What are the differences between electric cargo bikes with a rear wheel motor and cargo bikes with a mid-drive motor
If you are riding on hilly roads with more than 3% inclination, then we would advise you to go for the Mountain version with the Yamaha crank motor.
Babboe-E Versions versus Babboe Mountain Versions
Location of the motor
On our standard 'E' hub motored versions, the motor is located in the rear wheel. The assistance really makes it feel like you’re cycling with a tailwind.
On our Mountain version, the motor is located in the middle of the bike and not only is it a more powerful motor, it is more efficient and gives a greater range. It also makes the bike feel more stable.
Location of the battery
The battery is concealed underneath the rear carrier on the hub version and on the crank version it is concealed underneath the bench in the front box.
Type of assistance
The bikes with a rear wheel motor are assisted through rotation. Every time you make a full rotation with the pedals, the electric assistance will do its job. Depending on the electric assistance setting, you’ll receive more or less assistance.
Bikes with a motor in the middle provide assistance through power and use a more sophisticated and intelligent system. The more resistance your bike feels, the more assistance it will provide.
Electric bikes with a rear wheel motor are equipped with a derailleur, which means you can't shift gears while standing still.
Electric bikes with a mid-drive motor have a stepless shifting system, which allows you to select any desired gear at any time, even while standing still.
Which electric cargo bike version should I choose?
Do you frequently ride on even roads with an occasional small bridge? In that case the hub motored version is probably sufficient for you.
If you frequently ride on hilly roads with an inclination of more than 3%? Then we would advise you to choose the Yamaha crank motored Mountain version.