Established on 3 December 2001, Biketec AG took on the FLYER development and manufacturing activities of BKTech AG. Its corporate objective is the development, manufacture and distribution of FLYER ebikes and other innovative products relating to efficient mobility on two wheels.
The FLYER emerged gradually, driven by the need for mobility. After the appearance in 1993 of the prototype – affectionately known as the Red Buffalo – of the first electrically driven bicycle, BKTech AG went into limited production with its first product, which lasted from 1995 to 1999: the FLYER Classic.
The novel concept won a number of business awards and attracted mounting interest. The support of innovation-minded investors helped the company get an ambitious project off the ground: the development of a new two-wheeler mobility product destined to set new benchmarks worldwide. With the help of universities, suppliers and government agencies, the company slowly brought its new product, the New Flyer, to fruition. Launched one year later than anticipated in early summer 2000, it quickly came to set the market standard.
Although the New Flyer met with immediate success, the level of investment was such that it could not be amortised by the production volumes being achieved. BKTech ceased trading at the end of 2001. The management team orchestrated a last-minute rescue of the New Flyer by means of a buyout, and business activities continued under Biketec AG.
Biketec AG is under the majority ownership of its management team: Hans Furrer, Gianni Mazzeo and Kurt Schär
Launch of the FLYER C-Series
Biketec launches Europe's first lithium-ion ebike in Europe in 2003. Thus equipped with the latest technology, it represents a quantum leap forward. The bike is consciously tailored to the needs of the end-user (low step-through frame, solid and dependable technology, top-quality components), its distinctive design making it stand out. The C-Series helps the FLYER brand capture a market share of around 70% in Switzerland and provides the springboard for a successful entry into the German market.
|C-Series cruiser-look men's model: with its FLYER brand, Biketec makes strides towards achieving an all-embracing range of ebikes by releasing an elegant cruiser-style frame in the proven C-Series.|
|Faltrad: the first folding FLYER is launched in the autumn of 2004. Perfect in combination with public transport, motor homes, camping or boating – great for driving in the car, stopping somewhere nice and enjoying a short spin in the area without having to worry about roof racks or pulling the bike apart.|
|Plus models: the proven C-Series is enhanced with a more powerful motor and larger battery.|
|T-Series touring and trekking FLYERs: sporting 28-inch wheels, a progressive drive and an 8 Ah battery, the T-Series is available in a variety of equipment levels.|
|S-Series – the sportiest FLYER ever: sporting 26-inch wheels, a progressive drive designed to aid a high pedalling frequency and a sporty look, the S-Series is available in three formats – Street, Urban and Cross Country.|
|Tandem: what could be better than cycling with a friend – and arriving at the same time! The new Tandem is the popular and fun way of getting around in company, or of taking someone along who cannot – or is not allowed to – cycle on their own.|
Generation 2008: quicker, classier, more agile...
|S-Series: following the successful launch of the S-Series with 26-inch wheels, now comes a version sporting 28-inch wheels. Available as Street and Urban versions.|
|K-Series: boasting an appealing sporty elegance, the new K-Series benefits from a weight-saving carbon-fibre frame. Available as Street and Urban versions.|
|Faltrad: the new folding FLYER offers a low step-through design and a compelling new look. Among other features, the Faltrad is now fitted with the new Premium Motor and comes with both hub and derailleur gears|
Biketec moves into its new headquarters in Huttwil in July 2009. The company's leisure/tourism activities helped swing the decision in favour of Huttwil, a town that lies on the so-called Herzroute (the Heart Route, popular with conventional and FLYER cyclists, is a mid-distance pre-Alpine cycle path linking Lucerne and Bern). The move sees Biketec returning to its FLYER manufacturing roots – and a spot that's ideal for customers to test its products. The building meets Minergie® standards and benefits from a large electricity-generating array of photovoltaic panels.
|K-Series for men: the elegant cruiser-look alternative to the step-through. With a carbon-fibre frame, it's available in Urban and Street versions.|
|L-Series: essentially a sporty S-Series with a low step-through frame. The L-Series promises pure two-wheeled pleasure whether cycling uphill or towing a loaded trailer.|
|i:SY – compact, cool, urban: the small-wheeled i:SY handles just as well as conventionally wheeled models. Its specially tuned frame geometry and 20-inch wheels sporting springy balloon tires conspire to deliver a stunningly serene, comfortable ride – not forgetting the compact package and low step-through frame.|
|X-Series: even sportier and more cross-country friendly, this is the 'Fully' FLYER. It differs from the S-Series with its rear suspension for a more dynamic ride – uphill and down. Featuring quad-joint shock absorption, the X-Series is available as Street, MTB and Customized versions.|