Yuba FastRack Overview: Cargo E-Bike Converts for Passengers, Gear

Yuba Bicycles focuses on cargo-hauling two-wheelers of nearly any selection and measurement you may consider. It gives loooong Dutch-style entrance loaders with spacious cargo bays. And compact “mid-tail” rear-rack fashions that may extra deftly slip by busy city landscapes.

The Southern California model has been electrifying many bikes with high-end mid-drive motors. Nevertheless, the brand new FastRack mid-tail cargo e-bike brings one thing fully new: Yuba’s proprietary, tools-free Twin Rack System.

Briefly: The Yuba FastRack ($3,999) gives fast and straightforward versatility for carrying all manners of cargo, a child or two included, in a considerate package deal with all the electrical oomph any rider would possibly want.

Yuba FastRack cargo e-bike
The FastRack comes passenger-ready; (picture/Yuba Bicycles)
  • Motor
    Mid-drive Shimano STEPS E7000
  • Battery capability
    500 Wh
  • Peak torque
    60 Nm
  • Weight
    76 lbs. (claimed)
  • GVWR
    440 lbs.

  • The tool-free convertible rack system is tremendous usable and handy

  • Stands up on finish for storage

  • Good energy for supposed use

  • Entrance rack in inventory type might be insufficient for bigger or heavier masses

Yuba FastRack Cargo E-Bike Overview

A Instruments-Free Convertible Rear Rack

The Twin Rack System (DRS) eradicated the necessity to connect or take away equipment like passenger footboards or a rear cargo tray. By flipping a quick-release lever on the bike’s rear and adjusting a number of T-bar levers — no Allens key or another instruments required — the DRS shortly transformed to 4 completely different modes.

The flatbed mode is for loading up and strapping down the most important cargo sizes. The cargo mode has partitions flipped up on the appropriate and left sides of the rack. A side-loader mode has the rack folded down and footboards deployed for carrying passengers. Lastly, the compact mode has the footboards folded up for simpler storage.

Dual Rack System set to carry-on mode on the Yuba FastRack e-bike
The Twin Rack System set to carry-on mode; (picture/Toby Hill)

It was a reasonably darn ingenious system! It eliminated the necessity to retailer, set up, or reinstall these important cargo equipment. And no bolts or screws to lose! I simply flipped among the many system’s quartet of modes in a matter of seconds. Winner.

Yuka FastRack e-bike carry-on cargo area
Trying down on the carry-on cargo space; (picture/Toby Hill)

Yuba FastRack Motor and Battery

The Yuba FastRack is a Class 1 e-bike, with pedal help solely (no throttle) topping out at 20 mph. It makes use of a torque-sensing 250W Shimano STEPS E7000 mid-drive motor powered by a 500Wh exterior battery. The bike activates through a button on high of the frame-mounted battery.

The E7000 produces 60 Nm of peak torque and has three pedal-assist modes (Eco, Path, and Increase). Plus, there’s a Stroll mode the rider can activate by holding the down button on the handlebar-mounted controller. That final mode might be helpful in the event you should wheel the totally loaded e-bike by a pedestrian zone or up an ungainly slope.

Body and Part Specs

The 20-inch-wheeled Yuba FastRack is constructed on a low-slung aluminum body (23-inch step-over top). It has a stout mid-tail rear platform the place the DRS is connected. Webbed plastic covers over the rear wheel shield passengers’ legs from spinning spokes once they straddle the again. For the youngest co-pilots, a set of slender handlebars with grips lengthen from the bike’s telescoping seat put up.

A entrance tray rack comes commonplace to just accept baggage and baskets. It may also be eliminated by two quick-release levers attaching it to the body’s high tube and down tube. Yuba has tucked away the exterior battery between these body tubes. A keyed lock guards the battery however gives straightforward elimination when the bike is parked or for off-bike battery charging and storage.

There was loads of gear vary to pedal at max electric-assisted velocity and conquer in any other case difficult grades. A Shimano Deore 10-speed shifter and derailleur stored the chain shifting over an 11-36T cassette.

With the bare-bones FastRack already tipping the scales at 76 kilos, you’ll want some muscular stoppers to decelerate all that mass. Particularly when it’s loaded with cargo. Yuba well specs a set of Magura MT23 mountain bike hydraulic disc brakes, with a four-piston caliper up entrance — the place it actually counts — and 180mm rotors fore and aft.

