How this bike can go much faster than your bike: watch our video and check out the patent application. The patent owner is looking for commercialization partners!
The promises made by Moeve got lesser every year. Right now, the CEO stated in 2 of their "influencer" Youtube-videos that the complicated crank not only is 2.4 kg heavier than a modern, light standard crank, but will also require 3% more power input due to the large amount of bearings in the crank mechanism.
So actually, it will reduce your power output, especially when driving uphill. Along with the heavier, and very expensive special frame required for the Cyfly-crank (roundabout 700 Euros for a custom aluminium frame which is only available in a single size), this has become a fancy way to burn more money and more calories then on a standard bike.
The new MTB "Herny" is another example of Moeves little to no knowledge of modern bike technology, looking at the unfortunate mixed parts. Applications: None Companies: Investors with money to burn.
Interesting comment, Alexander L.
The idea of an upright elliptoid pedal movement pattern is basically a good one. We love to stomp. Look at traditionnel wine makers of Portugal, they stamp their vines all day... It is a more natural movement than the circle.
However, is this "natural movement" really giving humans the possibility to enhance the transmission of their muscular power? This is yet unclear. I think Möve's contribution is worthwhile, as with their special crank it is possible to study this using a scientific approach, for example using real-time spirometry, pulsoxymetry and post-effort lactate analysis.
Unfortunately, Möve has as yet not published nor encouraged any such study.
Even if such a study would not show any metabolic benefit, their product could still be usefull in a rehabilitation setting: special therapeutic tricycles build for paraplegic patients which push down on the pedal in a dyscoordinated fashion, using external electric stimulation of the quadriceps. Their pedalling would be much more effective if they used epiliptoid pedal cinetics, and not a circular movement (as they lack coordination).
Unfortunately, yet again, Möve has not yet build such a specialised tricycle. Applications: Sports science. Medical application: special tricycle for rehabilitation purposes (paraplegic patients) Companies: -
Thanks for the very detailed comment, Stompedia!
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Thank you for input, Big Daddy!
All started with wrong physical assumptions. Then the "invention" became complex, expensive and heavy without any benefit for cyclists. So I would not recomment to invest anything into that. Applications: None I could think of Companies: None
Faster? Not at all. "Radphysiker" made the point.
The original patent maker screws up the integration of mechanical work along a curved path, what is documented in patent DE102010033211B4. Because in cycling there is no problem with force or torque, but with power, the invention in the patent is useless for the normal or sporty cyclist. Every real problem there is with force and torque, can be solved with a different gears and crank lengths.
The fast proof for the claim above is the degradation of the claims move cycling made itself. On their website they started with "50% more power" (as in the original German patent), after several iterations through "33% more torque" they ended up at many warm words about the supposed benefits.
This patent lings up with all the other cycling crank patents which got their first principles wrong.
Thank you for your review, Dukesim. Who sees more potential in this invention than Dukesim?
Das Ding ist eine reine Luftnummer. Die Möven haben anfangs behauptet, in einem normalen Fahrradtretlager würde massiv Leistung in Form von Wärme verloren gehen, und diese Verlustleistung wollten sie nutzbar machen. Das beweist ihre völlige Inkompetenz.
Das Problem ist nämlich: Diesen Leistungsverlust gibt es überhaupt nicht, also kann die "Erfindung" auch nichts Positives bewirken.
Dementsprechend gibt es für ihre Versprechungen von bis zu 50 % mehr Leistung bei gleicher Anstrengung auch nach Jahren natürlich immer noch nicht den Hauch eines Beweises.