2017 OHM and BionX Updates from Interbike (Mountain Model, Color Display, Integrated Battery)

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2017 OHM and BionX Updates from Interbike (Mountain Model, Color Display, Integrated Battery)

BionX systems were on show at Interbike this year as part of the OHM electric bike booth. I spoke with the founder, Michael DeVisser, about the latest enhancements to their system (a small but compact display ring and color LCD display) while he showed me the latest bike that uses the D-Series motor called simply the OHM Mountain. This ebike is designed for cross country and light trail riding, it’s a hardtail with the plus sized tires (27.5” x 3”) for improved comfort, traction and stability. One thing that really stood out is the BionX semi-integrated battery pack that seats into the downtube, taking up less space inside the main triangle. It slides in from the side so the pack is easier to fit with a lower top tube and it uses the magnetic EnergyBus Rosenberger charging standard which sends electricity as well as digital signals for diagnostics and updates.

During our conversation Michael also mentioned that they have moved to a new warehouse in North Vancouver with more space to run the business.

I’ve always appreciated the smooth quiet nature of gearless hub motors and believe that the D-Series is a leading offering in the segment. While I haven’t covered the latest bike yet, I have reviewed some of the older OHM models at electricbikereview.com/brand/ohm/ which use similar technology. I like that you get regenerative braking and have throttle actuation in addition to torque sensing pedal assist. The new color backlit display is transflective so it should work well in high light exposure or at night or early morning conditions. The main display is large, removable and easy to clip on but not required to operate the bike! You can use the smaller controller ring (which on this bike was located near the left grip) to power on, change assist and use the throttle. Also, you can clip your smart phone directly onto the display mount and use it in place of the BionX display (using Bluetooth to connect)… Pretty neat if you want more features, a larger display and a way to stow your phone securely while riding. One other neat upgrade on the bike we saw were TRP Zurich hydraulic disc brakes with quad piston and integrated motor inhibitor (fully integrated read switch). The bike had a 100 mm air fork and boost hub for wider spoke angle configuration with improved strength. The bike had an XT derailleur with a clutch designed to keep the chain tighter (no chain flop) while navigating bumpy terrain. The bike costs $4,799 and you can learn more at their official website ohmcycles.com/

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