Best electric longtail cargo bikes to carry kids

Are you thinking that you want to take the leap, and buy a longtail cargo bike for your family?  If you are, well done!  You're certainly going to have lots of fun  - whether that's on th school / nursery run, or other adventures.

But where do you start when you're trying to decide what's the best longtail cargo bike for carrying your kids?

Longtail e-bikes have been around for a while now, but have only taken off in the UK in the last couple of years with new brands and types of electric longtail cargo bikes becoming available now, including some more affordable options.

Here at Cycle Sprog we LOVE cargo bikes, and we've been keeping an eye on the latest developments.  In this article we've created a list of the best electric longtail cargo bikes, for varying budgets.

Before we start, if you're not sure if a longtail bike is the best choice for you and your family, read our article What type of cargo bike is best for my family? or head straight to our list of Best cargo bikes for families.

And if you're still not sure about whether to you need a cargo bike, or a trailer, seat or tagalong option head to our Carrying kids by bike section and fill in the survey to find out what we recommend.

Bike43 best electric longtail cargo bikes to carry children

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Why a longtail bike?

A longtail bike is a two-wheeled cargo bike with a longer rear, including a longer rear rack. This longer (and stronger) rear rack usually allows two  - and sometimes even three - children to be seated, either in bike seats or directly on cushions on the rack.

If space for storing a cargo bike is an issue for you, longtail bikes may be the best option for you.

Most longtail bikes are fairly similar in terms of length to a normal bike. An average adult bike is 175cm long and longtail bikes vary in length from 180cm to over 200cm. Depending on what accessories you add to them, a longtail bike will be similar in width to an average adult bike.

Some longtail cargo bikes can be stored upright and some longtail bikes come with the option to turn or fold away the handlebars so that the bike is less wide.

Non-electric longtail bikes exist, and these may be an option for you if you are a strong rider or you live in a flat area. However, with e-bikes becoming more and more common, we have only included longtail e-bikes in this article.

We’re here to help and we’ve started reviewing some longtail bikes for you, with more following soon!

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What to look out for when purchasing an electric longtail bike

A big purchase like an electric cargo bike needs to be right for your family, so think about your family’s specific needs.

What will you be using the cargo e-bike for and how will this change in the future? Where you ride is also very important, is it urban and mostly flat, or hilly and sometimes off-road?

The age of your children is also very important, as well as the size of your family. Do you think your family will be welcoming another baby at some point?

Look for versatility in a cargo bike so you can get the most use out of it. Once you have a cargo bike you will be surprised how much stuff you can carry on a bike, from Christmas trees to weekly shops.

Read our Top things to look out for when buying an electric cargo bike.

Yuba Spicy Curry electric longtail bike with kids getting on

How much does an electric longtail bike cost?

As with most other things in life, you pay for what you get. A cheaper bike usually comes with cheaper components, and in the case of an electric cargo bike, it might come with a less powerful motor and brakes.

The cheapest electric longtail bike starts from around £2,300 and the top of the range starts at around £5,000.

Accessories will come on top of the costs listed here, so keep this in mind because you will probably need a few accessories such as seating for your children.

You may be able to get help with paying for a longtail cargo bike through your employer’s cycle to work scheme.

Some bike shops and online retailers offer 0% interest rate financing too.

Read our article How much does an electric family cargo bike cost?

Best longtail cargo e-bikes for carrying kids

Depending on your needs and your budget, we’ve made three budget groupings.

Prices listed are for the bike only, and for most bikes accessories will come at an additional cost.

Prices are for the most basic model of the longtail bike, and for some bikes various upgrades are available in terms of motor, battery, gears, brakes and sometimes warranty as well.

Read our article on E-bike motor and battery options.

Low budget electric longtail cargo bikes

The number of cheaper longtail bikes has been increasing in the past couple of years, which makes owning a longtail e-cargo bike much more affordable.

Obviously with the lower price come some reductions in specification. This usually means things like own-brand or unnamed components, including the battery and motor.

The motor will be a rear-hub motor instead of a mid-drive motor, which means you may have to work a bit harder on hill starts if you live in a hilly area.

