Most ebikes either start with a bike and then strap on electrification, or begin with a battery and motor and then make them rideable. Gogoro’s Eeyo ebikes do something different, and at first glance you’d be forgiven for assuming they weren’t powered at all. That’s because the company has taken its electric scooter know-how and squeezed all the power-assist into the rear wheel hub.
It’s called the Eeyo Smartwheel, and it’s a completely in-house design. A 250W motor and 123 Wh battery live there, along with the various electronics, Bluetooth radio, and sensors. Eeyo isn’t intended to propel you along while you sit idle; instead, the sensors track how much effort you’re putting in, and calculate just the right amount of assistance to amplify your own riding.
The result, Gogoro says, is a more fun ebike, and a lighter one. At 26.4 pounds in Eeyo 1s form, it’s roughly half the weight of most rivals. Despite that, it still offers up to 55 miles of range.