BUTCHERS & BICYCLESMK1-E CARGO TRIKE
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The Butchers & Bicycles may be the most sophisticated cargo bike on the planet. Like Nihola, this is a three wheeled cargo bike with independent steering - and also from Copenhagen. But, unlike Nihola, this is a cargo bike that takes performance very, very seriously. And, while performance may seem a strange word to attach to cargo bikes there are those among us who travel further and want a cargo bike that feels like a regular bike. Especially if you believe you should be having as much fun as the kids.
But, the Butchers & Bicycles takes a regular bike and makes it better. If you ride a Nihola sharp into turns it will go up on two wheels. Nihola would argue, 'don't take your bike sharp around corners' - fair enough. But if you want a bike that glues its wheels to the ground at all times, this is it. The steering is not only independent, but it tilts, and that means longer rides are as much fun for rider as for passengers. Add the 400W Bosch Performance e-assist, and the extra carrying weight is minimized so that it feels like you're riding a bike, not a schoolbus.
However, this is not a standard trike. On a standard three wheeled bike you can keep both feet on the pedals at a stop light. Not the Butchers & Bicycles. Because of the tilt steering, you need to keep your feet down lest you tilt over (like a regular two-wheeled cargo bike). And, like a regular two-wheeled cargo bike, the Butchers & Bicycles only achieves a stable glide when you're riding above 5km (or so) an hour. This is nothing that some muscle memory won't solve, but it does divide the Butchers & Bicycles from other cargo bikes that require minimal learning curve. Like any performance bike, once you got it you got it, and a bike ride with the kids becomes an adventure not a chore.
- Bosch Performance Line eBike system with 400Wh Battery, Intuvia display and shifter.
- Powder coated, hardened light weight aluminium frame - 7005 T6
- Super tough and durable box (ABS, outer dim. 90 x 60 x 60 cm)
- Easy access transparent front door (PC) with child-safe lock
- Integrated Isofix mount for standard infant car seats with Isofix interface
- Lockable glove box with integrated cup holder
- Quick release height adjustment for saddle and handlebar
- Parking stand, operated from the driver’s position
- NuVinci® N380™ hubgear - Smooth, seamless shifting - 380% ratio range.
- Tektro Hydraulic disc brakes on 3 wheels
- Schwalbe Big Ben (Rear: 26 x 2,15 , front: 20 x 2.15)
- Strong double wall aluminium rims
- Alu-core black mudguards on all wheels
- A4 grade stainless steel nuts and bolts
|FRAME||Hardened aluminum w/ powdercoat finish|
|BOX||Lightweight impact-resistant ABS Plastic
|STEM||Threadless, quick-release adjustable|
|BRAKES||Tektro Hydraulic disc|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Tektro Hydraulic|
|FRONT HUB(S)||Sealed cartridge|
|REAR HUB||Sealed cartridge|
|TIRES||Schwalbe Big Ben|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Sealed cartridge|
|CRANKS||Gates Carbon Belt Drive|
|PEDALS||Alloy w/ rubber top|
|RACK||None, but easy to install one|
|FENDERS||Lightweight, unbreakable Chromoplastic|
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|FAMILY||5' 4"||6' 4"|
Ride out of the Box is our exclusive shipping service. Our professional mechanics fully assemble and tune the bike, install any accessories that you choose and package it carefully for damage and care-free shipping.
By shipping it through freight-lanes rather than courier-lanes greatly minimizes transfer points and damages. You get a bike that is ready to ride, with full manufacturer’s warranty and delivered right to your front door.
OK, what’s with the name?
Butchers & Bicycles started in Copenhagen’s famous meatpacking district, hence the name. We’ll admit it’s a bit strange, but that’s ok – the bike is truly amazing.
Will this take up a lot of space on the road?
Nope. The Butchers & Bicycles is like a European car, small but remarkably spacious. You’ll be just fine.
Tell me about the e-assist on this bike.
Sure. The Bosch CX is a super powerful 350W system with a massive 75nm of torque, perfect for the accelerative stops-and-starts of a city and for exponential power uphill with a bin full of kids and groceries. It’s also light and very quiet.
How does this compare to other three-wheeled cargo bikes?
In many ways the Butchers & Bicycles behaves like a two-wheeled cargo bike since both styles tilt into corners and both require a foot down at a traffic light. The difference is that a two-wheeled bike doesn’t have the same traction and has a significantly longer wheelbase, both of which reduce handling. Nothing handles quite like this, except for the Babboe Carve (which does allow a foot down at a traffic light, if the tilt is set to ‘off’). But, unlike Babboe, Butchers & Bicycles uses a super light and stiff aluminum frame instead of steel and a Lexan plastic bin instead of wood. It’s an errand machine but also a bike for the performance cyclist who wants to go for a serious ride with the kids along. If you ride all winter, it’s a snowplow.
How the heck do I buy one of these?
Like Bullitt bikes (which are just down the street in Copenhagen), Butchers & Bicycles employs a parts-kit approach so you can dial in the bike of your dreams. You can choose between a high performance wide-range SRAM NX 1x11 derailleur system or the low maintenance Nuvinci 360 gear hub with Gates belt drive (no more oily chains!), as well a wide variety of high performance lighting options for midnight safety.
Can I use this bike for a business?
If you want to make the ultimate brand statement, this is it. Besides being a high-impact brand vehicle (literally), the bike itself invites conversation from both an aesthetic and technical point of view. Butchers & Bicycles offers several professional box options, all available by special order within short time windows. Email email@example.com if you’re interested in learning more.
How many kids will this carry?
Two big kids or four small kids or a mixed-bag of three.
Can I put a car seat inside?
You sure can. Butchers & Bicycles makes a fully ISO certified mount that holds most car seats. The other option is the Babboe Baby Seat (yep, it fits!). 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 store it outside?
Of course. But if you are storing it outside during the winter we strongly recommend using an internal gear system since this is built for outdoor winter conditions.
Does the battery lock to the bike?
Yep. That’s one expensive chunk of Lithium Ion. It locks inside the glove compartment which itself also locks!
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.
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.