Yuba elBoda Boda Review

Yuba Elboda Boda Electric Bike Review 1
Yuba Elboda Boda
Yuba Elboda Boda Rear Rack
Yuba Elboda Boda Chain Guard
Yuba Elboda Boda Handle Bars
Yuba Elboda Boda Bionx System
Yuba Elboda Boda Motor And Cassette
Yuba Elboda Boda Electric Bike Review 1
Yuba Elboda Boda
Yuba Elboda Boda Rear Rack
Yuba Elboda Boda Chain Guard
Yuba Elboda Boda Handle Bars
Yuba Elboda Boda Bionx System
Yuba Elboda Boda Motor And Cassette


  • Comfortable to ride with many options for child seats, racks and accessories
  • High end BionX motor, controller and battery system offers pedal assist, throttle and regenerative braking
  • Standard v-brakes, no front light or fenders and accessories are expensive

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elBoda Boda


$2,797 USD

Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Cargo

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Lifetime Frame, 2 Year Motor and Battery


United States

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

58 lbs (26.3 kg)

Motor Weight:

9.5 lbs (4.3 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Geometry Measurements:

Length 74 inches (188 cm)

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, High-Step, Cargo

Frame Colors:

Metallic Apple Green and White for the Step-Thru Frame, Red for the High-Step Frame

Frame Fork Details:

Chromoly Steel with Disc Mounting Tab

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Front Rack Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 SRAM X3

Shifter Details:

Triggers on Right Bar


Lasco 170 mm


VP 535 Nylon Platform, Brown


VP Steel, 1.125


Promax Quill, Aluminum Alloy


Promax French City (600 mm Wide, 70 mm Rise, 196 mm Grip Area)

Brake Details:

Promax V-Brake


Velo Rubberized Cork, Semi-Ergonomic


Cionlli Spring

Seat Post:

Promax Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

400mmStep-Thrumm, 500mmHigh-Step mm


Double Wall (32 Hole Front, 36 Hole Rear)


2.0 mm, 14G, Stainless Steel

Tire Brand:

Kenda, 26

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

Wire Bead, Cream Color


Chain Guide and Matching Xinxing Steel Chain Guard, Integrated Rear Light, Massload KS-55 Double Leg Kickstand, Integrated Bambu Platform Rack, Optional Bambu Running Boards (Love Handles), Plastic Pannier Blockers, Optional Front Basket


Step-Thru Fits Riders 4'9" to 5'10" (1.45 m to 1.78 m) and High-Step Fits Riders 5'5" to 6'6" (1.67 m to 2.02 m), Rear Rack Dimensions: Length 23 in (59 cm), Total Width (Including Lovehandles) 15.5 in (40 cm), Up to Two Passenger Load, Rear Rack Can Hold 220 lbs (100 kg), Compatible with Yepp Child Seat

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

BionX High Torque (HT)

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Battery Voltage:

37 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

9.6 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

355.2 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Estimated Max Range:

55 miles (89 km)

Display Type:

Removable Backlit Monochrome LCD


Speed, Odometer, Battery Capacity, Assist Level

Drive Mode:

Torque Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Yuba elBoda Boda offers the classy vintage styling and features of Yuba’s standard non-electric Boda Boda bicycle but includes a built in BionX 350 HT motor system. Given that this is one of the best aftermarket electric bike conversion kits available, offering regenerative braking and intuitive LCD control system, the combination works very well! And while Yuba does offer the Boda Boda and BionX systems separately, you’ll spend a lot more time and effort trying to adapt the system yourself so it’s wonderful that they offer an “el” version of this bike directly.

Yuba is known for their fun beautiful designs, fun colors, sturdy rear racks with running boards that can be used to carry a second passenger and overall quality of construction. I had the chance to try one of their early ebike conversions which used a more basic motor and control system that was unimpressive. It’s great that the company is looking forward to electric bike systems and working out the kinks and I’m very impressed with the new BionX based design here on the elBoda Boda. This bike is comfortable to ride and the electronics are worked in seamlessly.

