Powerful Combination: Montague Folding Bike + Bionx Electric Conversion

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This customized bike, the Biontague, is a powerful combination of a folding bike and a lithium-ion powered electric motor. It was created by Electric Cyclery in Laguna Beach, California. They built the Biontague by taking a Montague Swiss Bike LX folding mountain bike (we featured this bike previously here) and fitting it with a Bionx PL350 electric conversion kit. The resulting electric bike offers speeds in the 20 MPH range, great hill climbing assistance, and a range of up to 60 miles on a 3-hour charge.


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The Montague Swiss is a mountain bike that folds for easy transport and the whole thing weighs only 43.2 lbs (very light for a electric bike). A 36-volt lithium-ion battery pack is mounted down low on the frame.

The Bionx PL350 conversion kit is reliable, lightweight and offers a range of up to 60 miles to a charge. The standard system includes a control console, a battery and a motor. The control console includes a multi-functional odometer, four assistance levels, four generative settings as well as a battery charge indicator.

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The price is $2425 from Electric Cyclery, plus $100 shipping in continental USA.

The most powerful electric bike available is the Optibike, which costs about $5500 and doesn’t fold away.

You can also buy the Bionx conversion kit separately, and install it on your own bike.

Comments

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  3. wes says

    Beautiful bike and e-motor. I have two Montagues but I have been told that because they are aluminum that you, for instance, cannot equip them with an e-motor because the drop outs for the e-motor replace ment wheels are aluminum, that you can only put e-motor hubs on steel drop outs. So if this is true and I have found web sites warning not to put e-motors on aluminum bikes, how have you manage to protect buyers from having these bike electric motors from torquing out of the wheel drop out on the rear of the montegue? Thanks. It’s still a beautiful – much more useful bike then non-folding e-bikes. -Wes

  4. wes says

    Beautiful bike and e-motor. I have two Montagues but I have been told that because they are aluminum that one cannot equip them with an e-motor because the drop outs for the e-motor replacement axel have so much torque that under certain conditions they can “spin out” of the aluminum drop outs – that one must have steel drop outs. So if this is true and I have found web sites warning not to put e-motors on bicycles with aluminum forks, (and aren’t the rear drop out aluminum too on all aluminum bikes?) So how have you manage to protect buyers from having these high torquing electric motors “spinning out” of the rear axels the aluminum montague? Thanks. It’s still a beautiful – much more useful bike then non-folding e-bikes. -Wes

  5. says

    I have a Montague too. ( I live in France). What are “drop outs”? What websites warn against putting e-motors on aluminum frames? Where can I get more info?
    Does anybody have an answer to wes’s question?
    Sacha

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