Bionicon Edison EVO – bicycle
New bike with a long stroke and a unique geometry change system
What Bionicon is trying to do with the Edison Evo is quite similar to what everyone is trying to do with their bikes. They want to produce a bike that climbs as well as it goes down, a bike that has to leave everyone behind in the dust, a bike that will be your obvious choice because it's just good at everything.
The company approached this in a unique way, and there's a bit of a split personality in the new Edison EVO.
This is all because of the unique rear shock absorber made by Magura and the X-Fusion Metric HL-R forks, which are connected by a button located on the steering wheel. It's not the usual stroke adjustment or grip platform; The Edison can make its fork lower up to 80mm, and the rear end rises accordingly to leave the same level of carriage height despite the new, steeper angles. You simply press a button, transfer your weight and change the steering and seat tilts by 5 degrees.
In addition to the strange-looking mushroom at the end of the shock absorber and a few additional cables, the Edison Evo with a 180-millimeter stroke hides its ability to change shape quite well.
When the bike is in downhill mode, Bionicon looks pretty mediocre. With a wheelbase of 1200mm for a Large size bike, that's not bad but not impressive, and the 64-degree steering tilt should provide good handling, even when you're spinning it in the highest gear.
The front and rear of the bike move from one mode to the other together, a path that's not very easy to track, but here's what's really going on:
When lift mode is activated, the rear shock absorber is more elongated, which raises the rear end and makes the steering and seat tilts steeper by 5 degrees. This also moves the position of the swing lever. This makes the suspension stiffer, but the length of the stroke remains unchanged. At the same time, Edison lowers the X-Fusion Metric HL-R plug by 80mm to compensate for the change at the rear.
In the end, you get the same carriage height as you would with long-stroke mode (good clearance), but it's also an even steeper, stiffer, and more agile bike to climb.
To return the bike to its original position, you will only need to press the lever again.
On the left is Edison in climb mode, and on the right is downhill; pay attention to changes in shock absorbers and angles of inclination of the steering and seat pipes
Of course, no one cancels the fact that this is a long-stroke bike, and in the bike market, where anything from 160 to 190mm is no longer commonplace, it stands out. However, the Edison is also available in a 160mm version and both are available with 26 and 27.5-inch wheels. You can even purchase it without Bionicon's dodgy shock absorbing system.
The Edison Evo's production specification will be slightly different from the build in the photo, but you'll also get the X01 powertrain, the DT 1700 Spline forkset, the SRAM Guide brakes, and the KS Lev Integra seat pin. It's definitely worth its $4,070. Other assemblies are listed on the company's website. This Large size bike weighs 14kg.