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Electric Assist Kit
Our friends at EVS have developed an electric power assistance kit, to fit our cargo bikes!
The kit can be purchased as an upgrade to be shipped with your new cargo bike, or as a retro-fit kit for your existing bike.
A basic electric motor kit is $1095 plus delivery.
A new cargo bike with basic electric motor kit (lead-acid batteries) is $2390 delivered.
Upgrade either option to lithium batteries for an extra $600.
The kit includes a replacement front wheel built around a street legal 200W hub motor, a battery pack, controller, hand throttle, and charger.
The motor is geared to give maximum torque at low speed, to help accelerate up to speed or to help drag a heavy load up a hill. The motor freewheels without drag when not in use, allowing the rider to easily maintain cruising speed using pedal power alone.
Before starting Cargo Cycles, we imported two sample cargo bikes for evaluation. We kept one and sold the other - Brian was the lucky buyer.
There were a few components that we wanted to change, and we upgraded the sample bikes to be as close as possible to the production spec. Unfortunately the sample bikes' front brakes couldn't be upgraded, so they retained the original front caliper brake for some time before they could be upgraded to the more powerful V-brake of the production bikes.
Brian makes the following comments:
I’ve had the cargo bike for 2 months now. I use it every weekend. My 2 young kids love going in it. We travel about 20km most weekends. The bike is very easy to handle and balance. My wife hasn’t ridden a bike for 4 years and she managed to take it for a quick ride. If you often ride a bike you will have no problem with this bike. It isn’t slow to ride either. I ride a fairly good road bike to work (70km round trip). I’ve actually taken this cargo bike for a 70km ride with a full load. It only made about 50 minutes difference over that 70km. On the flat it goes great. The hills are a lot harder of course.
- Easy to handle
- Great storage
- 2 seat belts (3 point harness)
- Easy to assemble
- The Stand makes for safe loading on/off
- Rear brake light
- 8 Speed
- I would buy it again.
- Front brake is not strong enough. I believe this is being addressed. I’ve replaced the front brake pads $30 and it makes a difference
- With the rear lock on there is very little clearance with the standard tyres. I’ve taken the lock off, but I could have put a smaller rear tyre on.
Zeitbikes Shorthaul and Longhaul models:
Frame: painted or powder-coated steel (depending on colour) with heavy duty rear luggage rack and marine grade plywood cargo box
Gears: 7 speed Shimano Nexus hub gears
Brakes: Rear Shimano Coaster brake, pedal operated. We took the decison to use the coaster brake as a fully loaded cargo bike is pretty heavy. You can exert a lot of force with your feet and once you are used to the operation it is very smooth and quick to operate.
Wheels: 20" front, 26" rear, alloy rims, domed, double wall aluminium, black anodised with machined outer faces.
Handlebars, stem: Alloy quill stem and alloy bars
Stand: Four point kick-stand (under cargo box)
Cranks: Alloy, cotterless
The free extras:
Lights: Battery operated front and rear.
Guards: Front and rear mud guard, full chain case, rear elastic tie down
Rain cover: Attachable rain canopy for cargo box for carrying children and a box cover for general storage.
One size fits most. Riding in the upright "Dutch style" riding position, bike fit is much less important than for a road or mountain bike. The stem and saddle height can be adjusted to fit most riders.
12 months warranty for non-commercial use. Any part that fails during normal service will be repaired or replaced at our discretion. Does not cover any of the "free extras" listed above, consumables, or normal wear and tear. We really like our bikes and want you to recommend them. In the unlikely event you have a problem we'll make sure you are treated fairly and the problem resolved quickly and efficiently.
At the moment we only have metallic silver or black for the electric models. We can customise any colour you like for the next production run.
The uses of a cargo bike are limited only by your imagination.
- The cargo box has a bench seat with two harnesses, ideal for carrying one or two children (with cargo space to spare), in front of the rider where they can be seen and talked to. A cargo bike is ideal for the daily school run.
- The cargo box is nearly the same size as a shopping trolley, making the cargo bike ideal for doing the weekly grocery shop. Cargo bikes are stable to ride with a load because the centre of mass is so low.
- A cargo bike makes an eye catching publicity vehicle for any business that does local deliveries or other errands.
- Personnel and equipment transport on large industrial work site, they make great work cycles.
- Musicians (ever tried carrying your guitar or trombone on a bike?)
- Sports equipment (ever tried carrying a set of golf clubs or cricket kit on a bike?)
- Bike couriers, mail deliveries, paper routes...
- Taking the kids for icecream!
- One less car? With a cargo bike in your "fleet", you may find you no longer need a second car in the family. You may find that you don't need a car at all!
A cargo bike is the ultimate vehicle for short distance local transport. Think how easy it would be to visit your local supermarket, park right outside the door and load your shopping straight in. Well you can with a cargo bike. We bring a century old Dutch and Danish concept to Australia. Load the kids, load the shopping and go cargo biking!
Half of all car journeys taken in Australian cities are under 5km. While many of these journeys could be taken by bicycle, there's often a need to carry more luggage, children or other cargo than a conventional bike can comfortably carry. A cargo bike is easy to ride, strong and will make trips around your neighbourhood a lot more fun.
Cargo bikes have been used for more than a century in Northern Europe. The Dutch call this type of bike a "bakfiets" ("bak" means box; "fiets" means bike). In Denmark, a cargo bike is called a "ladcykel" (load-cycle).
From their origins in Amsterdam and Copenhagen, bakfietsen have gained popularity in throughout Western Europe and are now attracting a cult following in parts of the USA. Now bakfietsen have arrived in Australia.
If you are looking for a solution to enable you to lose that second car (or first) a cargobike may just be the answer. If you have any questions please just ask via our contact us page and we'll do our best to answer them quickly.
Take a look at the cargobikes we have to offer, they're great to use as utility bicycles and work cycles as well.
New to Cargocycles
We now stock the mighty Yuba Mundo utility bike, as well as a range of new electric bikes, including the eZeebike Electric Bike range and the Wisper Electric Bike range.