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SPERO! No Pedalling, Charge-and-go Electric Bike!
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
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Ride the “no pollution”, “no sweat”, “electric” solution for urban roads! Now at a special edition pricing!
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Started from 11/04/2016
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The SPERO E-Bike ….the new E-Kid on the block!

Our new, cool, funky electric bicycle takes the exertion out of riding a bicycle. It’s an urban commute vehicle, not only does it leave a zero carbon footprint, save you on big fuel costs, but will also ease the congestion on the roads in big cities

FACTS & FEATURES

  • Comes in 3 models
  • E-30 – Has a range of 30 kms on a single charge
  • E-60 – Has a range of 60 kms on a single charge
  • E-100 – Has a range of 100 kms on a single charge
  • Speed – 25 kmph max
  • Acceleration - 0-25kmph in 10 seconds
  • Gears: Comes with 5 speed digital gears in the electric mode
  • Battery: 48V Li-ion battery with a 1-year warranty and charges from 20 to 80% in 6 hours.
  • Detachable battery for ease of charging 
  • Charging: From a regular 5amp socket like your Smartphone!
  • Ease of use: Standard bicycle parts (Tyres, cables, mud/rear guards) can be used on the SPERO
  • Tyres – Imported from Korea
  • No driving licence required 
  • No insurance required
  • Advanced features: Pedal assist & regeneration
  • Has cruise control
  • Front shocks & disc brake included
  • Available with headlights. 
  • Available in funky colours
  • Fits into all bike racks

PRICING:

(Deliveries will be only be done in India .Prices indicated below include cost of delivery)

The bikes can be pre-ordered exclusively on Fueladream.com and everyone that orders the SPERO E-bike right now gets it at a 40 % discount!

This cool, funky bike is being rolled out by Milltex and is setting the stage for continued innovation especially in the field of green technology. Mr Manikandan, the brain behind this innovation, understands and embraces the need for us to move towards a more environmentally conscious way of life. This is his contribution to encouraging that way of forward. Which is why he’s taken an environmentally friendly way of transport and transformed it into a more viable, more attractive mode of transport.

A solidly built Indian product

There’s another amazing thing about this new e-bike. It’s another brilliant ‘Made in India’ story, well almost. Manufactured in Coimbatore, this bicycle has seen three years of intense research and development. It is made with a judicious mix of locally sourced materials and local ingenuity, & key imported components – The battery comes from Samsung, the motor and tyres come from partners in Korea.

Crafted, piece by piece, 36-year old, Manikandan, has oodles of experience in the manufacturing realm and an MBA to his name.

Manikandan says, “The experience I gained through years in the factory has given me the ability to innovate this cycle to perfection. The other thing that working within the manufacturing has given me the knowledge and expertise with handling machinery and sourcing materials that work best with this e-bike. Finally, all these things together has helped me to build a strong and reliable e-bike at affordable prices without having to compromise on quality.”

COLORS:

E-30 colours: Blue 

E -60 colours: Blue & Orange

E-100 colours: Blue, Orange & Black

The team from Milltex will call you after your order to confirm your colour preferences.

Production & delivery plan:

Production will take place in the Milltex Coimbatore factory, where your decision will not just fuel our dreams, but those of our workers and their families too.

Lets come together to save the Planet

One of the biggest issues blighting the world right now is the environmental damage we have caused the planet. There has been a rapid rise in the emission of greenhouse gases and other nasty pollutants in the atmosphere. The product of this abuse meted out to the planet is widely seen in terms of the stark rise in temperatures, the prevalence of chronic illness like bronchitis, asthma, cancer, etc. The problem acutely affects the big cities.

The time for action is upon us, gone are the days when we assumed that this was a problem for future generations. Time has come to rectify the years of exploitation inflicted on our planet. What if there was a way to reduce your carbon footprint on a daily basis that was also not as debilitating as having to cycle yourself across the city. Just bring home the SPERO E-bike.



