After retiring from Salvagetti Bike Shop in Denver, CO, former owner Scott Taylor worked on The Lift for almost four years. His goal? Create a quality cargo bike option for under $1,000 that didn’t require a separate, oversized bike sitting in your garage. The result is a quickly attached front cargo box and steering mechanism that replaces your standard bike’s front wheel that can fit in about the same space as a wheelbarrow. Check it out…
The frame is TIG-welded chromoly steel with weatherproof plywood for the cargo box. Both are made in Colorado (metalwork is done by REEB Cycles’ head welder), keeping all production in the U.S. for speedier delivery times, good karma, etc. Other parts are quality, too, with a sealed cartridge bearing headset, 160mm rotor disc brake and heavy duty thorn-proof tire.
And (presumably after a bit of practice), it takes just 46 seconds to install:
It’ll work with most non-carbon frames. The particular specifications are:
- Frame should be steel, titanium or aluminum
- 68mm or 73mm English threaded bottom bracket
- Cable actuated disk or rim brakes (no drum brakes or hydraulic brakes)
- Rigid (un-suspended) frames
- 9mm standard dropout fork with either no suspension or a locked out suspension
- Used bicycles should be inspected for rust and damage prior to installation
Retail will be $899, but nab one on the Kickstarter Early Bird for as little as $725, or $799 if you procrastinate. Bulk deals are also offered.