Benno’s Increase E is a very properly put collectively long-tail cargo bike that’s well-designed for carrying children or masses, or a little bit of each. On this construct it’s very nicely specced with a strong motor, and you’ll select the bits you could make it good to your driving.
“A typical ebike provides a pleasant trip, however not a lot utility. A cargo ebike carries heavy masses, however could be troublesome to maneuver”, claims Benno, and we wouldn’t disagree. “We consider what folks actually need is an on a regular basis ebike engineered with the proper mix of trip dynamics, cargo capability and beauty”, it continues. “Superior agility with the flexibility to hold precisely what you want. We name it Etility® Design and it’s on the coronary heart of each Benno ebike.”
A month in the past for those who got here to me and instructed me you had £4,500 to spend on a cargo bike, I’d have instructed you to scoot off and get a Tern GSD; and in a variety of circumstances I nonetheless would, however the Benno Increase E is a real contender to your cash in case your use case matches up with its specific strengths. It’s unimaginable to take a look at this bike and never straight examine it to the GSD, so there’ll be various that, however the backside line right here is that the Benno is possibly not as versatile, however a bit extra enjoyable to trip. And a bit cooler.
The bike is a long-tail design based mostly on an alloy body and fork rolling on 24” wheels. By way of measurement it’s barely any longer than an ordinary metropolis bike, and can slot in most locations an ordinary utility bike would. The primary load-carrying space, the rear rack, isn’t a part of the principle body construction, as an alternative bolting on a bit like an ordinary rack. The default rack is okay for numerous panniers, together with Benno’s Utility luggage which maintain 30 litres of procuring every. It’ll additionally carry two Yepp youngster seats. In order for you you’ll be able to swap to a rack with built-in operating boards and stick a seat pad on for those who’re carrying larger children (the rack has a 60kg restrict so it received’t accommodate larger adults). There’s numerous rails obtainable for them to carry onto, together with a single-sided rail so it’s simpler to get on and off. The excessive rail may also maintain a trunk bag that may swallow an enormous 170 litres, sufficient for a reasonably large household store. Rack mounts on the entrance can prolong the Benno’s capability even additional.
One accent you’re undoubtedly going to wish to think about shopping for is the double kickstand. The bike comes as customary with a single kickstand, and undoubtedly shouldn’t; this can be a bike you’re going to stay your children on, or load up with procuring. A single stand that tilts the bike over simply isn’t going to chop it, and shouldn’t even be provided.
When you’ve specced the bike as much as your wants it’s time to go out, and also you’ll discover that the bike is straightforward and enjoyable to trip. There’s no suspension fork, however the customized 2.6” tyres and 24” wheels roll very well over a variety of surfaces. It’s a extra partaking trip than the heavier GSD, with its smaller 20” wheels, and there’s no studying curve such as you get with a bucket bike: it’s only a good, easy trip that’s simple to get on with. I gave it to my 15-year-old daughter to strive on her commute to highschool and I haven’t actually had a glance in since. It’s heavy, certain, however with a fourth-generation Bosch Efficiency Line CX motor kicking out 85Nm, it’s not a difficulty until you could raise the bike over one thing.
Out on the highway it by no means struggles, even on steep climbs: the wide-range cassette and chunky tyres be sure that of that. As customary the Increase E comes with a 500Wh battery, and that ought to be sufficient to your every day use until you’re delivering quick meals or commuting to the following city. It’s potential to increase the vary with a second battery; Benno claims a variety of 40-240km relying on what number of batteries you’re packing and what the terrain is like. It’s potential to run the battery dry in lower than 40km spherical right here, pointing the bike at Tub’s quite a few hills in Turbo mode, however even then it wasn’t massively in need of that quantity. The bike comes with Bosch’s 4A charger that’ll get you again as much as full battery (assuming you simply have the one) in about 5 hours.
By way of adjustability, this can be a bike that may match a variety of individuals – Benno claims from 5’1” to six’3”, and we’ve lined most of that vary – however is at its finest when being utilized by a single rider, or a minimum of a number of riders which are about the identical measurement. The slack seat tube angle implies that it’s potential to place your ft down simply even when you will have your saddle as much as full top, and it additionally implies that the attain of the bike grows because the seat top will increase, to accommodate taller riders extra simply. The bullhorn bars could be rotated to make fairly an influence on the trip place too. It’s not just like the GSD although, the place you’ll be able to simply modify for a brand new rider with a couple of flips of a fast launch. You’ll want instruments if you wish to change the setup. In order for you the entire household to make use of the bike that is likely to be a difficulty; if it’s simply you, not a lot.
Other than the sub-optimal stand the city-friendly package is all wonderful. The Supernova lighting system is nice, and the entrance gentle on the entrance of the mudguard appears to be like neat and kicks out sufficient gentle for simple navigation on unlit lanes. There are facet panels obtainable for the rear mudguard to maintain splashes off your children’ faculty trousers. The chain is an extended one, and there’s no chainguard above it, so you could be a bit cautious together with your garments if you’re driving.
At £4,599 – plus a bit extra for a correct kickstand – the Benno is mainly competing straight with the brand new Tern GSD, which is the following incarnation of our favorite bike right here at ebiketips. I’ve not reviewed the brand new bike but I have ridden it a bit, and there are many enhancements over the previous bike which was already sensible.
So, can the Benno compete towards such esteemed competitors? Effectively, sure it may possibly. It may well’t carry fairly as a lot, and it’s not as simply adjustable for various riders, however there’s loads of folks for whom neither of these issues shall be a difficulty. Take them out of the equation and the Benno is a nicer bike to trip, because the bigger wheels and Chopper-style bars make it simple to manage and cozy on damaged UK roads. It’s additionally massively versatile; you’ll be able to have two children or an enormous weekly store on the again, a crate of beer on the entrance and nonetheless make it up the hill again to your own home because of the wonderful motor system, and it additionally appears to be like fairly cool. General it’s not fairly nearly as good as a GSD general, taking all the things under consideration. Nevertheless it is likely to be the cargo bike for you nonetheless.