Toronto-based brand Vanhawks introduces Valour for which claim to be the world’s “first smart, connected bicycle”. Beautifully designed and carbon fiber construction aside, the Vanhawks Valour incorporates some intelligent digital elements providing reliable and leisurely ride. The Valour uses Bluetooth to connect to the GPS on a smart phone, relaying turn-by-turn directions to the rider using LEDs built into the handlebars. Also, while riding, vibrating sensors on the handlebars can alert the rider of dangers in their blindspots. On-board sensors measure your calories burned, distance traveled, speed, best times and much more, allowing you stay fit and informed at all times.
There will be three sizes available at the launch – a 50, 53, and 56cm. Prices vary depending on model, but the dollar amount remains fairly close. The original kickstarter goal of $100,000 was easily met and the campaign is now pushing the $235,000 mark with 23 days to go. If the orders continue to pour in, they may be able to meet their stretch goals of $750,000 and of new rim colors, Avid Disc Brakes, or a Gates Carbon Belt Drive model.