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The 4 Best Cargo Bikes of 2023

We tested the top cargo bikes from RadPower, Blix, Yuba, KBO, and more to find the best
Best Cargo Bikes of 2023
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Credit: Abriah Wofford
Tuesday December 13, 2022
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Are you in the market for a new cargo bike? Our bike experts researched the market's top options before buying and testing 5 of the best models of 2022. Jumping into the saddle, we run a multitude of tests and assessments across the key performance areas you actually care about. We use these bikes for weeks to judge their ride quality and feel. Range tests illuminate how far each model can go, and we measure power capabilities from a stop and uphill. We load up each bike to see how well they transport cargo and human passengers, and how heavy loads affect handling and stability. Cargo bikes offer the opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint while still being able to transport cargo, and this review helps identify the optimal model for your needs.

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Pros Super smooth power delivery, stability, high weight limit, massive cargo carrying potential, comfortable, large user height range, tons of accessory add-onsSleek design, fully-featured, 400 lb weight limit, excellent stability, dual-battery capabilityStable and damp ride quality, good distance range, quality display, tons of available accessoriesReasonable price, powerful and fast, battery and range, many features, may fit on some bike racksHuge carrying capacity, packed with features, abundant accessories available, durable construction, powerful brakes
Cons Very expensive, no throttle, difficult to transport and storeModest range on single batteryRecall issues, longer assembly, custom 22-inch tires are an uncommon sizeSlightly less stable than some other models, lower cargo capacity, limited accessories offeredInteresting handling characteristics, no suspension, requires caution on turns and uneven surfaces, heavy and large - difficult to transport and store, expensive
Bottom Line High-end performance and user experience combine with the largest hauling capacity on two wheels that we have testedA Class 2 cargo e-bike with well-rounded performance and unique dual battery capabilityA sturdy, stable, and powerful Class 2 electric cargo bike with a great distance rangeGreat range and power combine with a fair price point to make this model a smashing dealA family-oriented, three-wheeled, front box cargo carrier best suited to flat, smooth surfaces and cautious riding
Rating Categories Yuba Spicy Curry Blix Packa Genie Rad Power RadWagon 4 KBO Ranger Bunch The Original
Ride (25%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Range (25%)
8.0
7.0
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8.0
6.0
Power (20%)
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8.0
8.0
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Cargo Carrying (15%)
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Interface (10%)
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9.0
Assembly (5%)
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Specs Yuba Spicy Curry Blix Packa Genie Rad Power RadWagon 4 KBO Ranger Bunch The Original
Wheel size 26-inch front, 20-inch rear 24-inch 22-inch 20-inch 2 x 20-inch front, 24-inch rear
Battery Size (Wh) 500 614 (with dual battery capability for up to 1228 Wh) 672 840 652.8
E-Bike Class Class 1 Class 2 Class 2 Class 3 Class 2
Motor Power (torque) 250W 750W 750W 750W 500W
Number of pedal assist settings 4 5 5 5 5
Top speed throttle n/a 20 mph 20 mph 24 mph 20 mph
Top speed pedal-assist 20 mph 20 mph 20 mph up to 28 mph 20 mph
Measured Distance Range 44 miles 23.6 miles 26.4 miles 29.9 miles 19.8 miles
Frame material 6061 Aluminum Aluminum 6061 Aluminum 6061 Aluminum Steel
Total Weight Limit 440 lbs 400 lbs total capacity (up to 150 lbs on rear rack, and up to 50 lbs on front rack) 350 lbs total capacity (up to 120 lbs on rear rack) 400 lbs (up to 120 lbs on rear rack) 350 lbs
Measured Weight 60.2 lbs 78 lbs 8 oz 76 lbs 3 oz 77 lbs 152 lbs
Wheelbase length 56-inches (1420mm) 53.7-inches (1364mm) 53.76-inches (1365.7mm) 47-inches (1194mm) 83-inches (2108mm) (total bike length)
Drivetrain Shimano Deore 10-speed Shimano 7-speed Shimano 7-speed Shimano Altus 7-speed Shimano Tourney 7-speed
Brakes RideRever Attack-XU Hydraulic Disc Tektro MD-M300 Mechanical Disc Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc Tektro Mechanical Disc Bengal Hydraulic Disc
Additional features Front and rear fenders, front and rear lights, 2-footed kickstand, bell, deflopilator, mount points for add-on accessories Fenders, front and rear lights, USB charging, kickstand, bell, puncture resistant tires, smart mounting points for accessories, dual battery capability, deflopilator Fenders, front and rear lights, rear cargo rack, telescoping seatpost, adjustable handlebars, mounts for accessories, deflopilator Fenders, front and rear lights, rear cargo rack, running boards, heavy-duty aluminum kickstand, puncture-resistant tires, Front and rear fenders, front and rear lights, large cargo box with benches and 4 safety belts, rear cargo rack, puncture resistant tires
Warranty 2 year 1 year 1 year 2 year 1 year


