BionX – electric powered pedal assist mountain bike

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One of the most exciting mountain bikes at the Bike Press Camp last week in Deer Valley, Utah, was the battery powered BionX. The BionX is basically a battery, generator, and console control unit that can be mated to almost any bike.

Maybe not as exciting as the latest single crown AM fork or the latest 185mm travel bike, the BionX was simple and fun for completely different reasons.

For our demo, the BionX pedal assist system came on a basically stock Trek 6000 hard tail. The system is very easy to use and has a LOT of potential. Even if you don’t think battery powered bikes are your thing, you should really give one of these a try, and then you begin to realize how easy it is to use and how it can expand your cycling experience.

We have a test BionX coming to the Mtbr offices in a few weeks. We will be sure to give it a proper thrashing and report back on it’s real world dirt worthiness!

In this video, Vincent Lamoureux from BionX gives us a detailed overview of the BionX.

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From the manufacturer:

BionX Advantages

With the BionX Intelligent MobilityTM System, everything is possible!
One of the key differences between the BionX and other power assistance systems is that BionX can be
easily installed on virtually any existing bicycle turning a favorite bike into an efficient and highly reliable
electric power assisted bike. Once installed the BionX system provides a number of significant advantages
over other e‐bikes and standard bicycles.

***Ride further, Ride more often:
BionX’s lightweight construction allows you to take your bicycle anywhere – work, school, across town – without fatigue.

***Boost your power:
BionX boosts your own energy anywhere from 25% to 300%, no matter what type of bike you ride.

***Improve your riding experience:
BionX gives you the ability and confidence to challenge steep climbs, front winds and stronger riders.

***Even the playing field:
With up to four levels of assistance, BionX allows cyclists of different abilities to ride together.

***Biking for everyone:
You will enjoy riding regardless of your age or training level and you will improve your fitness.

For more information: www.bionx.ca

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 14 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • ProEdgeBiker.com says:

    interesting!

  • Roger carlson says:

    As an above knee amputee and XC racer, this would be interesting for training on those tough hilly courses, and to get some help also with the new prosthetic I have that will allow above knee amputees to stand up and pedal out of the saddle, as we cant now. this would assist in my training, and might be a great asset.I would like more info on this unit.
    Thanks in advance

  • DP-San Diego says:

    We originally installed this kit on an old mountain bike so my wife could tackle the hills surrounding our home without suffering an asthma attack. I quickly realized I wanted to use it for the times I ride to work. I get to work quicker but, as I’m still pushing, I get as good a workout as before. I also sweat less because I’m moving fast enough to be cooled by the airflow even while climbing. I can actually ride in my street clothes, so I don’t have to change, saving even more time.

  • francois says:

    The battery is way too big, obvious and unattractive. It needs to be something like this. http://www.tahoemountainsports.com/product/deuter-fronttriangle-bike

    The fact that it takes away both water bottle locations is no good either.

    But… can’t wait to try it.

  • Jared Granger says:

    Although a fun idea it would be better used as a commuter option not for mountain biking.

    Blurring the lines between a motorized vehicle and a mountain bike could actually hurt access to to trails and a motorized bike is not allowed on any BLM or wilderness land.

    This product should not be marketed toward mountain bikes at all.

  • SLP999 says:

    Myself, riding and racing for over 20 years…I’d feel like a real TOOL passing a “real rider” on the trails. I think its great for disabled riders and peeps with asthma, but isn’t mountain biking supposed to hurt?

  • leadpack says:

    A brilliant idea for riders to see the trails and destinations that they rarely reach. Question is how long does the battery last?

  • eastbaydirt says:

    How would I install the Bionix battery pack on a full suspension bike (Turner Highline with Fox coil)?

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