FAQs
  • What is the background of the promoters of this product? Where is this bike produced?
  • The bike was produced by MILLTEX which began its humble existence in the 1970s, dealing in textile machinery spares and renovation kits. The group from its inception till 1990, renovated more than 7000 carding machines and with experience gained over the years established a private limited company – Milltex Engineers (P) Ltd. The current Management team ( S. Manikandan, Supriya Paul & Mothilal) with a hope to build a better tomorrow is leading the charge in e-mobility. A holistic plan for mobility after careful study of the industry’s evolution, the current global scenario and the National Electric Mobility Mission 2020 was created. In early 2015, a team of motivated youngsters were given an assignment to design the first of the many products / solutions planned.
  • How is the bike on handling uphill terrain?
    Performance on hills depends on the steepness of the hill and the weight load on the bike. In some instances, people will need to use both the pedal and the motor to go uphill.
  • What’s the maximum weight limit?
    We've tested the bike up to 120Kgs .We cannot make any guarantees about performance or durability above that weight.
  • How high can the seat extend?
    The seat can extend a full 12”. This put it 42 inches off the ground.
  • What is the frame size?
    The frame is 44" from axle to axle. 68" tire to tire.
  • How much does the bike weigh?
  • Depending on the model the bike weighs approximately 16 kgs without the battery & 26 kgs with the battery
  • How much does the battery weigh?
    The battery weighs approximately 3.5 kgs
  • What are the battery specifications?
  • 36/48-volt Lithium - Ion battery is designed for long running time. Batteries can be charged hundreds of times without noticeable loss in capacity. Model: Lithium-ion18650, BMS, Charger and Aluminum Case | Top quality battery, no memory effect, high energy density, long lifecycle. | Electric/Pedal assist range up to 40, 70, 120 kms (rider weight and terrain contingent) | Under Electric Power Range - up to 30, 60, 100 kms (rider weight, wind speed and terrain contingent)
  • Is there a rear-splash guard option? Is there a back-tire rack option? 
    That option is currently not available through us. This bike has standard frame qualities making it easy to modify with aftermarket products, including splash guards and rear racks.
  • Can I replace the parts on the bike?
  • Sure. We had a few different options for the parts that we decided to move forward with. The decision to select these parts come down to price, availability at scale and quality. It is entirely up to you on what parts you would like to use. Replace them at will.
  • I have seen the wheels on a bike before at my local bike shop, can I buy those if I pop a tire?
  • Absolutely. The SPERO eBike uses parts that are already on existing bikes on the market. The bike parts can be found online, or on other bikes so they are commercially available.
  • Is this a single speed bike? Can you limit it to 10MPH for off-roading?
    Yes, you can limit speed. Pedal power is on a single freewheel gear, as it was designed to receive motor assistance. It has 5 Speed electric Gear shift.
  • Is there speed monitoring/digital display on the bike?
    Yes there is built-in digital display/speedometer.
  • Is there a key/interlock to prevent accidental starting? 
    Yes there is interlock currently. However the throttle will not start until you shift digital gear by pressing the button to activate the motor.
  • Will a standard U-Lock fit around the wider frame?
    This varies depending on the type of lock, and the type of U-Lock that you use, but in general it will work with most consumer bike locks. Remember that the center portion of the frame is utilized for the battery compartment so all frame related locking would be through the back wheel and frame which is ideal in most cases.


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26.09.2016

Dear Funder,

There has been an unfortunate delay in the arrival of our consignment of battery cells and the clearance of the same from the port and our despatch schedules are delayed by a couple of weeks. There are a lot of restrictions on the movement of lithium ion cells these days and hence the delay.

We appreciate your support and understanding and are doing our best to speed up the process and give you a quality product.

We will get back to you shortly with the despatch schedules.

Regards,

Team SPERO


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A brilliant article by Trak.in giving in-depth information about the E-Bike

Link: http://trak.in/tags/business/2016/07/12/electric-bike-spero-launched/

10 months ago


Online media talking about Spero!!! - 11th July 2016


1. Business Standard - India sees start-ups ride on electric bicycles

Link: http://business-standard.com/article/companies/india-sees-start-ups-ride-on-electric-bicycles-116071100464_1.html

2. The New Indian Express - You can pitch in for a green bicycle

Link: http://newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/You-can-pitch-in-for-a-green-bicycle/2016/07/12/article3524466.ece

3. Live Mint - India’s first crowdfunded electric bike project unveiled

Link: http://livemint.com/Companies/UM6qdQUMxfGlReYGqFgidN/Indias-first-crowdfunded- electric-bike-project-unveiled.html

