Lift Bike front cargo bicycle conversion kit

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…

Lift Bike front cargo bicycle conversion kit on Kickstarter

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.

LiftBikes.com

27 COMMENTS

  1. A grand!?!?!?!?! $ freaking years to come up with that? WTF? Over. Most fabricators could do better in a weekend or two. Why not make it use your STOCK front wheel to save hassle AND money AND space to store. This is a joke.

    • How many bakfiets do you see with 26″ or 700c or 29″ front wheels? There are center of gravity and handling considerations. Also, making this design to fit with “your stock front wheel” would require limiting it to one wheel size of bike. You really think this design could’ve been thought up, prototyped, tested, modified, and produced in a weekend? Even for an angry internet commenter, that was a poorly thought out brain fart.

      • Unless that one you brought to market has a name you’re completely full of it. I don’t know anyone involved in bicycle R&D that comes off nearly as gauche or has the audacity to write such nonsense as your opening post.

  2. I wonder how many useful and innovative new products Tman has successfully brought to market.

    I think it looks great.

  3. That’s awesome, I’ve been thinking about a cargo bike and now i can use one of my old hardtail a that have been retired..

  4. I’d be more concerned about unspecified loads that contraption causes on any given frame. Obviously not something bike manufacturers have in mind.

    • It would seem that the load is more placed on the cargo attachment rather than the cargo attachment placing any huge load on the frame. Obviously there is load transfer to and from each unit but the way it attaches it looks like the load on the frame is a tension load near the BB. The frame should have no problem handling that type of load at that location.

  5. As someone who makes a living in the bike business and has some experience in product design, I think I’m as qualified to pass judgement on this as anyone else. I think this is a great idea and I hope these guys do well. This is not a simple device to design by any means and it looks like these guys did a really great job of it. If I needed to carry more than a Bob trailer’s worth of stuff around I’d want this. The only drawback is the price, but relative to what you get, if you CAN afford it, it seems worth it to me.

  6. I also make bike stuff. The solution shown here looks great. Tman, you overreacted – you aren’t required to buy it. It looks like these folks are doing a good job, no need to piss in their corn flakes.

      • That would be in the running for best combination with the local guy who has been seen captaining a tandem with two (yes, two) trail-a-bikes attached AND towing a burley trailer.

        Also, I like the the Lift!

  7. “It’ll work with most non-carbon frames.” Well, it won’t work with any Italian frames, so it’s utterly useless with my 1985 De Rosa. Maybe Tman could build something for me.

  8. But, seriously, the attachment details are a bit vague (or am I just not finding them?), and those of us who live in places with weather have fenders to remove, which can be a pain. Great idea, though.

    • Why would you have to remove the fender? There looks to be plenty of clearance for it to stay in place … it’d look a bit odd without the wheel, but odd and cargobikes aren’t exactly enemies 😉

  9. That’s a pretty slick conversion. I like it, and I hope these guys meet their goal, produce their orders, and create happy customers.

    • My question as well. Seems like a very important detail that they neglect to talk about. I bet that’s what makes the conversion take longer than 60 seconds. I don’t see how you could work around not buying a long section of housing and a brake cable. That said, brake cables aren’t that long…so I have no idea how this works.

      Just watched the video again and it looks like it might use a cable splitter like you see with S&S coupled bikes. That would require running two separate housings and cables and linking them together, which takes some time and skill and a hell of a lot longer than 60 seconds.

      I’m not bad mouthing this product as I think it’s awesome, but that aspect should be discussed.

What do you think?