Saturday, October 12

Blubrake introduces new ABS for E-bikes


MUNICH (BRAIN) — Blubrake, an Italian company that is part of the e-Novia group, showed a new anti-lock braking system for e-bikes at the E-Bike Days consumer event held here this weekend.

The electronic ABS system integrates into an e-bike’s frame, making it nearly invisible. The company said the system “boosts reliability and grip under hard braking, by preventing the front wheel from locking, thereby avoiding potential falls.”

“Our ABS is the future of light electric mobility and we are certain that it will become the bench mark for e-bike brands on the market, particularly for companies that prioritize guaranteeing maximum safety,” said Fabio Todeschini, general manager of blubrake. “We are delighted to have presented the blubrake ABS both to industry professionals and enthusiasts alike at E-Bike Days in Munich.”

The company said its system is compatible with all electric systems and hydraulic brakes on the market. 

The system includes an electro-hydraulic actuator that connects to the e-bike’s braking system, a control unit connected to the battery, a speed sensor that monitors speed 100 times a second, and a user interface that displays the main system information.

The control unit uses algorithms and the speed sensor to monitor the e-bike’s dynamics and pinpoint any potential risk situations that might occur in sharp braking. In such instances, the blubrake ABS intervenes to control the hydraulic pressure in the front brake.

This kind of innovation could prove useful with e-bike sharing programs. In the U.S., for example, Lyft has had to take e-bikes out of circulation following many instances of injury with users blamed so far on over-aggressive brakes.

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David Kiley is Chief of Content for The BRAKE Report. Kiley is an award-winning business journalist and author, having covered the auto industry for USA Today, Businessweek, AOL/Huffington Post, as well as written articles for Automobile and Popular Mechanics.