"Actually, we only wanted to add a few new colors and change a couple minor details," said company founder and managing director Marec Hase. "But then we kept coming up with more and more ideas." As a result, the new PINO has a front seat that can carry kids as small as 1 meter (3’3”) in height, which is equivalent to an average age of 3 years. Previously, the minimum height was 1.20 m (3’11”). This is made possible by the new, infinitely adjustable frame. The front section of the telescoping front boom can now be simply pushed further into the main frame so that no extra children's crankset is needed. The tried-and-tested harness system from HASE BIKES’ extensive range of accessories holds young riders safely in the seat.
The new frame also has other advantages: when the front boom is pushed all the way in, the PINO is still rideable, a feature that is sure to please solo riders. At its minimum length, the wheelbase is roughly equivalent to that of a city bike or a 29” mountain bike. Nice feature for touring cyclists: a GPS can now be mounted in an easy-to-see position on a connecting bar high on the seat frame. With its handlebars folded down and front boom pushed in, the new PINO fits on any standard rear-mounted car rack and can be easily stored in a cellar or bicycle room.
The height, width and angle of the new PINO handlebars can be adjusted, just like on the previous model. However, the new handlebars are not only stiffer, but also foldable, giving the new PINO a compact pack size. And the ingenious adjustment bolts “remember” the previously used handlebar positions. Therefore, it is just as quick and easy to return the folded handlebars to the perfect position as it is to fold them. Rider comfort has also been increased by the new positioning of the two cranksets. "Both cranksets are now 30mm lower than before," explained Marec Hase. As a result, the rear rider’s feet can reach the ground more easily, and the front rider pedals slightly downwards.
In the process of redesigning the PINO, the HASE BIKES design team also tweaked a few of the accessories. For example, the new forged double kickstand is not only more stable than the previous model: it can hold a whopping 20 kg more weight. With the "Weber Dock", it is now possible to securely hitch trailers with Weber couplings. The new Lowrider Rack fits the frame so well that it can even remain attached when the front boom is pushed all the way in. The length-adjustable crank arms can be adapted to the leg length of the front rider. Especially practical: in cargo-bike mode, the pedals can be pushed in, allowing the crankset to disappear beneath the voluminous Porter Bag on the front seat. And this accessory, along with the Porter Rack, fits just as well to the new frame as to the old. Like its predecessor model, the new PINO will also be available in the popular versions STEPS, ALLROUND and TOUR. And it is still customizable using the HASE BIKES online configurator.
REHACARE.com; Source: HASE BIKES