Best Overall Cargo Bike


Blix Packa Genie


77
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ride 8.0
  • Range 7.0
  • Power 8.0
  • Cargo Carrying 8.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Assembly 7.0
Battery size: 614 Wh | Max weight capacity: 400 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
Fair price
Stability and smooth
Dual-battery option adds massive range
Great ride quality and power
REASONS TO AVOID
Modest range on a single battery

The Blix Packa Genie provides a very well-rounded performance that we feel makes it a great option for the vast majority of people seeking an electric cargo bike. Riders will notice how smooth and stable it cruises across town, and a solid feature set only improves riding quality. The 400-pound weight capacity allows you to haul considerable loads, and you can purchase a variety of accessories to dial it in to your specific needs. The 750W motor is powerful, throttling or pedaling quickly to its max speed. One big advantage this bike has over others is the option to add a second battery to the frame, which doubles its range and makes it capable of covering some serious distances.

Without the second battery, the Packa Genie offers good but not review-leading range. Other bikes can take you further on a single battery charge. Other than that, it's tough to find many qualms with this model. There are niche models that offer unique capabilities or niche performance in one or two areas, but this bike provides excellent service that should appeal to most people seeking a top-notch cargo bike at a moderate price point.

Read more: Blix Packa Genie review

best overall cargo bike
With a 400-pound weight capacity, a large rear rack, 750W geared hub motor, and a 614 WH battery (and the option to double that with dual batteries), the Packa Genie offers the most well-rounded performance, and at a moderate price.
Credit: Jason Peters

Best Bang for the Buck


KBO Ranger


72
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ride 6.0
  • Range 8.0
  • Power 8.0
  • Cargo Carrying 6.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Assembly 7.0
Battery size: 840 Wh | Max weight capacity: 400 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
Great price-to-performance ratio
Fast
Great range and power
May fit some bike racks
REASONS TO AVOID
A touch less stable than the competition
Smaller rear cargo rack
Limited accessory options offered by manufacturer

The KBO Ranger represents a good value purchase in this category. You pay hundreds less but still get a great cargo e-bike with plenty of power and excellent range. Its 750W motor is plenty powerful and the Ranger has the highest top speed (24 mph in our measurements) of the test fleet while the massive 840-watt-hour battery provides lots of juice for an impressive range. With a more compact size and smaller wheels, it's a bit more nimble than the competition and it's one of the few cargo bikes that can potentially fit onto some bike racks. It also comes with a host of great features like fenders, lights, and wood-topped running boards.

Like the overall length of the bike, the rear rack on the Ranger is a bit shorter and does slightly limit its carrying ability compared to other models, though it can support up to 120 lbs. This bike is also a bit less stable than the other bikes we reviewed with longer wheelbases and larger wheels. And cargo bikes really unlock their potential when you buy accessories to aid in transport, and KBO doesn't have as robust of a selection of extras as other manufacturers offer. Still, you get a strong-performing and quick bike for a lower price, and folks on a tighter budget will likely be fine with these tradeoffs.

