If you thought a bike could never replace your minivan, think again. ElectricBikeReport.com’s cargo and utility electric bike reviews will introduce you to the grocery-getters and Costco-runners of the e-bike world.
Including some of the more peculiar and extra-large variations in the e-bike family, cargo and utility e-bikes are designed to haul whatever you need with ease. Cargo and utility e-bikes typically feature some sort of, well, cargo hold located either behind the rider or in front — usually looking like a big basket or a flat area where things can be attached. The wheelbase is usually longer than a typical bike to make room for more stuff, and stability and predictability is paramount in the designer’s mind.
Cargo and utility e-bikes are typically on the more powerful end of the spectrum, with most falling in the Class 2 or Class 3 realm, giving riders a throttle up to 20 mph and/or a motor capable of cruising up to 28 mph. Made for cargo, these e-bikes are typically rated to carry hundreds of pounds of weight (which can include more than one person, depending on the model and accessories). The motor, in addition to your pedaling, will get all that weight rolling with ease, but you’ll need some oomph to slow it all down — making brake quality perhaps the most important thing to consider before buying. Disc brakes are nearly mandatory, and many cargo and utility e-bikes will come with brake designs similar to what you’d find on a downhill mountain bike.
Whether you’re looking to replace your car, enjoy some fresh air while taking the kids to school or need a human-powered cargo behemoth, ElectricBikeReport.com’s reviews will help you pick the right cargo and utility e-bike for you. Below you’ll find our latest on the cargo and utility e-bikes category as well as some in-depth reviews of bikes on our home roads in southwest Utah.