Thinking of going for an electric cargo bike?
The two-wheeler with a box in front of the handlebars is relatively narrow in width, allowing you to smoothly weave through traffic. You do sacrifice a bit of stability, something you don't have with three-wheel variants. While these do stay up independently, they are often wider, making them a lot more cumbersome when it comes to filtering through traffic.
The longtail cargo bike: complete with extra-long frame
This type of cargo bike has an extra-long frame, giving you plenty of room for extra panniers and (usually two) child seats. If you opt for a longtail with smaller wheels, the overall length is often not much more than that of a standard bike. As a result, it doesn’t require as much space to park up as you might think!
Electric pedal assist up to 25 km/h
Thanks to electric pedal assist, you can avoid turning your morning commute or trip to the shops into an intense work-out. Electric cargo bikes are also a worthy alternative to cars due to their high level of comfort. Bet your kids have never enjoyed the ride to school so much? Depending on your average travel distance, you can choose between a higher and lower battery capacity. Want to go a bit faster and cover greater distances? With a speed pedelec cargo bike, this becomes a piece of cake!
Frequently chosen brands of electric cargo bikes
Amsterdam-based Urban Arrow has been making extremely high-quality cargo bikes for almost 15 years. Their popularity is no surprise given their reputation for outstanding ride quality.
Lovens makes electric cargo bikes with a keen eye for design. In short, they are bikes you want to be seen riding! What's more, bikes from Lovens are designed to keep you safe and well-protected.
Tern believes in a sustainable future where bikes take centre stage. Therefore, the brand produces bikes that provide a viable alternative to cars. The brand offers a wide range of longtail bikes, complete with a Bosch drivetrain system.
Looking for a high-end bike with rock-solid build quality? Look no further than Riese & Müller. This German brand offers a wide range of cargo and longtail bikes. Both complete with pedal assist up to 25 km/h and up to 45 km/h!
Kettler offers a very wide range of electric cargo bikes, from the more traditional, shorter variants to their longtail counterparts. Common themes throughout their range include modularity, combined with innovation and comfort.
With the slogan 'A Bullitt for All. All for the Bullitt', Lars Malmborg and Hans Fogh have developed a hip and trendy bike brand that offers high-quality cargo bikes. The electric Bullitt range features a powerful Shimano motor.
Oxford offers a number of longtail cargo bikes as part of its range. With years of experience, Oxford is a reliable and well-known brand within the cycling world.
More bikes, fewer cars – this is what Italian brand Veloe is all about. Veloe cargo bikes strike the perfect balance between design and functionality, ideal for families, large and small-sized businesses, as well as everyday commuters.
Cosy up with the cargo bike!
Prefer a cargo bike without pedal assist?
While electric bikes are slowly becoming the norm, there are still cyclists out there who prefer to ride without any form of pedal assist. More often than not, such cargo bikes are cheaper, less cumbersome and help you keep fit. So lots of advantages! That being said, riding without pedal assist on a fully loaded cargo bike can be quite challenging. Planning to ride mostly shorter distances on your cargo bike? Don't have a big budget? Or will you be mostly carrying lighter loads? Then a non-electric cargo bike might be just what you're looking for!
Popular brands of cargo bikes without assistance
Babboe is a Dutch cargo bike brand that makes quality cargo bikes that are still affordable. Babboe's range consists of many different models: something for everyone!
For more than 15 years, French brand Yuba has been designing and manufacturing cargo bikes adapted to every need, capable of carrying practically anything.
With Milan-based Italian bike brand Bicicapace, you can see their Italian flair shining through their every design. Create your own bike starting from their four concepts and enjoy the comfort offered by Bicicapace's innovative bike.
Bullitt produces cargo bikes that can carry up to 180 kg in weight. The Bullitt without pedal assistance is light and manoeuvrable and can also be fully customised.
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