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Title: Most affordable way to acquire an e-cargo-bike
Post by: GhostSaver on June 22, 2017, 01:55:19 PM
I would like to get an e-cargo-bike going to haul kids and groceries. What's my best way to acquire such a monster? Convert a used cargo bike to e-bike status? Convert a used e-bike to cargo bike status? Cobble together some sort of frankenbike? Is there a good place to find a deal on a used purpose-built ecargobike?

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Most affordable way to acquire an e-cargo-bike
Post by: Optimiser on June 22, 2017, 02:09:43 PM
Checkout Rad Power Bikes. Their electric cargo bike is cheaper than a lot of non electric cargo bikes and a lot of regular ebikes.
Title: Re: Most affordable way to acquire an e-cargo-bike
Post by: Syonyk on June 22, 2017, 04:52:21 PM
Yeah, the Rad Wagon is your best option here.

https://syonyk.blogspot.com/2016/03/rad-power-bikes-rad-wagon-review.html
Title: Re: Most affordable way to acquire an e-cargo-bike
Post by: Sydneystache on June 23, 2017, 02:28:18 AM
I wonder if you can pimp up an Ikea cargo bike with a battery....

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/categories/departments/ikea_family_products/35775/
Title: Re: Most affordable way to acquire an e-cargo-bike
Post by: powersuitrecall on June 23, 2017, 08:22:07 AM
Have you tried a non-electric version?  We've used a non-electric Yuba Mundo for 3 years now.  Even fully loaded it's fine once you get up to speed.  The gearing is great.

Side note: a fun game to play is peddling hard then seeing how long you can coast - almost forever!

Of course our area is mostly flat.  If you are dealing with hills, that's another story.
Title: Re: Most affordable way to acquire an e-cargo-bike
Post by: Halfsees on June 26, 2017, 12:15:08 PM
I've been looking into this as well. A radwagon looks great, except I have read at least one review where someone got a couple of bad bikes and the company was extremely resistant to giving them a refund https://medium.com/@davidlclark/rad-power-radwagon-review-725f3c5e7eb. The Juicedbikes U500 seems like another great affordable option, except that I personally want pedal assist and their model only has throttle.

Personally, at this point, I'm going to keep manual biking the hills where I am when I don't need to bring a kid and maybe someday get a yuba spicy curry bosch or whatever is the best mid/high price when I can finally afford it.

Let us know what you end up doing and good luck!