CURVE - 2021
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The Babboe Curve is a classic three wheeled "bakfiets"; a cargo bike for those looking for sure-footed stability with comfortable and premium features. The cargo bin capacity is a whopping 100kg and comfortably sits four little ones and all that they travel with, so you can do a school and grocery run with ease! The frame itself can accommodate riders between the heights of 5’, 4” and 6’, 4” with a quick adjustment of the saddle height and even the handlebar adjusts so you get the perfect fit.
Supplied with maintenance-free components and durable materials throughout, the Curve keeps repairs to a minimum. Dependable Shimano roller brakes front-and-rear and the brilliant Shimano Nexus 7 speed internal geared hub means no worries year-round. The handling is a traditional box-steering mechanism. Stability is paramount; turning is at its tightest at slower speeds yet feels more nimble and agile than similar cargo trikes on the market.
The rest of the spec does not disappoint with a frame manufactured from tough galvanized Hi-Ten steel that has a chip-resistant powder-coated finish and a marine-grade curved beech plywood box. The Babboe Curve is designed for perpetual outdoor storage and is a true four-season workhorse. The Curve has been extensively tested by the German TÜV for safety and durability making it one of the safest cargo bikes on the road.
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- Classic "Bakfiets" three wheeled cargo bike
- Traditional box-steering mechanism. Stability is paramount
- Upright “Dutch” riding position for all day comfort and visibility
- Room for four little ones with dual three-point harnesses on two facing benches
- Tough Hi-Tensile galvanized steel frame with a chip-resistant powder-coated finish
- Marine grade curved beech plywood box (no sharp edges)
- Shimano Nexus 7 internal gearing & roller brakes are extremely low maintenance
- Designed for perpetual outdoor storage
- Fully enclosed chain guard to keep clothing looking fresh
- Optional Rain Tent and Sun Shade for four season comforts
- Strong and stable stand
- Maximum Capacity: 200kg (Box=100kg, Rider=100kg)
- PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE
|FRAME||Hi-Ten Steel, Galvanized and Powder-Coated|
PEFC Certified European Marine Grade Beech Wood - Pressed & Curved
|STEM||Stainless steel & Alloy Quill|
|HANDLEBAR||Alloy City - Swept back|
|GRIPS||Leather with foam core|
|SEAT||Selle Royale Drifter|
|BRAKES||Shimano IM-40 Roller Brake x3|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Alloy three finger with built in hand brake|
|SHIFTER||Shimano Nexus 7 Revo|
|FRONT HUB(S)||Shimano HB-IM40|
|REAR HUB||Shimano Nexus 7|
|SPOKES||Stainless steel, 36H, 13G|
|RIMS||Weinmann Double walled alloy 36H|
|TIRES||Schwalbe Big Apple 26x2.1 (rear), 20x2.1 (front)|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Shimano Cartridge Sealed|
|CRANKS||TCP Forged, 42T, 170mm|
|PEDALS||Steel axle, resin top|
|FENDERS||Galvanized steel & Powder Coated|
|LOCK||Abus Cafe Lock|
|LIGHTING||LED battery powered - 2 front and rear|
|ANTI TIP SYSTEM||Yes|
|KIDS STEP||Multiple Step Ups|
|SEAT BELTS||4X Three Point Harnesses|
|BIKE DIMENSIONS||Length 217 cm – width 88.4 cm – height 110 cm|
|BOX DIMENSIONS||Length +/- 90 cm – width 63 cm – height 55>44 cm|
|5' 4"||6' 4"|
Will this take up a lot of space on the road?
Not really, most bike lanes are 1.5 – 2 meters wide and the Babboe is only 110cm wide, leaving plenty of room for other transport users to pass.
Two-wheeled or three-wheeled?
It really comes down to how much of a learning curve you’re OK with. Trikes like the Nihola and Babboe Carve have the lowest learning curve since they are remarkably stable and feature highly intuitive independent steering. Bikes like the Curve are equally stable but require some learning curve in the steering, since the whole box steers and not just the wheels. Two-wheeled bikes don’t have the stability of the third wheel so they build stability through a long wheelbase (Bullitt bikes are the exception here). This requires a bit of a learning curve, especially when riding at slow speeds since the bike can feel a bit wobbly. But, the advantage of a two-wheeled is that it’s terrific for longer rides (less drag) and it feels the most like a regular bike (if that matters).
Should I consider an e-assist cargo bike?
It’s a lot more money but it can be worth it. If you carry a lot of weight up in the box an e-assist really helps. Another reason may be that you commute longer distances or have to deal with hills. When buying a cargo bike we recommend not always thinking about the short-distance errands that constitute most urban life, but also its use for all-day weekend adventures.
How does this compare to other trikes?
Like other brands (Christiana, Winther, Wike) the Babboe Curve steers by swinging the whole box left or right. The Curve features a much safer box (more coverage) than brands like Winther, a much more weather resistant frame and box than brands like Wike, and a much lighter and better feeling ride than brands like Christiana. And, because Babboe is the largest cargo bike maker in the world, the price is quite reasonable.
Can I store it outside?
You bet! All Babboe bikes are built for perpetual outdoor storage. The steel frames are coated with an anti-rust undercoat and the frame features a super-tough and chip-resistant powder-coat. The box is made of marine-grade plywood sourced from Finland. And, all the mechanical parts are sealed inside the hubs. That means drum brakes (just like a car) and internal gear hubs.
What is the maintenance like?
Very low! Because the Babboe uses internal gears and internal drum brakes the intervals between tune-ups are few and far between. We recommend oil on the chain and air in the tires every three weeks. We also recommend re-varnishing the wood box every 4-5 years.
Can I put a car seat inside?
You sure can. We recommend the Maxi Cosi brand since Babboe makes a very clever adaptor that bolts to the bottom of the box (which features suspension to reduce strain). The other option is the Babboe Baby Seat which is good for kids from 2-8 months (and takes up far less space). As you move from either of these options we recommend the Babboe Toddler seat which usually covers ages 8 to 18 months.
What ’s the rear wheel lock good for?
The rear-wheel lock is a clever design built for short in-and-out errands where finding a locking-pole may take longer than the errand. The rear-wheel lock lets you momentarily lock the bike to itself. It’s great if you need to quickly dash in and out to grab a coffee or at the park having a picnic.
This is expensive! Will it get stolen?
Estimates are that over 90% of bicycle theft is tied to cash-for-drugs and this (unfortunately) makes every bike a target. Make sure you buy a good U-lock or a chain and your bike will be safe. You can read more about bike theft here.
What’s the warranty?Five year warranty for manufacturer defects on frame and fork, one year on parts (including wood box). Does not include wear and tear
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