4.  Your Story - This Coimbatore entrepreneur has launched India’s first crowdfunded electric bike

Link: http://yourstory.com/2016/07/manikandan-spero/





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Spero in the newspapers - 10th July 2016


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Media coverage for Spero - 9th July 2016

1. The Indian Express - SPERO: India’s first crowdfunded eco-friendly electric bike is here

Link: http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/gadgets/spero-indias-first-crowdfunded-electric-bike-is-here-2901702/

2. Deccan Chronicles - India's first crowd-funded e-bike launched for Rs 29,990

Link - http://deccanchronicle.com/technology/in-other-news/090716/indias-first-crowd-funded-e-bike-launched-for-rs-29990.html

3. DNA India - India's first crowdfunded e-bike Spero unveiled in Bengaluru

Link - http://dnaindia.com/scitech/report-india-s-first-crowdfunded-e-bike-spero-unveiled-in-bengaluru-2232773

4. Asia Tech – E-bike promises 100 km per charge

Link - http://atimes.com/2016/07/technology-e-bike-promises-100-km-per-charge/

5. IndiaTimes – This Is Spero - India's First Crowdfunded Eco-Friendly Electric Bike That's Set To Launch Soon

Link -http://indiatimes.com/lifestyle/technology/this-is-spero-india-s-first-crowdfunded-eco-friendly-electric-bike-that-s-set-to-launch-soon-258098.html



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Spero covered in the Economic Times Bangalore edition on 9h July 2016


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Spero covered in the media on 8th July 2016

1. The Hindu - This e-bike is crowd-funded.

The first crowd-funded e-bike Spero was launched in Bengaluru on Friday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Link: http://thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/this-ebike-is-crowdfunded/article8824603.ece

2. Gogi.inSpero E-Bike Electric Bike launched in India from Rs. 29900 onwards

Link: http://gogi.in/spero-e-bike.html

3. Digit.in - Meet Spero, India's first crowdfunded e-bike

Link: http://digit.in/general/meet-spero-indias-first-crowdfunded-e-bike-30969.html


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TechStory.in has written about your e-bike SPERO

