Australian cargo bike pioneer Cargocycles is celebrating a major milestone in longevity by bringing out a special-edition long-tail e-bike.
The Melbourne-based Cargocycles teamed with California cargo bike manufacturer Yuba to create a limited-edition Yuba Mundo, marking 10 years of bringing Mundos to Australia.
“When we first started selling cargo bikes out of a small store in Collingwood, the Yuba Mundo revolutionised what was available in Australia”
“It’s actually 11 and a half years now. The special editions were supposed to be around last year,” Cargocycles founder and director Gary Cookson said.
“It took that long to work around all the delays.
“When we first started selling cargo bikes out of a small store in Collingwood, the Yuba Mundo revolutionised what was available in Australia,” Cargocycles says in a blog on its website.
“Customers embraced this unusual bicycle version of a packhorse and before we knew it, families were loading up their kids and hauling them all over the inner city, bypassing nightmarish car congestion and adding some Yuba fun into their commute.”
“After 10+ years, we’re happy to say cargo bikes are everywhere and the Mundo is still one of our most popular bikes.”
Yuba has created 50 units of the special edition bike, complete with green and gold “totally Oz commemorative artwork”.
While the original Mundos were pedal-powered only, this limited edition version has Shimano’s high-end EP8 mid-drive motor that weighs just 2.6kg but offers 85nm of torque.
The Yuba Mundo Electric 10-Year Anniversary Special Edition retails for $7,785 and comes with a battery that can be charged on or off the bike.
Built around a chromoly frame, the Mundo has a maximum load capacity of 250kg and Go-Getter bags that can carry two or more large supermarket bags on each side and one in the breadbasket – rivalling a small family car.
Gary said he has seen the popularity of cargo bikes explode during the past few years.
“First our first few years, sales grew steadily. However, they have really taken off during the last three or four years,” he remarked.
“When we started Cargocycles 11 years ago, Cargobikes was already selling bikes online in Australia.
“However, I think we were the first bricks and mortar store focusing on cargo bikes in Australia.”