Yuba Spicy Curry

83/100
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100
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80
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on Yuba Spicy Curry. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

21 reasons to buy

  • At 60lb and able to haul a 330lb payload, the Curry is relatively lightweight.
  • A 20” rear wheel and mid-mounted motor make for a low centre-of-gravity.
  • The Bosch Performance CX 250 motor handled owners' required duties.
  • The low height of the rear rack makes it easier to load and unload.
  • Oversized, aluminum tubing maintained stiffness under heavy loads.
  • The tough, chromoly fork features a beefy 1.5 inch steerer tube.
  • The Curry features a low standover height for easy mounting and dismounting.
  • A gigantic, integrated rack is rated to carry up to 300lb of cargo.
  • Owners reported that the Curry was durable after 3 years and 2,000mi of use.
  • A 36V Powerpack 400 battery lasted one family for a week of small trips.
  • The Bosch Drive system has 4 modes, including a ‘turbo’ setting for climbs.
  • The control unit switches between modes and displays mileage and other info.
  • A low-power motor-assist mode helps walk a loaded bike up ramps &c.
  • A bolt-on bashplate protects the Bosch motor from impacts.
  • Shimano M396 hydraulic brakes with 180mm rotors stopped powerfully.
  • The Shimano drivetrain and Deore shifters responded well and proved durable.
  • The stem and seatpost adjust to fit riders from 5’ to 6’5” in height.
  • Full-length fenders and internally-wired front and rear lights come included.
  • After 3 years use, one owner reported a single flat tire and one dropped chain.
  • Rear-wheel covers prevented kids’ feet from getting trapped between spokes.
  • A ‘deflopilator’ prevents the front wheel from tilting while the kickstand is up.

7 reasons not to buy

  • For one rider, the chain-guide came loose and contacted noisily with the chain.
  • The asking price gets the base bike. Necessary accessories add to the cost.
  • It’s difficult to squeeze into a lift, for apartment dwellers without a garage.
  • An owner said their headlight shut off when hitting potholes or large bumps.
  • The smaller frame felt cramped for some taller riders.
  • A rare 1.5” steerer means replacement stems can be hard to find.
  • The rear tire needed to be inflated to 55psi to handle loads, creating a jarring ride on rough surfaces.

Bottom line

The Yuba Spicy Curry is a well thought-out e-bike intended for haulers of serious cargo or for busy families. This is not a regular bike with an electric-assist motor bolted on. The entire bike is designed with integration of the Bosch CX250 motor in mind. The choice of a mid-drive motor and 20” rear wheel is purposeful, as it ensures a low centre-of-gravity and an ergonomic position from which to load and unload cargo on the rear rack. While the 250 watt motor is smaller than those found on performance e-bikes, owners reported that it covered all their needs adequately while still giving riders a workout. After long use and many miles, reports are overwhelmingly positive. While the price may seem steep compared to some non-motorized bikes, numerous reviewers said that the Yuba Spicy Curry was a genuine replacement for a first or second family car.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 1 expert reviews
80
Digital Trends

Conquer Hills And Ikea With The Yuba Spicy Curry Electric Cargo Bike

Level 1 expert

For anyone who hauls stuff around on a regular basis, this bike is like having a small pickup truck.

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Electric Bike Review

Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Review

Level 1 expert

They’ve ‘overbuilt’ this to be extra-sturdy… Being a two-wheel cargo bike… this feels a little easier.

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Wisconsin Bike Fed

I Love Spicy Curry: 2,000 Miles on a Yuba Cargo Bike

Level 1 expert

I now have almost 2,000 miles on the Yuba Spicy Curry e-assist long-tail cargo bike… in the four months or so that I have been riding it, I haven’t regretted the purchase for a minute.

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The Bike Dads

Shhhhhhh! I Ride an e-Bike

Level 2 expert
Bikerumor

Yuba Spicy Curry E-Cargo Bike Is The Perfect Kid Hauler, Grocery Getter & More

Level 2 expert

…it’s like having a second vehicle that’s better and faster (and more fun) for quick trips… worth every penny in our book.

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