Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Review

Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Electric Bike Review
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Cx High Torque Motor With Alloy Skid Plate
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Powerpack 400 Battery
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Intuvia Display Panel
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Soft Spot Pad With Hold On Bars
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Ergonomic Grips Shimano Hydraulic Brake Levers
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Alloy Fenders Fork Stabilizer
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch 10 Speed Shimano Deore
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Cargo Bike Options Yepp Child Seat 2 Go Side Bags
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Integrated Axa Blueline Backlight
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Battery Charger
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Electric Bike Review
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Cx High Torque Motor With Alloy Skid Plate
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Powerpack 400 Battery
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Intuvia Display Panel
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Soft Spot Pad With Hold On Bars
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Ergonomic Grips Shimano Hydraulic Brake Levers
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Alloy Fenders Fork Stabilizer
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch 10 Speed Shimano Deore
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Cargo Bike Options Yepp Child Seat 2 Go Side Bags
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Integrated Axa Blueline Backlight
Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Battery Charger

Summary

  • A powerful, well balanced and feature-rich electric cargo bike from Yuba, it offers a wide range of accessories and mounting points for hauling gear, passengers or children
  • Purpose built frame with internally routed cables, inset battery mount, high-clearance motor interface and smaller rear wheel (for increased strength, torque and loading convenience)
  • Integrated lights stay with the bike and run off the main battery, reflective tires increase your visual footprint, large hydraulic brakes stop you quickly without requiring a lot of effort
  • Only available in one frame size and color but the handlebar is highly adjustable, standover height is low, seat post is extra long (for tall riders) and the color is highly visible

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Introduction

Make:

Yuba

Model:

Spicy Curry Bosch

Price:

$4,499

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Cargo

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States, Europe

Model Year:

2017

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

63 lbs (28.57 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.4 lbs (2.44 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum

Frame Sizes:

16.75 in (42.54 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

16.75" Seat Tube, 23.5" Reach, 25" Stand Over Height, 81" Length

Frame Types:

Mid-Step

Frame Colors:

Gloss White with Red Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Steel, 100 / 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 / 9 mm Skewer with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Front Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano Deore, 11-32T Cogset

Shifter Details:

Shimano Deore Triggers on Right

Cranks:

Alloy 170 mm Crank Arms, 20T Chainring

Pedals:

VP Aluminum Alloy Platform

Headset:

VP T501TM, Semi-Integrated Ahead, 1-1/2" Diameter

Stem:

Alloy, Adjustable Angle, 100 mm Length, 7° Rise, One 20 mm Riser, Two 10 mm Risers, Two 5 mm Risers

Handlebar:

Swept Back, Alloy, 31.8 mm Diameter, 26.5" Length

Brake Details:

Shimano Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Shimano Two-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Ergonomic, Rubber, Locking

Saddle:

Velo Hybrid

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

400 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm

Rims:

Weinmann HL32 32 mm Width 36 Hole Front, 32 mm Width 48 Hole Reinforcement Eyelets Rear, Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Front: Schwalbe Big Apple Plus, 26" x 2.15" (55-559), Rear: Schwalbe Big Apple Plus, 20" x 2.15" (55-406)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

Reflective Sidewall Stripe, 30 to 55 PSI, Performance Line GreenGuard

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Aluminum Alloy Fenders with Mud Flaps (63 mm Width), Adjustable Length Kickstand on Left, Integrated AXA Blueline50 Headlight (50 Lux), Integrated AXA Blueline Backlight, Alloy Vented Motor Protector Skid Plate, Deflopilator Spring Fork Stabilizer, Chain Tensioner, Optional 500 mm Extra Long Seat Post, Optional Double-Leg Kickstand ($89), Optional Bamboo Sideboards ($99), 2-Go Side Bags ($209), Optional Soft Spot ($40), Optional Mini Soft Spot ($30), Optional Bread Basket Front Rack with Liner and Net ($180), Optional Carry On Rear Rack ($99), Mini Monkey Bars ($150), Hold On Bars ($69)

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, 1.7 lb 4 Amp Charger, Maximum Rider Weight 200 lbs, Maximum Load in Loading Area 300 lbs

