BionX PL-350 – an Awesome Electric Bike System
The BionX PL-350 is a perfect kit for anyone who is challenged in their biking. The BionX PL-350 kit offers a way to keep on cycling, and that’s a beautiful thing. You can buy a BionX system here from Amazon.
Remember how we all wanted to be superheroes when we were kids? Well, five years ago when I first used a BionX electric bike system, it was like all those childhood dreams of being a superhero had finally come true. Even though it was just a bottom-of-the-range PL-250 BionX electric bike, my legs were suddenly bionic, and I could fly up hills with the greatest of ease. I went instantly from lagging behind, or not biking at all (I had been having some health problems) to metaphorically flying along, even overtaking younger people on uphills.
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My Secret Superpower
The cool thing is that as the BionX electric bike system is so silent, people often don’t even realize you have an assist. Especially as the engine is hidden in the back wheel, so that, as you can see in this photo, the fact that you have an assist is not blatantly obvious.
Sure, I had a secret, unfair advantage – but so do ALL superheroes. Comes with the territory – trust me, I know my superheroes.
Two years ago saw new challenges, when a different health issue reared its ugly head, AND my commute changed to include a MASSIVE hill. My doctor approved the commute provided I had all the help I could get. So I upgraded to the PL-350 BionX electric bike kit, which has a much higher torque, and much more power.
BionX bills the BionX 350 electric bike as “the best in class for climbing, long rides and fast accelerations” – and that’s absolutely true. Yet it is even more silent than the BionX 250 electric bike, so that I can still keep my superpower secret from many as I zoom up hills.
BionX Electric Bikes – a Truly Great System
Bottom line is that the BionX PL-350 electric bike kit is a GREAT system. You basically just retrofit your existing bike with a new back wheel (which has the motor built in), a large battery, and a console to control it all. (Well, in my case, I paid a bike shop to retrofit it.)
You still have the great feel of regular biking (although the bike is a lot heavier). And you can cycle without assist whenever you want, such as on flats (although in reality I almost never do that, because I love the extra speed I can get with the engine).
You can also choose from a huge variety of bikes that are already fitted with an integrated BionX engine – including Trek, Norco, Matra and Wheeler.
Advantages of Having a BionX PL-350 Electric Bike Kit
Make no mistake, I am still pedaling, and building up a sweat – I just go a WHOLE lot faster than I would without the BionX PL-350 electric bike. So the system is helping me build up my fitness, health and strength, and this is really apparent when I ride my regular bike on the weekend. I am now overtaking MUCH younger cyclists without an assist!
Also – and this is perhaps the greatest advantage – I bike much more often than I would if I did not have the BionX PL-350 electric bike kit. I really don’t think I could face that huge hill twice a day, every day, without the BionX electric bike – it would just be too daunting. But with the BionX PL-350 electric bike, it’s fun. Plus on the BionX PL-350 electric bike I can be at work in 35 minutes, as opposed to an hour or more on the bus.
Another advantage is that after the initial really large outlay, it’s very, very cheap to run. The electricity it takes to charge is so minor I cannot even detect in on my electricity bill.
I have written more about why I love commuting with my BionX PL-350 electric bike here.
In five years and with two different BionX electric bikes, I have had very few problems. The worst was when the back axle on the BionX PL-350 electric bike broke. Completely. In half. The system was then two years old.
On the negative side, it took about three weeks to get it fixed, as the whole wheel had to be shipped back to Montreal. But on the VERY plus side, it was all done under warranty, no questions asked – I did not even have to produce my purchase receipt. So I would say this is a company that definitely stands by its products. You can read all about the great after sales service I got in this post.
Bottom Line on the BionX PL-350 electric bike kit
I have ridden this bike non-stop through two rainy Vancouver winters, and even once got caught in snow. When that happened the BionX electric bike saved me, because my gears starting slipping so much I could hardly move, but the BionX PL-350 electric bike kept right on going like it was nothing (it was born in Montreal, after all).
Similarly, the PL-250 electric bike has not given me a single problem in five years. Oh, and the battery is still going strong after all this time. I use it as my back-up commuter now.
I would unreservedly recommend the BionX PL-350 to anyone who is challenged in their biking by either very long distances, very steep terrain, or any kind of health issues. It’s a way to keep on biking, and that’s a beautiful thing. You can buy the latest, greatest version of this kit here on Amazon.
If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy my post “Five Reasons to Get a BionX Electric Bike Kit”.
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