Powering the system is a 37 volt 9.6 amp hour battery pack constructed with Lithium-ion cells. It’s light weight, fits seamlessly under the rear rack and can be charged on or off the bike. In terms of power, 37 volts is about average so it won’t carry larger riders and cargo up hills without a bit of pedal help but that’s where the pedal assist mode comes in. The BionX system offers four modes of assist and four modes of regeneration so you can put energy back into the battery when coasting down hills almost like an engine brake on a car. The bike offers eight gears for pedaling on a standard cassette at the rear including one oversized ring for climbing steep inclines.

The motor powering the elBoda Boda is a 350 watt gearless design located in the rear wheel. Since both the battery and hub motor are on the rear, this bike can feel imbalanced when lifting or maneuvering it but that’s a standard design pattern many ebikes follow because it applies force to the strongest part of the frame and where most of the weight is distributed when riding. Being gearless, the motor is nearly silent and coasts super smooth. It’s less likely to wear out over time because there aren’t gears rubbing around inside and again, BionX makes great hardware and offers good customer support so expect it to go many many miles without fail.

All things considered, you’re getting a cool bike from a trusted brand with an efficient and well designed motor system from another trusted, well worn brand. Support, replacement parts and service shouldn’t be an issue with these two companies and if you like the idea of adding a child seat or adolescent bars and pad in the back this is one of the few bikes setup to make it easy right from the get-go. If you’re thinking about converting your existing non-electric Yuba Boda Boda I’d recommend hiring a shop to help you but it’s nice to know the bike works so well with this configuration.


  • Metal chain protector and optional rear wheel skirt to keep pants and straps clean and clear of getting snagged
  • Beautiful wood accessory plates for the rear rack and running boards
  • High quality BionX PL 350 HT (high torque) drive system with regenerative braking
  • Offers trigger throttle mode and pedal assist modes with four power settings
  • Lots of great accessories for baskets, racks, children’s seats or a rear pad and rear handlebar for kids learning to ride
  • Oversized kickstand stabilizes the bike and works very well
  • Sprung seat smooths out the little bumps
  • Offered in step-through and high step frame styles
  • Built in rear light for safety
  • Awesome bell :)


  • Medium sized narrower tires don’t offer a lot of shock absorption, no shocks on this bike
  • Gearless hub motor offers less torque than geared
  • Accessories are expensive
  • Colored tires look nice but wear out faster than black
  • No front light or fenders
  • Heavier than other similarly powered ebikes (due to rear racks)
  • Regenerative brake only activated with one brake lever vs. both as with other ebikes


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2 days ago

I think their Stretch $ is the one that doesn't have really a competition for it at a lower price. I looked at the Yuba bikes. By time time I got what I wanted, Yuba was pricier. There is also the extracycle, but if I recall right, has a lower weight limit too. AND lower seats, so if you have a tall passenger or bigger loads, it gives less space (and I think is longer?) The Pedego Stretch bike fits a VERY nice niche and is in line with price.

4 days ago

@whannah, I would suggest a cargo ebike as a car replacement. It allows you to carry a lot of stuff. You may take your wife along for the ride as a passenger, and in the future, your wife and your new baby, depending on the cargo bike you choose. There are many options: https://www.ternbicycles.com/us/bikes/471/gsd, http://yubabikes.com/cargobikestore/spicy-curry-bosch, https://www.xtracycle.com/choosing-an-xtracycle/, https://electricbikereview.com/felt/bruhaul/, https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/2015-radwagon/, etc.

3 weeks ago

Reading about Frank Stronachs departure from Magna taking Bionx with him and giving Magna a minority share might this have been the beginning of the end if they no longer had the resources of the larger company to fall back on? The subsequent history of dabbling in powerboat motors, then creating Elby, then lobbying for and getting a development grant from the Canadian Government in 2017, it seems he did try a few things before the end. I was intrigued to read Justin Lemire-Elmore’s attempt to get Bionx interested in his statorade, if they could solve the heat build up issue with DD motors might Bionx have kept Yuba interested and made a come back in the cargo bike/utility market?

