With four assist and four regen modes, BionX is a pedelec system and a training tool. Canadian manufacturer BionX is now expanding business in Europe.
The 250 Watt hub motor including power sensor and electronics comes in a ready-to-use rear wheel. The 8 Ah, 24 V NiMH battery is located in a compact battery box. To mount the system to any regular bicycle one only needs to exchange the rear wheel and attach the battery box to the frame. To do so, one simply uses the bottle holder screw holes to mount the battery holder.
On the display at the handlebar the user switches on and off the electric system, the light, and chooses the riding mode. There are four assistance modes ("A" modes): 25, 50, 100, or 200 percent. Four “G” modes are energy regeneration options. The higher the resistance, the more energy is generated to recharge the battery. Also shown on the display are cumulative kilometers, speed, and battery data such as cycles, special happenings (deep discharge etc.).
The entire system weights 7.6 kg. The motor, controller, cables and display weigh 3.5 kg, and the battery 4.1 kg. This makes the BionX the most compact power sensor system for pedelecs, which is not from Japan. It does not only make riding easier, in the G-modes it can also be used as a training tool. The range even more depends on the rider and his/her preferences than with other systems. Not regarding the regen modes, BionX states 30 to 70 km (20 to 50 miles) range on one battery charge.
The gearless motor has proven to be absolutely silent. Due to its construction it does not work in combination with a coaster brake or gear hub jet.
For the European market, BionX is planning the following additional features: Front hub motor, Li-Ion battery, and a throttle version to accelerate from 0-6 km/h. This would allow legalizing the BionX bike as Low-Performance Moped (requiring type approval and insurance plate), and using it as a pedelec without speed limit.
Except for Canada and the United States, BionX now sells in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Australia. The company is still looking for distributors (OEM and complete BionX Pedelec) in Europe.
BionX Product Photos
Last updated: August 8, 2005