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line CX

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Torque:

75 Newton meters

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

396 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

60 miles (97 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Intuvia, Removable, Adjustable Angle, Grayscale, Backlit LCD, (Hold Reset and i for Settings Menu)

Readouts:

Speed, Assist Level (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo), Battery Level (1-5), Odometer, Trip Distance, Estimated Range, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time, Shift Assist Recommendation

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad with Tactile Feedback on Left, 5 Volt 500 mA Micro-USB Port on Display

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 50% 40 Nm, Tour 120% 50 Nm, Sport 210% 60 Nm, Turbo 300% 75 Nm)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

Yuba is a leader in the two-wheeled cargo bike space, and one of the first mainstream companies in the US that I saw experimenting with electric drive systems. It makes perfect sense because a fully loaded cargo bike can be quite heavy with groceries, lumber, children or even a second passenger! The Spicy Curry was introduced in 2016 after Yuba abandoned hub motors in favor of efficient, well balanced, mid-drives. And for 2017, they’re refining the concept by adding two addition gears to the drivetrain, in order to make pedaling more comfortable, and switching drive system providers. Rather than use TranzX, which offers a solid mid-level product, they have upgraded to Bosch. For you, this means the addition of shift sensing to reduce strain on the chain, sprockets, and derailleur… a lighter weight, more compact battery with a handle so you won’t drop it as easily… a removable display panel with integrated Micro-USB charging port and a world class two-year comprehensive warranty with a wide network of certified and trained bike dealer technicians. The past two Spicy Curry models have actually been a collaboration between Yuba and Raleigh electric, formerly Currie Technologies, who have been producing ebikes for over a decade. And please note, this review shows a pre-production model with a slightly different motor casing and chain tensioner setup, the final version will also have an adjustable angle stem.

With a base price of $4,500 and a veritable cornucopia of accessories, ranging from $30 to $209, it’s good that this electric bicycle is so capable… because in many cases, it could actually replace your automobile and associated license, insurance and gas costs. Depending on where you live, the price to fill the battery on this bike would be less than $0.10 and it will go 20+ miles per charge, up to 50 miles if the terrain is flat and smooth, you aren’t overloaded and are pedaling along more actively. And stopping won’t be an issue with the 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes front and rear. These are mountain bike level parts that provide great power without the need to exert a lot of hand strength. One tip here, avoid touching the metal rotors because the oil from your hands can gunk up the brake pads and reduce effectiveness.

Powering the new Spicy Curry is a Bosch Performance Line CX motor. It’s the zippiest, highest-torque motor they offer and I usually see it on electric mountain bikes! Compared with the Active Line which offers 48 Newton meters of torque and the standard Performance Line which offers 63 Nm, the CX give you a whopping 75 Nm of torque for zippy starts and excellent climbing performance. It’s just what you need when the bike, cargo and rider (or riders) weigh more. The front portion of the bike can support ~200 lbs (rider, front basket, front child in seat) while the rear can support ~300 lbs (passenger, gears in bags, rear child seat) and that’s one of the highest combined ratings of any electric bike that I have seen at ~500 lbs… Note the smaller rear wheel which has 48 spokes vs. 36 on a lot of standard wheels. This smaller wheel brings the cargo weight down for stability but also makes it easier to lift onto the bike. And since the motor is pulling your chain and turning that smaller wheel, it isn’t having to work as hard as if it were turning a much larger heavier wheel. The only downsides here are that the derailleur and running boards can bump up against curbs if you get too close and taller riders who might be sitting on the rack, riding as a passenger, can feel a little squished due to limited leg extension. The front wheel is a standard 26″ which makes it less “twitchy” and spans cracks and gaps more smoothly. When you look at the bike from the side (like the main picture above) you can see that the motor and battery are near the center of the bike… actually a little bit forward, and this is designed to balance out the load and allow you to haul as much gear as possible without reducing traction and steering at the front. In short, the motor is great. It’s well protected from the bottom by an alloy skid plate and is angled up and mounted into the frame so that it doesn’t hang down as much as some of the older motor designs. It delivers some basic software driven shift sensing but you’ll help it to perform best by reducing your pedal force just before shifting gears so that the chain, sprocket and derailleur don’t get so much pressure on them as they move.

