SMART BRAKE Technology
documentation and FAQ

The brake technology consists of three key features:

SMART BRAKE remotes for wireless control of the brakes, through radio signals (RF). The brake trigger has 80 points, ensuring a “seamless” brake force adjustment. The remote controls can be mounted on handlebars, wheelchair frames, ski poles, or simply carried in your hand.

SMART BRAKE unit has a hydraulic pump integrated. The unit controls brake pads through disc or rim calipers. SMART BRAKE is delivered with either Tektro Auriga or Magura HS11, fully bled and ready to mount. The pump is powered by a rechargeable battery (USB), ensuring 50-100 hours of use.

SMART BRAKE app: The brake force can be customized to the users’ preferences. More functions will be made available during 2020.

RollerSafe makes no compromise on safety. The brake technology is based on dual brake system (redundancy principle). The technology has been tested extensively since 2013, both in custom-built test rigs, and outdoor in all weather conditions. The electronics are protected with sealed covers, enabling for use in rain, salty conditions and rough terrain. All components have been thoroughly selected and tested for material tolerance. Team RollerSafe has been awarded several prices for innovative product design. 

Common questions

Per today, we have more than 2 000 brake units in active use worldwide. SMART BRAKE has been thoroughly tested by the team and customers for more than 5 years, in all weather conditions and harsh environment.

Team RollerSafe makes no compromise on safety. Each SMART BRAKE system should have backup, either a parallel SMART BRAKE system or manual brake solution. SMART BRAKE has fail-safe integrated; In case of technical issues or low battery level (<15%), the system will automatically activate the brake until full stop (slow stop). The user can manually release the brake, to finish the trip (using the secondary brake).

The technology use components with CE-certification to ensure no interference with other power sources or transmitters. 

SMART BRAKE is invented in Norway, by a small team of experienced industrial designers, mechanical engineers and software developers. They all share the same passion for sports, and a drive to develop high quality products enabling more people to be active on a daily basis.

Our products are assembled, tested and shipped from RollerSafe’s headquarter in Son, Norway. The Norwegian mountains and harsh environment provides the optimal test conditions for outdoor equipment, such as SMART BRAKE.

SMART BRAKE is a multipurpose brake technology, applicable across bicycles, trikes, wheelchairs and other activity equipment. We combine our wireless technology with well-known components such as Tektro Auriga disc calipers and Magura HS11 rim brakes (other calipers can be used, e.g. Shimano). SMART BRAKE enhance the functionality of traditional brake systems. SMART BRAKE will comply with any application already using wired brakes (disc/rim). Contact us if you have further questions.

SMART BRAKE products are mainly made out of ABS (hard plastic) and aluminum. Low weight and avoidance of signal interference are main reasons behind material
choice. Our material and components have been thoroughly tested (e.g. tolerance, leakage and signal strength)

Brake Unit

Each SMART BRAKE Unit provides sufficient brake force to stop 100 kg.

Key factors to consider when selecting your SMART BRAKE kit:

– Total weight of vehicle + user
– Scope of use, e.g. speed, steepness of tracks, etc
– Disc brakes will normally have shorter stopping distance than rim brakes

1 brake Unit = 100 Kg
2 brake Unit = 200 Kg
3 brake Unit = 300 Kg
4 brake Unit = 400 Kg

One Brake Unit can connect with two calipers or rim brakes simultaneously (Y-connection).

You find 1 button on the Brake Unit, with a Bluetooth symbol. This button is both for pairing (sync) the Unit with the Controller, and for power on/off.

Push one time on the Power button to start the system. When starting you will hear the motor preform a braking test and a red blinking light occurs.

MARK: We recommend to mount the SMART BRAKE Unit before you turn it on. The first time you push the power button, the accelerometer will be activated. After the accelerometer is activated the braking system will automatically turn on when SMART BRAKE is being moved.

SMART BRAKE goes into sleeping mode (no power used) after 30 minutes of inactivity. Simply by moing the vehicle, SMART BRAKE will be activated (via
accelerometer), making it very quick and easy to get ready to your next trip.

By activating the parking brake from the control, the Unit locks the brakes and goes in to a sleeping mode where SMART BRAKE do not use any power. From parking brake mode, SMART BRAKE will not be activated simply by moving the vehicle. You need to release the P-brake from your controller.

One Smart Brake unit takes 100 kg per units, our recommendation is:  

Trikes: 2units (200kg), including the weight of the bike and the driver composed.  

Bike: 1-unit (100kg) framework of the bike and the driver combined. 

Wheelchair: 1 unit (100kg) mounted on FreeWheel combined with a wheelchair for ultimate brake response. 

Brake controls

With the Hand Controller, users can activate braking and parking remotely (15m). (P) is a parking function which lock/stop the wheelchair, trike, handbike or bike. To unlock the brake, press the BRAKE-button twice. (Brake): Push and hold the button to slow down the speed of the vehicle.

The Hand Controller can be mounted on the handlebar (bike, stroller, wheelchair, etc), or carried in your hand.

