Buying an Electric Cargo Bike: How to Make the Right Choice?

You made up your mind: you want to buy an electric cargo bike. It seems like the perfect solution for transporting your children everywhere by bike without having to exert yourself pedaling. But how to make the next step: which electric cargo bike do you choose? With so many different brands, models, and features, making the right choice can be challenging. Don't worry, we're here to help. Here are 6 key points to consider when buying an electric cargo bike.

Navigating the Options: Buying an Electric Cargo Bike

All it takes is one Google search for "buying an electric cargo bike" and you'll be overwhelmed by the multitude of models available. Some are significantly more expensive than others, with variations in wheel count, cargo box material, and more. It can be difficult to make a decision between all these options.

In our view, there are 6 essential factors to consider when buying an electric cargo bike:

  1. Choose between a two-wheeler or a three-wheeler.
  2. Prioritizing safety features.
  3. Assessing the quality of the motor.
  4. Considering the material of the cargo box.
  5. Ensuring visibility in low-light conditions.
  6. Selecting a design that appeals to you.

Let's dive into each of these points to provide clarity on what to look for when faced with the dilemma of choosing the right electric cargo bike.

1. Two-Wheeler or Three-Wheeler

Electric cargo bikes come in both two-wheeled and three-wheeled variants. Each has its advantages, so how do you decide which is best for you?

A two-wheeler operates more like a standard e-bike, offering lighter steering and easier pedaling. This makes it suitable for longer distances with fewer stops. However, you'll need to balance the bike with your feet when coming to a stop, similar to a regular bike. Two-wheelers typically designed for up to 3 children.

On the other hand, a three-wheeler provides greater stability, particularly advantageous for frequent stops or navigating urban environments with numerous traffic lights. With a three-wheeler, you won't need to put your feet down to maintain balance, even with children in the cargo box. Three-wheelers can typically carry up to 4 children.

Ultimately, your choice between a two-wheeler and a three-wheeler should align with your specific needs and preferences. If frequent stops are common in your rides, stability may be a priority, whereas longer trips might favor the agility of a two-wheeler.

2. Safety Features

When it comes to buying a cargo bike, safety should have the highest priority. After all, you'll be transporting your most valuable goods….our children. Therefore, prioritizing safety features is essential for peace of mind.

In the development of our cargo bikes (the Royal 2-Wheel and the Royal 3-Wheel), safety is always our top priority. Our Royal Family cargo bikes boast stable handling and hydraulic disc brakes, enabling safe emergency stops when necessary. We highly recommend testing the emergency braking capabilities during a trial ride to ensure prompt and controlled stopping. Not all cargo bikes offer the same level of safety and braking performance.

Additional safety considerations include:

  • Your comfort level while riding the bike.
  • Your ability to maintain control, especially during braking and steering maneuvers.
  • The bike's stability on various road surfaces.

3. Motor Quality

While not immediately obvious, the quality and placement of the motor are critical considerations when purchasing an electric cargo bike.

There are two common motor configurations:

  1. Rear-wheel drive, often paired with a derailleur gear system.
  2. Mid-drive motor placement.

The difference between the two is more significant than it might seem. Rear-wheel drive motors tend to be less powerful, requiring more maintenance and being prone to wear. In contrast, mid-drive motors offer greater power, particularly beneficial for carrying heavy loads or tackling hilly terrain. With a mid-drive motor, less effort is needed to propel the bike forward.

While rear-wheel drive bikes may come at a lower price point, it's worth considering whether the superior performance and longevity of a mid-drive motor justify the additional cost for your intended usage.

4. Cargo Box Material

Wood is a common material for cargo boxes, offering a classic aesthetic. However, wooden boxes are susceptible to warping from moisture exposure, potentially requiring replacement over time. In contrast, plastic cargo boxes offer superior weather resistance and longevity.

In developing our Royal series electric cargo bikes, we prioritized both design and durability. Our unique cargo box features a plastic exterior combined with aluminum side panels and wooden benches. This configuration ensures longevity while maintaining an attractive appearance.

5. Low-Light Visibility

Effective lighting is crucial for ensuring the visibility of your electric cargo bike in low-light conditions. Given the wider profile of cargo bikes compared to standard bicycles, adequate lighting is essential for safety.

Simply relying on disposable lights may not suffice. Instead, opt for integrated lighting solutions that provide sufficient brightness and visibility. Avoiding lights mounted on fenders can prevent damage from minor collisions or impacts.

6. Design Aesthetics

While safety and practicality are important, the aesthetics of your cargo bike also play a significant role. Since you'll spend considerable time riding it, a visually appealing design can enhance your overall enjoyment.

Our cargo bikes feature carefully crafted designs, such as a frame surrounding the cargo box for both aesthetics and stability. Additionally, our bikes combine plastic, aluminum, and wood elements for a stylish, stable, and durable ride in all weather conditions.

Ready to Buy? Start with a Test Ride!

Considering purchasing an electric cargo bike? Before making a decision, take the opportunity to test ride various models to experience their differences firsthand. Visit one of our dealers to try out our Royal Family cargo bikes without obligation.

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