Very sad. A premium system, premium price, reletively small sales, not enough capital to survive the ups and downs of the ebike business in North America.
It’s very sad. Fallbrook has also apparently filed for chapter 11. Not the end, but not a good sign either.
Oh man that's too bad the Nuvinci hub seemed pricey but strong, thanks for the heads-up a friend just bought a Packster with a Nuvinci hub, I was just recommended to get one if motorizing a Workcycles FR8.It’s very sad. Fallbrook has also apparently filed for chapter 11. Not the end, but not a good sign either.
Yep, so is Elby which was founded by Frank Stronach who just pulled the plug on Bionx. Yuba and Public dropped Bionx for 2018, Evo's HB1 model uses their D500 motor but most of their other ebikes use Shimano Steps so I expect they'll just go all Shimano. My local bike shop has an Evo HB1 in their window and just sprang for the Bionx diagnostic software so they'll be pissed.Ohm was all Bionix...
Reading about Frank Stronachs departure from Magna taking Bionx with him and giving Magna a minority share might this have been the beginning of the end if they no longer had the resources of the larger company to fall back on? The subsequent history of dabbling in powerboat motors, then creating Elby, then lobbying for and getting a development grant from the Canadian Government in 2017, it seems he did try a few things before the end. I was intrigued to read Justin Lemire-Elmore’s attempt to get Bionx interested in his statorade, if they could solve the heat build up issue with DD motors might Bionx have kept Yuba interested and made a come back in the cargo bike/utility market?My personal gut feeling is that some of these companies got carried away by the technology, high profits (in the beginning!) and totally lost the pulse of the market.
Anything from ebikes.ca, Justin is just so far out in front of every other N American retailer, testing the motors and making the data publicly available, he supplies everything to build a superior torque pedal assist system that is tuneable on the fly and safe because they manufacture the best torque arms and everything will play nice together.So what is the best rear hub direct drive system available now?
Yamaha are launching their own line in the US this year so I prefer to wait and see how they go, Bosch are lobbying the EU to slap tariffs on Chinese kits and complete ebikes so more likely we’ll see a de facto European eco-system continue to support >$2k Bosch importsI could see the big players killing the e-bike stuff if/when we hit a recession. Players like Bosch and Yamaha where the e-bike stuff is probably a rounding error on their financial statements: I could see killing the segment in recessionary times.
A friend is going ahead with her Packster with Nuvinci purchase and I'm seriously considering buying a Workcycles GR8 with Nuvinci and transferring my BBS01 motor over. The technology is good enough I'm sure the patents would be snapped up.The bike side of NuVinci is going to be around for a while; Fallbrook Technologies other branches have folded. Don't panic folks.