The Convercycle Wants To Change Cargo Bikes Forever
Meet the lovechild of a city bike and a cargo bikeby Tudor Rus, on
Since the automotive world is allowing its hybrid offsprings, also known as crossovers and SUV, to exist - to a very successful extent, really, then why should the bicycle scene sit around in passive mode? Well it is not, not since the Convercycle has been coined in Germany. Now, you’ll have to hold your horses for a moment because we’re still looking at a concept - indeed, one that’s seriously close to production, but still a concept. Nevertheless, the idea is so cool that it merits our full attention.
What is a Convercycle?
Back in May 2019, the Convercycle entered prototype production, with the whole product being perfected and CE-checked. Before that happened, the project started as a successful student-powered Kickstarter campaign in 2018 and then got a continuation on Indiegogo, with more than $390,000 collected to this date. The company even held events where the backers could have a look and ride the Convercycle. So, what is a Convercycle?
We’re glad you asked. Its makers simply call it an urban utility bike - think of it as the wagon or the pickup truck of bicycles, if you wish. The trick behind it (literally) is that it allows the rider to carry heavy loads otherwise impossible to handle on a regular bike.
For pulling that off you'll have to thank David Maurer, an industrial designer who came up with a first Convercycle draft back in 2017.
Now, the "why" in this equation is not that hard to pin down. I mean, while some of this planet’s citizens have swiftly made the swap from cars to alternatives means of transportation (either electrically powered or pedal powered), giving up your vehicle is not an easy decision. That’s because the space it offers is hard to beat by an electric scooter or even a bike. Which is pretty much what the Convercycle is trying to fix.
The Convercycle can work as a regular bike. It has the similar size too, unless you decide to haul more stuff than usual. In that case, the bike’s design comes into play. All you need to do is lift the bike’s rear end and let the rear wheel sway out backwards out of its position. Ideally, it shouldn’t take more than three seconds to perform this. While in "normal" mode, the rear wheel is sheltered in a basket-like structure of sorts. However, in "long wheelbase" mode, the Convercycle can accommodate luggage, sports bags, and even drink crates and hefty grocery bags.
If you're looking for specifics, then know the Convercycle handles a cargo weight of up to 60 kilos (132 pounds) and a rider's max weight of 120 kilos (264 pounds).
That’s not bad at all for a bike that tips the scales at 18 kilos (40 pounds) and sports such a sleek frame. Moreover, since the weight won’t push down on the front wheel, thus making steering a workout from hell and giving you sore arms in the process, everyone can safety take the Convercycle for a ride even if they’re carrying a lot of stuff. And when it’s time to park it you won’t have to worry about a thing - the bicycle fits nicely into every bicycle rack out there.
In case you’re wondering how tired are you going to be after a ride to the supermarket, we’ll say this: fret not. You won’t feel the fatigue because the bike is also fitted with a 250-watt electric motor that handles the bulk of the effort. Moreover, it has professional disc brakes front and rear that make sure the extra inertia won’t play tricks and catch you off guard.
When Can I Buy The Convercycle?
Well, this is a tough one.
As we said, the bike is closing in on its final version but there are still some steps to take before it goes out on the market - luckily, we'll have it ready to ship worldwide somewhere in February 2020.
What you can do, however, to smoothen and perhaps speed up that process is head to Indiegogo and fund the bike. For $1,364 you’ll get the standard Convercycle, while the electric version - that’s the one with the 250-watt hub motor - will cost $1,990. Buying by bundle is also possible, so, for example, two standard Convercycles will require $2,615 while three of them will be asking for $3,640.
|Max speed||25 km/h (15 mph)|
|Wheel size||28 inches|
|Weight||28 kg (62 pounds)|
|Length (folded)||185 cm (72 inches)|
|Length||255 cm (100 inches)|
|Width||43 cm (17 inches)|
|Suggested rider height||185 cm-195 cm (5 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 5 inches)|
|Load capacity||180 kg, 359 pounds (including rider)|