Best of BionX 2012

by Jack R. on January 12, 2013

Well, the 2012 year has come to an end, not without producing some pretty exciting new BionX bike conversions.  Here are a few of my favorites:

1)  The Tern Link D8 BionX Bike

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link D8 BionX Bike

On its own, the Tern Link D8 is a very impressive folding bike.   8 gears, nice hinges, small folding size, and all for an affordable price.  Definitely one of the year’s best “bang for your buck” folding bikes, and a logical candidate for the BionX conversion. Once converted, the Tern Link D8 becomes one of the lightest, efficient, and portable e-bikes on the market— 20 mile range, weighs just 43lbs and still folds up small enough to fit in your closet.  Gotta love folding ebikes.

2) The Montague Crosstown BionX Bike

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The Montague Crosstown is unique as a folding bike. Where most folding bikes have smaller wheels and low top tubes, the Montague crosstown is a folding bike built with full sized wheels and frame, designed to ride exactly like your typical road-bike but still fold up small enough to make storage manageable.  With the BionX motor installed, the crosstown becomes a full-sized and, if I may say, somewhat dapper looking electric bike, powerful, fast, and very light, weighing around 42 lbs.  Just to give you some scale, the average electric bike will weigh mid 50’s and up.

3) The Paratrooper folding mountain bike with BionX

Montague Paratrooper BionX bike

Paratrooper electric mountain bike

The Montague Paratrooper: a folding mountain bike fit with a powerful electric motor.  There’s a lot of great concepts fit together in that one little sentence.  Normally, when you think folding bike, you think commuting, running errands, maybe riding around the park, not jumping over rocks, racing down dirt paths, and catching air.  The paratrooper performs like a high-end mountain bike, with great parts, front suspension, disc brakes, and still folds up into a portable package.  Add a powerful electric motor, and you have an electric bike with serious potential.

What’s next in BionX?

Seeing  these and other hybrids take the stage has me excited about the future of bikes and E-technology.  So what’s next?  Personally, I would like to see the BionX on a fast, lightweight commuter like the Dahon Formula S18.  Under 25 lbs, fast Kojak racing tires, disc brakes, the Formula is really a great candidate for an electric motor.  As the 2013 season gets on its way, I’ll be be keeping an eye out, because really anything is possible with a kit as powerful and versatile as the BionX conversion kit.

 

All for now

 

Jack

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