A family-friendly electric bike that goes the extra mile

The Babboe Slim Mountain cargo cycle is extra manoeuvrable, making it suitable for out-of-town touring

Babboe’s line-up includes the £1,499 pedal-only Big cargo bike
Babboe’s line-up includes the £1,499 pedal-only Big cargo bike

Once regarded as a form of transport fit solely for hard-pressed delivery boys, the utilitarian cargo bike has been brought from the tradesman’s entrance to the front door by a Dutch manufacturer aiming to revolutionise family travel with a range of models capable of carrying an adult and up to six children.

The new Babboe Slim Mountain, a £3,550 two-wheeler, is designed to be extra manoeuvrable for out-of-town touring. Fitted with a mid-mounted Yamaha motor, it can carry an adult and two children over distances of up to 37 miles between four-hour charges
The new Babboe Slim Mountain, a £3,550 two-wheeler, is designed to be extra manoeuvrable for out-of-town touring. Fitted with a mid-mounted Yamaha motor, it can carry an adult and two children over distances of up to 37 miles between four-hour charges

Babboe, based between Amsterdam and Utrecht, evolved from the collective brainwave of a group of eco-friendly Dutch parents looking for an efficient, fitness-inducing and environmentally sound replacement for the car as a means of transporting the children. The answer was a modern take on the bakfiets (or “freight bicycle”) more commonly used for delivering groceries and roadside trading.

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The first Babboe bakfiets was produced in 2007, since when the firm has exported various versions – such as the two-wheel City model, the canine-friendly Dog and the articulated three-wheel Curve – to buyers around the world.

The electrically assisted Curve Mountain, £4,479
The electrically assisted Curve Mountain, £4,479

Business really picked up a decade ago, however, with the launch of the Babboe Big, the firm’s first electrically assisted bakfiets. The range now includes seven electric models powered by 250-watt, 36-volt motors that give them a top speed of 15.5mph.

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The latest is the recently launched Babboe Slim Mountain, a £3,550 two-wheeler designed to be extra manoeuvrable to make it suitable for out-of-town touring. Fitted with a mid-mounted Yamaha motor, it can carry an adult and two children over distances of up to 37 miles between four-hour charges.

The Babboe line-up ranges from the £1,499 pedal-only Big to the electrically assisted Curve Mountain, priced at £4,479. As well as offering a range of accessories for the machines, including rain covers, extra seating, luggage racks and storage bins, the company also runs an “ambassador” test-ride service, through which enthusiastic owners make their machines available to potential buyers.

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