Powering the bike is a standard Bosch Powerpack 400 battery. It’s filled with lightweight, long-lasting, Lithium-ion cells and is charged by one of the best battery chargers I have seen in the electric bike space. The charger can connect to the battery when it’s mounted to the bike or when it’s off the bike for convenient fillups at the office or friends’ houses’. And because it puts out 4 Amps vs. 2 Amps on a lot of other chargers, it will fill the pack from empty in ~3.5 hours or about 80% from empty in just under two. The pack has an LED charge level indicator on the side to help you determine how full it is even without attaching it to the bike. It has a plastic loop handle at the top, making it easy to carry, and is relatively light at ~5.4 lbs. You can help the battery last longer by storing it in a cool, dry location at about 80% full. If you haven’t used it for a while, check the capacity by clicking the LED charge indicator on the side and fill it up to four of the five dots if it has dropped down to three, two or one. My only complaint about the battery is that you don’t get the latest Bosch Powerpack 500 standard with the Yuba Spicy Curry… Considering the heavy-duty target use and higher price of the bike, I feel like the larger battery would be both warranted and deserved. The good news is, you can purchase this high-capacity battery later and it will connect to the same mounting interface on the bike. With the charger in tow and possibly a second Powerpack 400 someday if you really need the range, you’ll do just fine. I guess I have to gripe about something! Note how low the top tube is on this bike, it lines up visually with the rear section and makes mounting and steadying at stops less difficult. This was done carefylly because they needed to leave enough space above the battery to clip it in (it pivots at the bottom and clicks at the top). I just wanted to call this out because you may find that unlocking and re-seating the battery takes some hand flexibility… and make sure that it clicks when you push it down to really be sure it’s locked in! It’s a bit tight but they were striking that balance of comfort, strength, and utility.

Activating the bike and getting setup to ride is very straightforward and uncomplicated. Once the battery is mounted and charged, just press the power button near the lower left corner of the Bosch Intuvia display panel. It flickers on very quickly compared to other systems and from here you’ll see a five-bar battery indicator, mirroring the five-LED indicator on the battery pack, along with your speed, trip stats and an assist indicator on the right. This assist chart goes from off up to eco, tour, sport and turbo. You can click up or down through these settings using the up and down arrows on the independent button pad, mounted near the left grip. This pad is easy to reach and press as you ride, even without looking down. It produces a tactile click and has a rubberized i button between the up and down arrows which serves as a reference point (both in depth and texture). This i button (which stands for information) cycles through the different trip stats on the display panel and can get you to an area called Range. I like this readout because it dynamically updates as you cycle up and down with pedal assist settings. The higher you arrow up, the lower expected range you will get. And those range stats are generated based on the last three miles of riding combined with the remaining battery capacity and assist setting. Other highlights of the display are that it’s backlit for ease of reading at night, it’s larger than some other models so you don’t need to have perfect vision to see it, it has a lights button built in to control the front and rear LED lights and it can be changed from miles to kilometers by holding reset and i for a few seconds to enter the settings menu. When you’re ready to stop riding, just press the power button again and consider taking the display off so that it won’t fade in the sunlight or get scratched at the rack.

