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Bicycle Paper: Yuba ‘Mundo Luxe’ Cargo Bike with NuVinci N360 Now Available

Yuba ‘Mundo Luxe’ Cargo Bike with NuVinci N360 Now Available

2013 model debuting at Sea Otter Classic.

April 17, 2013

By Kim A. Merrill, Marketing Public Relations, Fallbrook Technologies Bicycle Products Division

 

San Diego, Calif. – Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook) has partnered with leading cargo bike company Yuba Bicycles to launch a luxury cargo bike featuring Fallbrook’s continuously variable NuVinci N360 transmission. The Yuba Mundo Luxe NuVinci will debut for the public at the Sea Otter Classic and is now available at Yuba dealers across North America.

The NuVinci N360 is the latest generation of Fallbrook’s award-winning continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmission for bicycles. Dealers and consumers can test-ride the innovative transmission at the Yuba Bicycles’ Booth 170 at Sea Otter, April 18-21 in Monterey, Calif.

“The NuVinci N360 continues to gain acceptance as the smooth shifting drivetrain of choice for transportation bicycles,” said Geoff Petrangelo, Fallbrook’s sales and business development manager. “Whether it’s commuting to work or transporting kids, delivering groceries or building materials, the NuVinci N360 enhances the riding experience and performance of city bikes, e-Bikes and cargo bikes.”

The award-winning NuVinci N360 provides cyclists with an infinite number of gearing choices between the highest and lowest ratios, a full 360 percent ratio range. The CVP transmission makes riding particularly enjoyable with seamless, continuous shifting (even under high pedal torque), without power interruptions, missed gears or dropped chains. The intuitive NuVinci shifter’s feather touch and visual display is easy to use, allowing the rider to fine-tune their pedaling cadence and effort with a twist of the wrist. The NuVinci N360 hub is also maintenance free.

“The Mundo Luxe Nuvinci is the perfect bike for someone who wants a no-hassle car-replacing vehicle. The bike can accommodate all sorts of cargo and passengers. The built in dynamo, lights and NuVinci 360 hub make for a safe, maintenance free, all-season ride,” said Kaytea Petro, Yuba’s Marketing Director.

The Primo Mundo NuVinci features a stiff all-steel frame that won’t flex with cargo on board, maximizing rider control. Its responsive steering and small turning radius is optimized for riding in traffic or on the trail. The Mundo Luxe Nuvinci’s integrated bamboo rear rack and sideloaders make it possible to transport large amounts of cargo—from groceries to children and friends to a surfboard. Additional features include Tektro disc brakes for greater stopping power and safety, a Shimano iLight front hub, WTB Freedom Cruz tires, Cionilli saddle, full coverage front and rear fenders, and front and rear Spannigna dynamo lights. The Mundo Luxe Nuvinci is available in green apple and matte black for an MSRP of $1999.

For more information or to find bike shops with the Yuba Mundo Luxe NuVinci visit www.yubabikes.com. To learn more about the NuVinci N360 drivetrain, visit www.nuvinci.com/cycling.

Pimp my Ride: Tim Lu Max

Tim Lu Max has been slowly pimping his Boda Boda. Here’s two in-progress pictures of the bike with a custom Soft Spot, a custom Bread Basket liner made to match the standard Baguette. Can you spot the components he powder coated to match?

He’s also swapped the handlebars for swept-back cruiser bars, platform pedals, and added a water bottle from S’well. Coming up next are new grips, fenders and lights.

Looking good, Tim!

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Boda Boda Wheelbase

From: A Curious Customer

Subject: Boda Boda Wheelbase

Message Body:
I have seen a post on Joe Bike that the Boda Boda will fit on a bus rack if the front wheel/handlebars are rotated 180 degrees.  But I’d love the measurements so that I can check that against our local bus racks.  What is the wheelbase of the boda boda with the handlebars and wheel rotated 180 degrees?

The Boda Boda Step-Through has a wheelbase of 48″, but when you turn the bars around, it’s 45″.

Boda Boda on Bus Rack

Lovely Bicycle: “The Tale of a Midtail Cruiser”

Traveling through the suburbs last week, I suddenly spotted something green and curvy zipping toward me on the opposite side of the road. It was a Yuba Boda Boda cargo bike – not a common sight around these parts. The woman astride it looked happy and carefree. As we passed each other, both of us waved with the zeal of true bicycle obsessionists, and yelled hello. I then spent the rest of the morning wondering who this mysterious woman was and how I could get a better look at her bike. But I didn’t have to wonder long. Having recognized me, she soon got in touch and we arranged to meet up.
Josette is a local cyclist and mother of two boys, ages 6 and 3. She lives in a hilly outer suburb of Boston and works in a neighboring, equally hilly suburb. Her typical daily commute involves taking her younger son to preschool, as well as cycling to and from work, for a total of 13 miles plus errands. Josette got back into cycling as an adult a few years ago, and has since owned a couple of bikes, including a modern hybrid and a vintage English 3-speed. She now wanted a cargo bike that was both easy to ride and could handle two children. She tried several cargo bikes, before settling on the Boda Boda – a new “midtail cruiser” model from the California-based Yuba: The Boda felt easier to manage than full sized longtails, and the handling felt more intuitive than that of the Dutch bakfiets. Josette purchased the bike at Ferris Wheels in Jamaica Plain (Boston) and has been riding it since October.

Read more here….

Holidays by Bike Photo Contest

Everybody knows how awesome it is to do the holidays by bike – everything is just easier. From bringing home the tree by bike to going to view light displays, the holidays are so much better on a bike.

