Converting Your Recumbent

A recumbent bike or trike, is great for commuting or simply for recreation; however, if you want to go for an electric conversion of your recumbent, then an advanced system from Falco is the best choice. A Falco system provides assured reliability, superior technology, high performance, and easy installation, at an extremely affordable price.

Falco System Specifications

Falco offers advanced systems as e5 Series (500W), f7 Series (750W), i10 Series(1000W), and i15 Series(1500W). For easy comparison, the technical specifications are tabulated below.

Falco Systems e5 Series f7 Series i10 Series i15 Series
Models e5.1 e5.3 e5.7
Speed 20mph (32km/h), optional off road package 20mph (32km/h to 30+ mph), optional off road package 20mph (32km/h), optional off road package 20mph (32km/h), optional off road package 20mph (32km/h), optional off road package 20mph (32km/h), optional off road package
Range 70 mi (112.65 km) 70 mi (112.65 km) 70 mi (112.65 km) 75 mi (120.70 km) 75 mi (120.70 km) 75 mi (120.70 km)
Weight 15 lbs (6.80 kg) 15 lbs (6.80 kg) 15 lbs (6.80 kg) 20 lbs (9.07 kg) 22 lbs (9.97 kg) 22 lbs (9.97 kg)
Battery Type Lithium Ion, 36V, 11.6Ah, 417Wh, Rear Rack Battery Lithium Ion, 36V, 11.6Ah, 417Wh, Bottle Battery Lithium Ion, 48V, 11.6Ah, 556Wh, Downtube Battery Lithium Ion, 48V, 11.6Ah, 556Wh, Downtube Battery Lithium Ion, 48V, 11.6Ah, 556Wh, Downtube Battery Lithium Ion, 48V, 11.6Ah, 556Wh, Downtube Battery
Operating Voltage 24V to 55V DC 24V to 55V DC 24V to 55V DC 24V to 55V DC 24V to 55V DC 24V to 55V DC
Motor Falco Hx 500W,

40Nm high torque, internal torque sensor, throttle

Falco Hx 500W,

40Nm high torque, internal torque sensor, throttle

Falco Hx 500W,

40Nm high torque, internal torque sensor, throttle

Falco Hx 750W,

60Nm high torque, internal torque sensor, throttle

Falco Hx 1000W

80Nm high torque, internal torque sensor, throttle

Falco Hx 1500W

80Nm high torque, internal torque sensor, throttle

Wheel Sizes Fully Spoked, 20”, 24”, 26”, 650B, 700c, 29”, Custom Fully Spoked, 20”, 24”, 26”, 650B, 700c, 29”, Custom Fully Spoked, 20”, 24”, 26”, 650B, 700c, 29”, Custom Fully Spoked, 20”, 24”, 26”, 650B, 700c, 29”, Custom Fully Spoked, 20”, 24”, 26”, 650B, 700c, 29”, Custom Fully Spoked, 20”, 24”, 26”, 650B, 700c, 29”, Custom
Drivetrain Options 1spd, 7spd, 8spd, 9spd, 10spd 1spd, 7spd, 8spd, 9spd, 10spd 1spd, 7spd, 8spd, 9spd, 10spd 1spd, 7spd (for 135mm drop-outs) 1spd (for 135mm drop-outs) 1spd (for 135mm drop-outs)
Brake Type Disc or rim brakes, brake sensor, optional regenerative brake line sensor Disc or rim brakes, brake sensor, optional regenerative brake line sensor Disc or rim brakes, brake sensor, optional regenerative brake line sensor Disc or rim brakes, brake sensor, optional regenerative brake line sensor Disc or rim brakes, brake sensor, optional regenerative brake line sensor Disc or rim brakes, brake sensor, optional regenerative brake line sensor

Falco Components

The following components are used to make a Falco system; however, the user can mix and match as per custom requirements.

- A Spoked Wheel

- A Battery (Choose 36V or 48V)

- A Console

- A Throttle

The components have features such as precise power and torque control, PC diagnostic interface, detachable, sleek, compact & pocket-size command console, LCD backlight, regeneration, six cycling modes, nine fitness modes, turbo mode, security mode, and much more.

Falco 5-Phase Motors

Falco has designed a revolutionary, gearless, patent-pending, proprietary motor, which uses five phases instead of the conventional three phases.

Normally, as the power of the motor increases, the pedaling resistance also increases. Falco has overcome this by minimizing the force of the magnets inside the motor, to near zero, making it extremely easy to pedal. Therefore, even with more power of a 1000W or 1500W Falco motor, the resistance to pedaling is zero. This superb feature has to be experienced first-hand, to fully understand how zero resistance pedaling actually feels.

Each 5-phase Falco motor features a unique field-weakening region inside the motor, which is non-existent in 3-phase motors. Due to this exclusive field-weakening region, every Falco motor efficiently delivers high power for a wide range of speed.

The controller embedded inside the Falco motor is small, yet is capable of handling a large amount of power, without fail or overload. It can handle motors up to 1500W in power and up to 50A of phase current.

Falco motors can be activated by the throttle, or torque sensor, or crank sensor, as per the choice of the user. All Falco motors carry a 5-year Warranty, which reflect Falco’s commitment to highest quality standards.

Ease of Installation

Installing a Falco system is very easy. Any bike or trike can undergo electrical conversion by a Falco system, within minutes. The wireless ANT+ protocol in its command console eliminates wires and provides the ability, to interface with a number of other devices. A detailed and illustrated manual comes inside the packaging, and it can also be downloaded in pdf format from the Falco website. Within 10 simple steps, you can easily fit your bike or trike with a Falco system of your choice. With Falco’s open architecture, do-it-yourself installation is extremely easy.

