The tandem as a pedelec: powered by ShimanoPower at the touch of a button: an e-motor like the Steps is pretty practical, particularly when carrying two riders, or transporting heavy loads. In short: the PINO with the Steps is a match made in heaven.
The Shimano Steps E 6100 mid-motor has a max. output of 250 W and features three different assist modes: Eco, Normal and High. Its display is mounted to the end of the handlebar so that the rider can easily keep an eye on all important data – speed, assistance level, range, battery level, and much more – with no head-turning or neck-straining. PS: the customized version of the PINO is also available with a Shimano EP 8 motor!
And by the way: the Shimano Steps has a walk-assist function that makes it easier to push a fully loaded tandem. And that’s a good thing, because you just never know what or whom you might have to pick up along the way…
The tandem as a city bike: adjustable wheelbaseThe PINO STEPS has a telescoping frame. This means that you can shorten the wheelbase by simply pushing the front section into the main frame. The result? A nimble cargo bike with the wheelbase of a normal city bike, a family taxi that can be parked in tight spaces in cellars, garages, or other parking areas, or a tandem that fits onto any standard rear-mounted car rack.
In short: a bicycle that adjusts. To your life.
The tandem as a family taxi and cargo bike: so versatileSome kids would rather be active co-pilots than veg out in a box or a trailer: from one meter (3’3”) in height, they can take a front-row seat on the PINO. Thanks to the freewheel mechanism and secure harness, these young co-pilots can also relax, nap or rest their legs whenever they want to. To accommodate the smallest riders (under 1 meter), a Crankset with Adjustable Arm Length is also available.
If your little one is off visiting grandma or their best buddy, the Porter Bag can take their place on the front seat. This weatherproof bag instantly transforms the tandem into a cargo bike. It has a maximum volume of 120 liters and can hold up to 40 kg (88 lbs) of cargo. Which is already a lot.
But there’s room for much more: for example, large items like beverage crates can be carried on the Porter Rack. This accessory lets you safely transport heavy objects beneath the recumbent seat, lowering the PINO’s center of gravity for even better traction!
The tandem as a bicycle built for two: ergonomically adjustable On the PINO, both riders can enjoy a panoramic view of the surroundings and the wind on their faces: be it on the rear saddle or front recumbent seat. Not only the saddle height, but also the height and width of the handlebars can be adjusted – without having to change the angle of the grips – to ensure that the rear rider is sitting in an ergonomically optimal position.
The recumbent front seat can accommodate riders between one and two meters (3’3”-6’7”) in height. The position of the front crankset can also be quickly adjusted to the rider’s leg length. Keep in mind: all you need for sitting in the front seat is trust in the rear rider. If this trust is there, even people with a visual impairment can experience the joy and exhilaration of cycling. For riders with impaired motor skills, various special pedals are available. And thanks to the freewheel, no pedaling is required: they can simply sit, well-secured, in the front seat and enjoy the ride.
Who better to test our PINO STEPS prototypes than experienced bike dealer Monika Schwarz? The 46-year-old has always had a passion for anything with wheels and pedals – including adaptive cycles for special needs riders. She even worked in our manufacturing facility for several years.
So when, in the spring of 2015, we walked into Fahrrad Claus – the bike shop she runs in Trebur with her companion, Oliver Claus – it was actually a visit to old friends.
“The PINO is now a bike that can be – and is – used for many different purposes,” she explained soon after our arrival. She knows all PINO model years and is familiar with the many options available for adapting the tandem to individual needs and wishes.
The PINO has always played a role in Monika’s life – it was there when she needed to transport her ill sister, when she met Oliver, when she taxied her kids around, and whenever she needed to transport large loads.
For Monika, the new PINO is the most versatile family-touring-cargo-everyday bike possible. “In all my years, I’ve never seen a cargo bike with this much carrying capacity,” said Monika. Be it produce, pet supplies, or paint cans – the PINO can handle cargo of all sizes.
And the new Shimano STEPS e-bike system has no problem with heavy loads. “The ride is smooth, and the motor provides good support,” observed Monika, approvingly.
“Everyone I’ve shown the bike to has also been amazed at how seamlessly the e-motor is integrated into the PINO frame.” And on shopping trips, the pedelec has practically as much cargo capacity as a car. “Even when fully loaded, I never have to huff and puff up hills.”
And it’s not just the unfolded PORTER BAG on the front seat that makes load-lugging a piece of cake: the PORTER RACK under the seat handles heavy loads like a breeze. From bottles to bulky boxes, the new PINO packs it in. Monika stows a tray of vegetable seedlings under the front seat.
“The fact is, I no longer need a car in the city,” she said with a proud smile. “A few weeks ago, I even used the PINO for transporting an injured passenger!” Monika’s son Darius had hurt his foot and wasn’t allowed to walk or pedal. So she taxied him around in the front seat of the PINO. “Thanks to the extra power from the motor, I even enjoyed it.”
She also loves the new kickstand. “It folds away automatically when you start riding, and it’s relatively effortless to engage, even when the tandem is fully loaded.” And the best part: when parked on its stand, the PINO is as steady as a rock!
“The PINO with e-motor is my absolute favorite bike,” confessed Monika. “It used to be my kid-taxi, but now it’s my go-to bike for every errand and destination.” The best part is: “Since we’ve had the e-PINO, even Darius is crazy about shopping. Which frees up more time for me …,” she said, smiling.
“Is that the new vegetarian bike?” joked a passerby, noticing the colorful assortment of vegetables we had brought along for lunch. Catchy, but that would be a much too one-sided name for the multitalented PINO STEPS.