To enhance your enjoyment of this holiday season, we’ve partnered with Timbuk2 for an exclusive holiday contest to WIN the NEW Timbuk2 Basket Case bag (valued at $129, and not available until 2013) and a Yuba Bread Basket ($129 value)!

To enter, simply submit a photo of you OR your bike getting festive…by bike. This could be anything:
  • wassailing,
  • picking up a tree,
  • holiday shopping,
  • wrapping up a bike as a present,
  • holiday-themed bike decorations,
  • Santa group ride,
  • taking food to the food bank,
  • stocking up on eggnog
  • and whatnot….

To Enter post your photo to the Yuba Bicycles Facebook Page, send it to us on Twitter (tag: #holidaysbybike) or send it directly to info@yubabikes.com (subject line: Holidays By Bike). Entries will be collected an published here in the blog. Contest runs until December 31, 2012, noon PST. Entries limited to residents of the United States and Canada.

P.S. If you’re feeling extra festive, roll on over to the Timbuk2 fan page and check out their Good Gifts Sweepstake with $1000 in prizes to be won (only until December 10, 2012)
Update: The entries are already coming in. Here they are!
@tacomabikeranch_3 @tacomabikeranch2 fb_emmanuel_cervantes @tinepgh@missgeorgieo elle_b6 elle_b5 fb_simon_searlefb_sam_moody
1/2/2013 Update: And the winner is…
Kate B. with the lovely picture above of her  four boys on her bike. She will be receiving a Timbuk2 Basket Case Bag, and a Bread Basket. Congratulations Kate!
Thank you to everyone for participating. We loved seeing all the photos of your holiday cheer, and wish you a happy new year.

Hum of the City: We tried it: Yuba Boda Boda

Here’s a exerpt from a review from Hum of the City, a fantastic blog about being car-free with children in a hilly city (San Francisco).

“…This is an extremely easy bike to ride, both with and without kids aboard. The Boda Boda looks and feels like a beach cruiser, with wide handlebars and a relaxed and upright ride, but has massively increased carrying capacity. We had some friends who were only occasional riders try it, and even when it was loaded they took off without a wobble. This is common to some extent with all midtails, but our loaner Boda Boda had an advantage over the MinUte: a step-through frame. Even shorter riders could get on and off with contorting over the top tube or round-housing a kid sitting on the back deck.
The Boda Boda is a slender bike that can move easily through traffic. It has the same kind of rear supports as the Mundo, which are handy because they can hold up the bags or be used as footrests for older riders, but they are much narrower than the ones on the Mundo (as are the bags themselves). A Mundo with the Go Getter bags packed is three feet across, wider than many bike trailers, and it can be nerve-wracking to ride one in San Francisco’s narrow bike lanes and heavy traffic—as a result, I sometimes see Mundos riding on the sidewalk, even though this is illegal in San Francisco. The Boda Boda’s Baguettes, even fully packed, still lie pretty flat and make it possible to weave the bike through pinch points without a second thought (Baguettes can apparently be used on a Mundo as well, by the way)…”

Read the full review here…

Outside Magazine: The Best $1,000 Utility Bike: Yuba Boda Boda Cargo Cruiser

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Best $1,000 Utility Bike: Yuba Boda Boda Cargo Cruiser

By:

 

The Yuba Boda Boda Cargo Cruiser. Photo: Yuba Boda Boda

 

It’s the minivan of bicycles, though with more panache than that designation suggests.

With a swoopy, whimsical frame and whitewash balloon tires, this bike seems perfectly suited to neighborhood pedaling and easygoing afternoons strolls. But the Boda Boda is more than your average beach cruiser, thanks to a hefty cargo rack system integrated into the frame. It’s a stylish ride for trips to the farmer’s market or pedaling over for an afternoon on the water (yes, it can carry a surfboard or SUP).

THE FRAME
Built from sturdy 6061 Aluminum, the Boda Boda is a pretty cool piece of engineering, with seat and chain stays that extend straight into the built-in rack system. We prefer the continuous lines of the Step-Over model, which has almost as much clearance as a standard mixte, but women who often ride in dresses will appreciate the Step-Through version. The geometry is decidedly upright, which a few of our testers said resulted in slightly wobbly handling. And all the extra metal in the frame for the rack system pushes the weight to a hefty 36 pounds, making the bike more stolid workhorse than chipper speedster. Those niggles aside, several testers said they’re considering getting Bodas of their own.

THE PARTS
In contrast to the stylish looks, the components are mostly a good hard-working mix, including the 8-speed SRAM X3 drivetrain which, thanks to a generous 38-tooth ring up front, got us up even the steepest hills with a full load of groceries. It’s been awhile since we’ve ridden V-brakes, and Yuba’s reminded us just how well this simple design can work. Cork grips, springy faux leather saddle, and bamboo rack decking are all nice touches that add style. However, we found the kickstand inadequate for a bike this size and recommend upgrading to the Boda Double Stand ($69). That raises one other quibble: Though we’re happy to pay a little extra for true accessories (cushion and seat tube-mounted bars for passengers, for instance), features like a sturdy kickstand, a spring to keep the front wheel from over-rotating, and bamboo decking for the feet should be standard at this price.

THE BOTTOM LINE
Like the bicycle taxis in Africa from which the Boda Boda gets its quirky name, this bike can haul a surprising load, including, we found, two full-size adults in a pinch. It’s the minivan of bicycles, though with more panache than that designation suggests. If you’ve ever dreamt of ditching your car once and for all for a two-wheeled lifestyle, the Boda Boda might just be the perfect replacement. And if you need even more capacity (think SUV instead of minivan), Yuba’s Mundo Cargo will lug as much payload as your legs can manage.

Read full article here…