We’re currently evaluating a Yuba Mundo V3 cargo bike. The following is an appetizer that’ll be followed up with the main course (a full review) later this spring. —Alan
The Mundo is a tough, but reasonably priced, dedicated cargo bike that boasts an amazing 440 lb. load capacity.
The frame is constructed of hi-ten steel. Tough and easy to repair. The sideloaders are cromo.
The working end of a real packhorse. That’s a 48 spoke wheel with a 26×2.125 tire at 40 psi.
Gussets everywhere you look.
Triangles galore. Typical loads disappear under this bike. Extreme loads are not an issue.
Check out the ovalized tubes for stiffness. Cool stuff.
Yup, you read it right: 440 lbs.! That doesn’t include rider weight.
This year’s model has a low range triple up front. My knees are thanking Yuba.
Garden variety twist shifter and a cute bell. If it was my bike, I’d nix the twisters and mount some Thumbies with D/A Bar-ends (non-indexed).
21-speed indexed drivetrain (3×7).
Every cargo bike should have one of these self-centering springs; they make loading much easier.
The single-leg kickstand is super-beefy and stronger than last year’s double-legged center stand. Yuba is currently working on their own super-stout double-leg stand, due out later this year.
Extra braze-ons in case you want to get creative and come up with your own hauling solutions. Neat!
The “Go-Getter” waterproof bag is huge. It’ll take 4 grocery bags, no sweat. It’s nicely made and a steal at $109.
The cargo deck is made from recycled milk bottles, and the padded seat is plenty comfy for giving someone a lift. It can be removed in just a few seconds to clear the deck for hauling.
The Mundo is designed to be “one size fits all”, so the adjustable stem is a nice touch.
The quick release, extra long seatpost with sloping top tube, and adjustable stem make it possible to fit a wide variety of people on one frame size.
And to top it off, it’s a pretty bike, as cargo bikes go. We’re really enjoying the ride. Look for the full report in a few weeks.