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Anna is Danish bike maker's striking reinterpretation of the cargo bike

Anna is Danish bike maker's st...
The VeloSled has been making public appearances at trade shows since its introduction in February 2018, ahead of availability in September
The VeloSled has been making public appearances at trade shows since its introduction in February 2018, ahead of availability in September
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The VeloSled features a light and durable carbon fiber frame
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The VeloSled features a light and durable carbon fiber frame
The VeloSled has been making public appearances at trade shows since its introduction in February 2018, ahead of availability in September
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The VeloSled has been making public appearances at trade shows since its introduction in February 2018, ahead of availability in September
The VeloSled's long rack has enough room for transporting adults and children, groceries and ply boards or tools
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The VeloSled's long rack has enough room for transporting adults and children, groceries and ply boards or tools
A naked VeloSled showcases the cargo bike's design
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A naked VeloSled showcases the cargo bike's design
An electric hub motor can be optioned in to make hauling cargo with the VeloSled at little easier on the legs
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An electric hub motor can be optioned in to make hauling cargo with the VeloSled at little easier on the legs
The VeloSled's long rack has enough room for transporting adults and children, groceries and ply boards or tools... and the family dog
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The VeloSled's long rack has enough room for transporting adults and children, groceries and ply boards or tools... and the family dog
The VeloSled features wishbone suspension and redundant cable steering
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The VeloSled features wishbone suspension and redundant cable steering
The VeloSled's rack is modular in nature, with a range of accessories available
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The VeloSled's rack is modular in nature, with a range of accessories available
The VeloSled's long rack has enough room for transporting adults and children, groceries and ply boards or tools
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The VeloSled's long rack has enough room for transporting adults and children, groceries and ply boards or tools
The VeloSled's 1,200 mm rack is claimed capable of hauling up to 200 kg of cargo
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The VeloSled's 1,200 mm rack is claimed capable of hauling up to 200 kg of cargo

Copenhagen's Coh&Co says that its upcoming VeloSled – affectionately dubbed Anna – was inspired by the Inuit "qamutiik" dog sleds, but swaps pooch power for a human rider. The visually arresting cargo bicycle is reported to be the lightest and toughest in the firm's family of two wheelers, and its extra long rack out front can be accessorized to transport people, the family dog and, of course, all manner of cargo.

Anna is Coh&Co's vision of what a "Long John" cargo bike – where the cargo area generally sits out front and some form of "linkage steering" system – should look like. Rather than aluminum or steel, the firm has opted for a lightweight and durable carbon fiber frame with a familiar diamond shape to the back and a long arm jutting forward from the crank toward the front wheel.

That chunky arm supports a 1,200 mm (47 in) cargo rack, with enough room for transporting adults and children, groceries and ply boards or tools. The rack is modular in nature, with a range of accessories available to complement the ride, and is claimed capable of hauling up to 200 kg (440 lb). "The stiffness of the frame makes sure that even heavy loads won't make her shiver," said the company.

The VeloSled's 1,200 mm rack is claimed capable of hauling up to 200 kg of cargo
The VeloSled's 1,200 mm rack is claimed capable of hauling up to 200 kg of cargo

If that carrying capacity has your leg muscles cowering in the corner, an electric hub motor can be optioned in to assist. Elsewhere, there's wishbone suspension, redundant cable steering, the rider seat can be adjusted forward or back (as well as up and down), and the cargo bike ditches the chain for belt drive, for a clean and quiet ride.

Anna was first introduced in February, and has since been making public appearances at trade shows around Europe, including last month's Eurobike in southern Germany. The VeloSled is due for release in September with a starting price of €3,000 (about US$3,500).

Source: Coh&Co

4 comments
Grunt
Can't help feeling the people carrying/cargo area should be behind the rider/driver, not stuck out in front where they are particularly vulnerable. Put the driver at the front and he/she is going to take a lot more care.....
AngryPenguin
@Grunt Not sure I see your logic. The weight in the back seems like it would be harder to balance, and would be a recipe for injury if there's a sudden stop.
Nik
I suppose a trip to the local airfield is required when turning, with a wheelbase of that length. I think the old fashioned 'trade bike' solved the problem elegantly, like this; https://www.picclickimg.com/d/l400/pict/183189775308_/Old-Vintage-Butchers-Bike-Trade-Bike-Bread-Bakers.jpg With a fairly good load capacity, but without compromising any of the normal bicycles manoeuvrability. Some extended the load container like saddle bags down to wheel spindle level.
Lee Bell
I like it. It's an interesting design for a cargo bike. Not a bad price either for a carbon frame and all the labor that goes into one. I've seen far too many cargo bikes that should be gold plated from the prices asked for them. I'm not real fond of that single sided mount on the front wheel though. I've tried a couple of those and I no longer trust them unless they have a 3/4" or bigger diameter axle. The roads around here cause anything smaller to bend pretty quickly with any real cargo load. I would like to have one like that with a steel frame. The carbon fiber is nice but on a working bike, I personally need something that's more abuse tolerant. I haul junk with my cargo trike sometimes and that pretty frame wouldn't stay pretty very long for me and that stuff is difficult to fix if cracked. For someone that doesn't use one like I do though it would be a useful, strong, and lightweight (comparably) cargo bike. It does look like it needs a large turning radius though unless that wheel turns more than what it shows in the pictures. Not a big deal in normal use.