Here’s a video of the BionX Bike system, part of a kit you can use to electrify your bicycle on your own.
It was put together by the “Its Electric” online store, “carries the best complete conversion kits to modify your standard bicycle into an Electric Bicycle, as well as offering the best online resources for information on electric bicycles and conversion kits for our customers convenience. These systems are quick to install and simple to operate, and will revolutionize your cycling experience!”
Guelph, Ontario — We are all too painfully aware that manufacturing in this country, particularly in this province, has been hard hit.
However, in the personal transportation sector, one Ontario manufacturer is performing exceptionally well. Sales have been up for the past three years showing two and three hundred per cent increases.
The company in question is Magna Marque, a subsidiary of Magna International. The product is BionX, an extremely efficient and flexible rear propulsion system for electric assisted bicycles. Magna is an iconic Canadian success story with substantial resources at its disposal. However, BionX has been thriving on its own merit and is at the cutting edge of development of electric propulsion units for bicycles.
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E-bike benefitting economy and environment
BionX Electric Bikes, a Magna Marque brand, has announced a pilot project with California EPA as part of Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3. This four week project is to test bike sharing at the Sacramento capitol building.
These modular stations will give Cal/EPA employees access to bikes and e-bikes for both commuting and local transportation, according to a press release. The e-bikes will allow riders to move quickly and conveniently without driving or having to wait for public transportation.
Sacramento has invested in bike lane infrastructure and currently rates as the No. 4 city for bike commuting in the United States. This initial pilot project will provide a demonstration of the convenience and appeal of bike share programs by allowing Cal/EPA employees easy, on-demand access to the bike-friendly streets on BionX-equipped e-bikes kept in running order by an expert local retailer.
QUEBEC, Canada – Trek Bicycle Corp. has another year of exclusive rights to equip their e-Bikes with the BionX hub motor with integrated SRAM 3 speed internal gear hub (the IGH3). “The deal is going to continue because we are really happy,” says Vincent Lamoureux, Bionx’s Director of Global Sales and Marketing.
The IGH3 has been an exclusive product since its launch in 2009, only available on Trek bikes. The arrangement was supposed to last for a year, but Bionx and Trek recently decided to extend the program.
Vincent Lamoureux: “We’ve been approached by several major bike manufacturers in Central Europe, but we want to control the growth of the product and insure top quality and on time delivery. Trek is really happy with it and offered to buy all of our 2011 IGH production capacity, so we’ve decided to go for another season.”
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – At Eurobike in September, the Canadian company BionX, which is a spin of company of auto parts giant Magna International that took over car maker Opel in Germany earlier this week, presented its BionX PL250HT motor with integrated SRAM 3-speed gear hub.
Their press release said: “With the use of e-Bikes and pedelecs growing rapidly in cities and the demand for a ‘care-free’ product adapted for personal and rental use increasing, BionX gave its two R&D Teams based in Canada and Austria the task of developing the ultimate care-free product that uses both BionX technology and a new SRAM 3 speeds hub.
“The fusion of BionX’s new SinDrive technology motor and the SRAM hub has created a high performance rear propulsion system that is silent, smooth, easy to use, and perfect for anyone who wants to ride without having to adjust, clean and lubricate external gears.
“We developed this product to target individual commuters, large cities rental programs, communities and business use like postal and police services, in using our proven BionX technology. We were looking at the ideal partner to launch it together with us and naturally opted for Trek thanks to their in depth involvement with BionX in their European and more recently North American ‘powered by BionX’ pedelec programs, together with our common wishes to build the ultimate care free products in using a rear propulsion system, dedicated for city users.”
Toronto, Canada — In early 2008, Magna Marque (a subsidiary of auto-parts giant Magna International Inc.) purchased EPS Energy Propulsion Systems Inc., a Quebec-based maker of e-bike retrofit kits that include a battery, electric motor and handlebar control panel, all tied together with sophisticated energy-management software. The system, called BionX, became successful among cycling enthusiasts almost immediately.
Now, Magna Marque plans to leverage the in-house engineering clout of its parent company to grow BionX into the world’s most advanced – and most desired – e-bike propulsion system.
Fewer than 8,000 o BionX systems were sold in 2008, but this year the company expects to sell more than 40,000 and “well over” 100,000 systems in 2010, says president Manfred Gingl. He predicts the business will generate a “few hundred million” in sales in two or three years.