January 19, 2024

A Fusion of Intelligence and Innovation

SMALO is a contraction of Smart and Vélo (bike). At the moment, the SMALO brand is only available in the United States, Japan, and Taiwan, of course, since the brand originates from this country.

Photo credit: SMALO by BESV

BESV introduced, through its new branch Smalo, the groundbreaking "SMALO LX2," an intelligent electric bicycle seamlessly integrating an advanced "AI-driven propulsion system" and cutting-edge "IoT technology." Through the intuitive "BESV Smart Plus" application, users gain full control over the bike's features, from GPS monitoring and remote battery management to route planning, ride data recording, and assistance power adjustment.

The LX2, available in Arctic White and Midnight Black variants, presents a sleek 28-inch horizontal frame concealing a robust 504Wh battery. This integration ensures a stress-free, smooth, and unparalleled riding experience, facilitated by the automatic 7-speed transmission and intelligent driving mode.

BESV's intelligent mode, a pinnacle of AI functionality, has undergone substantial enhancements. The automatic transmission seamlessly adjusts gears based on pedal torque, pedal rotation speed, and overall velocity, enhancing comfort and power during assisted rides.

In the IoT realm, users can leverage Bluetooth connectivity to the dedicated application, enabling wireless firmware updates and customizable settings. The integrated GPS system provides precise location tracking, offering a layer of security in case of theft.

With a USB port (Type-C), the display also enables the supply of power to other modules. The display's wireless connectivity enhances the overall user experience.

Photo credit: SMALO by BESV

The minimalist display is perfectly integrated into the handlebar, and the curvature of the screen along with its finish are remarkable.

Taking connectivity a step further, the inclusion of 4G connectivity allows users to store bike data in the cloud and monitor its status through a dedicated application. 

The E-Lock, positioned on the rear wheel, offers app-based unlocking with a manual PIN code option. Activating the E-Lock triggers a sound warning upon detecting vibrations or bike motions, serving as an effective deterrent against theft.

The bike is also equipped with an automatic lighting system (300 Lumen/27 Lux), utilizing a photosensitive sensor for optimal visibility in diverse conditions.

The Shimano Nexus 7-speed derailleur further complements the automatic transmission and Smart Mode, ensuring a versatile and enjoyable riding experience.

In smart mode, the system intelligently senses the rider's pedal effort, seamlessly shifting into the optimal gear without any manual intervention. This feature allows riders to concentrate on the journey effortlessly, enhancing the overall riding experience.

Photo credit: SMALO by BESV

The cables are perfectly integrated into the handlebars, which is perfection, but it also poses challenges when the time comes for replacing the housings and cables.

The front wheel is equipped with a motor: a Bafang !

Photo credit: SMALO by BESV

LX2 Specifications

Release Year : 2023


Midnight Black

Artic White

Wheel size


Rider’s height



51.1 lb 23 kg


1885 x 680 x 1055 mm

Battery range

37 – 74 miles 60-120 km autonomy

Removable for servicing

Charging time

80% charge in 2h30min

Full charge in 3h40min

Top assist speed

20 mph 32kmH




Rigid alloy fork


Schwalbe Big Apple Perf, Racegurad 50-622

Assist mode

Smart Mode


Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brake


Shimano Nexus 7 speed

Front light

Custom built-in 380 Lumen LED


680 mm width


Custom built-in e-lock




Smalo custom




250W front motor


Torque sensor

Power drive system

Smalo AI Drive System


Built-in display with USB-C port and wireless connectivity


Auto shifting


4A charger

Mobile app

Smalo app for iOS 16.0, Andriod 7.0 or later


5 years for frame. 


Bluetooth low energy

SMALO app features

Route Planning:

Set the destination on the map and display the best route. The route includes a visual representation of the possible range of assisted driving based on the remaining battery level, displayed in different colors. This feature provides real-time weather information to enable users to plan their cycling with complete preparation.

Assisted Driving Distance Prediction:

The system learns user battery consumption patterns from past driving records. It displays the remaining battery power on the route in different colors, indicating the distance that can be traveled. A charging reminder notifies users of the optimal charging timing to prevent unexpected battery depletion.


While driving, the dashboard displays essential information in a simple and intuitive manner. In addition to the speedometer, two parameters can be simultaneously displayed, enhancing the user's awareness and experience.

Driving Data Recording/Aggregation:

Various built-in sensors record detailed activity such as travel time and calories burned. This data can be aggregated and reviewed for each period, providing users with valuable insights into their cycling activities.

E-Lock/Digital Key:

Unlock bike's e-lock with a simple tap on the app or manually unlock it using the set passcode.

Bike Alarm:

Even in crowded bicycle parking lots, users can tap the app to notify the bike's location with an alarm. This feature enhances security and helps locate the bike quickly.

Anti-Theft Alert:

When the E-Lock is activated, any unauthorized movement triggers an alarm and sends a notification to the user's app. This anti-theft alert can be customized to meet user preferences.

Bike Location Information:

With a GPS function, users can check the exact location of their bike at any time. The option to toggle this function on/off adds flexibility and privacy to the bike tracking feature.

Bike Management:

The application allows users to register multiple bikes simultaneously. Each bike model, such as the sporty and luxurious LX2 or the active and light PX2, can be easily connected by tapping on the desired bike.

Self Error Diagnosis Function:

The system performs a thorough scan of the bike's electrical components to identify errors. This feature aids in locating faulty areas and streamlines inspections, contributing to the overall safety of bike usage.

In closing...

The SMALO LX2 emerges as a symbol of style and technology, embodying the perfect fusion of intelligent features and innovative design. It not only redefines the riding experience but also sets a new standard for the future of electric bicycles.

J.V Mini-J

My thanks to SMALO for their courtesy in allowing me to use their photos.

More details by visiting Smalo website

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