First of all here is a video from Yuba showing the many uses and accessories that are available for the Yuba Electric Supermarché:
The Yuba Electric Supermarché is designed to carry many items with ease. In this view you can see the low step thru area that makes getting on and off the bike easy. Yuba has designed this eCargo bike to fit riders in height from 4’9″ to 6′-5″.
In this view you can also see the large Bamboo Box add on ($250+$70 for Base Board) and inside the box is the Seat Kit ($150) for 2 kids.
Yuba offers many different accessories for the Supermarché. In this view you can see the Open Loader add on ($199) that is lighter option than the Bamboo Box.
The Cargo Canopy add on ($299) is a great way to keep the kids and/or cargo dry.
Now let’s get into the details of this front loader eCargo bike. This is a view of the aluminum head tube connected to the large aluminum downtubes that swoop down to create the main cargo platform area.
The chromoly fork looks to be well built for carrying heavy cargo and it has the attachment points for the full coverage plastic fender.
The steering assembly is a very cool detail. There are 2 cables attached to each side of the steering pulley on the fork so that they can be pulled to turn the fork to the left or right when the handlebar is turning the other steering pulley near the center of the bike. We will see that later in this post.
Here is a look at an attachment point on the main frame for the Open Loader add on option.
Next up is the Bamboo Box that is designed to carry almost anything! Here is the way Yuba puts it “Bringing beer kegs, blankets, boogie boards and bambinos to the beach is a breeze with this 4 sided Bamboo Box for the Supermarché. Bring everything and the kitchen sink.”
The front payload capacity of the bike is 220 pounds which is an impressive amount of cargo potential.
The Bamboo Box is sold as the 4 sides for $250 and the Bamboo Base Board is sold separately for $70 because it can be its own add on if you don’t need the box.
Inside this particular box is another add on that Yuba offers and that is the Bamboo Box Seat Kit for 1 or 2 children for $150. The base of the bamboo seat notches into the sides of the box and there are (2) 3 point harnesses for the kids and cushioned material for the back and seat.
Here is a look at the how the box sides notch together for a clean look.
And a closer look at the front and side connection of the box.
The step-thru area for the Yuba Electric Supermarché is very low (18.5″) to make getting on and off this front loading cargo bike very easy. That is a big benefit when carrying the extra cargo weight because it is easier to stabilize the bike when getting on and off.
The Bosch PowerPack 500 lithium battery has a nice central and low location just behind the steering tube that is behind the box area. This matches the overall design of keeping the weight low for optimal bike handling.
The PowerPack 500 is a 36V 13.4ah lithium battery that weighs 5.7 pounds.
There are 2 keys supplied with the bike for removal of the Bosch PowerPack 500 battery. Once unlocked the battery is removed by pulling up and out of the frame area.
On the lower left side of the battery is the charge level indicator. There is also a charge level indicator on the display that is on the handlebar.
Just below the battery is a charging port that is covered by a rubber flap.
Here is a look at the charger plugged into the battery charging port. The battery can be charged on or off the bike. Charging time is 2 hours to 50% and 4.5 hours to 100%.
This is a look at the battery mount with the battery removed.
And the battery with the charger connected.
Now lets take a look at the steering assembly. In this view you can see the steering tube with the stem & handlebar at the top and the steering pulley at the bottom.
Here is a closer look at the steering pulley that has the 2 cables per side that pull on each side of the steering pulley at the front wheel fork. This is a simple and very effective steering system for this front loading cargo bike.
And just in front of the steering pulley and under the front cargo area is the stable kickstand that has double springs to retract it when it is not in use. You can also see some of the steering cable housing going to the fork steering pulley.
Now moving to the step-thru and motor area you can see that there are a lot of reinforcing details. Large hydroformed aluminum tubes have been shaped to provide strength and functionality for the low step-thru area. There are also reinforcing gussets to further strengthen the frame where it is needed.
This gusset reinforces the seat tube connection at the low step-thru area.
Providing the pedal assist is the Bosch Performance Line CX mid drive motor that is typically found on electric mountain bikes because it provides substantial torque (up to 75 Nm) for tougher riding and that translates well to an electric cargo bike with its additional payload.
