The Oklö Evo Longtail emerges as a flagship model in the cargo bike lineup by French brand Oklö, showcasing an impressive cargo capacity across two loading zones. Crafted with customization in mind, this bike caters to the cyclist’s specific requirements, making it a standout choice for urban mobility.
Brand Overview and Design Philosophy
Hailing from Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Oklö, established as a Scop in 2018, takes pride in designing and assembling bicycles within its French workshop. The brand emphasizes transparency in component sourcing, prioritizing parts produced in Europe or France whenever possible.
In 2019, Oklö unveiled its debut bicycle model, the Origine, available in both muscular and electric variants. The Evo series, introduced in early 2022, encompasses various iterations, with the longtail version being the focus of this review. Separated by rear rack length (45 cm for Evo and 60 cm for Evo Longtail) and rear wheel placement, both Evo models share a common frame.
Technical Aspects and Features
The Evo Longtail is powered by a Bafang M410 central motor producing 250 W and 80 Nm torque, paired with a 600 Wh battery offering an estimated 60 km of range. The steel frame incorporates 24-inch wheels fitted with Schwalbe Big Ben Plus tires, and braking duties are handled by Magura MT Sport hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm discs.
The bike allows for various front rack configurations, with the tested model featuring the Coursamax version. Oklö offers a range of accessories for customization, including toe clips, a rear guardrail, and more. The Evo Longtail comes with Shimano Nexus 7 internal gear hub by default, with an Alfine 8-speed option available for enhanced performance.
Comfort, Ergonomics, and Practicality
The Evo Longtail’s chromoly steel frame prioritizes robustness and rigidity. The bike suits riders between 1.50 m and 1.90 m, with an adjustable height via rings. The handlebars boast ergonomic grips, while a suspension fork adds comfort to the ride. The 60 cm rear rack accommodates accessories and attachments, catering to different cargo needs.
Loading and stability are crucial for cargo bikes, and the Evo Longtail addresses this through its construction. The addition of a central stand enhances stability during loading, although some aspects of the stand’s design could be refined. An optional frame lock secures the rear wheel.
Riding Experience and Performance
The Bafang M410 motor offers dynamic yet controlled assistance, while a Shimano Nexus 7 hub provides reliable shifting. The longtail format necessitates balanced loading during cargo handling. The bike’s dynamics and center of gravity, influenced by 24-inch wheels, are balanced for urban maneuverability.
The Evo Longtail offers solid braking performance, thanks to Magura MT Sport brakes and Schwalbe Big Ben Plus tires. While the bike excels overall, minor steering oscillations and the response of the motor beyond 25 km/h could be improved.
Autonomy and Charging
Equipped with a 600 Wh battery, the Evo Longtail achieves a practical minimum of 60 km range. Charging takes around five hours with the provided 3 A charger. Battery removal is hassle-free, facilitating charging convenience.
Conclusion: The Versatile Urban Companion
The Oklö Evo Longtail showcases a versatile and customizable design that caters to the demands of urban cargo transportation. With robust construction, a capable motor, and thoughtful accessories, the Evo Longtail demonstrates a strong commitment to practicality and user-friendliness. While minor improvements could enhance certain aspects of the riding experience, the Evo Longtail stands as a compelling choice for urban mobility and cargo transport.
- Alfine 8 hub pleasant in town.
- Torque motor.
- Many customizations.
- Effective braking.
- Very long with some front racks.
- Perfectible optimization of engine behavior.
- Punctual guidance.