Transform your bike and transform your city.

  • With an exclusive license from MIT, our team at Superpedestrian is bringing the Copenhagen Wheel to you!
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The Copenhagen Wheel

Power Assist

Riders are given a boost as they pedal by measuring their effort, instead of using a throttle. This preserves the normal biking experience while enabling riders to bike faster, farther, and easier.

Regenerative Braking

As you bike, the wheel is able to capture energy when braking or going down hill that it stores in the integrated lithium battery pack.

Smart Control

All actuation of the wheel happens automatically via the pedals through sensing and control algorithms.

When the rider pedals harder, such as when going uphill, the wheel pushes with increasing power. Using your smartphone with the Superpedestrian app, you can
vary the level of powered assist.


The Copenhagen Wheel SDK enables developers to get creative and develop a host of applications ranging from navigation to customizing the behavior of the wheel.

Seamless Design

The Copenhagen Wheel makes your bike look even better. It's completely wireless, compact and simple; all designed for your everyday commute. Twist two nuts, install the wheel, download the app and you're ready to go!

Mobile App

Get more from your Wheel by downloading the complimentary mobile app, which allows you to lock/unlock your wheel, choose amongst a menu of customizable rides, and track personal usage statistics including time, distance, calories burned, elevation climbed and more, all of which can be compared and shared with friends.

Technical Specifications

Motor US: 350W / EU: 250W Size 26" or 700c rim
Battery Removable 48Volt Lithium Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0
Battery Life 1000 cycles Smartphone OS iOS, Android
Charge Time 4 hours Compatibility Single Speed or 7/8/9/10 Speed Free Hub
Top Speed US: 20 mph
EU: 25 km/h
Brake Type Rim brake and regenerative braking (downhill and back-pedal)
Range Up to 50 km / 31 mi
Weight 5.9 kg / 13 lbs Dropout 120 mm (single speed)
135 mm (single speed and multi-speed)

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“The bike wheel
that's too clever for
its own good”

“MIT Ushers in
biking 2.0 with
Copenhagen Wheel”

“Gives Bicycles A Boost”

“Bringing some of the virtues of electric cars to the bicycle business.”

“MIT’s SENSEable City Lab has, quite literally, reinvented the wheel”

“Copenhagen Wheel:
the Future Cycling Experience”

“Enhancing Urban Mobility”

“This new invention could change every bicycle trip in the world.”

“Smart Wheel
takes the load off
your commute”

“MIT's Copenhagen Wheel turns your bike into a hybrid, personal trainer”

“A group of researchers have reinvented the wheel--and named it for a city in Denmark”

“Helping people move through cities in a seamless way”

Superpedestrian Inc.

Superpedestrian, Inc is a venture-backed company operating out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our diverse team is developing lightweight electric vehicles with integrated online platforms, finding new ways to connect people with their environment. Founded in late 2012 by Assaf Biderman, Associate Director at MIT's SENSEable City Lab, Superpedestrian seeks to provide new forms of human-powered mobility for cities. Ultimately, our vision is to offer an improved quality of living to everybody.

The Copenhagen Wheel was initially developed at MIT's SENSEable City Lab as a research project, sponsored by the Mayor of Copenhagen. It has won multiple design awards and been reviewed in over 1,000 media publications, including BBC, Wired and the New York Times - not to mention a glamourous acting debut during a whole season of TV series Weeds. Most importantly, Superpedestrian has been receiving daily requests for pre-orders - over 14,000 messages to date.

Come visit us on foot or by bike at our renovated studio down the street from MIT, where our design and engineering team collaborates across disciplines and technologies - from the back of a napkin to state-of-the-art CNC milling machines and 3-D printers.

“I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. Humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing about a third of the way down the list. That didn't look so good, but then someone at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle and a man on a bicycle blew the condor away.”

— Steve Jobs

The Team

Assaf Biderman

Assaf has background in physics as well as in design. He's co-inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel and Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory at MIT.

Eric Barber

Previously led the engineering group for a high-end engineering services company that specialized in development of advanced technology mobility solutions.

Jon Stevens

Previously a key contributor to the development for a self-balancing personal transport vehicle at Segway.

James Simard

James, previously was part of the Titanoboa team, a 50ft wirelessly controlled robotic snake weighing 1 ton, and worked as an electrical technician for UBCs acoustics labs.

Julian Fong

Previously, Julian was at the BC Cancer Agency, developing an automated system to transfer radioactive liquids and microchips that sorted human cells.

John Ibsen

Previously an engineer for IBM, John enjoys hard coding challenges. He's most looking forward to seeing the wheel inspire people to choose to ride a bike instead of drive.

Ruben Cagnie

Previously working as a Product Manager and Developer at Esko, a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging. Ruben has 10 years of experience in working on platform, desktop, web and mobile products.

Jeanne Dasaro

Previously worked at Wentworth Institute of Technology as well as several start-ups including Lean Global Network and The New Prosperity Initiative. Jeanne is helping with operations and administration.

Nili [onili] Ohayon

Nili, onili, is a singer, producer and videographer. She performs worldwide, and releases music & videos continuously. She is Superpedestrian’s artistic director, managing product image, and public outreach.

JD Heinzmann

JD is trained as a mechanical engineer with emphasis on automatic control systems. Over the last 18 years he has been focused on the development of the electric propulsion systems for the iBot stair-climbing wheelchair, the Segway Personal Transporter, and the Harvest Automation decorative plant- moving robot.

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Strategic Advisors

Carlo Ratti

Carlo is a co-inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel Technology and director of the MIT SENSEable City Lab.

Vincent Lamoureux

Previously leading the global development of one of the top e-bike systems manufacturing companies and GM of CamelBak International.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Copenhagen Wheel cost?

The first 1000 have sold-out, the price is now $799. Keep an eye out for holiday promotional codes!

Do you expect your product specification to change over time?

At Superpedestrian, we are continuing to improve the product, which means the product specs will continue to improve over time as well.

How does the Copenhagen Wheel compare to other e-bikes?

Copenhagen Wheel is a wireless pedal assist system, so it helps you pedal, when you need it. The wheel is retrofitable to mostly any bike. It was designed and conceived at MIT in 2009. Recently Superpedestrian acquired the exclusive rights from MIT to commercialize this design. A lot of engineering and design thinking has gone into making this the leading pedal assist electric system in the world.

Where was the Copenhagen Wheel designed? Can I buy it only from Superpedestrian?

The Copenhagen Wheel was designed and developed at MIT's SENSEable City Labs. We at Superpedestrian have the exclusive license to the Copenhagen Wheel.

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