Performance

With reliable and superior performance, Falco systems have satisfied innumerable users across Europe and North America. Falco systems provide 25% better portability (lower weight), 10% more range (more efficiency), 40% reduction in pedaling difficulty (cogging torque), 30% more top speed (more power) and higher hill climbing ability (more torque) than existing eBike technology. This is mainly due to adherence to high quality standards with respect to technology and process.

Using a proprietary 5-phase motor, lends a tremendous boost to performance. Falco’s superior technology incorporates major technological breakthroughs in motor design, motor inverter architecture, motor control and battery management methods and wireless communication. It results in -reduction in motor and inverter weight, increase in efficiency, reduction of cogging torque to zero, and increase in power and torque density.

The Falco system is very versatile; thereby, making it easy to use on multiple installation systems, or with multiple sensors. The disc brakes and free wheel adapters are configurable and removable. The user can mix and match components and the same drive, can be easily used in the front or rear wheel. The open system makes changing the battery, smooth and trouble free. The proprietary Falco battery provides over current protection, cell balancing temperature protection, over current and temperature protection, 40 Li-ion cells (10s, 4p configuration), fast charging having in-built Falco BMS (battery management system), water-resistant and firm ABS plastic casing. All Falco batteries carry a standard 2-year Warranty.

The command console incorporates low power wireless ANT+ technology. Falco is the first eBike system with wireless ANT+ protocol in its command console. Performance is greatly enhanced by direct and precise torque control. Falco systems utilize a controller having multiple sensors for multiple functions. The controller has 15 embedded sensors to measure the motor’s current, power, voltage, temperature, magnetic field and torque.

The compact design of the Falco system along with its light weight, high power, high torque, and high efficiency, makes it a first and the right choice for electrical conversion of any bike or trike.

Reviews

Utahtrikes in its video of a Catrike Expedition with Falco system expressed their satisfaction of using the Falco system, which they can fit in most of the trikes that they carry. In the comments, a person named ‘randy mccumber’ questioned if there was any warranty against water damage, to which Rakesh Dhawan, President & CEO of Falco eMotors Inc., replied that the motors carried a 5-year warranty. Such direct interactions with viewers and customers, emphasizes that reviews are important for Falco.

Bonita Dhawan, Vice President (Sales & Mktg.) of Falco eMotors Inc. says, “We take customers and their views very seriously. We conduct surveys and in the last survey, the customer satisfaction level was 99.7%. But we are not satisfied. We are aiming for 100%.” Pete of Electric Bike Review reported about the Cardio Controlled Falco Fusion Sports E-Bike System, “Fusion Sports system features smartphone integration, which is not found on many electric bike kits on the market today.”

In the video, “Speed-e eBike with Falco Drive System on Swiss Television”, Giuseppe Catalano, moderator of Swiss Television, takes an interview with a biker who happily tells how pleased he is with the Falco e5.3 System. A KMX Kart fitted with 500W Falco pedelec system (speed sensor) is tested by Barry in the video “500W Falco on KMX Karts”. Barry tests the motors to destruction and the video states, “KMX have tried dozens of motors in the last 10 years, Falco is the first system to get the thumbs up from them.”

Falco also lays great emphasis on disseminating knowledge. Rakesh, who holds a B. Tech (Electrical Engineering) degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India; an MS degree from University of Minnesota; and an MBA from Old Dominion University, creates educational videos for the benefit of his staff and customers. In the video, “Falco Torque Sensor Explained”, he explains in detail how to calibrate the Falco torque sensor and how to get the most out of the torque sensor.

Electric Bike Review in their video “Falco Hx 500 Electric Bike Kit Video Review - Direct Drive Conversion Kit with Regeneration” showed how the Falco kit uses a wireless LCD display and has an optional trigger throttle vs. twist, with the standard battery mounting to the downtube. A viewer named ‘bareyb’ commented, “Thank you for your review. This is the system I am going to install on my Hybrid Road Bike.”

The Falco Advantage

A Falco system offers several advantages, with the prime advantage being reliability. You can rely and completely trust that the Falco system will not fail you. With total peace of mind, you can be assured that on smooth roads or rough stretches, going uphill or coming downhill, your trusted Falco system will always deliver superior results. The stringent quality management as well as intense test and qualification program, guarantee highest customer satisfaction at all times.

Compared with other brands, the Falco brand delivers greater advantages as follows:

- Unique proprietary and patent-pending 5-phase brushless permanent magnet technology. providing power upto 1500W.

- Proprietary battery pack, providing 80+ km (for pedelec version) and 32+ km range (for eBike versions) with advanced battery management controls and safe Li-ION technology.

- Perfection in balance of design, style and unmatched performance.

- Highly Compact design, which saves space.

- Fewer Wires and Components, making it clean and trouble free.

- Easy Installation, within ten easy steps.

- Light Weight/High Power/High Torque/High Efficiency Operation.

- Direct and Precise Torque Control.

- Zero Resistance Pedaling.

- Customizable and Removable Disc Brake and Free Wheel Adaptors.

- Wireless Command Console with ANT+ capability.

- Command Console: 3 in 1.

- Open System: Other Batteries and Consoles can be used.

- Wide torque and speed range allowing multiple uses.

Backed by solid research and practical experience, the Falco team of innovative engineers, go on reaching greater heights of glory, by producing game-changing and trend-setting products for its customers in Europe, North America and Asia.