SLIM MOUNTAIN - YAMAHA
The Babboe Slim is a clever challenge to the North American "longtail" bikes like Yuba and Benno and definitely raises an eyebrow at their design. The first challenge is impact resistance. All EU cargo bikes are tested to withstand impacts of up to 40km/hour, whereas this concern isn't remotely baked into the longtail design. In Babboe's eyes, a longtail is really one step up from a regular bike with a childseat (albeit a big step, a long tail is much safer than a regular bike with a childseat). The second challenge is: what kind of childhood memories are created when your children are riding behind you, staring at your back? The Slim puts the children up front, where they can see and where you can see them. Plus, the kids sit much lower than on a longtail, meaning you get better handling and more cargo safety in case of a fall. Combined with its impact-resistant frame, the Slim is a formidable challenge indeed!
Complete with a powerful Yamaha e-assist motor, the Slim gives you 250W of nominal power up to nearly 600W of peak power, meaning no hill is too steep - even fully loaded with kids or cargo. Powerful hydraulic disc brakes ensure perfect stopping power, while the "stepless" (there are no clicks between gears) Nuvinci hub is as low-maintenance as it is massive in gear range.
Manufactured from tough galvanized steel which has a chip-resistant powder-coated finish, a marine-grade plywood board and powerful disc brakes to match the awesome strength of the motor, the Babboe Slim is ready to take you and your loved ones far and wide.
- Modern slim-profile two wheeled cargo bike
- Low center of gravity gives a stable, controlled and comfortable ride
- Upright “Dutch” riding position for all day comfort and visibility
- Room for two little ones with dual three-point harnesses (four if you insert the optional extra bench)
- Tough galvanized steel frame with a chip-resistant powder-coated finish
- Marine grade curved plywood box (no sharp edges)
- Low-maintenance Nuvinci "stepless" gear hub with a wide 330% range.
- Powerful Tektro Hydraulic disc brakes
- Ultra bright front and rear lights included
- Designed for perpetual outdoor storage
- Fully enclosed chain guard to keep clothing looking fresh
- Optional Rain Tent and Sun Shade for four season comfort
- Strong and stable stand
- Maximum Capacity: 200kg (Box=100kg, Rider=100kg)
- PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE
|FRAME||Hi-Ten Steel, galvanized and powder-coated|
|BOX||PEFC Certified European Marine Grade Beech Wood - Pressed & Curved|
|STEM||Stainless steel & Alloy Quill|
|HANDLEBAR||Alloy City - Swept back|
|GRIPS||Foam with leather|
|SEAT||Selle Royale Drifter|
|BRAKES||Tektro Hydraulic disc brakes
|FRONT HUB(S)||Sealed bearing
|REAR HUB||Nuvinci 330 - 330% gear range
|SPOKES||Stainless steel, 36H, 13G|
|RIMS||Weinmann Double walled alloy 36H|
|TIRES||Schwalbe Big Apple 26x2.1 (rear) 20x2.1 (front)|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Shimano Cartridge Sealed|
|CRANKS||TCP Forged, 42T, 170mm|
|PEDALS||Steel axle, resin top|
|KICKSTAND||Integrated spring loaded|
|FENDERS||Galvanized steel, Powder coated|
|LOCK||ABUS Cafe Lock|
|LIGHTING||High powered AXA LED|
|KIDS STEP||Integrated Mouse Holes on either side|
|SEAT BELTS||2 x Three Point Harnesses|
|BIKE DIMENSIONS||255 x 65 x 110 cm|
|BOX DIMENSIONS||+/- 99 x 64 x 50 cm|
||5' 3"||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 110cm 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 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).
Should I consider an e-assist cargo bike?
It’s a lot more money but it can be worth it. If you carry a lot of weight up in the box an e-assist really helps. Another reason may be that 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.
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 meaning it won't rot. 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.
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, one year on parts (including wood box). 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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