Adding to the capability is the new mid-drive assist motor from Currie. By using a
mid-drive, the assist unit now relies on the
rear cassette and derailleur to provide gear
changes. That provides a major advantage
over a hub motor in steep climbing and
efficient battery use, and a minor consideration is that it is easier to remove the rear
wheel for service. The Currie mid-drive has
four levels of assist, and all are effective.
You run out of assist and the gearing is
spun out at about the same time; you have
to try to get a steady 20 mph out of this
bike, but we climbed some large, steep
hills at 16 mph.
Although they got their start as a ped-al-only brand, Yuba’s e-bike offerings now
represent half of the bikes they sell, and
after riding the Spicy Curry, we can see
why. This is a pleasant bike to ride, and it
really doesn’t feel heavy with the assist on.
Also, the long bike requires a little thought
in tight quarters but isn’t a challenge to
ride. With the price expected to be in the
mid-$4000 range, we see Spicy Curry
being a hot dish. ■
Yuba combined a lot of the great ideas in cargo bikes
to make the Spicy Curry.