There are only two options when it comes to the layout of a cargo bike: rider in front or cargo in front. For designer Mike Burrows the choice was clear. Traditional machines which carry their load up front require two head tubes, two steerers, two head-sets and a connecting rod, adding complexity and cost. Placing the rider’s weight over the front wheel also prevents front wheel wash-outs. Loss of grip on the rear wheel is less likely to have you off.
Black Country Atelier, a UK Midlands-based design studio, wanted to bring a new model 8Freight to a wider-audience and worked with Burrows Engineering to scale up production, also adding a range of freight options such as baskets and lockable boxes. The new machine uses more conventional parts in place of some of the original’s specially machined components, making the bike easier to make and to own, but it has lost none of its usefulness and character.
Few bikes are so single minded. This is a serious tool designed for every-day, fast, high-mileage use. As a result the 8Freight has earned a loyal fan base not just with professional courier companies but with anyone able to think of a practical use for it - from mums to window cleaners.
Frame size: One size fits most. Custom sizes available.
Wheelbase: 2 metres.
Frame material: 6000 series Aluminium
Frame construction: TIG welding and bonding.
Cargo bay internal dimension: 700 x 530mm.
Max weight capacity: including rider - 175 kilo occasional or 125 kilo continuous.
Brakes: SRAM 70mm drum.
Transmission: Chain, 1 x 8, derailleur.
Gears: SRAM '7' mech and shifter.
Wheels: 20" / 406.
Tyres: ARC Siren.