In issue 10/2021, ADAC-Motorwelt explored how suitable three-wheeled cargo bikes are for everyday use, given their increasing popularity.
Convincing riding characteristics
The CHIKE e-kids was convincing among the five test bikes in the riding, drive system and motor, handling and comfort, safety and workmanship and pollutant categories.
The CHIKE scored particularly well in riding and comfort: “The testers were most impressed by the handling and the conditions around the transport of children in combination with the high quality of components.” In addition, the tilt chassis technology performed very well on uneven roads, with excellent results from the computer-controlled comfort analysis.
As well as negotiating a speed bump and cobblestones, the bikes also had to show how they behaved when coming down a high kerb. Here the CHIKE e-kids scored well with both the tilting technology and the integrated elastomer – “All road irregularities are very well cushioned by the e-kids model from CHIKE.”
When it came to transporting children, the testers also liked the seat belt options on the e-kids, as well as the seating area in general: “Here, the children’s transport area corresponds to a protected passenger compartment, comparable to a children’s bicycle trailer.”
Top rating: 2.1
The CHIKE e-kids received the top overall rating of 2.1, which is made up as follows:
- “Pollutant analysis” – 1.0
- “Safety and workmanship” – 1.7
- “Handling and comfort” – 1.9
- “Ride characteristics” – 2.2
- “Drive system and motor” – 2.6
Strengths included good brakes, direct steering for agile handling, ride comfort thanks to the elastomer suspension, best lights in the test, relatively low weight of 38 kilograms and good equipment with the transport box.
Magazine: ADAC Magazin
Tested: 5 three-wheeled e-cargo bikes
Verdict:: rating 2.1
All competitors’ results: 2,1; 2,4; 3,0; 3,3; 5,0