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Old 08-09-14, 05:12 PM   #1
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any kona min-ute or boda boda riders? couple questions.

just wondering if the smaller rear rack seems worth having. i mean, does it seem better than a normal bike with normal lenth rack, or as good as the longer lenth longtails?

i just picked up a cheapish tandem (pacific dualie), and i'm thinking it could be in line as a cargo bike experiment. i want to keep it as a full time tandem though, so no using the rear rider area. but being so long already, i don't want to add a regular sized longtail addition (like adding a suspended mountain bike rear section). so i'm thinking something in the range of the bikes mentioned, but if it's not much better than just adding a normal bike rack it would kind of take the fun out of trying it.

so anyone have any words of praise for their... midtail? do they have a name? thanks for any help.
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The cargo rack on the Minute or Boda Boda will have a much higher weight capacity than any add-on rack you will find for a "standard" bike.

The Boda Boda is rated for 220 lbs of cargo. The MinUte specs list a "300-pound carrying capacity", though it's not entirely clear whether that's rider plus cargo or just cargo. I have to assume it's cargo.

Either one is a great bike for carrying a single child who is beyond the weight capacity of standard child seats. If you don't regularly carry a passenger or more cargo than you can fit on a 50-lb capacity "standard" rear rack, I'm not sure how useful they would be.

Here's a good overview review: The underrated Kona MinUte | Hum of the city She has a few other posts about the MinUte as well if you use the search function.
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Have you looked at the bike friday haul-a-day? i don't have it, but it's the one i'm looking at. it has a "mid tail" type rear.

https://www.bikefriday.com/bicycles/..._photo_gallery

this person blogs about theirs a lot.
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Old 08-13-14, 03:52 PM   #4
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thanks. i guessed right on what to call it. either i heard it before and remebered on some subconcious level, or the name fits it so well it just comes to mind as the obvious name.

i think i have the idea mentaly worked out... i think. thanks again.
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Hi Philphine,

I own a Min-Ute and the rear rack is very useful for carrying a child and panniers at the same time (that's the main reason why I got it). Unfortunately the bike seems to have been discontinued by Kona.

Nice review here: Cargo Bike Review - Kona MinUte - Momentum Mag

The 300 pounds cargo capacity includes the rider.
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Kona is bringing the MinUte back for 2015, with some improvements: hydraulic disc brakes, center-stand and waterproof panniers stock. Unfortunately, the MSRP is going up as well, to $1400.
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Hi Philphine,

I own a Min-Ute and the rear rack is very useful for carrying a child and panniers at the same time (that's the main reason why I got it). Unfortunately the bike seems to have been discontinued by Kona.

Nice review here: Cargo Bike Review - Kona MinUte - Momentum Mag

The 300 pounds cargo capacity includes the rider.
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Old 09-02-14, 02:29 PM   #7
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Kona is bringing the MinUte back for 2015, with some improvements: hydraulic disc brakes, center-stand and waterproof panniers stock. Unfortunately, the MSRP is going up as well, to $1400.
KONA BIKES | 2015 BIKES | FREERANGE | MINUTE
That's good news! Hydraulic disc brakes are a significant improvement over the previous version. The wider tires and better stand (I replaced mine with an Ursus Jumbo) are also nice upgrades. The waterproof panniers look identical to the ones I have.
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