Your next adventure by cargo bike - haul up and head out.
We are all familiar with the Yuba Spicy Curry as "your second car," "the cargo hauler," or "the family wagon." But does it possess an adventurous side? The answer is a definite yes! Let's delve into what we did to unlock its adventurous potential.
Introducing - The Spicy Mule
On its own, the Spicy Curry is Yuba's full-blown electric longtail cargo bike. Yuba describes it as the ultimate cargo machine on two wheels - which is not far from the truth in our minds. Here at Bicycle Junction we like to push the limits of what a bike can be - sometimes a little far and a little quirky - think our infamous sound bike and jacuzzi bike (if you've been lucky enough to witness it). However, creating an all-terrain Spicy Curry seems not that far fetched - even a logical evolution on what is already a great platform.
So what does a Spicy Curry need to become "all-terrain". First on the agenda - suspension. We hit up our friends at Shockcraft in Alexandra to build a fork worthy and capable of handling off road excursions. The result is 80mm of finely tuned travel in the form of a Manitou Circus fork.
Next up - tyres. With a 26" wheel up front and 20" out the back we thought it'd be hard finding a matching pair worthy of this build. But Schwalbe came to the party with the "Smart Sam" - an all-terrain tyre optimised for electric bikes and theirmixedwheel sizes. Easy choice!
Outside of the luxury of the sealed road, a bike without rear suspension can spell trouble for you lower back. To work around this weinstalled Cane Creek's Thudbuster suspension seatpost - offering 80mm of finely tuned, stiction free, impact absorbing elastomer goodness.
What would a custom build be without a custom paint job. We tasked Powder Coating Services in Petone, Wellington to create the hardest wearing finish, capable of any abuse that may be thrown at it - the result a beautifully subtle hammered black metallic finish.