A box on two wheels or three?

A box on two wheels or three?

A box on two wheels or three?

If you can't decide whether to go for a two-wheeled or three-wheeled box electric cargo bike. Here is a short piece that will help you decide

Two Wheels

Imagine a wheelbarrow on a frame with a seat attached. That is what a two-wheel electric cargo bike is like effectively. They have a really big carrying capacity, circa 80kg's is normal. So if you carrying kids, adults, your shopping, your tools or your rubbish to the tip it's perfect for the job.

One of the big barriers we hear off people about two-wheelers is the balance with a heavy load. Yes, you do have to balance on two-wheels but the box being very low gives the bike an extremely low centre of gravity which helps balance. It's not top heavy at all.

The other big benefit of a two-wheeler is how agile and nimble they are. Definitely the faster of the two types and counter-intuitively, despite being over 2.5 metres long, they have a surprisingly tight turning circle. Something that blew our mind when we rode one for the first time.

Three Wheels

These are even bigger wheelbarrows with a seat attached and sometimes the box is on the rear too. If your focus is on carrying capacity this is the option to consider. The box capacity is circa 100kg on these beasts hence the two wheels at the front or rear for stability under that load. This type of electric cargo bike is often considered for commercial applications too where volume is key.

Not as nimble as their two-wheeled sibling, they can still get you from A to B easily with their powerful electric motor onboard though. Trikes with boxes on the back are the most stable.


It's also useful to note that most box bikes have a range of complimentary accessories available to help you make the bike be what you want it to be.

For example, carrying the kids? You may need seats or a rain tent to keep them dry. Or carrying the shopping or your tools, you'll need a cover then to keep it dry.

Think about it. If cargo bikes are being pitched as a replacement for vehicles, they need to do what vehicles can do too. Carry people, carry cargo, keep it dry.

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