FLOW MOUNTAIN - YAMAHA
The Flow Mountain is the latest and greatest cargo bike from Babboe. Combining the surefooted stability of the three-wheeled Curve with the fantastic controlled maneuverability of the two wheeled City, the powerful Yamaha mid-drive electric-assist motor and the Nuvinci 330 internal gear hub means you can get up to speed no matter how much weight you are carrying and then stop on a dime with the powerful hydraulic disc brakes.
The front wheels are independent, so instead of steering the whole box - only the front wheels steer, giving more control. The bike handles just like a Nihola, but with that solid wood Dutch design - the ultimate cargo bike for city safety.
The rest of the spec does not disappoint with a frame manufactured from tough galvanized Hi-Ten steel (which has a chip-resistant powder-coated finish) and a marine-grade beech plywood box which has a whopping 100kg capacity and comfortably sits two kids. The 500W Yamaha battery sits under the bench tucked away from curious hands and protected from the elements. Ultimately, this Babboe is designed for perpetual outdoor storage and is a true four-season workhorse!
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- Babboe Flow Mountain E-Assist Cargo Bike
- Unique three wheeled cargo bike
- Independent front axle makes steering a fully-loaded box much easier
- Yamaha 250W Mid-Drive motor will get you up any hill no matter how much weight you are carrying with 70 Nm of torque
- Yamaha 500W Lithium-Ion Battery will take you up to 80km on a single charge
- Nuvinci 330 step-less internal gear hub has a massive 330% gear range
- Powerful hydraulic disc brakes for all weather confident braking
- Room for two kids with dual three-point harnesses
- Tough galvanized steel frame with a chip-resistant powder-coated finish
- Marine grade curved beech plywood box (no sharp edges)
- Integrated powerful LED lighting system
- Fully enclosed chain guard to keep clothing looking fresh
- Maximum Capacity: 180kg (Box=80kg, Rider=100kg)
- PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE
|BABBOE FLOW MOUNTAIN|
|FRAME||Hi-Ten Steel, galvanized and powder-coated|
|BOX||PEFC Certified European Marine Grade Beech Wood - Pressed & Curve|
|DRIVE UNIT||Yamaha PW series nominal 250W, 70nm torque|
|BATTERY||Yamaha 500Wh Down Tube Type - 36v|
|COMPUTER||Yamaha PW series LCD with USB power supply (0.5 A)|
|COMPUTER MODES||Speed, Battery capacity (%), Average speed, Maximum speed, Trip meter, Odometer, Range, Cadence, Clock|
|MAX ASSISTED SPEED||25kmh|
|RANGE ESTIMATE||35 - 80 km|
0-80% - 2 Hours
0-100% - 4 Hours
|STEM||Stainless steel & Alloy Quill|
|HANDLEBAR||Alloy City - Swept back|
|GRIPS||Foam with leather|
|SEAT||Selle Royale Drifter|
|BRAKES||Tektro Hydraulic disc (2xFront, 1xRear)|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Tektro Hydraulic|
|SHIFTER||Nuvinci Step-Less Twist Shifter|
|FRONT HUB(S)||Sealed alloy, disc|
|REAR HUB||Nuvinci 330 continuous transmission (330% range)|
|SPOKES||Stainless steel, 36H, 13G|
|RIMS||Weinmann Double walled alloy 36H|
|TIRES||Schwalbe Big Apple 26x2.125 (rear), Big Apple 20x2.125 (front)|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Yamaha Sealed|
|CRANKS||TCP Forged, 42T, 165mm|
|PEDALS||Steel axle, resin top|
|FENDERS||Galvanized steel & Powder Coated|
|LOCK||Abus Cafe Lock|
|LIGHTING||Integrated LED lighting|
|KIDS STEP||Multiple Step Ups & Mouse Holes|
|SEAT BELTS||Dual Three Point Harnesses|
|BIKE DIMENSIONS||216cm L x 85cm W x 110cm H|
|BOX DIMENSIONS||+/- 109 x 68 x 58 (steering side) / 39 (front) cm|
|RIDER CAPACITY||100 kg|
|BOX CAPACITY||80 kg|
|BABBOE FLOW MOUNTAIN||FROM||TO|
|5' 4"||6' 4"|
Will this take up a lot of space on the road?
Not really, most bike lanes are 1.5 – 2 meters wide and the Babboe is only 85cm wide, leaving plenty of room for other transport users to pass.
