An affordable electric cargo bike for everyone
Electric cargo bikes are one of the most fascinating categories of electric bikes for me due to the creativity of the industry and the utility of electric bikes. The EUNORAU G20 electric bike adopts the prototype long tail cargo electric bike style while adding further improvements to the 2021 model, including a second battery for even longer range.
While there are many affordable electric longtail cargo bikes out there, most use hub motors to help bring that price down.
Hub motors are great options for e-bikes to keep costs down with simple, proven motors. But for those willing to pay a bit more, mid-drive motors offer unique improvements over hub motors.
The problem is, mid-drive motors usually push the price of e-bikes much higher, but not in the EUNORAU G20. This electric cargo bike manages to slip into a mid-drive motor while offering stiff hub motor prices.
Be sure to take a look at my test video of the EUNORAU G20 below, then keep scrolling for my full review.
EUNORAU G20 video review
Technical specifications EUNORAU G20
- Motor: 500W mid-drive DAPU
- Top speed: 25 mph (40 km / h)
- Vary: 50-75 miles (80-120 km) with two batteries
- Drums: 48V 11.6 Ah (556 Wh) + 48V 14Ah (672 Wh)
- Weight: 83 lbs (38 kg) with second battery
- Tires: 24×2.4 ″
- Brakes: 160mm disc brakes
- Supplements: LED display, LED headlight and tail / brake light, Y-kickstand, Shimano 7-speed drivetrain, wooden mudguard and rear rack platform included, mounting points for front and rear rack accessories
An electric cargo bike halfway through the price of hub motors
The big difference between the EUNORAU G20 mid-drive cargo e-bike and most other mid-drive cargo e-bikes is the price. Between $ 2,099 and $ 2,539, the G20 costs about half the cost of most mid-drive cargo e-bikes and more in line with the price of hub-type cargo e-bikes.
The EUNORAU G20 is able to offer a mid-drive motor at lower prices than most, as they turned to an Asian engine OEM known as DAPU. It’s not as well-known as the usual suspects like Bosch or Brose, but I found the motor to perform quite well in my own testing. And the fact that there is no German price is a major advantage. Don’t get me wrong, I love a beautiful Tern electric bike with a powerful Bosch motor. But I don’t have $ 5,000 or more in my pocket right now, so sign me up for a DAPU motor, please!
Another great benefit of using a mid-drive Asian motor is that you get throttle as they aren’t limited to pedal assist only operation like European motor builders.
There is something almost trippy about throttle activated intermediate workouts, as you can look down while using the throttle to see your table spinning while your feet stay still, but the sheer fun helps. to get used to it pretty quickly.
I am a big believer in the throttle levers on electric cargo bikes. I accept that a lot of people don’t want a throttle because they see their e-bike as a combined fitness and transportation solution. It’s awesome. More power for you. But why not have the option? Even when I’m pedaling the G20, having that throttle to roll for the first few turns on the pedal is a big plus.
The throttle is also great for those times when you forget to downshift before stopping. Riding in high gear is a doozy on any bike, especially a loaded cargo electric bike. So I think the option of choosing throttle or pedal assist is a big win here.
While the G20 has a big “go”, its “shutdown” might take some work. The brake levers and calipers themselves are suitable for mechanical brakes, but the brake pads look like two pieces of wood clamping steel discs together. EUNORAU could have spent a few extra bucks to put better pads in the brake calipers, that’s for sure. At least it’s an easy swap, and the brake pads are a consumable part, which means you’ll be changing them anyway. But I would recommend changing them ASAP and putting on better tampons than the original ones they provide.
When it comes to cargo e-bikes, a double kickstand is a must, and the G20 comes there with a Y-kickstand. The Y-shape is much more sturdy and helps keep the bike stable with a heavy load when it is. station. The only problem with the G20’s kickstand is that the pivot is mounted so low, leaving most of it hanging fairly close to the ground. I slammed it many times I jumped off sidewalks, to the point where it loosened up and had to re-tighten it after the first week or so of driving. I started to get better at finding ramps, but let’s be honest – sometimes city driving requires creativity. You don’t always have a nice, smooth transition between surfaces and the occasional sidewalk needs to be skipped.
If I have to ring the G20 on its low kickstand, then the bike earns those points right away with the display. The G20 uses an easy-to-read LED display with a dark background and bright digital segments that you can read in just about any setting. You never have to worry about looking down to check your speed or battery and not being able to read the screen due to the glaring sun.
Speaking of this battery, you won’t have to check it too often if you go for the updated dual battery option, as both packs last so long. A second advantage of the dual battery model is that you don’t mind using the throttle as much in the range department. Gas driving always drains the battery faster than pedal assist, but the second battery means you don’t feel the consequences so quickly.
The 550 Wh single-battery version of the bike (we’ve looked at the previous edition of this model in the past) is likely to get you about 20-25 miles (32-40 km) on the throttle alone. You could get maybe twice as much if you’re good at using mid-level pedal assist. But with two batteries you can more than double the two ranges (since that second battery actually has a higher capacity at 672 Wh).
The bike is quite fast at 25 mph (40 km / h) which seems sufficient when carrying cargo or children in the back. The G20 works equally well for both, but I recommend adding deck cushions if you want to bring kids back in. The wooden platform looks great but isn’t exactly nice in the back.
Carrying heavy loads or stacked crates can add a bit of weight, but the 24-inch tires at least reduce the weight somewhat compared to e-cargo bikes with 26-inch wheels. Other electric cargo bikes like the RadWagon have recently moved from 26-inch wheels to smaller-diameter alternatives, and it really makes a big difference when you’ve got a bunch of cargo in there.
For the most part, I was quite happy with the EUNORAU G20. It’s a fully functional electric cargo bike that even contains cool features like the foldable handlebar stem that would allow you to slip it more easily into the back of a van or SUV.
The bike even offers the benefits and most of the performance of a typical mid-drive long-tail cargo electric bike, but at about half the price – just $ 2,099. If you go for the dual-battery model, you’ll have to shell out a bit more at $ 2,539 – but that’s still a song compared to a nearly $ 6,000 dual-battery Tern GSD.
But then again, the quality certainly doesn’t compare to bikes which are twice as expensive. Not only are the components of lower quality, such as the mechanical disc brakes or the off-brand motor. In addition, the assembly has obvious flaws, such as one of the wooden step bolts not fully tightened and removed. Obviously the worker on the assembly line couldn’t get the bolt flush, pulled it out trying to drive it deeper, then shrugged and moved on to the next bolt. It doesn’t affect functionality at all and is just an aesthetic issue, but it’s an example of the difference in fit and finish you’ll find between budget and more expensive e-bikes.
All in all, I would say the G20 is a great option for someone who wants a midrange ride electric cargo bike but doesn’t want to pay the high prices these bikes normally carry. The mid-drive is a huge plus with the hills and for anyone who really wants to pedal the bike, but the price is still much closer to hub motor e-bikes. It strikes a good balance for the budget-conscious buyer, and it certainly gets a recommendation from me, although it isn’t as nice as the bikes it emulates.
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