Is buying a used bionx bike a big gamble right now?

doublemazaa

New Member
I'm looking at a used bike that has a Bionx system. It is well loved, but appears to be operating ok right now. How dumb is it to invest in this setup right now?

If I need a battery, controller, or motor in the future, would I be able to obtain an operable one someplace, either new or used?
 

slomoshun

Active Member
Is buying a used Bionx a gamble now? I think you already know the answer is 'YES'. Orphaned dealers might have spares.... for a while.
 

doublemazaa

New Member
Well, yeah I know it’s a gamble.

Maybe a better question is, should I treat the working bionic system to be worthless? Basically assume it’ll need to be replaced wholesale in short order?

Or is it possible/likely it will soldier on for a year or three before needing to reassess?

I’m just trying to understand the risk here.
 

jhoblo

Member
Well, yeah I know it’s a gamble.

Maybe a better question is, should I treat the working bionic system to be worthless? Basically assume it’ll need to be replaced wholesale in short order?

Or is it possible/likely it will soldier on for a year or three before needing to reassess?

I’m just trying to understand the risk here.
If you have a Bionx dealer nearby, have the battery condition checked. Ask them about the reliability of the particular controller in the bike you are considering- some are supposedly prone to failure. I wonder about that with my own bike, but I haven't found a decent dealer so far, so I'll ride it until it fails.
 

Jim Boate

New Member
Well, yeah I know it’s a gamble.

Maybe a better question is, should I treat the working bionic system to be worthless? Basically assume it’ll need to be replaced wholesale in short order?

Or is it possible/likely it will soldier on for a year or three before needing to reassess?

I’m just trying to understand the risk here.
 

Jim Boate

New Member
I bought one back in March and I heard the next day the company went into receivership my store would’ve let me trade it back in on another model but I decided to keep it as I thought they were one of the better hub motors on the market so far six months later 3000 km everything is running perfect no problems plus it was an excellent deal .
 

Feliz

Well-Known Member
I bought one a couple months back and knew what I was getting into. So far my Elby has been flawless and has become my favourite bike. It is a crapshoot though, I got a good deal and took the chance, my dealer has some parts and kits he said he will use for parts if he had too. At least two manufacturers are still producing BionX equipped bikes so parts are coming from somewhere......probably Europe.
 

jhoblo

Member
I bought one a couple months back and knew what I was getting into. So far my Elby has been flawless and has become my favourite bike. It is a crapshoot though, I got a good deal and took the chance, my dealer has some parts and kits he said he will use for parts if he had too. At least two manufacturers are still producing BionX equipped bikes so parts are coming from somewhere......probably Europe.
Yeah, I do like the torque sensor and immediate response from this motor, but it does make the tail of my bike too heavy. If someone (maybe myself?) was selling/getting rid of a Bionx kit cheap, I wouldn't turn it down.
 

BobG

Member
Yeah, I do like the torque sensor and immediate response from this motor, but it does make the tail of my bike too heavy.
The only time the rear weight is an issue for me is when I carry the bike up stairs, load it onto my pick up or lift it up to the work stand. Riding roads (dirt or paved) it feels the same as before the retro-fit, just faster! If I were riding steep single tracks with a mountain bike then the rear weight might be a concern.
 

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Timpo

Well-Known Member
This is my personal opinion, but yes, it is a big risk.

I would not purchase the bike unless I can get a super good deal, so that I can consider this bike pretty much a disposal when something goes wrong.

If I were to pay good money for it, I would want to keep it for a long time, keep fixing & maintaining it when something goes wrong, etc.

But when there's no parts or manufacture backup for it? The bike is disposal in my view.
 

doublemazaa

New Member
Yes, I ended up buying the bike for the same price as the bike was worth without any motor system. Buyer was very upfront that battery needed to rebuilt, and I have gotten a bunch of good riding in already with the knowledge that I'm playing with the house's money.

If I have to rebuild or put a different assist system in soon, I haven't really lost anything.
 

Feliz

Well-Known Member
Glad it worked out for you. I got a really good deal on a BionX powered bike as well and so far so good. Companies like Ohm are still putting out bikes so parts are coming from somewhere.