Two-wheeled or three-wheeled?
It really comes down to how much of a learning curve you’re OK with. Trikes like the Nihola and Babboe Carve have the lowest learning curve since they are remarkably stable and feature highly intuitive independent steering. Bikes like the Flow and Curve are equally stable but require some learning curve in the steering, since the whole box steers and not just the wheels. Two-wheeled bikes don’t have the stability of the third wheel so they build stability through a long wheelbase (Bullitt bikes are the exception here). This requires a bit of a learning curve, especially when riding at slow speeds since the bike can feel a bit wobbly. But, the advantage of a two-wheeled is that it’s terrific for longer rides (less drag) and it feels the most like a regular bike (if that matters).
Why an e-assist cargo bike?
Several reasons! First, you might carry a lot of weight up in the box, or second, you commute longer distances or have to deal with hills. When buying a cargo bike, we recommend not always thinking about the short-distance errands that constitute most urban life, but also its use for all-day weekend adventures.
Why a mid-drive versus a front or rear drive?
Great question! The e-assist market started with front wheel drives about a decade ago. They weren’t great. On a wet day as you slowed down into a corner the computer might sense (wrongly) that you need a boost and suddenly you’re slipping off the bike while executing a turn. The rear-drive is much better, but is dominated by many unknown players (except Bionx, which is terrific). But, the big problem with rear-drives is that you are forced to use a derailleur system whereas a mid-drive allows for a low maintenance internal gear hub.
Does the battery lock to the bike?
Yep. That’s one expensive chunk of Lithium Ion. It locks on to the rack and only you can remove it with the key provided.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
It takes five hours to charge the battery from flat to full, and there is no problem if you only charge the battery a little bit, halfway, or whatever. You’ll get over 1000 complete charges with the battery which is typically 5+ years of use before a replacement is required.
Is the unit serviceable?
You bet it is. For years the e-assist market was dominated by small fly-by-night companies with good ideas and no balance sheet. The consumer took all the risk and were often left with technical assistance phone numbers that no longer worked. Today’s systems are made by huge players like Bosch, Yamaha, and Shimano – and they are sophisticated, which means they are updateable, diagnosable, and if something does break, fundamentally repairable.
What is this “Nuvinci” system?
Nuvinci is an American company that makes a super wide-range internal gear hub that is ‘infinitely variable,’ meaning you can roll the shifter forwards and backwards and there are no ‘clicks’ for gears. That means you can find the perfect gear for any terrain by twisting the shifter to exactly where you want it. It’s low maintenance and it’s really quite awesome.
Can I store it outside?
You bet! All Babboe bikes are built for perpetual outdoor storage. The steel frames are coated with an anti-rust undercoat and the frame features a super-tough and chip-resistant powder-coat. The box is made of marine-grade plywood sourced from Finland. And, all the mechanical parts are sealed inside the hubs. That means drum brakes (just like a car) and internal gear hubs.
What is the maintenance like?
Very low! Because the Babboe uses internal gears and internal drum brakes the intervals between tune-ups are few and far between. We recommend oil on the chain and air in the tires every three weeks. We also recommend re-varnishing the wood box every 4-5 years.
Can I put a car seat inside?
You sure can. We recommend the Maxi Cosi brand since Babboe makes a very clever adaptor that bolts to the bottom of the box (which features suspension to reduce strain). The other option is the Babboe Baby Seat which is good for kids from 2-8 months (and takes up far less space). As you move from either of these options we recommend the Babboe Toddler seat which usually covers ages 8 to 18 months.
Can I add more seats?
You sure can! Babboe makes an extra bench that installs easily, bringing the kid count from two to four!
What’s the rear wheel lock good for?
The rear-wheel lock is a clever design built for short in-and-out errands where finding a locking-pole may take longer than the errand. The rear-wheel lock lets you momentarily lock the bike to itself. It’s great if you need to quickly dash in and out to grab a coffee or at the park having a picnic.
This is expensive! Will it get stolen?
Estimates are that over 90% of bicycle theft is tied to cash-for-drugs and this (unfortunately) makes every bike a target. Make sure you buy a good U-lock or a chain and your bike will be safe. You can read more about bike theft here.
What’s the warranty?Five year warranty for manufacturer defects on frame and fork, two years on Yamaha e-assist and one year on parts (including wood box). Does not include wear and tear
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