Canadian Startup Hires Cervelo Cycles Veteran as Chief of Design for Smart Bike

Vanhawks in May announced the launch of Valour, which it claimed was the industry’s first smart carbon fibre bicycle. The Kickstarter for the bike has a goal of $100,000 but instead raised more than $800,000.

The bike is connected to iOS, Android, and Pebble through Bluetooth and tracks rider statistics in real-time including the route, distance, speed, and time. Valour’s LED handlebar indicators are connected to the smartphone’s GPS navigation and give riders turn-by-turn directions, reducing the distraction of having to look at a smartphone screen. The Valour also includes a sensor-driven blind spot detector, which alerts the rider of any object in their blind spot through haptic feedback in the handle bar grips.

Sound cool? It’s about to get even cooler.

Vanhawks has hired Mark Remennik as their first Chief of Design. Remennik hails from Cervelo Cycles, where he served as the company’s sole industrial designer. With Remennik in their arsenal, the Toronto-based startup is poised to build some awesome bicycles in the future.

“The Vanhawks Valour represents a new era of urban transportation, solving some of the fundamental problems of getting from point A to B in urban centres,” said Remennik. “I think this is well represented in the incredible response the Kickstarter campaign received.”

“The Valour seamlessly marries innovations in the traditional design elements of the bicycle with groundbreaking connected features,” Remennik added. “Clearly the project has captured the imagination of our backers as they were willing to put down more than $1,000 to help make it a reality.”

“Our cities are growing faster and faster,” says Sohaib Zahid, CEO and co-founder of Vanhawks. “We need to solve the inevitable phenomenon of urban congestion. Vanhawks is at the forefront of tackling these problems with innovative products.”

“Mark not only brings an in-depth understanding of the industry, but an impressive portfolio of products,” Zahid continued. “His passion for urban transportation that is reflected in his accomplishments.”

The Valour is available for pre-order starting at $1,249.