Shop Builds: Surly Road Bike BionX Conversion
This cool-looking bike began its life as a straightforward Surly steel road bike. But then its owner decided that he was interested in the possibilities of E-Bikes. Matt came into Ocean Cyclery one day and presented us with his bike to convert into a modern E-Bike to be used as a pedicab. The BionX E-Conversion System is famous for its ability to fit on almost any bike. Matt's bike was no different, and we took to the task of converting Matt's road bike with great enthusiasm.
The build is centered around the BionX DV 500 wheel-based motor powered by the downtube-mounted battery. The new BionX DS3 display and RC3 controller are mounted on a Problem Solvers handlebar accessory mount. The 2017 DS3 Display and RC3 Controller offer new and exciting ways to control your Bionx System. The Problem Solvers accessory mount allows us to use the new controller and display while keeping Matt's original handlebars. There is not enough room on drop handlebars for the proper controllers without it.
We also installed new Sugino chainrings and a new Shimano 10-speed cassette with a massive range of 10-36 teeth. The new Shimano Alivio rear derailleur is actuated by Shimano Dura-Ace 10-speed indexed downtube shifters. For such an unusual combination of a mountain bike derailleur and road downtube shifters, they work together flawlessly. Using the two together was the only way we could use the shifters that Matt wanted while being able to have the 10-36 range in the cassette.
The bike rolls on Vittoria 28mm Randonneur tires with reflective sidewalls for high visibility and protection against flat tires.
Electronic road bikes are a rare find these days, and we are honored that Matt wanted to work with us on converting his bike into a modern and marvelous E-Bike conversion.
We truly mean it when we say that we can convert almost any bike into an E-Bike. Come down to the shop and we can work with you through any and every question you might have.
Ride on Matt!