Xiaomi is trying hard to create a better reputation for “Made in China” products with its Mi Ecosystem, an umbrella of smart objects from partners and producers with their sign of approval. The latest entry is QiCycle R1, a smart bike for connaiseurs, placed at $3000!
The price might seem steep, but Xiaomi’s own reputation was a leverage for 200 prospective buyers who have backed up their crowdfunding campaign and surpassed the company’s goal with 408% as of today. Should an average guy bother to raise the $3000 amount? Yes and no.
If you’re a professional cyclist, accustomed with brands like Giant, Cannondale and even Garmin for accessories, then you should definitely look into it. QiCycle R1 weighs just 15 pounds and proved to be as dependable and resistant as the brand aforementioned in EFBe stress tests. The battery powered bike will harness power from the pedal, take you on the road with Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifters and brakes that are high-heat resistant. #objectmagic
As for the smart part, the QiCycle makes sure you know how you’re standing (and going) with a power meter comparable to the Vector one from Garmin. It syncs up to Xiaomi app, of course, that shows you everything, from speed, location, to power levels in the shifter, in real time.
From the looks of it, you are certainly not going to feel bad about purchasing it, like on Fools’ Day. That said, if you’re just cycling through town, when the mood strikes, you might want to use that money for a trip or renovating the kitchen.
QiCycles will start shipping in May when we will be back with customers’ feedback.