You can read this blog post in Spanish here.
A year and a half ago my uncle shared a video in Facebook featuring a bike that turned into a stroller. It really blew my mind. It was a great idea. I thought about buying it. But we were moving to Germany. A move with a baby, a dog and two cats. We didn’t need to add a bike to the equation.
However, I didn’t forget about this marvellous bike. I followed Taga closely. I saw that they were implementing a new design and launching a Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaign. The new design was more attractive to me. It no longer converted to a stroller. While it lost this functionality, it offered more options: seats for two kids, possibility to insert the new-born car seat, motor… You can see it in all its glory here.
Fast forward to last spring. I decided to treat myself and get it. We live in the countryside. We hike daily. We have a spielplatz five minutes from home. But sometimes you need to go to the supermarket or want a coffee. I hate driving. So, a bike seems like a great option. It’s cleaner (compared to a car) and a healthier way of transport.
How to purchase it?
You need to do it through Kickstarter or Indiegogo. You get a special price. The discounts offered go from 10% to 20%. It gives you a little room to resell it if you don’t end up using it that much.
I see many negative comments about customer support. However my experience was good. Replies within a day. Followups. I also received update newsletters periodically.
When you make your purchase via Indiegogo you are aware of the long wait. However some production problems (several factories closed in China) delayed the production. The three months wait became longer.
Then, by surprise, a part arrived at my home. No delivery notice or tacking email. Just like that, I got a third of my bike. One week later, another package. Again, without notice. A little over a month my final package arrived at my door. This was the most frustrating part of all. Having huge boxes in my living room. Not knowing what parts were missing.
Design, quality and built
Overall it feels sturdy and stable. It’s easy to ride (Shhh I don’t know how to ride a bike). It isn’t particularly difficult to assembly. Although it helps if you know about bikes (thanks to my partner for assembling it). The child seat looks comfortable enough.
Not the prettiest welding and finishes. This is quite understandable. To keep the price down, they needed to make some concessions.
It’s quite big in length and wide. I don’t think you can use a wall mount to store it. You really need to think where you could keep it before buying it.
I bought the bike with the motor. I live in a hilly neighbourhood so I definitely need it. The bike is surprisingly light. If you don’t have to go uphill for long you might no need the motor. The motor has too much power to my liking. I thought of it as an aide. Even at the lowest level (1), you barely need to pedal to keep moving. And you can go very fast quickly. This is a matter of taste. There is nothing wrong with the motor itself.
Would I recommend it?
Yes and No. Yes, it’s affordable. It’s easy to ride. Well built. Safe. Fun. It looks durable.
For me the delivery problems were the down side. If you want it now, this might not be the product for you. I was more than happy with the three months estimated delivery time. It bothered me a little when they communicated a delay due to production issues. This is a new company with a high demand product. Some problems are to be expected because of its fast growth. So, I didn’t give it too much thought.
What bothered me was that I spent a lot of money on a product that was delivered in three batches without previous communication. Any of the packages could have been stolen. I wasn’t at home when they were delivered. It was my neighbours who helped the delivery man with the heavy package. It was an unnecessary nuisance for all. Hopefully they will sort the delivery system soon.
I plan to do a follow-up review next spring. I will be able to give you more details. In the meantime, let me know if you have any questions!