Mycle Cargo Electric Bike

The Mycle Cargo longtail bike is proving to be a popular choice cargo bike because of it's low price point.  In fact, they're usually out of stock, so you'll need to get on their waiting list if you want one.

Mycle is based in the UK so you'd benefit from getting help over the phone if you need it.

The Mycle Cargo had an upgrade in 2023 and it now comes with hydraulic disc brakes, improved digital display and an optional weather shield.

We had a range of people put the original Mycle Cargo to the test -  read our review of the Mycle Cargo (but remember the spec and accessories have been upgraded since.)

Price: from £2,499

Mycle accessories

You can purchase a range of optional accessories with the Mycle Cargo bike including safety bars, weather shield, seat pads, and front and rear baskets.  Make sure you order these at  the same time as the bike, so you're not left without the essential things you need for your family.

Mycle Cargo Electric specs

Weight of bike: 33 kg
Length of bike: 187 cm
Wheel size: 20”
Tyres: CST puncture resistant 20x3” with reflective strips
Motor: 250W 48V brushless rear hub-drive motor (brand not specified)
Max torque: 65 Nm
Gears: Shimano 7 speed
Brakes: Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
Height of rider: not specified
Max rider weight:
not specified
Max weight of cargo + rider: 210 kg
Max load front: not specified
Max load rear:
125 kg
Warranty: 1 year

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Medium budget electric longtail cargo bikes

In the medium budget range you will usually see some higher specs including hydraulic disc brakes, and mid-drive motors by well-known brands, but usually a smaller gear range than the longtail bikes in the higher budget range.

The electric longtail bikes in this group may offer less powerful mid-drive motors than the bikes in the higher budget range. Some of them also have a larger rear wheel or a heavier frame than more expensive longtail bikes. A small (20 inch) rear wheel is better because it means the centre of gravity is lower, so a more stable ride for you and your cargo.

Another difference with the premium budget range may be the length of the warranty.

Estarli eCargo

The Estarli eCargo was launched in 2023 by Estarli, a British brand best known for their range of foldable e-bikes. With a mid-drive motor and belt drive, this longtail bike seems to hit the sweet spot with high specs for a medium budget.

Price: from £2,995

Estarli accessories

Estarli has created their own wide range of accessories including different seating options, a GPS tracker, and a front rack with basket and net.

Their accessory range is still under development and a weatherproof cocoon is coming in summer 2024 and we've been informed a rain canopy is also coming.

 

Estarli eCargo Longtail specs

Weight of bike: 28 kg
Length of bike: 183 cm
Wheel size: 20"
Tyres: Schwalbe Super Moto-X
Motor: 250W Ananda mid drive motor
Max torque: 110 Nm
Brakes: hydraulic disc brakes (brand not specified)
Gears: Enviolo Heavy Duty CVT with Carbon Gates belt drive
Height of rider: 153 cm - 195 cm
Max rider weight: 140 kg
Max weight of cargo + rider: 210 kg
Max load front: 20 kg
Max load rear: 90 kg
Warranty: 2 years

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Decathlon Elops R500

Decathlon's cargo bike was launched in mainland Europe in 2021 and finally became available in the UK in 2022.  It's well worth considering if you want a longtail cargo bike and your budget won't reach to the top of the range.

Discounted price: from £2,999.99

Decathlon accessories

Decathlon's own brand accessories is more limited than some of the more expensive brands but they come in at a cheaper price point. The double full-length panniers are a real bargain!

 

Decathlon Elops R500 specs

Weight of bike: 38 kg
Length of bike: 220 cm
Wheel size: 26" front wheel, 20" rear wheel
Tyres: CST C1996 cargo bike tyres
Motor: 250W 48V rear hub-drive motor (brand not specified)
Max torque: 58 Nm
Brakes: Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
Gears: Microshift 8-speed
Height of rider: 155 cm - 195 cm
Max rider weight: not specified
Max weight of cargo + rider: 208 kg
Max load front: 10 kg
Max load rear: not specified
Warranty: 2 years

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Tern HSD P9 midtail

Tern is mostly known for their popular longtail bikes called Tern GSD, but the shorter Tern HSD is a good option if you're carrying one child with you, or plan to have one child on the rear rack and another in a trailer.

