Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Virtue Truck


An affordable cargo bike. Courtesy: Virtue Bike
Virtue's Truck can haul up to $110 pounds. Accordingly to Chris Baskind (h/t), a Truck can be purchased for less than $600.


We wholly endorse Virtue's mantra: "It's not a sport; it's not a hobby; nor is it recreational. It's lifestyle."

Back in 2012, when we reported on the Virtue 6, owner William Mulyadi told us that Virtue can keep its prices low because it actually owns the factories. So that may be one reason its cargo bike is so affordable. But Virtue also cut costs by skipping the disc brakes, which have become a standard feature on cargo bikes. The Truck has Tektro v-brakes, which should have plenty of stopping power.

Here are the specs:

2014 Virtue Truck Green
AVAILABILITY: IN STOCK
SKU: 30037
COLOR: GREEN
SEAT TUBE SIZE:
C-T = 52 CM
C-C = 48 CM
TOP TUBE SIZE:
C-C = 60 CM
SPECIFICATION:
HANDLEBAR: PORTEUR Alloy, Silver (Width: 50 cm, Clamp: 25.4, Tubing: 22.2)
GRIPS: VELO Stitch, Brown
HEADSET: NECO Threadless, 1-1/8”, Silver
STEM: 90 mm, Threadless, Silver
SEATPOST: 27.2 Polished Alloy, Silver
SADDLE: VELO Suspension Comfort, Brown
SHIFTER: SHIMANO SIS 7 SPEED Thumb Shifter
FREEWHEEL: SHIMANO MEGA RANGE MF-TZ31, 7 Speed, 14-34T
REAR DERAILLEUR: SHIMANO ACERA
CRANKSET: ALLOY, 38T, 170MM, Silver
CHAIN: KMC Z72, Silver
BRAKE LEVERS: TEKTRO CL720
BRAKESET: TEKTRO 839-AL V-BRAKES, Silver
FRONT RIM: 20”, MSW, 36H, Polished Alloy, Silver
FRONT TIRE: KENDA K-RAD 20X2.125, Black
FRONT HUB: 36H, Sealed Bearings, Silver
REAR RIM: 26”, MSW, 36H, Polished Alloy, Silver
REAR TIRE: KENDA K-RAD 26X2.125, Black
REAR HUB: 36H, Sealed Bearings, Silver
PEDALS: WELLGO B087, Platform, Silver
BOTTOM BRACKET: Sealed Bearings
EXTRAS: KICKSTAND, CHAIN GUARD, BELL
RACKS: TIG Welded Steel, Heavy Duty Flat Crate, Dimension (WxL): Front: 20" X 14.5" Rear: 14.5" X 20"
CARRYING CAPACITY: 55lbs per Rack, 110lbs total.
*Components are subject to change without notice. Product specifications (weights, dimensions, and colors) may vary slightly.



1 comment:

Elegant_Androgyne said...

Interesting; it's almost as cheap as a Raspberry Pi, and the front rack is not unlike the old-school Dutch "transportfiets". There are some bits I don't like too much about it: V-brakes and derailleur gearing (drum or roller brakes FTW), no chaincase, no hub dynamo and a handlebar stem that reaches forward, interfering with high cargo and making the rider lean forward.