The Fr8 (pronounced like “freight”) is a modular, city-utility bicycle system devised by the Dutch company Workcycles. Interestingly, Workcycles was formed in 2003 by an American ex-pat named Henry Cutler. Cutler's philosophy has been to thoughtfully design and build quality, practical bikes without regard to industry trends or snazzy graphics. His efforts have led to the design of the Fr8, one of the most versatile and future-proof cargo bikes on the planet. They can be configured and outfitted for many heavy-duty purposes: delivery, industry, or carrying kids and groceries. Thanks to an enormously stiff, low instep frame, robust construction, sophisticated geometry, and special carriers, the Fr8 adapts to each role with ease.
One of the reasons the Fr8 is such an enduring, dependable, and versatile bike is the unique frame design. The low step-through height allows the rider to mount and dismount the bike easily even when it is loaded with kids and/or cargo. The relaxed angle of the seat tube opens the space between the saddle and handlebars as the seat is raised, making the bike comfortable for riders from approximately 5'2" to 6'6" (a necessity for any bike that's shared between two parents, for instance).
The optional rear rack is capable of comfortably seating one child, and can be adapted to carry two as well. The frame also has mounts to which a middle child seat can be attached, between the rider and the handlebars. Tucked securely inside of the driver's "hug," odds are it'll be the preferred spot for most kids to ride in. Lastly, the same mounts that support the frame fixed child seat also support a sturdy steel front rack. Attach a Kerri crate to the rack and you have a place for bookbags, groceries, or towels and an umbrella for the beach. The many rack and seat options of the Fr8 give it the rare descriptor of "future-proof," meaning it can adapt to carry multiple kids of varying ages, from 1-6+.
Apart from the unique design aspects, the bike resembles most of our other Dutch bikes. A Shimano Nexus 8 speed internal gear hub, Shimano roller brakes, dynamo hub and LED front and rear lights, a fully enclosed chaincase, Schwalbe puncture-resistant tires, and a comfortable upright ride round out the Fr8's great features.