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Madsen Rolls Out Totally Overhauled Cargo Bike for 2011

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If you’re thinking of joining their movement, Madsen’s made some serious upgrades to their cargo bike for 2011. From stronger wheels to an integrated front wheel lock to a more comfortable seat, there isn’t much of the bike they haven’t touched.

Of particular note is that they’ve moved production of the plastic cargo bin from overseas to the U.S., and they’ve made it smoother so it’s easier to wipe down. The new bin isn’t compatible with older models, though, but the new frame-mounted front rack accessory is. They’ve also put a stronger disc brake caliper on the front.

On the front, they’ve redesigned the handlebar and stem, went to a threadless headset and put a beefier tire and a self-sealing Kenda tube on it. Moving backward, new chainguides help reduce chainslap, and each bike comes with two separate 38T and 44T chainrings allowing you to set it up to accommodate your strength and terrain while keeping it simple with just one gear up front.

For rundowns on each feature, check their YouTube channel. Base price is $1,485.00, which includes the color-matched bucket with two removable bench seats and seatbelts.

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13 years ago

I’ve got one of these new ones and it is truly a thing to behold. Great handling over a da fietsfabriek or big dummy/xtracycle. They are also now including a separate 44 chain ring in addition to the 36 that comes standard. I got my bike on Monday and will be subbing it out for the larger ring this weekend. After a brutal rain this morning I learned that the bucket is indeed water tight but it took me all of 1 minute to drill a drainage hole next to the wheel well on each side.

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