Telescoping. Foldable. Versatile.
The PINO CARGO from HASE BIKES shows how easy it can be to live without a car. It offers exceptionally good cycling mobility for couples and young families. Ride alone, with a partner, or with a child.
Many couples and young families dream of owning a cargo bike. But regardless of how practical these crates-on-wheels can be in certain circumstances, they are quite limited in their range of use.
"The PINO CARGO is different," says Kirsten Hase, head of marketing at HASE BIKES. "It's an ingenious all-rounder, a comprehensive cycling-mobility concept in a single bike." Kirsten Hase is also quick to admit that it can be hard to get your head around what the PINO is and how it can be used: "It's not only a cargo bike, but also a family taxi that adapts to your children as they grow. It can be used by two riders or one, and as a city bike, a touring bike, or even an adaptive bike for riders with special needs. In short, the PINO is a single bike that does the job of an entire fleet of vehicles."
Cargo without compromises
Be it a weekend shopping trip to the supermarket and a DIY store or a bike tour around the world: The PINO CARGO is fully equipped for transporting all kinds of loads. The front PORTER BAG can carry 88 pounds (40 kg) with a volume of up to 120 liters. At the bottom centre, the foldable PORTER RACK holds heavy and over-sized cargo of up to 88 pounds (40 kg). In back, the rear rack has space for a child seat or low-mounted panniers. When the PINO CARGO is parked, its forged double kickstand, specially developed by HASE BIKES, guarantees rock-solid stability, even when the bike is fully loaded. And the PINO CARGO comes with a powerful Shimano EP8 motor. With its help, the rider can even transport the heaviest loads, regardless of whether their muscles are tired, or their destination is 5 miles uphill.
The PINO has a telescoping frame - meaning that you can shorten the wheelbase by simply pushing the two parts together. The front section slides smoothly into the main frame, the geometry remains perfectly aligned, and the slack of the greasy chain is taken up by the frame-quick-adjust assembly.
Kirsten Hase: "On solo trips, you can also ride the PINO with its wheelbase adjusted to the shortest setting. At its minimum length, the wheelbase is roughly equivalent to that of a city bike. And the handling and turning radius are also more or less the same."
Especially practical: In its shortened state, the PINO can be parked in a hallway or cellar, requiring no more space than a normal bike. With the handlebars folded down, it is even compact enough to fit on any standard rear-mounted car rack.
Cargo bike with tandem ancestry
The development of the PINO is closely linked to the Hase family. When it went into series production for the first time 30 years ago, the PINO was simply a unique tandem. Then Kirsten and Maree Hase's sons grew too big for their child seats, and the children's crankset was developed for accommodating young riders in the front seat. Since then, the PINO has been constantly adapted and reinvented to satisfy various needs. "Many of the improvements and a majority of the accessories can be traced back to the concrete needs of customers," reported Kirsten Hase. "Above all in the area of adaptive cycling, where riders may require a hand-drive assembly, harness system, special pedals or other accessories in order to ride a bike."