The CX motor is rated at 250 watts with peak power of up to 600 watts.
The Yuba Electric Supermarché is a Class 1 electric bike which is pedal assist up to 20 mph and under 750 watts max.
The left side of the CX motor has a clean look. The Bosch motors use 3 sensors to measure your pedaling and provide the proportional assist. The sensors are a torque sensor, cadence sensor, and speed sensor.
The pedal assist levels are:
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this testing & review for the ride characteristics of Bosch Performance Line CX motor.
The aluminum pedals have a large grippy platform with reflectors on both ends.
From the Bosch Performance Line CX mid-drive motor the chain is routed to the rear wheel while being protected by a full coverage chainguard to keep your pant legs clean.
The enviolo Trekking N380 rear hub is the continuous variable “transmission” that houses all of the gearing inside the hub.
The enviolo continuously variable rear hub features a 380% gear ratio from low to high and there are no specific indexed gears like a derailleur system.
enviolo is the new brand name for what was formerly NuVinci.
There is a chain tensioner attached where there is typically a rear derailleur.
The front cargo area isn’t the only place to carry cargo and/or kids! The rear aluminum rack is built into the aluminum frame for a solid design that can handle 80 pounds of payload.
This top view of the rear rack shows multiple attachment points and it has been designed to fit a Yepp child seat. With the front box and the kids seat on the back that is carrying capacity for 3 kiddos!
Below the rack platform are lock mount tabs. The lock bar slides through the tabs and prevents the rear wheel from moving. This is a good lock for quickly running into a store on an errand run.
The Yuba Frame Lock add on is priced at $35.
20″ x 2.15″ Schwalbe Big Apple Plus tires are used front and rear. These have an efficient road tread pattern with a large tread patch and substantial air volume for a comfortable ride. There are reflective stripes on each side of the tire.
This is the rear Magura MT5 hydraulic disc brake with 180 mm rotor mounted to the enviolo continuously variable transmission rear hub.
Now, let’s take a look at the Yuba Electric Supermarché control area. In this view you can see that the handlebars are generally flat with a slight rise and they are slightly swept back. In this view you can also see the adjustable stem that is flat in this picture.
In this view the stem has been adjusted to provide more of an upright position.
On the left side of the handlebar is an ergonomic grip that provides wrist support with the wing on the end. Also on the left side it the Magura MT5 hydraulic disc brake lever for the front brake and the Bosch control pad.
The Bosch control pad adjusts the pedal assist levels (+ and – buttons) and cycles through information (I button) on the display and activates the walk mode.
On the right side is the ergonomic grip, enviolo continuously variable grip shifter, Magura MT5 hydraulic disc brake lever for the rear brake, and the bell.
As mentioned before, the enviolo continuously variable rear hub features a 380% gear ratio from low to high and there are no specific indexed gears like a derailleur system.
This grip shifter acts like a volume dial on a radio so you can “dial in” the best gear for the terrain you are riding on.
Shifting can also happen when you are not pedaling which is helpful when you are getting into the best gear ratio for accelerating from a stop.
The display cleverly changes from a hill profile to flat land as you shift through the gear range.
Here is a closer look at the Magura MT5 hydraulic disc brake lever. The reach of the brake lever can be adjusted to fit your hand size.
In the center of the handlebar is the Bosch Intuvia display that provides the following information:
Odometer & trip distance
Current speed, average speed, max speed
Pedal assist level. There are 4 levels of pedal assist: Eco, Tour, eMTB, Turbo
Estimated range remaining
There is a backlight option for riding in low light and that is turned on when the lights are on.
The display can be quick removed when the bike is parked.
The Velo Comfort seat has a medium width profile design for a comfortable ride while still being efficient for pedaling.
Front and rear AXA LED lights are powered by the Bosch eBike battery so that you don’t have to worry about separate batteries for the lights.
The rear AXA LED light is attached to the rear rack.
Yuba Electric Supermarché Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: 6061 Aluminum front loader cargo frame. 220 lbs front cargo payload & 80 lbs rear
Fork: Chromoly fork
Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250 watt (600 peak) mid-drive. 75 Nm max torque
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