Where everything begins
Bronte (ancient greek: Βρόντης, Bróntês) is the son of Urano (the sky) and Gea (the earth). Esiodo describes him (together with his brothers Sterope and Arge) as an exceptional creature, deeply skilled in the processing of iron. He and his brothers were in fact casting Zeus' lightnings.
Had he been born in 2020 he would have probably been a regular guest of our custom cargo bikes workshop!
OFFICINE | RECYCLE
Passion for steel, the great tradition of Italian framebuilding and a different idea of urban mobility: that's where OFFICINE | RECYCLE comes from. Based in Modena, we are an artisanal workshop for the design and production of custom cargo bikes.
These transport bicycles find their origins in the Netherlands (someone would say Denmark), from the need to transport heavy loads in a fast, efficient and economic way. Their efficiency, due to low maintenance and operation costs, combines with ease of movement. That's what makes them the ideal vehicles for any European city, where car-based transport is now becoming unsustainable.
Inspired by the first Dutch cargo bikes (also called bakfiets or lastenrad), we put in practice our own personal idea of transport on two wheels. So, from our cargo bike workshop, Bronte was born. A MTB driving setup, which allows you to keep sustained speeds without sacrificing comfort, while also maintaining excellent steering accuracy.
For us, a cargo bike must have a clean and harmonic line. That's why we designed our 100% made in Italy frame using only 3 bent tubes, realized with numeric control CNC machines with high precision.
Dynamic, ease of use and agility are fundamental, together with the strength of the frame tested in more than 6 years with every kind of load.
Today you can find our custom cargo bikes in more than 11 countries around the world. They have now traveled for hundreds of thousands of km, replacing every day a car or a van!
Advantages of custom cargo bikes
Choosing an artisanal bike allows not only to reduce the environmental footprint of transport and relocation, but most of all to have a vehicle perfectly tailored to your needs. Both in terms of geometry, which directly impacts the rider's comfort, and in terms of customization and accessories.
For example, if you're an enthusiast cyclist or a courier who takes care of the last mile delivery, you need a bicycle where loading the goods is easy and safe above all. For this reason we have designed an aluminum box of more than 250 liters with a certified UFO lock, light, resistant and waterproof, capable of carrying loads up to 100kg. Perfectly tailored to your frame, and totally customizable with company colors and logos.
Who chooses a cargo bike from OFFICINE | RECYCLE can have also another type of front loader, open and in anti-slip aluminum. This allows the transportation of protruding loads in maximum safety, thanks to its anti-slipping function.
At OFFICINE | RECYCLE we also have two kids, of 1 and 5 years, and while thinking about their safety and comfort we have created a special wooden box made of ultra-resistant resined birch. Carrying your children in one of our cargo bikes will be a breeze, knowing that your children will always feel comfortable and safe thanks to the expanded polyurethane seat with safety belts.
It doesn't matter if you have to go out for a ride with your children or complete the delivery as fast as possible, don't worry: our cargo frames are available in two variants. Bronte and Bronte XL, with a larger loading space and 25cm longer. As a tribute to our love for elegant and fast bikes, we designed QB - our idea of a compact urban mini-cargo.
We have thought about everyone, even those who have to travel great distances or go uphill in maximum comfort. That's why we can electrify all of our cargo bikes, thanks to a powerful and reliable 250W HillRaser mid-drive motor equipped with torque sensor. The big 17Ah battery allows you to easily reach 80-100 km of autonomy, even when travelling fully loaded. Check out our E-Bronte as an example!
We think that electric cargo bikes represent the future of urban mobility, especially in the field of professional freight transport. This is why we have chosen the best quality, reliable and performing Italian components.
Since our first days at the workshop, we started a tight partnership with Shimano - for us a guarantee of reliability and performance. For Bronte, Bronte XL and QB we thought of standard setups based on the japanese producer groupsets, depending on the main use:
Touring: entry-level setup that allows you to deal with any terrain with agility thanks to its Deore 27-speed shift. Minimal operational and maintanance cost thanks to the mechanical disk brakes!
Urban: easily move around the city thanks to the Alfine8 hub shifts that allows you to change gear even when stationary, for a quick re-start.
Wild: for those who can not settle and always aim for the best. Complete SLX 2x11 groupset, for a cargo bike sportive like a racing bike.
All our frames are also available with a lower top tube and as for the components, they are totally customizable in our workshop according to your needs. Write us and we will find the most suitable solution for you
Whichever is the best choice for you, your frame will be a unique piece without replicas. Custom cargo bikes, OFFICINE | RECYCLE.