3 weeks ago

Yep, so is Elby which was founded by Frank Stronach who just pulled the plug on Bionx. Yuba and Public dropped Bionx for 2018, Evo's HB1 model uses their D500 motor but most of their other ebikes use Shimano Steps so I expect they'll just go all Shimano. My local bike shop has an Evo HB1 in their window and just sprang for the Bionx diagnostic software so they'll be pissed.

2 months ago

It seems there are two versions of the Yuba breadbasket. Does anyone know if it is the older or newer version of the breadbasket that fits on the Radwagon?

2 months ago

Yuba elBodaBoda - the V3 frame is the same on the unassisted BodaBoda making that bike a good donor for a step through cargo bike conversion provided you can fabricate a battery bracket by bending and drilling aluminum sheet as this is not yet available as a separate part from the complete ebike. On this revised V3 frame Yuba made space for an ebike battery behind the seat post enabling them to lower the deck that previously was raised up for a rack mounted battery.

3 months ago

well, the Ariel dropped out of the running and the Yuba was just too big and expensive. I bought a radwagon and it is being delivered tomorrow. Got it for a great price and couldn't refuse. most people go for the burnt orange one but I chose the dark blue. Will report back. have already bought a Wald big front basket to put on the rear and carry my dog. We'll see about that!

3 months ago

I owned a 2016 Spicy Curry for almost a year before deciding that it was going to require too much maintenance for me. I had a really hard time with the rear wheel slipping out of the dropouts...it happened at least 3 times, and the last time was scary. And it was really hard to get it tightened back up enough on my own. I have been told that the 2017 model fixes this problem. Other than that big problem, I only had one small issue - the double kickstand. I had to replace mine twice in less than a year because it would crack at the weld points. Hopefully Yuba has fixed this problem. I never had electrical or mechanical issues with the Currie motor and battery, but now that I own a Bosch e-bike, I can tell you there is no comparison. Bosch's motor is practically silent compared to the Currie's sound output, and the Bosch is a whole lot smoother. So even though the 2016 is probably a really good deal, I would definitely spend the extra dough for the new version. It'll be in the shop less often and more techs/mechanic know what to do with Bosch than with Currie. Hope my experience helps and Happy Riding!

3 months ago

So i have a one-day chance to buy a lightly used Yuba Spicy curry Bosch, which retails for like 4500, I think, but I can get it for 2575. The other option is the Radwagon, on sale for $1349, which is 200 off the normal price. Price diff is $1200, in favor of the Rad. That said, which do you think would be the better bet for me, given that:

-- I'll be going up some pretty steep hills.
-- I need a bike that's very easy to step through. looks like the Yuba might be better on this front, though I don't know for sure.
-- I need as much stability as possible, especially since I plan to carry my 20 lbs dog on the front or the back.
-- the Yuba weighs around 60 lb, the Radwagon about 71 lbs. How much real world difference does that 10 lbs diff make to ease of handling?
-- and so forth.

What say ya'll? I know this topic has come up before, with the Radwagon given the nod by most people. Then again, there weren't many Yuba riders around at that time, and the price for the Yuba was 4500 not 2575. Sure, I'd love to save $1,200 but maybe the Yuba, with the mid Bosch motor, is that much much better.

Thanks for any thoughts you might have!

late contender that I don't know much about: Ariel c class cargo bike. retails for $2200 but if I drive 3 hrs north, i can get a lightly used one for $1220. this one can go up to 30mph w 500watt motor. wow. https://www.amazon.com/Ariel-Rider-C-Class-Electric-Cargo/dp/B06WD13GK8 . weight is 72 lbs. it's a very good looking bike, imo, and comes with a nifty bamboo basket on the front.

I dunno. But at the very least I have to decide on the Yuba by later today or it'll be gone.


