Jerry the Spinner
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Queens , New York City
Bikes: Montague with Currie 450W kit, IZIP Twist and Go
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I did bring my Montague bike to NYCE Wheels to put the BionX system around 6 months ago, but after the bike was in the shop for 2 weeks and no end in sight of when it would get done, I decided not to do it. The cost was $1,900 + $100 for labor + additional items, which they would not give me an estimate on until the bike was finished. Since I commute 20-30 miles per day, and I have been doing for the past 7 months, I really want to step up to a better bike at this point. I also would like to have a bike with disc brakes, since I ride in all kinds of weather, including rain and snow. The Trek Valencia is $750 and the kit is $1,900. Total cost would be $2,650. I found a Trek dealer that is selling the Valencia Plus for $2,400.
I would assume that there is some benefit in having Trek put together the bike for me, as opposed to me buying a bike and doing it myself. The organization of the cables is nice and neat, which even goes through the stem of the bike. I also am counting on the wonderful support that Trek is known for, even though they have not gotten back to me about the extended warranty on the bike - whether it would include the battery and the motor, and I do understand it might be a challenge for me to find a good Trek dealer who is interested in servicing the bike. Since I am doing 6000-7000 miles a year, I am concerned about how long the BionX battery and motor will last. Maybe you can give me some insight on that. Also, Trek is not giving the option to have the throttle option on the controller, which I do not know how important that is to have.
Currently, I am using the Currie 450W electric kit. It is quite heavy compared to the BionX. It also does not recharge itself during riding and part of my issue is going over the Williamsburg Bridge, which is extremely steep. I wind up using a lot of the battery, where going down I would be able to gain a lot of the charge, I am assuming.
Any insights would be very helpful. Thank you for your time.