Xiaomi was reportedly working on a smart bike, and now, images and specifications of the bicycle in question have appeared online. Dubbed as the QiCycle R1, this high-end bicycle boasts some interesting specifications, such as a Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain.
This smart bicycle is the first of its kind from QiCycle, a Taiwanese-based company that is backed by Xiaomi. While the QiCycle R1 has an eye-watering price tag of 19,999 Chinese yuan (about RM12,540), it is equipped with the high-end Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain: an electronic transmission that will supposedly offer smooth gear changes with a built-in battery.
The battery will also be powering a range of sensors used throughout the QiCycle R1, which can then be synced with Xiaomi’s own health applications. After all, this is a smart bicycle. Other than that, the QiCycle R1 has an all-black carbon frame made from Mitsubishi T800 carbon fibre, which is said to reduce the weight of the bicycle to 7kg.
Crowdfunding for the QiCycle R1 smart bicycle will reportedly start tomorrow on the 22nd of March 2016. While not many people can appreciate a bicycle that costs so much, those who do are rather fond of the QiCycle R1’s price tag; the Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain itself isn’t exactly affordable.
As usual, the QiCycle R1 is said to be only available in China. Chances are, the smart bicycle won’t be officially launched anywhere outside of the country.