Boxer Rocket ‘on yer bike’ at $10,000
What’s this got to do with an automotive blog? Well, it is a form of transport and anyway every now and then something comes along that we think, you’ll think, is sort of worth a read. Cargo cycles tend to look much more visually interesting than traditional bikes and trikes, but even within a segment of such new and unusual designs, the Boxer Rocket stands out with bold, stylish looks. Inspired by both fictional and real-life aircraft from decades way past, the new bicycle carries passengers in an aluminum-skinned ‘rocket.’
If it looks like a piece of functional art that should be behind velvet rope at a museum then that’s not surprising as the thing was originally put together as a one-off promotional design for a bike shop named Rockets and Rascals. But after receiving all kinds of positive feedback, Boxer decided to put it into production, marketing it as tricycle that can add some fun and flair to pedalling with children.
If you have that unshakeable feeling that you’ve seen the Boxer Rocket trike somewhere before, it’s probably because the front ‘rocket’ shell was inspired by the most infamous aircraft of all time, the Hindenburg. It’s not a dead ringer…unfortunate, phrase that…but the button nose and ribbed body show clear Hindenburg influence. Boxer also took some inspiration from the aircraft of the fictional worlds’ of Flash Gordon and Jules Verne, creating a familiar but unique fuselage that Boxer calls an art deco rocket.
The Rocket’s front seating area offers room for up to four children on two bench seats. Five-point seat belts keep the beasts safe and secure and the seats recline, using quick-release hardware, allowing the children to get comfortable and hopefully, nod off to sleep. When the trike’s not in use, or parked in at the gym, the seats can be reclined into a flat bed. The hollow nose cone compartment, accessed by the interior panel, includes space for storing up to five helmets or other items.
While it looks like the Rocket passenger cell could be handy for transporting other types of cargo, Boxer tells us that it wasn’t specifically built for hauling anything but passengers. The UK-based company offers the Cargo and Shuttle models for other hauling needs. Boxer continues the whimsical look of the Rocket trike right into the rider section of the frame. It describes this part of the build as a heavy-duty 1930s-airliner-inspired girder frame, and it certainly complements the rocket box better than the typical tubular cycle structure.
The company says that the chassis geometry was custom designed for a smooth ride and includes a leaning action for sharpened cornering. Each cycle includes a full electrical system with centrally mounted headlight with high/low switching, tail/brake light, left and right turn indicators and electric horn. Boxer was selling both electric-assist and manual models but has decided to focus on the electric version leaving manual models for customised jobs.
The E-Rocket is equipped with a Swiss-designed motor system of between 250 and 500 watts, has seven gears and is powered by a 36V 11.4-Ah battery. The unit also includes an LCD handlebar computer and USB port for charging devices. Standard components include front and rear disc brakes, a Brooks B33 saddle and ultra heavy-duty wheels wrapped in Schwalbe Marathon Plus kevlar-reinforced tyres and a rain cover, which one would regard as a must in the UK. It’s all very cute, but not very cheap. This Rocket will burn a hole in your pocket to the tune of £5500 (about $A10,500). Thank you and good night.