Le Eco is an Indian smart phone company that you may not have heard of as it currently only operates in China. However, it has produced a ‘smart’ mountain bike and the prototype was unveiled earlier today at the Mobile World Conference.
So what makes the Le Syvrac a smart mountain bike? The best place to begin is the computer built into the stem, this boasts a whopping 4gb of RAM, which probably means it’s more powerful than whatever you’re reading this on. From its four inch screen you can track your ride, contact other cyclists or even play music through the in built speakers (let’s hope all of it is built to deal with a crash!)
There’s also an integrated bike lock that stops the chain from moving when you aren’t riding. The bike can only be unlocked by using the pulse sensors located under the handlebars, if the bike doesn’t recognise your pulse, it isn’t going anywhere. However, if a thief simply carries away your bike you can still track it via a smartphone app.
While all the tech is mightily impressive, the company has overlooked some of the more practical elements of owning a mountain bike. For example, the computer cannot be removed from the bike and has to be charged from the mains, presumably inside, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that mountain bikes and carpets don’t mix!
This particular model of the bike comes with a Deore groupset, however if you really wanted to push the boat out there’s and XTR Di2 equipped version called the Le Alpe d’Huez. We doubt this bike will ever get produced but we can only imagine the eye-watering asking price if it did.
So what do you think of Le Syvrac, does any of its clever technology appeal to you? Let us know in the comments below