Babboe City-E Review

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  1. Peter Clinch says:

    Thanks for the review.

    I tried a (rather more expensive) R+M “The Load” recently, which was *very* nice, but where my bikes live they require manhandling up a couple of steps which would put it right out. For those looking for a “manual” cargo bike that is (relatively) easy to pick up and shift about, at least while empty, the 8-Freight is well worth a look. It’s about 20 Kg and can easily be picked up at its balance point with one hand.
    I have a bad knee, and found that clipless pedals and high cadences help a lot (improving its health if anything. Of course “a bad knee” covers quite a range of possibilities, and I imagine electric assist will help with a lot more of them than funny pedals and styles.

  2. David G says:

    Useful to have your views on the Babboe. Their trikes were all over Denmark and Sweden when we vsisited recently. Babboe present themselves as a logical choice at sensible price kind of company. The website means you could probably buy one off your smart phone etc

    As you had owned a Bakfiets already at least your review has something to compare with. I’ve had people ask me what I thought of Babboe. As an Urban Arrow and Nihola dealer I have to accept they will take sales but if they increase the market and sell the idea of using a lighter vehice to do the ‘school run’ I can’t complain.
    Someone in East Lothian bought the Mountain Curve trike for winter use. Yamaha mid-drive should be a nice choice plus the Nuvinci gearing makes it number free….

    I’ve ridden and unpowered one up the Mound. Possible but not a route of choice!

    Thanks for sharing your views!

  3. Karen Gee says:

    A brilliant review, only possible after 2,500 of riding a bike. I’m laughing at thoughts of you running up the road retrieving midget gem packets! However, I’m left rather upset about you using gear 2…. (and 5!) I’m guessing you’d only be left with 4, 6 and 8 if you followed your prime aversion to the extreme! Karen

  4. Karen Gee says:

    I agree, 2 is a lovely number! I think 5 is acceptable too, as it doesn’t really feel prime, as it’s such an easy number to divide by. Personally it’s 7, 13, 17 and 19 I really don’t like (11 is OK!) Thank goodness there aren’t that many gears to contend with on the Babboe!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Hi! I have the same bike and, shock horror, we have some broken spokes. I wonder if you know the specifications for what size of spokes I’d need to replace these? Thanks in advance!

    • Diana says:

      Hi. My back wheel kept breaking spokes and was rebuilt with stronger spokes by my local bike shop. Sorry, but I don’t know what size he used.

  6. Jakob says:

    Thanks, great review. As for the power scale, I would think that 0-8 PAS does not mean 0-8 passengers, but 0-8 Pedal ASsitance level 🙂

  7. Greg says:

    Thanks for this great in depth review, first one i see on the internet.
    About the assistance, is the 8 Pedal assistance level the only one that can push the bike to 15.9mph or other pedal assistance level also can (like the 7 or 6).
    Thanks a lot !

    • Diana says:

      Hi. The bike can get up to that speed on lower assistance, depending on the terrain. If it’s downhill or flat then it takes less assistance to get up to speed. Likewise, if you are going uphill you might find that you don’t get much speed even with the power on full.

    • törzsmókus says:

      lower levels don’t provide any assistance above 20 kph (12.4 mph). it is still possible to reach higher speed, but the assistance will not help 😉 with level 8, assistance only stops around 25 kph (15.9 mph)

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