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Product: Torker Cargo T
torker cargo t
Price: $599.99

Weight:45lbs

Load capacity of racks: 20 lbs front, 40 pounds rear.

Features:

Extra, Extra: Maintenance-free internal Shimano 3-speed hub with twist-shifter, Heavy-duty front and rear cargo rack, heavy duty steel frame and fork — 1 size fits most, Front roller brakes improve stopping power, Sturdy DM 350 alloy rims with rust resistant SS spokes, Front and rear Fenders, Full-wrap chainguard, Cush springer saddle, Dutch “Tring? bell.

Full Wrap chainguard
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Dual kick stand — makes loading up your bike super easy.
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Fenders and racks
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Front rack and steerer lock…Locking this device prevents your front wheel from flopping left or right when parking or loading bike

We received the Torker Cargo T a few months ago and we wanted to make sure we put it through its paces by testing this bike in real life USAGE scenarios. Since the model is called “cargo”, I wanted to test out how strong these stock racks are. Some were concerned that the weight limits (20lbs in the front and 40lbs in the rear) were going to be too light for a true “cargo bike.”

Well, I’m glad to tell you through months of testing/riding, the racks have NEVER posed any type of problems. I was worried that the nuts and bolts provided would either bend or snap in half. But after loading it up many times with items from my own kids, to boxes of crap that needed to be thrown out, as well as adults, the rack system held up really well. Personally I’m not a big fan of loading up a bike on the front since it makes it squirrelly when riding.

I wouldn’t recommend this, but both passengers, front and rear each weigh 100lbs. I weigh about 210lbs….That’s one strong bike!
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Since this is a cargo bike, speed wasn’t really in mind when the bike was conceived. In fact, the Shimano Nexus 3 speed is geared just right for the times when your bike is fully loaded and needs that low gearing in order for you to get moving. I spent most of my riding time in gear 2 since this seemed to be the perfect gear to be in. 3 was best used for flats or on descents since this gear is taller and that meant if you wanted to mash on the pedals to beat the light, this was the gear to be in.

How does the Cargo T climb? Better than I expected. This all-steel cargo bike isn’t an anorexic super model, no, this would be equivalent to Bluto from the cartoon Popeye, super strong and heavy. The bike weighs about 45lbs dry. So that means climbing on this thing was a bit of a chore. Not saying you couldn’t do it, but it’s just harder since this bike weighs almost twice as much as some road bikes out there.

Shimano Nexus 3 speed
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One of the best things about the Torker Cargo T is the geometry of the bike. Notice that I’m in an upright, no strain on the back riding position. I never felt any back aches, neck pain or any type of discomfort while riding this bike.

Roller Brake

Braking power on any cargo bike should be strong, especially if you’re trying to stop a bike with a full load of stuff. One topic that often came up during the introduction of the Cargo T on BikeCommuters was the front Roller Brake. Some of our readers as well as our own Jack Sweeney, have experienced “anemic” braking power with the front roller system.

Now I’m not sure if something was different with the Shimano BR-IM41-F roller brake that was installed on the Cargo T, but those brakes worked just great. Yes its true that it won’t act like disc brakes or even rim brakes, but they do work well enough to slow you down. If combined with the coaster brake, the rollers increase the bike’s ability to stop.

One question that needs to be addressed would be the bike’s reliability. To tell you the truth, that would be the most boring part of this review. Nothing happened…The Torker Cargo T was SUPER reliable. No additional tuning, truing or adjusting was needed for the bike. In fact I didn’t even get a flat, and I rode this bike through various terrain, from paved road, dirt, and gravel.

The Cargo T has been a very fun and practical bike to have in my stable. I hate to admit it, but its taken the place of my Xtracycle. For me, I find it more convenient to grab the Cargo T, than having to lug around the long bike. Sure the Xtra has more loading capacity, but it’s also…long.

I also have to mention that this bike is very affordable. MSRP is around $500 and that’s pretty affordable (according to a previous survey that we took). Not only does the bike ride smooth, it’s a head turner and practical.

I know I’ve said practical a few times already, well that’s because I can’t get over the fact that this bike is soooo useful. If you get a chance, go to your LBS and see if they have this bike available to test ride. You’ll notice that when you ride it, you’ll automatically smile. I can’t tell you how many people have ridden the Cargo T and right away say how smooth and pleasurable the biking experience is with this machine.

Just check out Richard “Fritz” Masoner, see that smile…its because he liked it!

Photo courtesy of Cyclelicious

Legendary Alan Snel also liked the bike…

So here’s the thing, the Torker Cargo T is a great bike. It has many uses, is super comfy and a joy to ride. Will you be able to carry massive amounts of load on it? Can you carry your groceries to and from the store? Can you commute with it? Can you use it for your work/business? The answer to all those questions is, YES! This bike should win some sort of award for stimulating the economy — not only is it affordable, but you’ll save money too by riding this bike for work or when you do errands.