CLIP is a portable e-motor that turns any bicycle into an e-bike

CLIP is a portable e-motor that turns any bicycle into an e-bike

a brooklyn-based startup has come up with a device that can be easily attached to any bicycle, instantly transforming it into an e-bike.  is a portable e-motor (450W), powered by a 4Ah/36V lithium ion battery, which also doubles up as a bike light, with LED/laser projection lights to keep cyclists safe and seen. 

CLIP is a portable e-motor that turns any bicycle into an e-bike designboom

images courtesy of CLIP



CLIP is designed to make the commute to and from work easier, especially for those facing routes with major inclines:


[we] realized that the solution to this problem had to be nuanced and apply to a wide demographic of urban commuters, explains somnath ray, co-founder and CEO of CLIP.the solution had to be portable & lightweight so it could be easily detached after every use and taken along so it can’t be stolen, modular and inexpensive so a person who doesn’t own a bike or has a complicated inter-modal commute can bring it along to use it on shared bikes; or just rent it from a vending machine‘.

CLIP is a portable e-motor that turns any bicycle into an e-bike designboom



clip attaches to the front fork quickly and easily, without adding too much extra weight. the device weight 3.8lbs (1.7kg) and easily fits into a backpack when not in use. another handy feature includes a partnering app which allows cyclists to connect their device and track their carbon footprint alongside other CLIP users.

CLIP is a portable e-motor that turns any bicycle into an e-bike designboom



over the next 5 years we want to create easy, affordable and 24/7 access to CLIP for every urban biker via . network of strategically placed vending machines‘, somnath continues. ‘our goal is to transform biking into a technologically updated and mainstream habit worldwide.’

CLIP is a portable e-motor that turns any bicycle into an e-bike designboom



CLIP has exceeded its goal of $10,000 on kickstarter and is currently in the research and development stages having tested an alpha prototype successfully on several bikes.



project info


company: CLIP

status: crowdfunding

  • Nice idea …looks like they could use one of you to ‘style’ it a bit.


    Jimmy Xi says:
  • I’m particularly interested in this , as I have a spinal injury which necessitateshould the use of a recumbent trike, so I was wondering if one of these could be attached to the single rear wheel (my tile has 2 front wheels, tadpole stye) ?? This would allow me much more freedom, self-reliance, and vastly improve my current QOL…Please let me know any additional information you can share.on this, thanks !

    Matthew J. Smith says:
  • How do I participate in

    Robert Gleason says:
  • Price not given and also availability.

    Mats prasad verma says:
  • When will they be available in Canada.?

    Linda-Claire Steager% says:
  • Hi My concern is that a rock will get pulled along with the wheel and wedge it’s self between the bike wheel and the clip wheel
    What’s to keep me from taking a header from a lockup of the wheels?

    Sunny MacDuffee says:

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