The Yuba Spicy Curry with Bosch really is an impressive electric bike. A platform that can be used for so many activities but still handles like a bike and can fit through narrow spaces. At ~63 lbs, it’s not unreasonably heavy, and the front wheel, battery and display panel can all be quickly removed to save space or make lifting easier. I’m an avid proponent of safety features and the Spicy Curry with Bosch is painted off-white, has reflective tire stripes and integrated LED lights (with side-windows on the headlight) so you’re going to be highly visible. I realize that the video made some of the motor and chain noises seem pretty loud, and the motor is slightly louder than some competing brands, but it’s not so bad when you’re actually riding. The responsiveness and zippy feel of the motor more than makes up for the electronic whirring noise and while I would’ve liked to have seen a chain cover… the pulley wheel and full-coverage alloy fenders do a solid job of keeping the chain on track and your clothes relatively dry and clean. I test ride a lot of full suspension mountain bikes and found that the rigid Aluminum frame and steel fork were not as cushiony on the streets of Brooklyn, New York as I might have liked… but it’s important to keep the frame stiff and strong for hauling gear. The frame did not flex as much as some other e-cargo models but was still relatively easy to mount and stand over at stops (as you can see in the video review above). So the ergonomic grips, fatter tires and hybrid saddle offer a lot in the way of comfort while still preserving the utility of the bike. Big thanks to the Yuba team for partnering with me on this review, and Ben, the founder, for speaking with me via phone to answer questions before I performed this review with Chris from Propel bikes. We had a blast and I came away thoroughly impressed with Yuba’s iterative improvements and investment in the ebike space since they began tinkering with it in 2011/2012.

Pros:

  • Mid-drive motors bring weight towards the center of a bike which is great for cargo bikes in particular because you might have a lot of gear or even a second rider at the back
  • Yuba is known for making great cargo bikes and this is actually their fourth electric iteration… they started with hub motors and then made a mid-drive in 2016 but the latest Bosch powered model is the most refined and offers the most torque for hauling heavy loads and climbing hills, the Bosch CX motor delivers up to 75 Newton meters of torque
  • The motor and battery are mounted in such a way that they don’t stick out and lower your ground clearance or force the top tube to be extra high, notice how the downtube is actually flattened and indented to accommodate the battery pack
  • The rear wheel is much smaller than the front which allows it to support more weight but also lowers the back of the bike for easier loading and more stable handling (it also has more spokes and fatter spokes than normal), having a larger wheel in the front improves stability and smooths out cracks and bumps
  • You get integrated lights! As someone who commutes in the morning and evening at times when it can be dark out, I appreciate lights… especially when they are always on the bike and never having to be charged separately (since they run off the big ebike battery here)
  • I like that they went with a unisex color scheme and that it’s light because that will make the bike more visible to automobiles at night, also, the tires have reflective stripes on the side :)
  • Soooo many options! whether you need a sturdier kickstand, rack seating accommodations or extra large custom pannier bags and running boards, Yuba has you covered
  • Ergonomic grips, comfort saddle, steel fork (steel takes off some of the vibration) and larger high-quality tires improve the comfort of the ride without sacrificing frame strength or stiffness
  • A 10-speed Shimano drivetrain with mid-level components lets you pedal the bike easily in all sorts of situations and should stay in tune longer (the older Spicy Curry only had eight gears and used a lower level groupset)
  • Weighing in at ~63 lbs, this thing is ~10 lbs heavier than most standard electric bicycles… but it’s actually not too bad for a cargo electric bike and you can easily remove the battery, display and front wheel to reduce weight if you need to, I like that the battery has a loop handle at the top so you don’t drop it as easily
  • The tires are an upgrade, they should last longer and get fewer flats because they have Performance Line GreenGuard lining, I like that the front wheel is quick release so that it’s easy to work with if you do get a flat
  • Powerful 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes provide the control and stopping power needed for a larger bike with extra gear, these are what you see on mountain bikes, and the brake levers offer adjustable reach so you can bring them in if you have petite hands or are wearing gloves
  • The rear wheel is protected on both sides by a plastic cage piece so that bags and clothing don’t rub or snag on the tire and spokes
  • Great pedals, sometimes bicycle companies skimp on the pedals because they figure the rider might upgrade them or use clip-in shoes and pedals… but with a cargo bike like this, I think they chose well and that most people will keep them (they are large, stiff and offer plenty of traction)
  • The maximum weight capacity for this e-bike is very impressive, you can load about 200 lbs up front (like the rider plus a Yepp Maxi child seat) and up to 300 lbs in the back (children, a Yepp Mini child seat or cargo) whereas most normal ebikes can only hold up to 250 lbs total
  • The motor is very responsive, it measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque 1,000 times per second so even though there’s no throttle here, you get the feeling of instant support without the complexity of additional systems that could get bumped or cause distraction, the motor also senses shifting so it won’t grind the gears as much as some cheaper systems
  • The Bosch Intuvia display panel has a Micro-USB port built into the right edge so you can tap into the ebike battery and charge your phone or other electronic accessories…
    but unfortunately it only puts out 500 milliamps vs. 1 Amp and that isn’t enough for some devices like iPhones, I think it just maintains them vs. charging