Read more: KBO Ranger review

cargo bike - best bang for the buck
The Ranger costs less than the competition and still performs well across the board with plenty of power and a great range.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Premium Cargo-Hauler


Yuba Spicy Curry


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SCORE
  • Ride 8.0
  • Range 8.0
  • Power 6.0
  • Cargo Carrying 9.0
  • Interface 10.0
  • Assembly 8.0
Battery size: 500 Wh | Max weight capacity: 440 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
Smooth power delivery
High max weight limit
Premium display and app
Accessory options
Huge range
REASONS TO AVOID
Price
No throttle

The Yuba Spicy Curry is a premium cargo bike that has the potential to replace a vehicle. Its whopping 440 max weight capacity leads the pack, and the extra-long rear rack has ample space for lots of cargo. Beyond its carrying capacity, the mid-drive Bosch Cargo Line motor of this Class 1 bike is ultra-smooth in its power delivery with each pedal stroke. While range testing this model, we pedaled 44 miles before the battery gave out. Wowza. The quality components work very well and the high-end display screen is unique in that it integrates with the Bosch app to provide unique capabilities. Plus, there are a plethora of stylish and very useful add-ons available for purchase from Yuba to outfit your bike to your precise needs.

As a Class 1 e-bike, the Spicy Curry is limited to a top speed of 20 mph and it does not have a throttle. The rider must pedal to initiate the motor assistance, which may be a deal-breaker for some. Its high price is another potential deal-breaker. And while it is smooth and comfortable for scores of miles on end, its long wheelbase makes it less maneuverable than some. If these drawbacks do not phase you, and your priorities lie in having a luxurious and effective cargo hauler, this is your bike.

Read more: Yuba Spicy Curry review

cargo bike - best premium cargo-hauler
The Spicy Curry's super long rack and 440 lbs weight limit are ready to haul lots of cargo.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Popular For a Reason


Rad Power RadWagon 4


76
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ride 8.0
  • Range 7.0
  • Power 8.0
  • Cargo Carrying 7.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Assembly 7.0
Battery Size: 672 Wh | Max Weight Capacity: 350 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
Good customer service
Huge range of accessories
Damp, comfortable ride
Good range and power
REASONS TO AVOID
Custom 22-inch tires - can be difficult to find replacements
Recent safety recall issues
Slightly lower total weight capacity than the competition

The Rad Power RadWagon 4 is the most recent iteration of what is arguably the most popular cargo bike out there. Rad Power was among the first to offer a reasonably priced electric cargo model along with a full suite of accessories for cargo carrying customization in the North American market, and they quickly caught on. This sturdy model has a 350 pounds total weight capacity and a long rear rack that can support up to 120 pounds. Rad Power sells one of the widest selections of add-ons that attach to the rear rack and mounting points on the head tube to dial the bike in to your unique needs. This Class 2 model has a 750W motor that provides ample power for hitting its top throttle and pedal-assisted speed of 20 mph, even when loaded with cargo. The 672-watt-hour battery pack gives the RadWagon a long enough range for most people's needs. This long and heavy bike is smooth and stable, with wide tires that help to dampen vibration somewhat. It has a large range of fit for user of varying heights, a comfortable and relaxed seated position, and a nice set of features like fenders, lights, and more.

While we would absolutely recommend the RadWagon 4 to most people, there are a few concerns to be raised. A couple of recent issues regarding their custom tires and the installation of rim strips on the wheels have resulted in safety recalls. We appreciate that Rad Power is addressing these issues, but it has undoubtedly inconvenienced many owners of this bike. Additionally, the custom 22-inch x 3-inch tires, made by Vee Tire Company for Rad Power, are a pretty uncommon size that isn't readily available should you need to replace them (especially if they are out of stock on the Rad Power site due to a recall issue). The total weight limit of the RadWagon is also a bit lower than other models, although 350 pounds is probably adequate for most people's needs, realistically. Regardless, this bike is hugely popular because of its otherwise very well-rounded performance, and fair price.

Read more: Rad Power RadWagon 4 review

cargo bike - popular for a reason
You're likely to see more RadWagon's around than any other cargo bike, and for good reason. It's a great bike at a fair price.
Credit: Laura Casner

A Unique Front Box Design


Bunch The Original


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ride 5.0
  • Range 6.0
  • Power 5.0
  • Cargo Carrying 10.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Assembly 10.0
Battery size: 652.8 Wh | Max weight capacity: 350 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
Huge front box with space for kids, pets, etc
Ability to carry large items
Sturdy and well-made
Delivered fully assembled
REASONS TO AVOID
Three-wheeled handling
No suspension
Heavy and large
Price

And now for something completely different, Bunch The Original. This front-box model has a family-oriented design that offers a unique take on cargo hauling for transporting loved ones, pets, or other items. With a total weight capacity of 350 pounds and the front box maxing out at 220 pounds, you can certainly haul a lot with this bike. Bunch bills it as "the family bike", and that is evidenced in features like the two removable benches and four seatbelts that come in the cargo box. The 500W motor provides ample power using the throttle or pedal assist, and the 652.8-watt-hour battery slides cleanly into the rear rack. The entire unit is well-made and durable on its steel frame. The controls and display are some of our favorites, too.