Cushioning the experience is a short-travel SR Suntour MOBIE suspension fork, 20 x 2.4-inch Schwalbe Tremendous Moto tires, and a large Yuba-branded consolation saddle. This saddle has an underside deal with for lifting the FastRack when vital. The FastRack comes prepared with city using necessities like entrance and back lights and a high quality set of steel fenders.

Yuba FastRack space-saving storage
The FastRack could be stood on its again finish for space-saving storage; (picture/Toby Hill)

When it got here time for the FastRack to relaxation, I toed down the double-leg stand and wheelied the bike into its vertical storage place. Urethane wheels and rubber padding on the again made it straightforward and guarded flooring. The bike’s adjustable stem additionally allowed the handlebars to be turned 90 levels for much more compact storage.

Add-On Equipment

Whereas the Twin Rack System already lent the FastRack nice versatility, Yuba additionally gives a choice of equipment to construct on it additional. The model sells panniers and different baggage, padded passenger bench seats, youngster seize bars, Thule youngster seats, and extra.

I used the FastRack completely for grocery runs and different errands, sans passenger. I added Yuba’s Seize & Go entrance rack bag and cargo straps for lashing down rear masses.

The Yuba FastRack Journey

That is one clean machine. Yuba makes use of premium Shimano and Bosch mid-drive motors throughout its electrical line, and the previous’s STEPS E71000 unit suited the FastRack to a T. It had a refined pedaling really feel and speedy engagement with out feeling “jerky” like less-sophisticated cadence-sensing hub motor programs discovered on lower-end e-bikes.

With the bike unloaded, I first took the FastRack out for a shake-down experience on flattish roads. I by no means needed to toggle as much as the best pedal-assist mode, Increase, to maintain it cruising at or close to the 20 mph pedal-assist restrict with little labor. The identical for buying runs with average to heavy masses (as much as 60 kilos plus my 175 kilos) over rolling terrain. I solely sometimes wished Increase to help in retaining issues rushing uphill. Loads of motor muscle right here, together with fast acceleration from a useless cease in both Path or Increase mode.

I rode the FastRack largely in Eco and Increase with various payloads — together with nothing however myself. And the 500Wh battery gave me 45 miles of vary over 1,400 ft of complete elevation acquire. Riders on flatter terrain can anticipate to go farther.

Cargo Carrying Capability

Yuba FastRack e-bike cargo carrying capacity
Yuba Fastrack cargo e-bike loaded up and able to roll; (picture/Toby Hill)

I used the Twin Rack System virtually fully within the carry-on mode, with the facet partitions on the rack laterally stabilizing rear masses. This nonetheless delivered greater than 18 inches of cargo width. This allowed me to haul circumstances of water, charcoal and dog-food baggage, and different giant objects in live performance with the tie-down straps.

True to its title, the Seize & Go Bag was handy for shortly pulling off the entrance tray rack for popping out and in of the market. However when heavier masses have been returned to the rack, the bag didn’t stay in place as securely as I’d favored. Contents pitched ahead to hold off the entrance of the tray. Including Yuba’s Bread Basket accent would absolutely clear up this.

Part Perform

The Suntour suspension fork muted the bumps and ruts capably. So did the Schwalbe tires, with their 2.4-inch width and excessive quantity aiding stability. And the low-profile, water-shedding tread sample balanced traction and quick, vibration-free rolling.

Deore is Shimano’s workhorse efficiency mountain bike drivetrain. It was greater than as much as the duty. The Deore parts delivered crisp shifts and stored the chain firmly in gear no matter terrain. And I actually appreciated the Magura mountain bike brakes with oversize rotors. This was very true when rushing downhill with a heavy load. They by no means felt overmatched. And their finely modulated lever really feel — versus sudden and grabby — ought to show approachable to novices who’ve solely skilled much less highly effective rim brakes.

Ultimate Ideas on the Yuba FastRack

Yuba FastRack full side profile
The Yuba FastRack has an MSRP of $3,999; (picture/Toby Hill)

The patent-pending convertible rack system is the bike’s most important promoting level. Particularly for riders who wish to alternate between carrying stuff, passengers — even each — on the fly. Swapping modes took solely seconds, with nothing to put aside for reinstalling later. The benefit and comfort have been plain

At a MSRP of $3,999, the worth of entry for the FastRack isn’t low. Nonetheless, it’s completely affordable given the terrific efficiency of the Shimano motor, respectable battery vary, sensible part choice, and the body’s completely bombproof construct high quality.

Lastly, the FastRack was a flat-out looker, particularly within the inexperienced colour we examined (grey and a muted blue are additionally provided). If this compact cargo e-bike is spending any time standing on finish inside your own home or workspace, you need it to look good, proper?