Cons:

  • It’s only available in one frame size and color… but the swept-back handlebar,
    adjustable seat and relatively low standover height makes it approachable for short riders…
    and if you’re tall, the adjustable angle stem and optional extra-long 500 mm seat post offer a comfortable fit as well
  • Because the rear end of the bike is lower (due to the smaller wheel) you need to be careful how close you get to curbs and other obstacles because the derailleur and running boards could scrape easier
  • This bike costs more than some other cargo ebike options… but you get the best most reliable drive system around (which includes shift sensing), the accessories are well made but they can add up too
  • It looks like you get the Bosch Powerpack 400 battery with this bike vs. the newest Powerpack 500 which offers more capacity, considering the higher price point and potential for hauling lots of gear… it would be nice to have the larger pack, but it uses the same mount so you could always buy one later to use
  • No chainring guard or chain cover? this might be updated but the stock photos and our demo bike were uncovered which could lead to greasy pant legs or dress bottoms and even snags, I do appreciate that at least they included sturdy alloy fenders with mud flaps
  • I was told that the final version of the bike will have an adjustable angle stem which is great for improving the fit and reach but can come loose over time if you ride on a lot of bumpy terrain (depending on which part they use), just keep an eye on the stem and keep it snug

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Gen
8 months ago

Good to see a review on the new version of this bike and pleased they went with the CX version of the Bosch system. I’m a bit disappointed that they still aren’t including a double kickstand in the base system, especially with the price bump. It’s honestly unsafe to load kids on without one and heavy cargo is iffy. With the intended use of this bike the double kickstand should really be standard.

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Court Rye
8 months ago

I agree with you Gen, that’s a great point! Sounds like you have some experience using cargo bikes? Thanks for sharing your perspective here :)

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Fiona
7 months ago

I have the 2016 Spicy Curry and I will say that the single kickstand is really quite strong, a lot stronger than I would have expected. That said, the double is definitely a good idea if mounting/hauling kids. Very excited that Yuba decided to upgrade the motor to Bosch!!! Two thumbs up!!

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Court Rye
7 months ago

Awesome! Glad to hear that the bike is working out for you Fiona. I agree that a double stand would be nice, but they do add weight and cost, it’s nice to know that the single side is feeling solid to you so far :)

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Benjamin Sarrazin
7 months ago

Thank you for sharing about the Stand. Actually as pointed by Fiona the single kickstand does a very good job at balancing a load, even with a small kid installed in a seat on the back of the rack. As a reminder the kickstand is adjustable in height.

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Jon Bialis
1 week ago

Hi!

I have the opportunity to buy a 2016 at a great price and am trying to compare to the newer Bosch version. I’ve heard an issue with sliding dropouts on the 2016, has anyone reported it on the new 2017? Also how does the Bosch compare to the Currie motor?

thanks!!

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Court Rye
1 week ago

Hi Jon! In my experience, the TranzX motor was powerful and capable but lacked shift detection and wasn’t as responsive so the drive system might tear up your chain and gearing more quickly. If price was the same, I would definitely go for Bosch… and even with a discount, I would still choose Bosch because of their solid reputation for durability and the much better ride experience. They redesigned the bike to be more balanced (like where the battery is positioned) and yes, it appears that the dropout also changed which might be a result of the issue you mentioned. It depends on how much you intend to use the bike and how mechanically inclined you are (and maybe even how you ride) but I’d say the Bosch model is going to hold up better and be well worth it in the long run. Good luck! I welcome your feedback if/when you make a decision so that others can learn… and perhaps others will chime in with feedback of their own :)

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Jon Bialis
1 week ago

Thanks for the quick and detailed reply!

