Ferla Family e-Bikes Review: Are These Cargo Bikes Any Good?

Last Updated on November 7, 2023 by Igor Karni

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Ferla Family is a subsidiary of Ferla Bikes, a California-based bike manufacturer. It is known mostly for its highly innovative vending tricycles and cargo e-bikes. The company’s passion for the latter could not be made more evident in the fact that they established a dedicated arm for designing and creating family-friendly cargo e-bikes.

Nonetheless, Ferla Bikes is arguably equally active in assisting start-ups and young entrepreneurs, especially those that want to quickly yet effectively get their products in the market without shelling out too much capital. From vending carts and promo bikes to coffee bikes and ice cream bikes, Ferla designs bikes that readily exhibit the undeniable perks of marketing on wheels if innovation is applied to it. 

Read also: How to select the best cargo e-bike (with examples)? And, How much does a good cargo e-bike cost?

The seeds of Ferla Bikes were officially sown by Feras Bashnak in 2013. And like many of his present clients, he, too, dreamed of opening a business (a catering company, in particular) but lacked the funds to set up a brick and mortar store. For three years, he catered to customers from his own home and bikes. 

It was not until 2016 that Feras decided to take things further when he was inspired to help other budding entrepreneurs. It didn’t take long for him to settle on an idea: mobile business through vending carts and trikes. 

From there, helping entrepreneurs set up their business became Ferla Bike’s main goal, and it did so by steadily releasing new models and concepts through the years up to the present. As is evidenced by Ferla Family, it expanded relatively quickly as well. This is only aided by the fact that Feras has a soft spot for cargo bikes. 

Additionally, Ferla is a brand that easily earns everyone’s respect. For instance, in 2018, it’s one of the few companies that stood firm to its original e-bike prices despite the increased tariffs on e-bike exports to the US. Furthermore, it prioritizes eco-friendly solutions through the creation of vehicles that solely rely on renewable energy. 

Read also: Tips before buying an electric bike. And, Are electric bikes good for the environement?

Ferla Family e-Bikes Review: What makes Ferla Family cargo e-bikes stand out?

Ferla Family only has one cargo e-bike in its catalog: the Ferla Cargo Bike. It has a variation called the Royce Edition, and both are available as electric or non-electric. 

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In general, its models stay true to the standard design of the family e-bike, with the cart positioned on the front. What makes them unique is their comparatively sleek, modern design, high-quality materials in the tires and brakes, and overall impressive specs. They’re even responsible enough to include an optional rain canopy for the passengers. 

Ultimately, both the original and Royce’s load capacity stands out as well because they have a notable weight limit of 350 pounds (160 kg), which is above average, to say the least. Also, the exclusive door found in the latter is rare to see in most cargo e-bikes. 

Read also: How much can an e-bike carry? And, Can an e-bike pull a trailer?

Ferla Cargo electric bike

Ferla Family cargo e-bike incorporates a 350W motor and can run for 25 to 45 miles (40-70km) with its Samsung 36V 14Ah li-ion battery and Shimano gears. 

The cargo box features a contemporary, curved design made of bamboo composite, which manages to keep the cargo e-bike’s total weight down to just 70 pounds (32 kg). With these specs, high torque-motor, and full pedal-assist features, it’s safe to say that this e-bike can easily handle hilly portions. 

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As said above the 350-pound (160 kg) load capacity is impressive and can fit 4 large children or 2 adults, to cite a few passenger setup examples. It uses puncture-resistant fat tires for added overall comfort and powerful front and rear Tektro hydraulic brakes. 

High curved handlebars boost the driver’s comfort further, aided only by the ergonomic seats. Other optional features besides the rain cover include a floor mat, satin bike cover, faux leather cushion seats, and front LED lights. 

Ferla Royce edition electric bike

The addition of a door for the passengers is what makes the Royce Edition unique. Comparing its specs to the original Ferla Cargo e-bike, there’s really not any significant difference other than the fact that it would be easier for passengers to exit and enter the cargo e-bike through the door. 

What customers think of Ferla Family cargo e-bikes 

Cargo e-bikes are actually more popular in Europe than in America, so to the general US riding public, Ferla’s models are still unfamiliar territory. It’s slowly gaining traction, though, as people steadily become aware of the cost-saving and environment-friendly electric cargo bikes’ benefits. 

That said, most Ferla customers regard these cargo e-bikes as a great alternative to cars when dropping off the kids at school, grocery shopping, or even weekend leisure excursions. 

Read also: Are electric bikes worth the money? Are e-bikes any good? And, What are the disadvantages of electric bikes?

Reviews of Ferla e-bikes are generally positive for this reason, and the brand readily stands out among the relatively few e-bike manufacturers in the US that design and release cargo e-bikes. 

We attribute this to the company’s respectable mileage and expertise in the construction of bikes and e-bikes of this scale. Without a doubt, its passion for creating them plays a significant role, too.

What countries does Ferla Family ship to?

Ferla Family ships locally in all US states, including Alaska and Hawaii. It also supports international shipping but does not specify the exact countries included. Customers abroad are encouraged to inquire first.

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