There are some obvious drawbacks to this model. First, it is somewhat of a niche model that may not fit everyone's needs. The three-wheeled design gives it a massive turning radius and handling that is wildly different than two-wheeled options. Riding this bike takes a little getting used to, and extra care needs to be taken when turning or riding uneven surfaces. We found it best on generally flatter terrain and smooth pavement as the lack of suspension can also be jarring to the rider and cargo. It also weighs 152 pounds and takes up significant space in a garage, and it is far from easy to transport. However, if you are looking for a fun way to casually cruise around town with kids, pets, and more, the Bunch Original provides a compelling option.

Read more: Bunch The Original review

cargo bike - the front-box, three-wheeled bunch original approaches cargo...
The front-box, three-wheeled Bunch Original approaches cargo carrying in a completely different way.
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Compare Products

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Score Product Price
80
Yuba Spicy Curry
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$5,199
Top Pick Award
77
Blix Packa Genie
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$1,999
Editors' Choice Award
76
Rad Power RadWagon 4
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$1,999
Top Pick Award
72
KBO Ranger
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$1,699
Best Buy Award
67
Bunch The Original
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$4,285

cargo bike - we load up and pedal it out with each cargo bike model we review to...
We load up and pedal it out with each cargo bike model we review to give you field-tested results you can rely on for an informed purchase decision.
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Why You Should Trust Us


Since we began testing electric bikes in 2019, we have hands-on assessed 53 unique models across a variety of e-bike categories. For our cargo bike review, we started by spending several days researching top technology aspects and products, comparing specifications and designs as well as consumer feedback to narrow down our list. We then buy the most promising models and have our team of experienced cycling specialists go to work. Our testing process involves identifying the most important areas of performance riders expect from their cargo bike and creating a test plan designed to push each bike to its limit. We spend weeks in the saddle, trialing each model. We also take each model home and deploy them in our daily lives to gain perspective on what it means and how it feels to own and rely on each bike for transportation. Upon test completion, we compile and compare notes and results before scoring them in each performance metric and totaling cumulative scores.

Our analysis of cargo bikes is split into six rating metrics:
  • Ride Quality (25% of overall score weighting)
  • Range (25% weighting)
  • Power (20% weighting)
  • Cargo Carrying (15% weighting)
  • Interface (10% weighting)
  • Assembly (5% weighting)

Jeremy Benson leads our team of bike testers as our Senior Bike Review Editor at GearLab. If you're ever looking for Jeremy, it would be best to start your search on the bike paths and trail of South Lake Tahoe, CA. Averaging 20+ hours per week in a bike saddle for work, training, and fun, Jeremy knows his way around two wheels. Pro-class gravel and mountain bike racer, mountain bike guidebook author, and bike commuter are all accurate descriptors for Jeremy over the past 30 years. He's not sure how many hundreds of different bikes he has ridden, but he has professionally reviewed over 100 bikes (electric and not) over the past five years. We rely on his unique experience in building, fixing, and riding bikes which have developed a discerning eye and feel for critically assessing performance attributes between different bicycle models.

Real-world testing provides the basis for our cargo e-bike review.
Real-world testing provides the basis for our cargo e-bike review.
We look over every aspect and component of these technical products...
We look over every aspect and component of these technical products to bring you all the needed details.
We charge and re-charge the bike batteries multiple times throughout...
We charge and re-charge the bike batteries multiple times throughout the testing process.
Our testing process involves a range test, handling tests, and acceleration tests, along with examing all the features, interface, and cargo-carrying capabilities of each model.