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Woodenshoe
2 days ago

A simple aluminum clip is all that is needed to keep the first gen curry axle in place. My curry has over 1200+ miles and axle has not slipped since. (seen others with way more miles, upto 5000+)
Good points by Goosewiththefur about more bosch mechanics out there, true! it is the most wide spread power unit and they are boringly reliable. The new curry has redisigned the dropout so it should be ok on the newer bikes.
With that said, I own a TranzX drive curry and I love it. I have many bikes and the curry is most often my go to bike for random rides. A few things to note on the tranzX drive. 1. TrnzX is mostly cadence sensing which is nice when you are hauling big loads like 150lbs of kids or one 180lbs nephew shooting his next blockbuster youtube video ;). 2. Speed cut off is a little higher and not as sudden as on the bosch unit. 3. TranzX drive is very smooth with power at 0, pedals quiet and more freely than bosch ( if you are in a area that you are riding alot of paved trail this is nice because you end up riding maybe 25-33% with no assist even with a load.) 4. the idler wheel on the bosch is irritating. I have ridden so many bosch bikes with this and it detracts from the silent ride with power off. Both versions of the Spicy Curry are the best cargos on the market. They are strong, lite (62lbs), low center of gravity, and ride awesome. I will post pictures of that bracket. I have made many of the brackets for my spicy curry friends.

SHoe

Goosewiththefur
3 days 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!

flipper
4 days 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.
https://www.arielrider.com/product/c-class-comfort-ebike/#pod-system--power-on-demand-

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

halp!

Jon B.
1 week ago

Hi All,

A local shop as a 2016 Spicy Curry Floor model (with the Currie motor) at a discount. I'm considering this but have a couple of questions/concerns as compared to the 2017 with the Bosch motor.

Here are my questions/concerns
1. I've seen some issues people have had online with support from Currie since they've been bought by another company. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
2. The 2016 looks to have an issue with the rear wheel slipping in the drop outs and needing to be consistently tightened. Is this resolved in the 2017?
3. Any other thoughts or suggestions between the 2016 (green one) and buying a new one? My goal is to haul kids around!

Thanks!

itsaulgoodman
2 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.

Dewey
2 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 dealers eg 5 left at this Canadian dealer. Check out Court's review. Here's a review by a parent. Here are some first impressions from parents in hilly Seattle, and a one year 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.

loubar
2 months ago

Hello!

I am currently planing on getting an e-bike for commuting to my college and work, which is about a 16-mile ride 4 days a week. I am 6'7 and weight about 300lbs (figure I can loose weight by biking a bit) and I've been interested in cargo bikes (i'd like to be able to carry a child, as I have a couple of nieces and nephews that I sometimes need to take to various places they need to go); however I don't know what I should look for with my height and all. I have looked at the Radwagon and Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch so far, however I don't know if it would work with my height and weight. Any suggestions, tips, or help would be greatly appreciated!

- Loubar

Edit: I forgot to add, but I'd also like to be able to use it in light rain/snow, thanks!

San Diego Fly Rides
6 months ago

Hey Kelda,

I'd check out the Yuba Spicy Curry. They've upgraded to a Bosch motor this year and we've been loving it. They allow for some extra carrying room in the back as well in comparison to the Juiced Models. They other bike (trike, technically) you might want to consider is an IZIP E3 Go. But I think the Yuba would be more what you are looking for.

motostrano
6 months ago

Mams-

A couple bikes I would recommend are:

Moustache Tandem
http://www.motostrano.com/MOUSTACHE-Samedi-27-X2-Tandem-Ebike-p/samedi27x2.htm

Gepida Tandem
http://www.motostrano.com/GEPIDA-RODANUS-1000-Electric-Tandem-Bike-p/roadanus.htm

Or, for carrying a person on the back, the Bruhaul is my favorite

http://www.motostrano.com/Felt-Bruhaul-Cargo-E-Bike-p/bruhaul.htm

as long as the person is smaller, say under 5:4.

Also the new Yuba Spicy Curry is up to the task but has a low frame on the back

http://www.motostrano.com/Yuba-Spicy-Curry-Electric-Bosch-Cargo-Bike-p/15166100b.htm

I've carried kids and girlfriends on the back with good success.

