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27 August 2017 - 12:47pm
 
 

Bionx electric-assist on Bacchetta A26 recumbent bike

 

The Bacchetta A26 is the successor to the Giro ATT premium touring / commuting recumbent bike model. It is one of the fastest touring bikes made and A26 owners usually struggle to keep under a 15mph bike-path speed limit. 

On the open road, though, if you are commuting, you might just want to add an electric assist to ease the commute. Bionx offers a nice solution for this with a 350W rear wheel hub-based motor.

The standard interface to Bionx systems is to just pedal. This is because Bionx motors have a strain sensor that detects when you are pedaling and how hard, and the system multiplies your effort turning you into a Bionic Person.

However, it is always problematic to mount a battery, and it seemed moreso on the Bacchetta because we didn't want to force a rack onto it and we wanted to keep the weight low and central. At AlphaBENT, we have devised a nice battery mount for Bacchetta bikes that allows the battery to hang suspended just under the idler pulley. Advantages are:

  • plenty of clearance
  • low, central weight distribution
  • clearance for all leg and foot movement
  • universal design should work on all Corsa and Giro Bacchetta recumbent bikes.

If you are thinking of electrifying your Bacchetta recumbent bicycle, bring it on by and get it installed by Northern California's Bionx experts.

 

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