Analysis and Test Results


Our saddle-by-saddle testing methods expose the pros and cons of each bike in our review fleet. It also provides information necessary to score each product uniformly across performance metrics that combine to give an overall assessment of each bike's capabilities. These metrics are weighted according to their relevance for the average consumer. In the text below, we discuss these performance areas and highlight the models that proved to be stand-outs in each one so you can choose which model matches your specific needs.


Value


The market for electric cargo bikes offers an incredible range of price points. The more you pay in this category, you typically are rewarded with greater carrying capacity, higher-end components, smoother ride quality, and a bigger battery and motor for more range and power. Premium prices often lead to niche products that are luxurious in their specific appeal. They also often come with the possibility of excellent add-ons to max out comfort and cargo-carrying capabilities.

cargo bike - expect quick acceleration and top speeds of 24 mph from the ranger...
Expect quick acceleration and top speeds of 24 mph from the Ranger, better than one might expect considering its lower price.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The KBO Ranger is priced comparatively low but delivers impressive performance to propel it to a high-value product. Despite its low price, it has a very impressive range, and its top speed of 24 mph is best-in-class. It sacrifices some carrying power on account of its smaller size, but that same small size gives it some advantages in nimble maneuvers and the ability to transport it on some bike rack trays. Overall, you don't miss out on too much by selecting the Ranger, and you save considerable money in doing so.

Ride


The Ride metric focuses on the feel and comfort each bike offers its rider. Handling, maneuverability, and stability underway are important factors, as are bike design, seat adjustability and posture, and features that make regular use of the bike convenient and easy. Cargo bikes typically have longer wheelbases to support their cargo, which creates a different feel from standard-sized bikes. How the manufacturer tries to balance this change in ride feel is an important engineering challenge, and each bike design in our review takes a different approach. It should be noted that in most cases, adding significant cargo weight to a bike does have an impact on its overall handling characteristics.


Standing at the front of the pack is the Blix Packa Genie for combining several factors to create a great ride. Riding this bike is smooth, and it remains stable at high speeds and when weighted with cargo. The seatpost can adjust to rider heights from 5'1" to 6'3", and our long-legged, 6' tall lead tester had no problem getting full leg extension after adjusting the seat height. The 24-inch wheels have wide, high-volume tires that provide damping over bumps in the road and hydraulic disc brakes function reliably and provide good speed control. The features that come standard issue assist in convenience and safety, such as front and rear fenders and front and rear lights that are powered by the onboard battery. There's even a USB port to charge your mobile phone while riding.

cargo bike - the packa genie has plenty of seat height adjustment to accommodate...
The Packa Genie has plenty of seat height adjustment to accommodate our tallest tester easily.
Credit: Jason Peters

The Rad Power RadWagon 4 shares a lot of similarities to the Blix in design and ride quality, earning our near-equal admiration in this metric. It is impressively stable and smooth, with a large range of fit adjustments to suit varying rider heights. Both manufacturers sell abundant accessories to kit out your ride.

cargo bike - cargo bikes like the rad power radwagon 4 aren&#039;t exactly nimble, but...
Cargo bikes like the Rad Power RadWagon 4 aren't exactly nimble, but they are stable, damp, and comfortable. Plus, you can customize and carry lots of cargo.
Credit: Jason Peters

Another bike with great ride quality is the Yuba Spicy Curry, but for different reasons. Its wheelbase is over three inches longer than that of the Packa Genie and RadWagon, which does mean it is less nimble and requires a larger turning radius. Still, its stability and super-smooth ride feel are quite appreciated. The components of the Spicy Curry are top-shelf, meaning that shifting, braking, and rolling on the tires provide an elevated feel. Its seat adjusts to accommodate rider heights from 5' up to 6'5", one of the widest ranges we tested, increasing its ability to fit more users. The feature set feels complete, too. We once rode this bike over 40 miles, and our tester remained comfortable the entire time.

cargo bike - the spicy curry has a large turning radius, but it makes up for it...
The Spicy Curry has a large turning radius, but it makes up for it with high-end components and a smooth and stable ride.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

While generally similar in design to the bikes mentioned above, the KBO Ranger is a bit shorter in overall length and it has smaller 20-inch wheels. For the most part, it's a smooth operator, but comparatively speaking, it can feel a tad less stable at speed and in the turns than the competition. The tradeoff is that it's a bit more maneuverable.

