Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 13th, 2009 at 11:38 am
[*UPDATE: We had a review of this bike planned, but it is currently on hold. Our test bike had a major part malfunction, which was then replicated by the dealer (Joe Bike). Following that, the dealer has pulled the product from their lineup. We’ll publish the review when/if the bikes are available in Portland again.]
Furthering Portland’s reputation as a cargo/kid-carrying bike test laboratory, a local shop is now selling the Zigo family bike.
The bike’s main selling point is its versatility. It can be used as a trike with a child carrier in front, a jogging stroller, a “Child Pod” (in jogging or stroller mode), or as a stand-alone bike.
Doebele says if it’s performance you’re looking for than this bike is not for you. “You probably can’t (and wouldn’t want to) exceed 12-14 mph.” he wrote in an email. The culprit is low-gearing on the bike’s 3-speed Sturmey Archer hub.
Doebele also says he thinks the bike will have broad appeal because it’s geared so low that even folks who are out-of-shape or not too skilled at biking, can now pedal 60-100 pounds of kids around “and not worry about falling over or falling out of breath.”
The Zigo retails for $1,349 and up to $1,500 with various options. Our family biking columnist Marion Rice is picking one up today and will share a full review soon.
I haven’t ridden one of these myself, but I’m very curious how they handle. Has anyone out there ridden one?
For more, here’s a video produced by Zigo:
[Publisher’s note: Disclaimer – Joe Bike advertises on BikePortland, but that had nothing to do with us wanting to share this information with the community.]