Omnium Mini-Max review: Responsive handling meets absurd gearing

Great fun, practical and durable, but the gearing is too hard for anywhere hilly

Omnium Mini-Max
(Image: © Will Jones)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Durable, capable, utilitarian, good value, but you'll want to modify the gearing to get the most out of the bike


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    Sensible componentry

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    'Normal' handling

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    Good value


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    Gearing far too hard

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    Tall loads foul on the handlebars

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Before I was furnished with the Mini-Max from Danish brand Omnium I’d always kind of craved one. I’ve always hated owning a car: The tax, the upkeep, the expensive repairs that I’m unable to complete myself, the emissions, the cost of fuel. Could a cargo bike really replace a car? 

To find out, I sold my car. I don’t want to hear anyone saying I don’t go the extra mile from now on, OK?

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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aesthetics Looks cool, with well thought out details and options9/10
BuildSeinsible components, but the stock gearing in both setup options is too hard7/10
PerformanceWith the right gearing it's a joy to ride with or without a load on it9/10
HaulageNot the biggest tray, and the high position means tall loads interact with the handlebars8/10
ValueConsidering it can save you a substantial amount of cash it has to get a high score here10/10
Overall ratingRow 5 - Cell 1 86%

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Will Jones
Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. There are very few types of cycling he's not dabbled in, and he has a particular affection for older bikes and long lasting components. Road riding was his first love, before graduating to racing CX in Yorkshire. He's been touring on a vintage tandem all the way through to fixed gear gravel riding and MTB too. When he's not out riding one of his many bikes he can usually be found in the garage tinkering with another of them, or getting obsessive about tyres. Also, as he doesn't use Zwift, he's our go-to guy for bad weather testing... bless him.

Rides: Custom Zetland Audax, Bowman Palace:R, Peugeot Grand Tourisme Tandem, Falcon Explorer Tracklocross, Fairlight Secan & Strael