♥ Staff Pick
Possibly our favourite cargo bike at Curbside, the Nihola Family is the most popular "car" in Copenhagen. And it's easy to see why! It's lightweight, fast, maneuverable, low maintenance, and easily fits two kids and a stack of shopping. The Family is constructed with a strong steel frame and a lightweight Lexan plastic cargo box. Best of all, the Family has Nihola's famous independent steering. This gives the bike the stability of a three wheeled cargo bike but the agility and handling of a two-wheeler.
Supplied with maintenance-free components and durable materials throughout, the Family keeps repairs to a minimum. A Shimano V-brake on the rear and Sturmey Archer Drum Brakes on the front are strong and dependable, while the brilliant Shimano Nexus 8 speed internal geared hub means no worries year-round whatever the weather.
The large cargo box has a 100kg capacity which has a removable bench with plenty of space for two kids and the ability to safely fit a Maxi Cosi child seat. Remove the bench and you can fit your work tools, a large dog or even the kitchen sink. The supplied Rain Hood will keep your precious cargo warm and dry and with the ability to fit any rider from 5'4" to 6'4", you can really see why this could be your replacement "car".
- Lightweight, fast, maneuverable "Bakfiets" cargo bike for small families
- Independent steering creates a fast, stable and very maneuverable bike
- Upright “Dutch” riding position for all day comfort and visibility
- Room for two little ones with a single three-point harnesses and a seatbelt
- Tough Hi-Tensile galvanized steel frame with a chip-resistant powder-coated finish
- Lexan plastic curved cargo box - Strong, light & no sharp edges
- Shimano Nexus 8 internal gearing is pretty much maintenance free
- Sturmey Archer drum brakes and rear V brake are both powerful and low maintenance
- Designed for perpetual outdoor storage
- Fully enclosed chain guard to keep clothing looking fresh
- Rain Tent included for all weather conditions
- The Box is available in 13 great colours
- Rain Hood available in 7 fabulous colours
- Maximum Capacity: 200kg (Box=100kg, Rider=100kg)
|NIHOLA - FAMILY|
|FRAME||Handmade Danish steel with black powdercoated finish - Other colours available for special order|
|BOX||Lightweight impact-resistant Lexan Plastic - Multiple colour options|
|STEM||Alloy high rise - Quill|
|SEATPOST||Alloy micro-adjust - 25.4|
|SEAT CLAMP||Quick Release|
|SEAT||Gel - Double sprung|
|BRAKES||Sturmey Archer Drum brakes front & Shimano V-brake rear|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Magura resin with built in parking lock|
|SHIFTER||Shimano Nexus 8 Revo shifter|
|FRONT HUB(S)||Sturmey Archer Drum Brakes|
|REAR HUB||Shimano Nexus 8|
|SPOKES||Stainless steel 13G|
|RIMS||Alloy, double-walled 20" front, 26" rear|
|TIRES||Schwalbe Marathon Plus|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Shimano Sealed cartridge|
|CRANKS||Alloy forged - 170mm - 38T|
|COGSET||Shimano Nexus 19T|
|PEDALS||Alloy with rubber top|
|FENDERS||Lightweight, unbreakable Chromoplastic|
|LOCK||AXA Cafe Lock|
|KIDS STEPS||Yes - Multiple|
|SEAT BELTS||One three-point harnesses plus One seatbelt|
|BENCHES||One - Removable|
|BIKE DIMENSIONS||200 x 89 x 110cm|
|BOX DIMENSIONS||88 x 62 x 50cm|
|BIKE WEIGHT||32kg / 70.5Lbs|
- Recommended Products coming soon!
|FAMILY||5' 4"||6' 4"|
In the nearly 20 years that have passed, we've seen an evolution of the cargo bike for use in all facets of life. The success of the Family model has expanded into proprietary models for promotional and corporate advertising, commercial delivery, mobility aids for rehab, handicap and wheelchair use and even a transport solution for your pets. Used the world over by family’s and royalty alike and with over 10,000 sold in Copenhagen alone, Nihola has become a success story like no other and still continue to push the concepts of traditional cargo bikes and lead the charge on innovating the way we move through our streets and cities.
How much can the Nihola Family carry?
All Nihola trikes can carry 100kg (220lbs) plus the rider.
Will this take up a lot of space on the road?
Not really, most bike lanes are 1.5 – 2 meters wide and the Nihola is only 89cm wide, leaving plenty of room for other transport users to pass.
Can I store it outside?
You sure can! The Nihola is built for perpetual outdoor storage. It’s pretty rare that someone in Denmark would have indoor storage so bikes just get parked in the street. Plus, they salt the roads just like Toronto does in winter. The frames are painted with a highly chip-resistant powder-coat, and beneath the powder-coat lies a thick rust-resistant undercoat. Of course, the gears and front brakes are internally sealed so they will keep operating no matter the weather.
What is the maintenance like?
Very low! Because the Nihola 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. All Nihola bikes come standard with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires; the most puncture-resistant tires on the market.
How does this compare to other trikes?
Nihola makes the lightest, most stable and best handling cargo bike on the market. While other brands steer the entire box, the Nihola’s front wheels steer independently. And, while competing brands add high-performance tilt steering, Nihola questions the practicality and safety of such systems. Finally, by using high-impact Lexan plastic rather than wood, the Nihola is up to 40% lighter competing brands, less maintenance (at some point all wood will rot) and significantly safer.
Can I get a different coloured rainhood?
Sure! The default colour is always black, but if you’re ordering this online just specify the colour you’d prefer in the checkout notes and if we have it in stock we’ll do a swap for free.
Is there an e-assist option?
Nihola does not make a mid-drive e-assist like Urban Arrow or Babboe, but it works perfectly with a Bionx system. We recommend the Bionx 350RX, it has a ton of power and it’s a breeze for us to set-up. Total cost for the switcheroo is around $2500.
Can I put a car seat inside?
You sure can! The Nihola comes with a cargo X-strap that fixes (most) car seats to the bottom panel. The other option is the Babboe Baby Seat (which works on a Nihola perfectly). It’s good for kids ages 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 put a childseat on the back?
Yes. It is a very common sight in Denmark to see a family with three children to put the oldest one on the back. We recommend the Yepp Junior, which can take a child up to 80lbs. We do not recommend a front-mounted childseat since the footrests can get in the way of your kids in the box (it also catches the rainhood).
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?
Two-year warranty for manufacturer defects on frame and fork, one year on parts. Does not include wear and tear.
Did you know we ship bikes completely built and ready to ride? Our bikes are shipped Ride Out Of The Box meaning they are professionally tuned and delivered - worry free. Your bike will arrive at your door step with any accessories installed, so you can ride it right out of the box!
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