Donky Bike is a new cargo bicycle brand with a small, nimble and rather versatile hauler.
The bike is designed to handle well, even in tight traffic and with heavy/large loads. It’s also designed to be both affordable and durable, letting you use and abuse it without worrying about it falling apart or becoming landfill fodder after a year or two. It’s also pretty low maintenance, using proven and commonly available parts to make repairs easier and cheaper.
The frame has two removable racks -one front,one rear- that put the load on the frame rather than the fork. In time they’ll add accessory options to make the Donky even more versatile, including front and rear child seats. Click through for more pics and video…
The idea began with a conversation between friends Ben Wilson and Jonathan Pooley in 2006. They wanted a cheap (but good) bike for whipping around town that could also carry lots of stuff. To do that, they gave the Donky a steel frame riding on 20″ BMX wheels and a compact footprint. It uses V-brakes, a single piece crankset and 3-speed internally geared Shimano Nexus rear hub. Combined, this gave it the usability and handling they wanted while keeping it simple. The frame has a built in wheel lock on the rear, and both racks secure or remove easily with quick release knobs.
It’s only available in one size and two colors (black or green). The seatpost and handlebar are adjustable to give it a wide fit range. Retail is £499, and they’re available direct through their website.