Elian Cycles set themselves apart in the cargo bike world with their unique, high-performance Classic Cargo featuring an in-house hub steering concept. Now working with Swiss cargo specialists Obst&Gemüse celebrating a 10th anniversary, Elian redeveloped the classic into the Ultimate e-Cargo, a bike that mixes their lightweight steel space frame with an e-bike motor assist and more tire clearance to leave tarmac behind.

Obst&Gemüse + Elian Cycles Ultimate e-Cargo bike

Obst&Gemüse + Elian Cycles Ultimate e-Cargo limited edition custom cargo e-bike
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It’s hard to argue a better application for an e-bike motor assist than in a cargo bike that will be hauling around some heavy freight. And with Obst&Gemüse based in Basel, Switzerland at the base of the Jura Mountains, 95% of the bikes they sell come with an electric motor to conquer the hilly terrain.

So the limited edition Elian Cycles + O&G Ultimate e-Cargo bike was developed as a premium car killer. It is a totally custom bike, made by hand in The Netherlands. With that comes a hefty pricetag – 13,000 Swiss Francs to be precise (~ $13,000 or 11,500€).

Obst&Gemüse + Elian Cycles Ultimate e-Cargo limited edition custom cargo e-bike

But if you are talking about offsetting the need for a car, especially in pricey Switzerland, maybe that becomes more palatable.

Elian Ultimate e-Cargo – tech details

Obst&Gemüse + Elian Cycles Ultimate e-Cargo limited edition custom cargo e-bike

What does 13,000 Francs get you? A fully custom-sized, made-to-order cargo bike frameset TIG welded & fillet brazed from lightweight steel tubing with a large, low load platform and clearance for up to a 45mm tire on the 27.5″ rear wheel (or 50mm+ on the 20″ front.)

Obst&Gemüse + Elian Cycles Ultimate e-Cargo limited edition custom cargo e-bike

That opens you up to riding pretty much any surface, whether you are hauling kids or groceries in or out of town.

Obst&Gemüse + Elian Cycles Ultimate e-Cargo limited edition custom cargo e-bike

At the heart of the Ultimate e-Cargo is the patented Elian Steering Hub, central hub steering system. Elian developed & builds the linkage-based steering setup in-house to provide smoother, more reliable handling control under load and when braking, also lowering weight over a conventional fork design.

Obst&Gemüse + Elian Cycles Ultimate e-Cargo limited edition custom cargo e-bike

The drive system is a Maxon MX25 Boost rear hub motor getting weight low and back to balance with the front load platform. Power is supplied from a seat tube mounted BX 500Wh battery pack for pedal-assist speeds of up to 25km/h.

Obst&Gemüse + Elian Cycles Ultimate e-Cargo limited edition custom cargo e-bike

The bike comes built up with a premium kit, including Chris King headset & BB, plus a full SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain giving you a huge gear range to go with the e-bike assist. Cockpit is equally fancy, with Shimano Zee hydraulic brakes on ENVE carbon vars, stem & seatpost, plus a carbon structured Fabric Alm Ultimate saddle and Spurcycle’s excellent bell.

The limited edition e-bike is available exclusively through Obst&Gemuese in this matte army green powdercoat finish with brazed-on graphics. Just 20 of the Ultimate e-Cargos will ever be made, with O&G quoting a lead time of 8-12 weeks for production of the made-to-order cargo bike.

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