Re: [rootsradicals] Kona Cargo bike
- yeah, I agree! I LOVE the Freeloaders and my GOD how much stuff can you pack into them if you add the wideloaders! This is where i think Surly has it right. they are working WITH Xtracycle to make a compatible system. I am so entheused that I am saving up my nickles and dimes and planning to buy a Surly bike of some sort. Instigator or a LHT probably rather than a Big dummy. Mostly because it would mean that my X will be no longer useful! WAH! Unless Of course I move it to a DIFFERENT bike........Oh, why did I say that! Insanity.....
markOn 9/6/07, murray <murrayneill@...> wrote:The first thing that struck me when I saw that picture of the ute was the size of the bags. It has that wonderful big cargo rack and on it they have a little bag which looks smaller than a saddle bag you might find on a 'normal' bike. Its not much bigger than your average fannypack. I read you have the option of getting 4 bags instead of two but even then they look like they would be no match for the versatility of the freeloaders.
Nice frame, let down by wimpy bags.On 9/7/07, Tone < Tone@...> wrote:
Did someone mention Kona's 2008 cargo bike, which they are calling the "Ute"? The name sounds familiar, but I do not remember seeing a picture of it. Here is a link:
It costs $800 USD, and unless I am reading the specs wrong, it only has front brakes(?)! It also looks like their web page is buggy because a number of the links to the right do not seem to display correctly.
I find it funny how there seems to be a number of companies coming out with cargo-style bikes… now that Xtracycle has really pushed the market first. Of course it is nice to know major bicycle manufacturers are appreciating the value of a bicycle for practical, work, and hauling purposes.
I will certainly stick with the Xtracycle or the Big Dummy when it comes out though. At least I know Surly collaborated with Xtracycle to tweak all the design kinks out of the Big Dummy before releasing it. I also really like how the Free Radical's design allows it to be adaptable for different uses depending on what Xtracycle-brand or retrofitted attachments are put on.
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- on Sep 6, 2007 Tone wrote:
> It costs $800 USD, and unless I am reading the specs wrong, it onlyI think what's posted on Kona's site is pretty preliminary. There's
> has front brakes(?)! It also looks like their web page is buggy
> because a number of the links to the right do not seem to display
more info over on Bike Hugger:
...looks like it will have a rear v-brake. I'm not sure why you'd mix
brake technologies on a production bike, but I guess it's been done
before (with U-brakes and cantilevers on early mountain bikes, for
> I find it funny how there seems to be a number of companies comingI agree that this is a positive direction for bicycle technology, and
> out with cargo-style bikes. now that Xtracycle has really pushed
> the market first. Of course it is nice to know major bicycle
> manufacturers are appreciating the value of a bicycle for
> practical, work, and hauling purposes.
I give Xtracycle a ton of credit for pushing utilitarian longbikes
into the mainstream. Of course, like many things in cycling, it's not
an entirely new technology: <http://clevercycles.com/?p=7>
> I will certainly stick with the Xtracycle or the Big Dummy when itI agree that the Free Radical and Big Dummy designs offer a more
> comes out though. At least I know Surly collaborated with Xtracycle
> to tweak all the design kinks out of the Big Dummy before releasing
> it. I also really like how the Free Radical's design allows it to
> be adaptable for different uses depending on what Xtracycle-brand
> or retrofitted attachments are put on.
flexible platform than the Kona design. I don't necessarily think
that it's a one-size-fits-all solution though, and Kona's bike may be
more appropriate for some people's needs. I hope Kona's entry into
this part of the market becomes part of a rising tide that will lift
Michael (Mauricio B.) Lemberger
- Looking at the two sites, and looking at the picture, and considering
recent discussion on tires, I think one problem with this bike is
might not support really large (2.35 inch) tires, and it might have
clearance for snow tires. There's a post extending between the rear
stays (in the picture) that ought not be quite so long as it is in
On 2007-09-07, at 10:57 AM, Michael Lemberger wrote:
> I think what's posted on Kona's site is pretty preliminary. There's
> more info over on Bike Hugger: