Put BionX on a Folding Bike

by Jack R. on July 10, 2012

One of the greatest advantages of the BionX System is that you can add electric power to your bike while still maintaining its original features.  If you buy a fully fleshed Electric Bike, you’ll be committing yourself to its design, but with the BionX System, because you choose which bike you want to convert, you’ll have complete control over what your bike looks like, feels like, how it rides and how much it weighs.

The BionX on a Folding Bike

BionX Conversion Kit

BionX Conversion Kit

If I were going to convert any bike with the BionX Kit, I would choose a folding bike.  Folding bikes in themselves offer many incredible features.  They’re lighter than the average bike and they fold up to a fraction of their size, making them easy to store and allowing you to take them with you wherever you go.

When you convert a folding bike with the BionX System, you reap the benefits of two remarkable technologies.  Suddenly you have a bike that is not only extremely light and portable, but that also has a 350 watt motor powered by a 36volt lithium battery.

Where most e-bikes weigh upwards of 60 lbs, the Premium 48 volt BionX Kit only adds about 18lbs of weight to your bike.  This means that if you convert a folding bike that only weight 25lbs, you’ll end up with a fully functioning e-bike that weighs between 40 and 50 pounds.

Which Folding Bike is best for the BionX?

It is important to remember that not every bike can be converted with the BionX System.  For example, to be converted, a bike cannot have an internal hub on its rear wheels, shouldn’t have disc brakes, must have wheels larger than 16 inches, and, ideally should have between 7-9 speeds.

Here are two of my favorite Folding Bikes that can be converted into e-bikes with the BionX System

1. The Tern Link D8

The Tern Link D8 offers one of the best ratios between quality and price.  At an affordable cost, you get a bike that folds up in seconds, only weighs 26.6 lbs, and has high quality parts.  Add electric assistance, and you have a serious bike on your hands.

 

2. The Dahon Mariner  D7

The Dahon Mariner is a great bike for anyone who lives in a rainy city.  (I’m from Seattle so I have a pretty valid point of reference.) Its frame is rust resistant, it has fenders to ward off the spray from puddles, and a rear rack to carry your heavy duty gear.  The BionX would make a perfect addition.  Need to load up your rear rack, no problem, the BionX will take care of the extra weight and get you home and out of the rain in no time.

So if you’re thinking of going electric, don’t forget to mix and match.  Don’t just go with the right motor with the right speed and the right range, look around for a folding bike that has all the features you could ever want, and then convert it into the perfect electric machine with the BionX Conversion Kit.

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aik July 26, 2012 at 3:03 am

Hi I am about to order a Bionx 250 for my tern D8 but I am not confident of doing the conversion myself .. do you have a video on it .
And is there any specific issues with installing the Bionx 250 on the Tern D8?

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Jack R. September 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm

There won’t be any specific issues with the installation. You have a few different resources at your disposal. First, we have bionX installation instructions on our website, which you can view here: http://www.nycewheels.com/bionxinstallation.html. These page is being edited today, but you should be able to access it by tmr, sept 9th. Second, if you go onto youtube, there are some great bionX installation videos. I would recommend the video posted by “quality bike parts.” Hope this helps, and always remember you can give us a call here at the shop at (212) 737 3078 if you have any questions. Best- jack

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