ERGONomic Pedelec Control Unit Wins Red Dot Award
KOBLENZ, Germany – Ergon Bike Ergonomics and Benchmark Drives have joined forces to develop the first e-bike control element combining the grip and the control buttons in one unit, the R10 eRocker.
The Germany-based company Ergon Bike Ergonomics has introduced a control unit for electric propulsion systems designed to enhance safety and comfort when riding an e-bike or pedelec. The RC10 eRocker combines the grip with the control buttons for the electric drive system in one unit.
This allows the rider to hold on to the handlebar with both hands even while switching on and off the system, changing assistance modes, or turning on and off the lights. The eRocker stands out as the first multifunctional pedelec handle that involves two operational modes––turning and pressing buttons.
Available for the AEG system
The RC10 eRocker control was developed by Ergon Bike Ergonomics, in cooperation with Benchmark Drives, to suit the AEG drive system and will be available for the AEG electric bike system as of July 2013. The A2B urban pedelec Entz will be the first model to enter the market, with the AEG center-mount motor system in combination with the eRocker.
A2B manufacturer Hero Eco has announced its market entry for September 2013. A variety of pedelecs using the AEG system will follow. Starting with the model year 2015, the RC10 eRocker is supposed to also be available with small modifications to all system manufacturers.
“I don’t see any technical reason why the eRocker should not work with any other pedelec system,” says Horst Walter, MD of Benchmark Drives. The electric systems specialist Benchmark Drives, located in Hofheim near Frankfurt, will be in charge of all technical adaptions and holds the exclusive distribution rights worldwide. All components of the eRocker are designed and manufactured in Germany.