Today we continue with the 5th installation of the mini series. For newer backers, this mini-series will walk through the design, development process, and functionality of each customized bike component.
- Mini Series #1 – Biometric Access Module
- Mini Series #2 – Removable Battery
- Mini Series #3 – Airless Tires
- Mini Series #4 – Frame Design
- Mini Series #5 – The “Invisible” Kickstand
Motivation and functionality
Personally, we have a love hate relationship with kickstands. They’re useful – practical but ugly. In fact, you won’t have to look hard to find a convincing argument one way or the other on whether the kickstand still has a place on modern e-bikes.
Some argue that kickstands are redundant when you can just lean your bike against walls. Another common argument is that kickstands also add unnecessary weight and aero drag. Furthermore, they also compromise the overall bike aesthetics.
On the other hand, others argue that the kickstand still has a place on modern bikes, and are infinitely useful when there isn’t available space to lean your bike on (we shudder at the thought of Reevo lying flat on a road). The kickstand also makes it easier to carry our maintenance works and are great for when you’re cleaning your bike. We’re firmly in this camp.
So while many manufacturers are opting to ditch the kickstand, we decided to go a different route. We decided to rethink our approach to this problem by keeping the functionality of a kickstand, but making sure that it is well integrated into Reevo’s sleek design.
Design process and challenges
The first challenge was that kickstands are essentially a metal rod that sticks out like a sore thumb on most bikes. Our solution was to design the kickstand to retract flush into the frame – making it disappear completely from sight when retracted. All spring loaded mechanisms are also house inside the frame to maintain the bike’s clean aesthetic.
The kickstand’s shape was also a design challenge as it had to match the frame, while also being robust enough to hold up the bike’s weight. We went through many prototypes, and settled on a “hockey stick” design with curves that match the bike’s frame.
Our engineers decided on aluminium rather than commonly used steel for the material to lower weight and to make this part manufacturable at a higher rate. Load bearing strength was improved through the unique shape and curved surface of the kickstand.
The production mold for the “invisible” kickstand.
Left or right handed?
You may have noticed that our prototype has the kickstand on the right. This was initially done due to some engineering challanges. During our initial Indiegogo campaign, many of you raised this as a concern as most bikes have the kickstand on the other side. We decided to listen and make the change. Muscle memory is a powerful thing!