The above bikes are all available in our stores.

Joe

86 and still kicking
7 months ago

We just built a Spicy Curry with a Bosch mid-drive. A very well built, well-performing cargo bike. We've already had a 10 inquiries.

citizendelta
7 months ago

Hi there -

New to e-biking with a 5 mile one way commute with some decent elevation and hills (400/450 feet), through some pretty busy roads with heavy traffic. Area has four seasons, with a relatively short number of snow days.

We don't own a car. I currently commute to work on a motorcycle, which would normally suit me fine but we had a baby a few months ago and since I can't carry the kid on a motorcycle to day care and then leave for work, I'm starting to look into cargo bikes, which I'm hoping I can incorporate into a daily routine.

Things I'm looking for:
- Being able to bring a infant/toddler.
- Even better if I can bring the wife on the back as a passenger as well for weekend jaunts
- Pedal assist, throttle boost is a bonus: specifically I don't want to arrive to work sweaty and tired if I end up adopting this as my primary commute method.
- Errand running (hauling groceries in addition to the kid is great).
- Reliable, quality operation (i.e. it doesn't feel like a cheap chinese bike, doesn't feel like it's going to fall apart, doesn't need to be sent abroad for repairs)

It's been years since I've commuted regularly by bike - previously rode a tricross bike to school several years ago but never really loved the experience as I didn't have a lot of endurance and I also found the seat to be hard on the butt. Did it for a year, then sold it to get a motorcycle.

The ebike thing is different however - I recently test rode a Yuba Spicy Curry and found it to be really pleasant and fun - I could see myself commuting to work on it with the pedal assist, and maybe even gradually building up endurance to enjoy biking again. CONS: I didn't find the pedal assist to be particularly smooth when kicking in, and the shifting to be a little clunky, but I can't tell if that's simply because I hadn't ridden a bike in a long time and wasn't shifting well. The fact that the bike came naked at the price point and would require additional accessory purchase is also offputting.

My question focuses on whether there are notable differences between the Yuba Spicy Curry, the Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch, and the Radwagon that would make it worth selecting one over the other.

A local dealer is selling his last units of the Spicy Curry at $3500 to make room for the Spicy Curry Bosch which will come in within two weeks and be sold at $4500. I intend to test ride the Spicy Curry Bosch when it comes it; the EBR review seemed to show that it had some nice upgrades and features, but I risk losing out on the opportunity to purchase the Spicy Curry at $3500.

Past that, there's also the Radwagon, which seems to have similar if not better specs that the Spicy Curry Bosch in some contexts, but is significantly cheaper. I don't know if the cheaper price translates to worse build and ride quality, or that I need to spend a lot of extra money tinkering with it to get the Radwagon "nicer" with upgrades. I also don't know if what I perceive as better specs actually are better specs.

I'm willing to purchase the Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch if it really stands out compared to the remaining two, but without a Radwagon to see in person and test ride I can't say if it's worth the nearly $3k difference in price. Anyone able to offer any thoughts as to whether these bikes will suit my need, and whether the differences in price between the Radwagon, Spicy Curry, and Spicy Curry Bosch are genuinely worth the price differences? Will these bikes accomplish what I'm seeking to do as a kid hauler/commuter? Any recommendations for other bikes that can fulfill the things I'm looking for?

Thanks, happy to answer any questions.