Read more at http://techstory.in/fueladream-electric-bike/

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Vivek Kothari
Geez!! Why ain't there paragraphs cuz I'm sure I had them while posting?? Please check it on facebook guys if your head feels dizzy reading it here.
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Vivek Kothari
I'm posting the experience of the first encounter with my SPERO, E-30. Delivery : I’m from Mumbai and got the delivery of the bike on 8th of November after lots of agonizing phone calls and follow up with VRL logistics as well as the Spero logistics team. Add to it the waiting period of 3 months. And though the packing was in a dilapidated condition, fortunately the bike was completely undamaged. However, the awfully frustrating part ends here itself. Looks : As soon as I removed the covers or packing or whatever was left of it, what I saw was a staggering dusky beauty on two wheels staring back at me crying, 'Ride Me' (no pun intended ;-). I'd ordered the black & red color version and as scary and jittery ‘Black’ sounds now-a-days after yet another historic Indian version of 9/11, this blackie will only calmly soothe your eyes and mind. The bike does look grand; all accessorized with the smart LCD display, the play-station console like battery box in the centre, the motor on the back wheel, the disc brakes, the head and brake lights, etc as mentioned in the specs & features list. If the extra accessories provided as free goodies almost made up for the delay in the delivery the looks of the bike surpassed that by miles. Assembly : The bike was delivered fully assembled except for the handle bar for ease of packing. I followed the procedure mailed to me to fix the handle bar with the allen key (which actually didn’t require Einstein to figure out), checked the battery which was fully charged and the beast was all set to roll. First ride experience : A couple of days back I finally had the first date with my Spero and (I might probably sound like a fanboy) the moment I stepped my foot on the pedal, I fell in love with it. The 5 digital gears control the speed just like a normal geared motorbike. And though it takes some moments to get used to pedaling and accelerating, what really bewildered me was the way the bike sped up just by pedaling due to the cruise assisting continuous throttling feature. The maximum speed without pedaling is 25-26 kmph. However the max speed I attained was 32.9 kmph with pedal assist. There was a time when I even overtook 2-3 auto-rickshaws which then impelled me to peer for more in my ‘Darr k aage jeet hai’ moment. So I tried racing with a motorbike that passed by me, which eventually brought me back to earth. I discerned my bike’s limits and also that my ass ain’t on fire :D. The most gratifying juncture for me was when 2-3 bikers on high end motor-bikes slowed down as they passed by me staring at my beautiful beast with awe & admiration. They enquired about the bike and also gushed about the looks and even tagged along with me for about a km or so. There were many other awestricken stares as well. I even overheard someone saying, ‘how the hell is he going so fast.’ These were the moments when in true Indian style with my chest blowing up and closing in on the benchmark set by our PM, I thought, “Paisa Vasool!!!!” Despite being an amateur I rode almost 15 kms without halting and was keen for more, but my brain actualized the point I made on me discerning my limits! So that’s it. While the cash-hoarders were hysterically losing their nerves, I was in a state of bliss peacefully flying like there’s no tomorrow. It almost felt like having an orgasm :P. I just hope this turns out to be a long term relationship and my dusky beauty remains healthy & sound for many more encounters. Gosh!! It almost sounds like an actual affair. Special Note : Apart from the delay in delivery another annoying bit is the terrible sound of the horn (not the bell provided as a free goody). If someone honks that horn behind me I’d feel like shoving the whole thing up his … you know what I mean! Anyway I’ve already crossed a distance of 30 kms in a couple of days without charging the battery and there’s still some juice left for more due to the regeneration feature. Special thanks to the Spero team for coming up with a true Eco-friendly and fun e-bike and I wish them all the best for their future endeavors in their quest to provide an alternate environment friendly mode of conveyance. Check out Spero's facebook page for some of the pics I shared there. Cheers and happy riding!! :)
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Ashok Varma
My ride experience on Spero is awesome. It's a centre of attraction on roads :) Few suggestions on packing: It would have been much better if wooden box used for packing instead of carton box as shipment involves shifting box at various transit points chances are very high for damage. My bike package damaged by the time I received it. Fortunately no damage caused to bike but only concern I have is back disk break caliper is producing some noise while riding in 4/5th gear.
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Shishir Dhulla
Deliveries delayed and now, when the bike has been dispatched, it has been dispatched to a far away VRL branch. Am not sure if they will deliver it to my home OR I need to go and transport it back. Also, the dispatch email says that none of the accessories that I had chosen have been added to the bike, so I may have to procure them locally. Surely not a very good user experience for the crowd funding community. Hope the bike is up to the mark at the least.
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Jeegar Jariwala
The delivery was suppose to start by the 1st week of October. Looks like you guys have missed the mark by a month. The funders have no clue as to when we will get our promised bikes. Advance payment was made on trust and which has been betrayed. You guys have not set a good example for others to follow. If you have the courtesy kindly inform your backers the status of their final delivery.
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Siddartha Shaik
delayed by a month, atleast have the courtesy to reach out individually to funders to convey the status and delay
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Ashok Varma
Any updates please ?
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Ashok Varma
Hi, Any updates?
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Ashok Varma
Hi, Please update us the latest status of scheduled dispatch details of funders. Also do we expect previously requested accessories fitted as part of bike ?
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Ramesh Ramaswamy
Interested in an E100 due for delivery end Sep16? ₹ 47900. rameshrs@gmail.com
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Vivek Kothari
