Folks, today I’m looking at an e-bike that’s clearly designed to be as practical as possible. Whether you make deliveries or always carry stuff with you, read on and learn more about the Benno Boost 10D, as it may prove to be the perfect choice for you.
After graduating from drawing school, Benno, the founder, moved to San Diego and co-based the Electra Bicycle Company in 1993. After working there until 2010, he went on to create the bike business that bears his name.
Recognizing the power of electrification, he decided to incorporate it into Benno’s bike design. He saw an opportunity in the utility e-bike market, as regular e-bikes offered little to no utility and full-size cargo bikes were too large and difficult to handle. This led to the birth of a new e-bike category they call Atility, where agility meets true utility.
And that became the inspiration for the company’s entire range of products. Among them, you’ll discover the Boost 10D, which offers the riding capabilities of a non-cargo bike and the storage options of one.
Before I go into detail, I want to let you know that the Boost costs around $4,500-$5,000 for the base model, so it is very expensive. Let’s see what this sum gets you.
Benno Bikes claims that the e-bike can carry 3x the weight of a regular bike. Using a 6061-aluminium alloy frame and a long wheelbase design, the Boost is made for you to move stuff on it. It weighs 30 kg (66 lbs.), but it can carry an impressive maximum gross weight (including bike and rider) of 200 kg (441 lbs.).
Different versions of Boost are available – Performance,
Performance CX, Performance Sport and Performance Speed, and you can choose if you want it regular or step-by-step. If you’re from Europe, you might be aware of the current EU e-bike regulations, which state that the maximum speed a motor can handle is 15.5 mph (25 kph). That’s why Europeans only have access to the first two models. The last two versions are intended for the U.S., Switzerland and New Zealand markets and have a top speed of 28 mph (45 kph).
A Bosch mid-drive electric motor powers the Boost. You can choose between a 400 Wh or 500 Wh battery for the Performance and Performance Sport versions, which provide 250 W of power and 65 Nm (45-foot pounds) of torque. Of course, why have a utility bike if you can’t go along with it? Range isn’t an issue as a 400 Wh battery offers 25-75 miles (40-120 km), and a 500 Wh one provides 30-80 miles (50-130 km). If that’s not enough for you, you can opt for the dual battery option available for the Performance Speed and Performance CX, which ensures a range of 50 to 150 miles (80-240 km) depending on which mode you’re riding in. .
Oh, about that, you have five riding modes and you can cycle through them using the Bosch Purion on-board computer. Moreover, the e-bike comes with custom 24″ (61 cm) Benno dual sport tires and a 10-speed Shimano drivetrain to help you in all riding conditions. It does not have a suspension system, which can prove tiring after a long ride.
The bike features a few design elements that make it more practical, but it’s true utility emerges when customization comes into play. The inventory bike’s handiest shipment detail is the rear rack, however many add-ons may be introduced to the Boost. There are dozens of configurations to choose from to fit the ride to your lifestyle. Keep in mind that all accessories are extra and you will have to pay for them.
Benno Boost 10D Different Configurations
For example, let’s say you are a parent and want to take your kids to school or kindergarten by bike. You can easily add two child seats in the back and even attach a trailer if your family needs more seats. Or maybe you need to make urban deliveries that involve heavy packages; There is a solution for that too. You can add different racks, trays, bags and more to create a boost that suits your needs.
Overall, I believe the Benno Boost 10D is a fantastic choice if practicality is the name of your game. It offers plenty of range for the avid city dweller and you’ll fit most of your belongings. The only downside I see is the price; Except for all the extra accessories you can add to it, it already seems a bit much.
Source Benno’s bike