LeEco offers more than just smartphones, with the company also cooking up TVs, cars, and bikes. And soon, those bikes will make their way to North America.
The LeEco Smart Road Bike and Smart Mountain Bike will launch in North America in October. There’s no word yet on pricing for either model.
As you might’ve guessed by their names, LeEco’s bikes are a little different than your standard two-wheeled cycle. Both bikes run LeEco’s Android 6.0-based BikeOS software on a four-inch touchscreen. This screen is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and 6,000mAh battery.
With this Android 6.0 touchscreen, you can do things like run HERE Maps, play online and offline music, have walkie-talkie-style communications with nearby LeEco smart bikes, and log your rides.
When it comes to the “bike” part of these bikes, both the Smart Road Bike (above) and Smart Mountain Bike (below) feature Toray T700 carbon fiber frames. The 18.5-pound Smart Road Bike also offers a Toray T700 carbon fiber fork, seat post, handlebar, and wheels, an 11-speed one-by drivetrain, and a lightweight brake set with dual-pivot tech and shift/brake levers.
Meanwhile, the 26.9-pound Smart Mountain Bike includes a Toray T700 carbon fiber handlebar, SR Suntour XCR Air fork, and 27.5-inch/650b diameter wheel set. Also included is an 11-speed one-by drivetrain, 11-42 tooth cassette, hydraulic brake set, and more.
Finally, both bikes offer onboard sensors like GPS/GLONASS, compass, accelerometer, barometer, light level, wheel speed, and crank speed, as well as support for third-party ANT+ heart rate and power sensors for measuring your fitness. There’s also onboard lighting, a horn, and security alarm for safety.
While smart bicycles won’t appeal to quite the same size audience as smartphones or even smart TVs, it’s still nice to see LeEco bringing its smart bikes to North America. The bikes could be worth a look for anyone interested in a new bike with some smarts, letting folks get directions and listen to music without having to bring their phone while out on their ride. We’ll just have to wait until October to see how good these bikes really are.