5 months ago

I'd also go with the Tern GSD, it's a very well thought out and built bike (from looking at specs - I've never ridden it). My wife and I have a Yuba Mundo with a Tongsheng mid drive kit on it, which we are enjoying. But if we were buying new, it would likely be the Tern GSD. The Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch is also a very nice looking bike, but that Tern... I just like it better.

We use our Mundo a lot, we only have 1 vehicle and it's how my wife gets our kids to daycare / school. I also have a separate eMtb which I use for commuting. Sometimes our SUV will sit in the garage for long periods of neglect...

Go for it, you will not regret it! Good luck and enjoy.

5 months ago

If you're looking at a 'long tail' cargo bike for putting children on the back, from Yuba I'd suggest the Spicy Curry or an alternative such as the Xtracycle Edgerunner - both have smaller 20" wheels on the back which lower the center of gravity of the cargo deck versus full size wheels. If you are only carrying one child on the bike, a less expensive alternative might be a 'mid-tail' such as the Juiced ODK U500 which has 20" wheels both front and rear and a step through frame, it has a throttle and cruise control but no pedal assist, it's sold out on the Juiced website but you might find one still in stock at one of their https://shop.juicedbikes.com/pages/dealers eg 5 left at http://www.ebikes.ca/shop/cargo-ebikes/full-bikes/juiced-odk-u500-standard-range.html Canadian dealer. Check out https://electricbikereview.com/juiced-bikes/odk-v3/. Here's a https://humofthecity.com/2015/11/14/we-tried-it-juiced-riders-odk-u500/ by a parent. Here are some https://www.reddit.com/r/ebikes/comments/4awj8b/over_a_month_with_our_juiced_odk_u500s/ from parents in hilly Seattle, and a https://www.reddit.com/r/ebikes/comments/6hxds9/more_than_a_year_with_two_juicedbikes_odk_u500s/ update.

The Tern GSD is really nice, like the Juiced U500 it has 20" wheels both front and rear, but the Bosch motor on the Tern provides power via pedal assist with no throttle - which one you like is a matter of personal preference. I like to ride along using pedal assist with no throttle, whereas other folks like to use a throttle when starting off. If you'd like both pedal assist and a throttle there are some cargo ebikes that offer both like the RadWagon, or you might look into converting a regular pedal cargo bike with a kit motor from Bafang/eRad, Dillenger, E-BikeKit, or BionX.

5 months ago

Sounds interesting. Is the motor pretty quiet?
What connectors does this motor use?

Oh, I see it in the video, nevermind.

5 months ago

If your only hauling the one kid, check out the elBoda Boda and accessories. There is a monkey bar set for it, and many other accessories. You can haul up to 220lbs on it plus the rider.


Fred Horner
6 months ago

You're gonna get hop-ons buddy!

3 years ago

Just a suggestion on your channel.  I like your reviews overall, but it would be great to get some views of either you or someone else actually riding the bike, other than you trying to ride and hold your camera at the same time.  So third person view rather than first person.  Thanks.

Chiquitaz World
2 years ago

+ElectricBikeReview.com Is that the boda boda V2 or V3?

3 years ago

+wanderingskeptic Thanks for the feedback! I'll work on this, at times I've had friends hold the camera but I usually go off on my own to shoot so reps or shop owners won't influence or distract. I want to be able to be critical (even though most of the time I'm pretty tame).

4 years ago

I agree! This is a neat bike and the drive system is top notch, BionX offers some great features like the regen mode :)

Felis sylvestris
4 years ago

Fun bike!

5 years ago

None taken Bill, I know the wind noise is a problem and I'm working on figuring out a better mic system. Appreciate your support!

Bill Rea
5 years ago

No offense, you really need to fix your wind noise problem. I've watched a lot of your reviews and I like your general technique but I have some hearing problems and I have to turn up the sound, the wind rush takes me aback mostly because it's so sudden. Keep up the good work !