German brand Cube is launching a new long-tail hybrid charging e-bike
This compact cargo bike can carry two children with room left over for groceries.
September 15, 2023 in 9:07 AM ET
Electric cargo bikes have proven to be quite practical for people living in urban areas in Europe and Asia. Well-equipped enough to replace a vehicle daily, provided the weather cooperates, some of the new e-cargo bikes on the market can carry all types of cargo – from groceries and luggage to passengers. One of the newest products to hit the market comes from German bicycle company Cube.
Cube has just launched its latest model, the Longtail Hybrid. As the name suggests, it is a heavy-duty electric cargo bike with a long tail. This means that the main luggage compartment is located behind the rider, with the bike’s rear wheel extending back for a longer wheelbase providing additional stability under load. Available in two versions, the Cube Longtail Hybrid is adaptable and easy to customize according to your needs and preferences.
The selling point of the Cube Longtail Hybrid is undoubtedly the long rear luggage rack. It can be configured to carry up to two children up to three years old with child seats with built-in footrests. If you are a parent of larger children, the accessory in the form of a seat with floorboards allows you to transport your children up to the age of seven. In total, the rear rack can hold up to 40kg, while an additional 10kg can be fitted to either side of the bike. If this capacity is still not enough for you, you can install a front luggage rack to hold an additional 20 kg.
In terms of technology, the electric cargo bike is powered by Bosch’s fourth-generation high-power Performance Line CX motor. With a maximum torque of 85 Nm, the bike is capable of climbing some steep inclines even when fully loaded. As for the battery, it has a matching Bosch PowerPack with a capacity of 725 Wh. The battery can be easily removed for convenient charging. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a Gates Carbon Drive belt and Enviolo stepless gear hub.
The Cube Longtail Hybrid rolls on 26-inch wheels wrapped in Schwalbe tires, and stops with Magura hydraulic disc brakes. It does not have any suspension, so it would be a good idea to easily handle this bike on uneven terrain. In terms of availability and price, Cube offers the bike in two versions, with the standard version priced at €4,499, or about $4,833 USD. There’s a more affordable Sport version that ditches the Gates drivetrain and Enviolo hub, and instead features standard derailleur gears. This model costs 3,799 euros, or about 4,081 US dollars.