cargo bike - not surprisingly, three-wheeled bikes handle much differently than...
Not surprisingly, three-wheeled bikes handle much differently than their two-wheeled counterparts.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Bunch Original sets itself apart with its front-box style and European flare. The nature of the three-wheeled design results in a bike that handles much differently than your regular two-wheeled models, and there's a bit of a learning curve. It doesn't take long to figure out, but this bike requires a cautious rider, slowing way down for turns and uneven surfaces, and generally riding much more conservatively than you might on a normal bike. That said, caution and control are positive attributes to have if you're intending to cart the family around in this unique model. We found it works best on flat terrain and smooth surfaces at slower speeds with a safety-first approach. It is worth noting that the Bunch is one bike where its stability and handling improve with additional weight in the cargo box.

cargo bike - the class 1 yuba spicy curry makes you work for a bit, but it has an...
The Class 1 Yuba Spicy Curry makes you work for a bit, but it has an exceptional range as a result.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Range


An electric bike's utility is limited by its range, and we test this metric with extra rigor. You should purchase a cargo bike with enough range to handle your distance needs on a single charge without worrying you might run out of power before reaching your destination. To test this metric, we have a standard circuit that we ride continuously until the once-full battery runs empty, only using the throttle (for models that have one) to eliminate variability in pedaling effort. This provides a fair baseline for scoring each product, but it is important to realize that by pedaling, you will be able to increase your bike's range. Also, note that rider and cargo weight, pedal assist level, temperature, and elevation gain, will influence the range you get.


The Yuba Spicy Curry produced outstanding range results in our test. As a Class 1 e-bike, it does not have the luxury (or crutch, depending on your position) of a throttle paddle. Therefore, we had to pedal to test the range. With moderate pedaling effort in its highest pedal-assist mode, we reached a category-leading 44 miles before running out of battery, achieving over 2,000 feet of elevation gain along the way. Impressive. We think it's possible to improve on this distance using the lower pedal-assist modes, as this is less demanding on the battery. The caveat here is that you have to pedal this bike, so, other models may be able to produce similar results using pedal-assist, as opposed to our standard throttle-only test.

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The Ranger performed exceptionally in our range test, besting many models that cost more.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

One of the most impressive performances regarding range came from the KBO Ranger. Typically, budget-friendly e-bikes come with smaller batteries and have a shorter range, but the Ranger bucks this trend. It went 29.9 miles in our range test with 1,500 feet of elevation gain, averaging a quick 17.6 mph. KBO outfits this bike with a massive 840-watt-hour battery, and the results speak for themselves. The Rad Power RadWagon 4 was no slouch either, traveling 26.4 miles under throttle power thanks to its sizeable 672-watt-hour battery.

cargo bike - good range is achieved with the packa genie&#039;s single battery...
Good range is achieved with the Packa Genie's single battery. Exceptional range comes into play when you add the second battery if you so choose/need.
Credit: Jason Peters

Worth mentioning here is the Blix Packa Genie model. While its 614-watt-hour battery propelled us 23.6 miles in our throttle-only range test, it has the option to add a second battery onboard for an additional cost. If you need to travel longer distances, this is a fantastic option that will double the battery capacity and distance you can go in the saddle with a single charge of the Packa Genie.

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The mid-drive motor of the Class 1 Spicy Curry stands apart from the rear hub motors of the competition. The power delivery feels very refined and super smooth thanks to the torque sensor.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Power


The power of an e-bike affects its acceleration and top speed. Power can be especially helpful in traffic, helping you evade obstacles and jump out in front of other vehicles and bikes when the light turns green. Furthermore, the heavier the cargo load you're carrying, the more you will notice the power capability of your e-bike. Large motors generally mean more power, but bike weight and design also play a role. We also assess the quality and smoothness of the pedal-assist modes each model offers in this metric.


Three bikes, all with 750-watt motors, took the lead in our power assessments. The Class 3 KBO Ranger stands out with a top tested speed of 24 mph, the fastest in the test fleet. It also jumps off the starting line and hits its top speed in just 12 seconds, especially quick considering the bike itself weighs 77 pounds. Even on the steepest section of our test hill, it only slowed to 17 mph while mashing on the throttle. Utilizing the pedal assist modes, the acceleration was at first a little jumpy for our riders. However, in a short time, we adjusted how we pedaled to smooth out the pedal-assist acceleration.

