Cannondale, a Connecticut-based bicycle manufacturer with a history spanning over half a century, is taking a leap into the e-cargo bike market. The company’s foray into this market is marked by the introduction of the Cargowagen Neo and Wonderwagen Neo, underlining a commitment to sustainable urban transportation. These e-cargo bikes are positioned as practical alternatives to cars, potentially offering substantial savings in annual vehicle ownership costs.
The Cargowagen Neo, a long-tail model, is poised to make its debut in the US market during the upcoming winter season, with an initial price tag of $4,300. European consumers can anticipate the Cargowagen Neo slightly earlier this fall, with a price of €4,000. It boasts a 10-speed Shimano Deore transmission and is powered by a mid-drive Bosch motor. The bike features 20-inch wheels and a low step-thru frame, ensuring stability and accessibility for riders of varying sizes. In the US, the Cargowagen Neo comes equipped with a 545Wh Bosch battery pack, capable of achieving speeds of up to 28mph. In contrast, the European version complies with stricter EU regulations, limiting its maximum speed to 25km/h with a Bosch Cargo Line motor. For those seeking extended range, Cannondale offers an option for a larger 725Wh Bosch battery.
The Cargowagen Neo can support a total weight of 440 pounds, accommodating both the rider and additional cargo. Families can safely transport two children, with separate Thule Yepp seats available for purchase. Safety is paramount, with the bike equipped with 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, ensuring controlled stops even when fully loaded. Additional features like integrated lights, a chain guard, fenders, and front suspension enhance its suitability for various weather conditions. Cannondale offers a range of accessories to enhance the bike’s functionality, from passenger seat pads to front cargo racks and pannier bags.
On the other hand, the Wonderwagen Neo, a front-loader e-cargo bike, is exclusively available in Europe, where such designs are gaining popularity. This model is set to compete with renowned e-cargo bikes like those from Urban Arrow, also owned by Pon Holdings. Safety and convenience take precedence in the Wonderwagen Neo’s design, with a spacious front box to safeguard both children and cargo. It has the capacity to accommodate up to three children: two in the front box and one on the rear rack. An anti-rollback feature ensures safety when starting on inclined surfaces. Like the Cargowagen, the Wonderwagen also features 20-inch wheels, mounts for dual batteries, a dropper seat post, and front suspension. Optional accessories for the Wonderwagen include a rain cover and a rear-facing radar for added safety. The Wonderwagen Neo is set to hit the European market this fall, starting at €6,499.
E-cargo bikes, with their electric motors, are heralding a revolution in urban transportation, providing a sustainable alternative to cars and trucks. Cannondale’s Wonderwagen Neo and Cargowagen Neo represent the company’s first full-sized e-cargo offerings, following the release of the Compact Neo e-cargo bike in 2022. The Wonderwagen Neo, designed as the ultimate child-carrying e-bike, features a traditional bucket-style front compartment. This compartment can seat two children, each weighing up to 30kg, and is equipped with five-point harnesses for safety.
The Wonderwagen Neo boasts an impressive total cargo capacity of 250kg. It is powered by a Bosch Cargo Line mid-drive motor, offering riders a choice between a 545Wh or 725Wh battery. The bike also features a cable steering system, an 80mm front suspension, and a dropper post for balance when stationary. Two variants of the Wonderwagen Neo are available, differing in battery capacity and gear setup.
The Cargowagen Neo, on the other hand, is equipped with a large rear rack for cargo, employing a similar drivetrain as the Wonderwagen Neo. Its payload capacity, including the rider, is 200kg. Both bikes offer an array of accessories, from front racks to rear-facing radars, to enhance safety. The Wonderwagen Neo 1 and 2 are priced at £7,000 ($8,842) and £6,000 ($7,579), respectively. Cannondale’s new e-cargo bikes champion the #onelesscar concept, encouraging urban and suburban families to explore sustainable transportation alternatives.
Both the Cargowagen Neo and Wonderwagen Neo feature heavy-duty SmartForm C2 alloy step-through frames, wide tires mounted on sturdy 20″ wheels, and 80mm cargo forks. The Cargowagen Neo’s long tail rear end can carry up to 80kg of cargo, with a total load rating of 200kg. Meanwhile, the Wonderwagen can transport 100kg in its front box and an additional 27kg on its rear rack. Both bikes are powered by Bosch motors, with European models adhering to the 25kph limited Bosch Cargo Line, while US models utilize the 28mph-limited Bosch Performance Speed motor. Integrated lighting, full-coverage fenders, dropper seat posts, and integrated locks are standard features on both models. These innovative Cannondale cargo e-bikes are now available across Europe, with the Cargowagen Neo also scheduled for release in the US this winter.