Mark Peralta
7 months ago

Looking as to where the freshest and least cost battery exists. Also here in NJ as to where to get one. And who can rebuild the original one for a spare. Expected costs. Optional increase in configuration like ah etc. is this something to consider or just stay with OEM?
Finally might consider just getting a new 2017 with Bosch motor style newer version of iZip or similar if a shop accepts trade in and offers a decent price.
Sooner than later replies would be greatly appreciated. Existing battery is fine it's just that I'm approaching 2 years 4000 miles and although I've replaced the tires casette and chain I'm wanting to be pro active rather than reactive.
I searched all over the internet and it is very hard to get IZIP OEM replacement battery, not until most recently. It is also a proprietary battery with different voltage output at different pins. So those generic batteries won't work. I read somewhere that a guy used a generic battery but the PAS control does not work and the display does not work. For me, to keep my ebike working like new, I had to use OEM battery, and am glad that's what I did. The battery is priced at $599.
http://shockingrides.com/?product=izip-sumo-dash-battery
It is priced more expensively at other sites.
http://www.motostrano.com/Fits-all-iZIP-Yuba-Spicy-Curry-cargo-bikes-iZIP-D-p/ba-bl17-001.htm
Last year There was none available but I was able to negotiate with a store in California to buy the battery from an Izip displayed on the show room. Later, I also purchased a highly discounted Raleigh Tekoa with the same battery. Now, I have 2 ebikes that share the same battery but 3 batteries all in all.

David Macdonald
1 month ago

Bosch would be a lot better if they were more cadence focused than torque focused, as if you have poor legs , you will probably struggle with the Bosch sistem .

Fernando Arenas Álvarez
4 months ago

magnífica biciE de carga, pero me gustaría saber qué precio tiene en Europa, si es que es posible adquirirla aquí

wessonjoe
5 months ago

- can that speed limitation be deactivated? - don't like that. - :).

frank doster
5 months ago

Love the Boda Boda v3. Bike shown should have sort of chain guide

Bob Smith
8 months ago

Why is the battery where the water bottle should be? Why not in that space behind the seat tube or hidden under the rear deck?

Dan Yang
2 months ago

Weight distribution.

Propel Electric Bikes
8 months ago

Maybe we'll see another battery there one day.

Montana Cabana
8 months ago

didn't xtracycle make this several years ago?

Propel Electric Bikes
8 months ago

darrenclayton they are definitely similar in that they are both long tail bikes with Bosch motors. There are differences as well. The frame materials, motor specs, accessories etc.

joes joey
8 months ago

WOW very nice ebike love the spring in front that helps handlebars get back straight first time ive seen this . great video!

joes joey
8 months ago

Yes!!

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, those little things can make a big difference... deflopilator!

Josh ua
8 months ago

Hello. Just came across your channel and watched a few of your videos. I just recently ordered the freway e bike. It was only 599 so id figure i would see if i like them. never been on an e bike before

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Cool! I hope it works great for you. I've reviewed a couple of their products but am not sure on support and durability. The company is relatively new to the US and I've heard a couple of people say that their controllers stopped and that they couldn't reach anyone for support... so be careful with it?! Feel free to share about your experiences in the EBR forums: https://electricbikereview.com/forum/

sam cam
8 months ago

Hi Court please review that blue bike.

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Oh yeah... that one is AWESOME! I guess I tend to save the best bikes for last :P

brighton dude
8 months ago

A couple of changes for the final version of this bike that I would welcome are a chainguard and, if possible, a short cage on the derailleur. With the 406 rear wheel that long cage derailleur is very low and personally I think I'd prefer a nine speed cassette with a short cage derailleur.

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

I'm with you... great points

Mr. Flipster
8 months ago

nice if they make like a dog carrier?

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Yeah! You could probably make something custom. This ebike is totally setup for dogs, even has a swing door on the front so they can jump right in: https://electricbikereview.com/butchers-bicycles/mk1-e/

/Pol/ack The Polack
8 months ago

Fourth. also what kind of curry? chicken? beef?

/Pol/ack The Polack
8 months ago

huh something tells me I can't eat that can I?

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Happy Family :D

Todd Wall
8 months ago

Great review! I'd like to see a review on that blue bike. That thing looks like a truck!

Todd Wall
8 months ago

I'll be looking for it!

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Yeah, that thing is sweet... full suspension electric cargo! I filmed it and plan to post soonish ;)

CLOTHED IN SHADOWS.
8 months ago

For an old geezer 😕😕😕.

CLOTHED IN SHADOWS.
8 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com This my friend is true.😱😱😱😱😱😱

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Well... we all get there eventually :P

John Moura
8 months ago

Great review! I like the utilitarian look of cargo bikes.

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Me too, they feel solid and make riding enjoyable because you don't need to wear a backpack... and you can give your friends rides :D