Scottish Intra Drive Integrates Mid-Motor and 8-Speed Gearbox
EDINBURGH, UK – Start-up Intra Drive Ltd with its 8-speed mid-motor has been nominated for an Eurobike Innovation Award. The Scottish company, which will be at next week’s trade show, is now seeking an established commercial partner to progress the product from working prototype to volume production under license.
Intra Drive says, “The technology developed over the last 3 years is relatively close to production ready and has been designed with volume manufacturing processes in mind from the outset.”
Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland
Intra Drive was founded by Mark Ravilious, an inventive mechanical design engineer with a background in renewable energy. The product combines a gearbox and electric motor removing the traditional cassette and derailleur.
Intra Drive Ltd has received assistance from the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, Scotland’s national centre for mountain biking innovation and excellence, and also received SMART funding from Scottish Enterprise, which enabled the development of a unique next generation multi-speed drive unit, with the goal of improving performance and durability whilst reducing maintenance.
Development process of 3 years
Mark Ravilious says “Being nominated for a Eurobike Innovation award is an opportunity to showcase the product and I’m delighted to receive recognition of the time and effort invested over the last 3 years on this project. I am looking forward to the reaction from the bike industry and I already have several meetings lined up with parties who are interested in producing the product under licence.”
Integrated electronic (wireless) shifting
Intra Drive’s new drive unit combines proprietary multi-speed gearbox technology, a lightweight brushless motor, and a novel electronic shifting system, resulting in a compact and highly integrated 8 speed drive unit. That 8-speed comes with hardened steel gears running in oil for ensuring an extremely long lifetime of the product, with very low maintenance. The drive unit features integrated electronic (wireless) shifting.
As said Intra Drive is now seeking an established commercial partner to progress the product from working prototype to volume production under license. More at https://www.intra-drive.com/