Eagerly await the delivery of my spero! I hope everything is as per schedule and the wonderful spero team is going all guns and blazes in making the beauty.
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S Manikandan
Attn: Mr. Ashok Varma Penmetsa The battery case is lockable, water proof and weather proof.
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Ashok Varma
How secure and durable is the battery compartment ? Is it anti theft & water proof, rust free ?
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S Manikandan
Attn: Mr. Ilango Thangavelu, Thank you for supporting Spero. Your valuable suggestions would be reviewed. We have worked very hard to include features that make the ride pleasant within the prices at which it has been listed in the campaign. We are confident that the Spero is a no compromise product and the standards for this sector have been set with this launch. The battery warranty conditions are designed based on the recommendations of our partners and the utility of lithium ion batteries in automotives are different from smartphones and therefore the life would be longer. We have a list of accessories that we would share with our backers to make their Spero better than most 2wheelers in the market. Your decision to go green makes you a trend setter.
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ILANGO THANGAVELU
Happy to say that i have ordered an E60. I would like to make few suggestions and share my views. 1) A cycle/bike running at 25 km/hr cannot and should not be launched without mudguards on wheels. So request the creators to add that as standard fitment rather than calling it as an accessory. 2) Rear disc brake is a necessity. It should not be a choice. The inertial load at such high velocity will be too much for normal brakes at the back end. With discs at front, there will be an imbalance in braking capacity of back wheel which may lead to vehicles skidding to the sides. 3) Add few more details on battery life in terms of survival years rather than charging cycles alone is required.... One of the typical problem with such battery vehicles is to change the entire battery set after 3 years..(mobile Li-ion batteries don't survive beyond 2 years nowadays). Major question is, if i am within the 600 charging cycles, will this battery last for lets say 6 years. With all the warranty messages, there is a hesitation on our minds. 4) The MRPs listed for these vehicles are in the region of a full fledged 150 CC vehicle. So there is no way this product will be a success at those price.. The discounted price offered in this crowd funding is itself on the higher side compared to similar products in the market. So the creators have to seriously think about the pricing part. Otherwise only few green guys will buy this. I believe this product should be used by many to de-congest our cities. Without competitive attractive pricing it will be an uphill challenge. Make it really really attractive with low margins and make money in volumes. ( i am funding/buying this as i am pro-green guy and want to support such initiatives. But when i suggested my colleagues to go for it, they literally laughed at me for ordering it. I will leave it at that.)
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Ashok Varma
One suggestion: Please have permanent serial number engraved on somewhere on frame. It will be great if Funders/contributors bikes have a unique serial number.
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Gopinath Balakrishnan
Congrats Mr. Manikandan for surpassing the target funds. Am also looking for the rear disc braking. please let me know the extra cost for the same
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Gopinath Balakrishnan
was looking for a good folding bike for some time and was about to purchase one when i read about Manikandan and Spero. I decided this is the one am looking for. Happy for this decision and will wait for my bike
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Rakesh Kumar
I have booked E30. Can you please give me a choice of black colour bike. Also, I would like rear disc brake.
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Vivek Kothari
When the MD himself takes the efforts to personally interact and sort out the queries of his funders and people in general, we can rest assured about the commitment and dedication of these bunch of guys. Mr. Manikandan, first of all sir congratulations on crossing your initial target of 30 lacs. Keep up the good work. Way to go!! :)
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S Manikandan
Attn: Mr. Vivek Kothari, Thank you for supporting SPERO. Rear disc brakes can be added at an extra cost. We will be mailing you shortly the list of additional accessories that you can choose from and based on your requirements will do the needful.
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Ashok Varma
Is it possible to add shimano gears on one's interest personally ?
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Sreejil Menon
Rear disk brakes and model with slanting middle bar (like ladies cycle) would be preferable
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Vivek Kothari
Going with some of the suggestions mentioned below including rear disc break would be a good idea. N it actually makes sense as well because we always use the rear breaks while breaking, when we're going at a good speed, to stop or reduce the speed.
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Ashok Varma
Please add rear disk brake too.
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Prabhu Kumar Swaminathan
Suggest that you also include a few options that we can choose to add from ..Key ones bieng , Rear Carrier , Foot rest for kids who sit on the rear career and option to convert the order for use by ladies
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Prabhu Kumar Swaminathan
Do we have the option to convert the spero for ladies use?
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Vivek Kothari
Fantastic job guys! Keep up the good work. Just ordered the Spero and can't wait to get my hands on it. Cheers!!
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Hemant Kumar
Please add rear disc brake and nice graphic in the middle . Thanks and I love spero
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Awdhesh Krishna
I liked the speed of using this site. I love the bike.
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Ranganath Thota
I was fortunate to get onto the E-Bike at the prototype stage & enjoyed the exhilarating experience of riding ( or should i say gliding ) the product . Its a electrifying creation in more ways than one ! Am currently testing one of the first bikes in Bangalore . My rides to Koramangala from home always have onlookers confused as i whiz past them without pedalling much to their chagrin :) . It took me 10 seconds after my first ride to decide that i needed to get this cool & sensible product !
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