I wonder if the price increase has anything to do with the new Trek electric bicycles -- which all use Bionx drive systems. Maybe they're increasing prices due to limited production capabilities and having to provide Trek with all their parts.
They were already over-priced before... JEEZ! But if they're selling tons of stuff to Trek, maybe selling kits isn't their primary focus anymore...
I've been writing a bit about changes in the electric bike market at my own site. It sure fits the pattern to see Bionx taking this kind of approach. If you were the folks who own Bionx now, wouldn't you rather sell your product in bulk to OEMs rather than deal with the hassles of supporting small-volume dealers and their customers?
Don't get me wrong, I love my Bionx system. But I can understand why component manufacturers would want to shift sales to the major bike companies as the electric bike market matures.
Surely they're not raising prices because of long-term trends in Lithium battery pricing...
Well, they certainly seem to be following a different business model.
My question is: Does anybody have a proportional power assist system that works as smoothly as the Bionx? I hardly ever use my throttle -- I push harder and it pushes harder (and I get to choose how much help I get.)
That usability bonus was worth real $ to me -- but it was pricey for me at the old price.