Price: from £3,700

Tern accessories

The range of accessories for this midtail e-cargo bike are impressive with a mini caboose for smaller children, the very popular captain's chair for older children and adults and a storm box mini to keep your child dry and warm.

 

Tern HSD P9 2023 specs

Weight of bike: 26 kg
Length of bike: 168 cm
Wheel size: 20" wheels
Tyres: Schwalbe Big Apple
Motor: Bosch Active Line Plus (Gen 3)
Max torque: 50 Nm
Brakes: Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
Gears: Shimano 9-speed
Height of rider: 150 cm - 195 cm
Max rider weight: 120 kg
Max weight of cargo + rider: 170 kg
Max load front: 60 kg
Max load rear: 80 kg
Warranty: 5 years warranty on frame, handlepost, and fork. 1 year warranty on all Tern or BioLogic branded parts and components, except as noted on website.

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Cube Longtail Hybrid 725

Cube is a well known German bike brand for a wide range of bikes, including kids bikes and mountain bikes.   The Longtail Hybrid 725 is their first electric longtail bike model and has the backing of a global bike brand, know for it's attention to detail, behind it.

Price: from £3,999

Cube accessories

Accessories by Cube include a top rail (safety bars for older children), a seat pad, a stepping board and front rack. Large pannier bags are also available which can hold 90 litres in total.

Cube Longtail Sport Hybrid 725 specs

Weight of bike: 34 kg
Length of bike: 193 cm
Wheel size: 26”
Tyres: 2.6in Schwalbe Pick-Up tyres
Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX mid drive motor
Max torque: 85 Nm
Gears: Shimano 10-speed
Brakes: Magura hydraulic disc brakes
Height of rider: 160 cm - 190 cm
Max rider weight: 111 kg
Max weight of cargo + rider: 200 kg
Max load front: 20 kg
Max load rear: 60 kg
Warranty: 2 years

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Yuba Kombi E5

American brand Yuba makes a range of longtail cargo bikes and this one is the cheapest in their range.

Price: from £3,400

Yuba accessories

Accessories by Yuba include safety bars, seat cushions in two sizes, a clever wheel lock and a rain canopy. 30-litre single pannier bags are available, which you can take off the bike. Small pegs are available which can be used as footrests for smaller children or when the bags are fully loaded.

Yuba Kombi E5 best electric longtail cargo bike

Yuba Kombi E5 specs

Weight of bike: 29.5 kg
Length of bike: 191 cm
Wheel size: 24”
Tyres: Maxxis Hookworm 24”x 2.5”
Motor: Shimano Steps E5000 250W mid-drive motor
Max torque: 40 Nm
Gears: Shimano 9-speed
Brakes: Shimano Alivio hydraulic disc brakes
Height of rider: 152 cm - 198 cm
Max rider weight: not specified
Max weight of cargo + rider: 200 kg
Max load front: 22 kg
Max load rear: not specified
Warranty: 2 years

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Vello Sub

The Vello Sub is a recent addition to the French brand Vello which specialises in folding bikes. They are launching their cargo bike in the UK through a crowdfunder on Indiegogo. The current price is therefore lower than what you'd expect to pay for this high-spec bike, but you'll need to wait a while before you'll receive your cargo bike.

Price: from £4,055

Vello accessories

The Indiegogo page mentions it is compatible with a wide range of accessories, including MIK and MIK-HD accessories such as bike seats. At the time of writing (November 2022), we couldn't find out what accessories like footrests and bags will cost.

