So you’re keen to get on the cargo bike train in 2021? Wonderful! Starting your journey with a cargo bike can be a great way to get back out there after lockdown, adds a practical mode of transport to your household, and can provide an easy way to create new memories with your loved ones this year. But where do you start when it comes to finding the best cargo bike for your family? Luckily, we’ve gone and done the digging for you. Below are the ten best family cargo bikes on the market today.
The Taga Family-Cargo Bike isn’t called the perfect family bike for no reason. This basic electric bike packs quite a punch, as it is able to carry up to three small children at a time. Armed with a 250W motor pack, it will easily be able to transport you and your loved ones to the nearest park for a day of fun in the sun. If you’re after a more active lifestyle after the pandemic lockdown, and if you want to teach your children a message about sustainable transport, this bike is one of the easiest ways to do so.
Another option to consider is the Nihola 4.0, which was specifically designed for families and businesses. This stellar cargo bike can carry up to 120 kgs and children of up to 8 years old can be carried on its two benches. We love that it is able to carry a stroller, meaning that even the newest member of the family will be able to join in on the fun. Although it doesn’t have the most modern design on the market, it remains a very sturdy and dependable choice.
The RadWagon 4 is often dubbed the most dynamic version in the range, mostly because of its innovative new tires that are slightly smaller than others on the market. Along with its maneuverable handlebars, it’s no surprise that it recently won an award for its groundbreaking design (available in white, orange or black). Although it hasn’t been designed for family use specifically, it is tapping into the market for its affordability, as well as its high spec safety features that are always most welcome.
The Taga Family-Cargo Bike (Single Seater Electric version) is part of the Taga 2.0 range, which takes things to an entirely new level in terms of innovation and design. This three wheel cargo bike can carry a brood of passengers across the front cargo compartment and the rear rack. One of the most important innovations in the Taga 2.0 bike is that it opens up a world of new accessories to make the experience as safe and fun as possible for everyone coming along for the ride.
The Benno Boost e-Bike has been marketed as a cargo bike that does more, so that the rider can do more. Able to carry up to three times the load of a traditional bike, this electric bike comes equipped with a powerful motor to help get you and your loved ones from A to B in a flash. The Benno Boost gets top marks for the variety of configurations to suit the needs of the rider and their passengers. We just wish that it came in more colour combinations.
Surly’s Big Easy Longtail electric cargo bike is designed to simplify any haul. And we mean any haul. The manufacturer refers to it as the “18 wheeler of the cargo bike world” and we won’t dispute that. The big easy range might feature a larger frame than others on our list, but the way it has been engineered means that it feels just like a normal length bike. In order for it to reach its full potential as a family bike, keep in mind that it will need some customisation and additional accessories.
The GSD S00 makes our list of the best family cargo bikes because of its incredible Bosch performance line CX motor. Designed to pull through no matter how heavy the load, the GSD S00 is not only a flashy cargo bike in general. It also fits two child seats or one maxi seat without having to buy additional adapters. You may however be tempted to dig into their wide range of accessories, especially when you see how these can enhance the experience of riding with family.
The Taga Family-Cargo Bike (Duo Seater Electric version) needs no introduction. This finely crafted piece of machinery will have you jetting off to the market with your kids in no time at all. When bought as part of the Electric Duo Bundle, it includes the bike itself, a frontal cargo compartment, two child seats that fit perfectly onto the bike and more. It’s easy to see why it is the full package when it comes to an out-of-the-box solution for first time cargo bike users.
Nihola’s Family 2 Cargo Bike is the most popular cargo bike in its catalogue. The idea behind its design is to offer great flexibility to families who want to cater the riding experience to their own wants and needs. Because the cabin’s floor is lower than the wheel axle level, a lower center of gravity adds to enhanced balance and stability. This is a great thing for the rider, as well as the passengers. We love that it comes in a variety of different colors to choose from, between the cabin and even the rain hood.
Last but not least, the Urban Arrow Shorty makes our list of the best family cargo bikes in 2021 because of its distinctive lightweight nature relative to some of the others we’ve mentioned. Even though it is light and compact, it still packs a bunch and measures up to its competitors, affectionately referred to as a “compact giant” by its manufacturer. We love the lockable hood and the fact that it can be customised to suit your needs. With a beautiful modern design to boot, you can’t go wrong with this cargo bike.