The 750W geared hub motor of the Class 2 Blix Packa Genie tops out at 20 mph. It accelerates quickly and its power is adequate for its max capacity load of 400 pounds, still offering some pep when it is loaded with cargo. Shifting from one pedal-assist mode to another is smooth and the throttle speed for each level increases in gradual increments.

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The 5 levels of pedal assistance of the RadWagon 4 provide a great range of support and top speed so you can dial in the power output to your preferences or the situation.
Credit: Laura Casner

Likewise, the Rad Power RadWagon 4 features a 750W geared hub motor, which, in theory, should provide more torque and less motor drag, leading to more efficiency and better results heading uphill. The RadWagon was indeed quick moving uphill, and it has no problem reaching its top speed of 20 mph in the flats using the throttle or pedal assist. Unlike the Packa Genie, the RadWagon's throttle output is always the same instead of increasing with each pedal assist setting. The rider can modulate the amount of power of the throttle, though, by how far they twist the throttle.

cargo bike - the bunch is powerful enough for its three-wheeled design with its...
The Bunch is powerful enough for its three-wheeled design with its 500W motor.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Bunch Original falls a little behind the 750W competition with its slightly smaller 500W motor. It's a Class 2 model with a top throttle and pedal-assisted speed of 20 mph. The heavier weight of the Bunch is a factor that makes it a bit more sluggish than the competition, but realistically, it's plenty fast for its three-wheel design. In fact, we found that we preferred riding it at lower speeds given its unique handling.

cargo bike - the yuba spicy curry is a class 1 bike, so you&#039;ve got pedal...
The Yuba Spicy Curry is a Class 1 bike, so you've got pedal. Thankfully the power delivery is ultra smooth.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Being a Class 1 model with a mid-drive motor, the Yuba Spicy Curry does not have a throttle. Instead, the 250W Bosch Cargo Line motor provides 4 levels of pedal assistance to support speeds up to 20 mph. It is impressively smooth in its power delivery, using a more advanced torque sensor system that delivers power proportionally to the effort the rider is putting into the pedals. You won't get a free ride on this bike, but there's still plenty of power available as long as you're willing to put in a little work.

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The large front box of the Bunch Original can hold up to 220 lbs of cargo, pets, or people.
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Cargo Carrying


If you're shopping for a cargo bike, you're probably looking for a way to transport yourself and other cargo on your bike. Four of the models we tested have similar designs with large rear racks that can support quite a bit of weight, although total weight limits vary among the bikes. Furthermore, bike design, cargo space, and accessory add-ons available play a role in maxing out your carrying capacity.


Riding any bicycle can be dangerous, and adding significant amounts of weight/cargo to a bike has the potential to make it even riskier. Cargo weight has the potential to impact a bike's handling characteristics, and typically not for the better. Cargo bikes appeal to many people for their ability to transport the most precious cargo of all, children, and many brands include this use in their marketing to consumers. We recommend anyone considering a cargo bike for transporting children do a little research and look into safety considerations associated with doing so. When riding with children, we recommend always taking proper safety precautions such as wearing helmets at all times, using the appropriate size seat for your child, wearing safety belts when applicable, and riding cautiously and in control while following the rules of the road. Ultimately, it is up to the rider to use good judgment to keep their own children safe.

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The front box of the Bunch Original can handle a variety of cargo in the large front box.
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The Bunch Original brings a unique design to hauling passengers, pets, and other cargo around town and presents itself as a family-friendly adventure wagon. The bike has a 350-pound total weight capacity and the large front box can support up to 220 pounds itself, and it has 3-point safety belts for up to four child passengers spread over two benches that double as storage compartments. These benches can be removed for additional cargo space. The cargo space available on the Bunch bike makes it easier to carry larger items that might be a challenge to fit on the rear racks of other bikes, too, such as coolers. Bunch also offers a ton of accessories to kit out your ride. Unlike the other models we tested, the Original actually benefits from having weight in the front box from a stability and handling standpoint.