Vello Sub best electric longtail cargo bike

Vello Sub specs

Weight of bike: 28 kg
Length of bike: 180 cm
Wheel size: 20”
Tyres: Schwalbe Pick Up 20x2.35
Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX mid-drive motor
Max torque: 85 Nm
Gears: Heavy Duty Enviolo SP
Brakes: Magura 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes
Height of rider: 150 cm - 200 cm
Max rider weight: not specified
Max weight of cargo + rider: 210 kg
Max load front: 10 kg
Max load rear: 100 kg
Warranty: 5 year warranty on the frame and fork

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Veloe Multi Shimano

Another interesting option in the mid budget range by Italian brand Veloe. This longtail bike is considerably lighter than most other longtail cargo bikes, which might be useful if you carry the bike up steps or take it on the train.

Price: from £3,549

Veloe accessories

Various accessories are available including multiple seating options, and like with most other longtail bikes you can add a safety bar to the rear pannier rack. You can add another accessory which will let you fully enclose the rear rack to create a box to carry stuff when you're not carrying children.

 

Veloe best electric longtail cargo bike

Veloe Multi Shimano specs

Weight of bike: 26 kg
Length of bike: 181 cm
Wheel size: 24”
Tyres: Schwalbe Big Ben Plus
Motor: Shimano E6100 mid-drive motor
Max torque: 60 Nm
Gears: Nexus 8
Brakes: Shimano MT-200 hydraulic disc brakes
Height of rider: 150 cm - 195 cm
Max weight of cargo + rider: 200 kg
Max rider weight: 120 kg
Max load front: 23 kg
Max load rear: 100 kg
Warranty: 5 year warranty on the frame and the fork except for wear parts. 2 year warranty on all other parts.

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Bicicapace E-Justlong

Bicicapace's Italian bikes stand out from the crowd through their clever designs for carrying cargo. The E-Justlong suits the shorter rider and a wide range of well-designed and practical accessories is available.

Price: from £3,990

Bicicapace accessories

The E-Justlong comes with a very large waterproof front bag and like most other longtail bikes you can add a safety bar, which you can fully enclose like on the Veloe. A rain canopy with or without side shields is available.

 

Bicicapace best electric longtail cargo bike

Bicicapace E-Justlong specs

Weight of bike: 31 kg
Length of bike: 199 cm
Wheel size: 20”
Tyres: Schwalbe Big Ben Plus x 2.15
Motor: Shimano E6100 mid-drive motor
Max torque:60 Nm
Brakes: Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes
Gears: Nexus 8
Height of rider: not specified
Max rider weight: 150 cm - 190 cm
Max weight of cargo + rider: 190 kg
Max load front: 25 kg
Max load rear: not specified
Warranty: not specified

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High budget electric longtail cargo bikes

The electric longtail bikes in the higher budget group offer lots of bells and whistles, including powerful mid-drive motors, the best hydraulic disc brakes and a complete range of accessories.

Some of them come with suspension forks or the option to store the bike upright.

Tern GSD S10

The Tern GSD has quickly become the most popular brand of longtail bike in the UK. The GSD is sometimes called 'Getting Stuff Done' and features a suspension fork, which can come in handy when paths or roads you're riding on are not so smooth.

This is the premium longtail cargo bike many families aspire to own one day, if their budget allows!

You can read our article Electric cargo bikes: can the budget Mycle Cargo compete with the high-end Tern GSD longtail? to find out what the difference is between a cheaper and premium bike.

Price: from £5,100

Tern accessories

Tern have a wide range branded accessories available, including several seating options, 100 litres panniers and a weather-resistant canopy that protects your children from rain, snow and wind. Tern accessories are usually more expensive than most other brands.

Tern GSD S10 specs

Weight of bike: 33.58 kg
Length of bike: 180 cm
Wheel size: 20”
Tyres: Schwalbe Big Ben Plus
Motor: Bosch Cargo Line mid-drive motor
Max torque: 85 Nm
Gears: Shimano 10-speed
Brakes: Magura 4 piston hydraulic disc brakes
Height of rider: 150 cm - 195 cm
Max rider weight: 120 kg
Max weight of cargo + rider
: 200 kg
Max load front: 20 kg
Max load back: 100 kg
Warranty: 5 years warranty on frame, handlepost, and fork. 1 year warranty on all Tern or BioLogic branded parts and components, except as noted on website.

