future, go to its official website.
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