Type of battery in the remote control: 3.7V 190mAh, Li-Polymer. 1+ year life time

SMART BRAKE can be controlled remotely as parental/companion control,  

Brake controller for remote control of SMART BRAKE, up to 15m radius to stop the brake unit.  

(P) is a parking/panic brake function which lock/stop the wheelchair, trike, handbike or bike. To unlock the brake, press the (brake) twice to ulock 

(Brake) hold it in the button to slow down the speed and release the button to increase the speed of the vehicle (wheelchair, handbike, trike, bike) 

Type of battery in the remote control are with 3.7V 190mAh, Li-Polymer. 

Parking brake – To activate the parking brake, push the handle away from you to activate the brake. When parking brake is activated, the controller lights up a constant red light.

Active brake – To activate the brake, simply push the lever towards you as a normal bike lever. Requires less than 10 % of normal hand force to use the handle.

Braking lights – The braking lights on the brake unit will be activated when the Brake Lever is activated for brake/parking brake mode. P-brake light will be switched off after 20 sec to save battery.

With the Brake Trigger, you can activate the brake simply by the tip of your finger. With 80 points resolution, you can control the brake force gradually, according to
your needs.

SMART BRAKE Trigger is adaptable with most Swix ski pole models, and a selective range from OneWay.

For other pole models with a diameter of 16mm, we recommend buying a pair of Swix pole shafts. In our web shop you can also buy complete Swix poles.

Type of battery in the remote control: CR2032 (3.7V 190mAh, Li-Polymer). 1+ year lifetime.

Pairing

If you use 1 Brake Unit and 1 or more Brake Controllers

1. The Brake Unit needs to be turned off to start the process. (If on, push the Bluetooth button one time)
2. On the master Brake Unit, push and hold in the Bluetooth button until the LED starts a repetitive flashing. The light signal indicates that the unit is ready to start synchronizing.
3. Place the Brake Control to be used close to the Brake Unit. i) Squeeze the lever/button on the control and hold. When BC and BU are connected the light signal will disappear.
4. Start up the Brake Unit by pushing the Bluetooth button once.
5. To connect multiple brake controls, repeat the process.

If you use 2 Brake Units and 1 or more Brake Controllers

One of the units are master and one is “clone”, following the main unit.

1. The Brake Units need to be turned off to start the process. (If on, push the Bluetooth button one time)
2. On the master BU, push and hold in the Bluetooth button until the LED starts a repetitive flashing. The light signal indicates that the unit is ready to start synchronizing.
3. On the clone BU, push and hold in the Bluetooth button until the LED starts a repetitive flashing. The light signal indicates that the unit is ready to start
synchronizing.
4. The clone will automatically connect to the main Brake Unit. When the Brake Units are connected the light signal will disappear.
5. Start up the system by pushing the Bluetooth button once on both Units.
6. To connect multiple Brake Units, repeat the process.

Maintenance

Team RollerSafe handles all service inquiries directly through email, chat and phone. Before contacting us, we recommend having a look at our instruction videos.

In case the products need service in our workshop, we organize the logistics with our global partner DHL. RollerSafe’s service team are the same people
developing the technology; this ensures that your SMART BRAKE is upgraded and repaired by the most competent and experienced personnel available…

Remember to charge the Brake Unit and Brake Lever before first use.

Estimated charging time:

– Brake Unit: 3,5 hours
– Brake Lever: 2,5 hours

Hand Controller and Brake Trigger use replaceable batteries (1+ years lifetime)

SMART BRAKE has passed the test of challenging Norwegian climate and conditions. Our technology has been tested and used in extreme conditions, such as downhill (15%), heat (>40 Celsius), water, salt, gravel, etc. 

If you have questions to specific conditions, please contact us. 

 

Read the User Manual (link) carefully.

See our Instruction Videos, here you find relevant information in an fast and easy format.

Questions about setup, use or maintenance? Do not hesitate to contact us.

Troubleshooting

Brake Unit
With a fully charged battery in the Brake Unit, you will have approx. 1 000 brake sequences before needing to re-charge the battery (USB).
Battery type: 3,7V, 3500mAh, Li-Polymer.

Remotes
Brake Lever: The battery has an expected lifetime of 1 year before needing to re-charge (USB).
Battery type: 3.7V, 190mAh, Li-Polymer.

Hand control and Brake Trigger battery: CR2032 (1+ year lifetime).

Make sure the remotes are stored without the trigger activated, as activation drain the battery.

Try to change the charger cable and see if this helps. 
Try to use another USB charger to make sure that it’s not the charger that’s the problem. 
Please contact us if you still are not able to charge your SMART BRAKE.

Make sure that the product is fully charged and that your charger works properly. 
Fully charged will give you a constant green light. 
Push on/off button for at least 3 sec. 
If your product still will not turn on, please contact us. 

Clean the Brake Unit and Brake Lever using water and a cloth with mild soap. Do not use high pressure water on the Brake Lever.

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