The pervasion of electricity throughout the mobility market is not limited to cars, motorcycles or semi-trucks. Bikes, too, have been blessed with additional oomph from electrons recently.
Perhaps no bike better underscores the ubiquity of electrified transportation better than the new Surly Big easy cargo bike. Think of it as the 18-wheeler of the cargo bike world.
And that’s not hyperbole. This bike is seriously stout. Its Bosch Performance CX electric drive unit is capable of churning out 55 pound-feet of torque up to 20 miles per hour, which is chained (literally) to an 11-speed shifter. Surly will also sell you an additional battery pack, which is perfect for long-distance hauls.
In addition to its prodigious power output, the Big Easy also boasts four-piston calipers, which is hugely impressive—and maybe overkill. To put that into perspective, the front brakes of a Toyota Prius only have one piston. The Big Easy has four. Clearly, Surly was serious about this bike’s stopping power.
A lot of these specs might seem like overkill at first blush. However, we’re heading into an era in which we really have to ask ourselves some serious questions about moving people and things around in urban environments. Do we really need to transport everything around in a gas- or diesel-powered van? Can’t we just put kale-powered Kenny on an electric Surly bike instead? The answer should be “yes.”
If you are interested in being on the forefront of the electric cargo-hauling revolution, Surly will sell you the Big Easy for $5,000. Unfortunately, it only comes in tan. You can’t win them all.