Shimano's new cargo drive units have been tested on loads up to 250 kilograms

Two choices of drive unit ready this summer

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Shimano has released two cargo-specific drive units designed to cater for the heavy loads commonly associated with these utility bikes.

Cargo e-bikes allow riders to carry loads that otherwise might be transported by car or even a small van - with the option particularly popular for those making deliveries around cities - be that for trade or taking children to school.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.