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The extra-long rear rack, 440 lbs weight capacity, and huge selection of add-on accessories make the Spicy Curry a great option for moving any kind of cargo.
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The 440-pound max weight capacity of the Yuba Spicy Curry leads the category, and it has an extra-long rear rack to accommodate large items. There is easily room to mount two child seats (sold separately) onto the back of the bike. The smaller rear wheel below the cargo rack means that when loaded, the bike's center of gravity is lower than other bikes, improving its handling and stability. Yuba offers a huge variety of slick accessories beyond just kid seats, too. Yuba is so confident in its ability to carry a load that they sell ski and surfboard racks that integrate smoothly onto the frame of the Spicy Curry.

The Blix Packa Genie also throws its hat into the cargo-carrying ring. Its rear rack is a bit shorter than the Spicy Curry, but it still has plenty of space to transport large items and potentially even a couple of kids as it has a max weight capacity of 400 pounds. Blix also sells a range of accessories, though not as many as some other manufacturers. The ever-popular Rad Power RadWagon 4 is another solid option when it comes to cargo. The 350-pound weight limit is a little lower than other competitors, but Rad Power's well-developed selection of accessory options makes it easy to customize your bike to your specific needs.

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The Bosch Kiox display on the Spicy Curry is easily the most advanced system of the bikes we tested. Connect with the Bosch app to unlock a number of cool features.
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Interface


The Interface metric pertains to the ergonomics of the control buttons and throttle paddles, as well as the quality and usefulness of the display screen. Convenient and intuitive controls and an easily readable display are key features we look for here. None of the bikes proved to be user-unfriendly, but two models stepped it up to be clearly superior in this field.


Hands down, the best user interface goes to the Yuba Spicy Curry. The five-button control unit is easily manipulated by the left thumb while riding, and there is no throttle on this bike, so the handlebar is less cluttered. The Kiox display is top-notch tech. It integrates with the Bosch mobile app to provide extra capabilities that other bikes do not offer, such as a fitness tracker and route planning. It feels sophisticated and modern without being complicated. Ideal.

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The sleek display screen of the Bunch model is one of our favorites of all tested.
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The Bunch The Original bike also has great controls. The throttle is on the left side of the bike and oriented like a familiar shifter paddle. It is easy to reach and is large enough that it won't be missed when it's needed. The sleek display screen feels more high-tech than more basic models, and it provides a lot of data at a glance.

The Rad Power, Blix, and KBO bikes all have relatively similar controls and displays. They all work well enough and are easy to use, they just don't really stand out like the models mentioned above.

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Some bikes come fully assembled like the Bunch Original, but most have a few steps required to complete the task at home.
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Assembly


Luckily, you'll likely only ever assemble your cargo bike once, so this metric probably is not your first priority. However, a frustrating setup after unboxing your new product is never welcome. There was not a great deal of variance in assembly among the models we tested, and each one was put together within an hour. These bikes are very heavy, though, so it is a good time to call in a favor from a friend when you're ready to unbox your bike.


The Bunch Original makes setup incredibly easy — there is essentially none. Shipping costs a little extra, but the bike arrived at our doors completely assembled on a huge pallet. All we had to do was remove the cardboard box surrounding it, cut five zip ties, and roll it off the pallet. Even the tires were inflated, so we were off in under 10 minutes.

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You'll want two people to move the boxed bike and remove the RadWagon 4 from the shipping container. The remaining assembly can be completed by one person using the included tools and instructions. Be careful, wear shoes.
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The Yuba Spicy Curry is a special case. We ordered it through a major outdoor retailer located near our office, and in doing so, assembly was included free of charge. If this service is available near you, we strongly recommended utilizing it. We looked at the assembly instructions, though, and imagine that if you were to assemble it yourself, it would take about 40 minutes, similar to most other cargo bikes we had to assemble ourselves.

Conclusion


Buying an electric cargo bike is a big purchase decision, and we want you to get the one that fits your needs. There are so many options on the market today that make the decision hard on your own. When looking over the options and our assessments, remember to focus on the performance aspects that speak to how you intend to use your bike. We hope this review helps you identify your ideal model to get you pedaling away happily.

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Among the many options for cargo e-bikes, we hope our efforts to rigorously test and review some of the market's best options will illuminate the one that matches your needs best.
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