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Bike43 Performance

The "bike for three" is the only longtail cargo bike that we've found that can seat three children on the rear pannier rack. This beautiful cargo bike is the only bike produced by the small Belgian brand. The bigger front wheel means you'll be less affected by bumps and potholes.

Price: from £4,599

Bike43 accessories

Bike43 offers a range of accessories, including different types of bags and panniers by other brands. It is one of the few longtail cargo bikes that offer a car seat adapter.

Read our full review of the Bike43 Performance.  Please note that the specification of the Bike43 has improved since we reviewed the bike - including and option for a premium pack which includes a suspension seat post, fancy lights and wheel lock, plus their accessory range has been extended too.

Bike43 Performance specs

Weight of bike: 30 kg
Length of bike: 197 cm
Wheel size: 24” front wheel, 20” rear wheel
Tyres: Schwalbe Big Apple
Motor: Shimano E6100 mid-drive motor
Max torque: 60 Nm
Gears: Shimano Nexus 5 speed
Brakes: Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
Height of rider: 145 cm - 190 cm
Max rider weight: 100 kg
Max weight of cargo + rider:
170 kg
Max load front: 20 kg
Max load rear: 100 kg
Warranty: Lifetime warranty on Bike43 frames.

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Yuba Spicy Curry

Another longtail e-bike by American brand Yuba; a relatively low-weight option with high specs. Like the Bike43 this cargo bike has a bigger front wheel, so a smoother ride with less wobble.

Price: from £4,749

Yuba accessories

In addition to the accessories listed for the Yuba Kombi E5, full-length double pannier bags are available for the Spicy Curry. There is also a ski rack and surf rack available, which is showing the brand's Californian roots.

Yuba Spicy Curry best electric longtail cargo bike

yuba Spicy Curry specs

Weight of bike: 27.3 kg
Length of bike: 210 cm
Wheel size: 26” front wheel, 20” rear wheel
Tyres: Schwalbe Super Moto X
Motor: Bosch Cargo Line CX mid-drive motor
Max torque: 85 Nm
Gears: Shimano 10-speed
Brakes: Magura hydraulic disc brakes
Height of rider: 152 cm - 195 cm
Max rider weight: 90 kg
Max weight of cargo + rider: 200 kg
Max load front: 90 kg (incl rider)
Max load rear: 136 kg
Warranty: 2 years

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Riese & Müller Multitinker Touring

R&M is a German brand specialising in e-bikes, including cargo bikes both for business and family use. The Multitinker is one of their longtails and it's very similar in terms of specs to the Tern GSD S10, including a suspension fork.

Price: from £5,379

R&M accessories

A range of R&M accessories is available including a safety bar and extra large panniers with a total volume of 84 litres.

Riese & Müller Multitinker Vario best electric longtail cargo bike

Riese & Müller Multitinker Touring specs

Weight of bike: 35 kg
Length of bike: 189 cm
Wheel size: 20”
Tyres: Schwalbe Super Moto-X
Motor: Bosch Cargo Line CX mid-drive motor
Max torque: 85 Nm
Gears: Shimano Deore 10-speed
Brakes: Magura 4 piston hydraulic disc brakes
Height of rider: not specified
Max rider weight: 120 kg
Max weight of cargo + rider: 200 kg
Max load front: 15 kg
Max load rear: 65 kg
Warranty: Riese & Müller grants a 5 year warranty for breakage of the frame or rear swing arm. 2 years warranty on the battery: we guarantee that the battery will still have a capacity of 60% after two years or 500 full charge cycles.

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Other options to consider

We haven't listed all longtail cargo bikes, so here are a few more options to consider:

Vello Sub longtail cargo bike

Comments

Laura

I have many times had 3 kids on the back of my bicicapace justlong! Three average 6yos works just fine!

Mary Rock

Where can I buy child safety straps for rear loader- Tern

Saskia Heijltjes

Hi Mary, could you please tell us what straps you are referring to? If you install a child seat they usually come with safety straps. The seatpads on the Tern GSD don’t come with safety straps. Hope this helps, Saskia

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