It’s a compact utility bike you can ride every day that fits your life right where it’s at.
Designed for tight spaces, the RFA can fit wherever you need it to. Fits on bus racks, car racks, storage spaces, apartments, condos, the list goes on.
Easy to get on and off of whether loaded or unloaded and shareable by two different height riders.
Cargo and passenger needs change. When the time comes you can swap your rear rack to our shorter Sport RearRack, move the wheel into the forward position, and your bike magically* transforms into an even more compact cargo bike. *Magical abilities not required.
Add to cart and use the Bike Builder to design your ride just the way you want it. The Everyday Rider bundle gets you everything you need to be ready for anything.
From components to accessories to electric drive system, we make sure everything is hand-selected to give you the best riding experience for you and your passengers.
The Shimano STEPS EP8 e-bike motor has a top pedal-assist speed of 20 mph and up-to 85 nM of torque for hilly terrain or heavier loads. With up to 400% of e-assist, you’ll cruise up hills with your bike loaded or unloaded. Learn more about the Shimano STEPS EP8 system here.
With 630Wh, you’ll be able to ride further without having to stop and recharge. A single 630 watt-hour battery provides between 30 to 60 miles per charge, depending on conditions.
The E5003 cycling computer gives you easy handlebar access to control your ebike system. With large display and easy to use button layout, you’ll take less time thinking about your electric assist and more time enjoying your adventure.
Precise shifting and a clutch rear derailleur give you quick gear changes to get into the right gear for any terrain. Paired with a wide range 11-speed 11 tooth – 42 tooth cassette, no hills will stand in your way.
Hydraulic brakes offer more power for braking and they self adjust to keep your brakes powerful as the pads wear.
(Please note: the RFA is only available in a matte black and glossy off-white finish).
With our full range of passenger & cargo carrying accessories, your Swoop can meet you where you’re at in life.
The RFA comes stock with a set of RFA FootRests which give your rear passengers a comfortable place for their feet while offering additional support for cargo in bags.
If you decide to switch your bike up to Sport Mode, your existing WheelSkirt will actually convert down to fit the shorter RFA RearRack so you can still safely carry passengers.
Load and unload cargo and rear passengers with confidence and ease thanks to the solid and stable dual leg RFA KickBack center kickstand.
Full metal fenders with Xtra-strong mounting points to keep you dry in all conditions. Wide and tough. Built for everyday use.
The RFA comes ready to ride anytime of day or night with a Herrmans H-Black Pro front light and H-Track Dynamo rear light.
Our name for the padded seat for passengers. You can use one or two for maximum passenger comfort.
For kiddos who are not yet ready to sit on the rear deck out of a seat, we offer rear rack-mounted seats to keep them safe and cozy.
This versatile pannier comes has padded sides to protect your gear, is easy to carry on your back all day, and is even easier to latch right onto your bike for the everyday errands or epic all-day outings.
Need a little a place to strap on that Friday night pizza or tote the kids’ backpacks? The PorterRack adds additional front rack space for that extra cargo.
Have the PorterRack but need a little more space to carry stuff like laptops and groceries? The PorterPack’s got you.
[RFA] is able to transform and evolve as your life and family do over the years and decades. The rear rack can literally expand or contract to suit your needs. A host of accessories can be added, modified, upgraded, and removed as needed. It’s a jack of all trades and is a great option for those looking to ditch their oversized 4-wheeled vehicle in favor of a 2-wheeled electric vehicle that gives you as much of a workout as you’re looking for while adventuring through life.
It was clearly designed and built to last over the years. Yes, it will need service. Yes, it will need to be tuned. Yes, it will last. And if you’re lucky, it might even become a member of the family.
Sized just like a regular bike, but with the preternatural capacity to carry, the RFA is genetically encoded to be Ready For Anything. It’s a compact utility bike you can ride every day that fits your life right where it’s at. It’s zippy and agile enough to zag through city streets, and for those times when you must add public transit into the mix? The RFA fits on a standard bus rack, rolls easily into a light rail car or an elevator, and fits on most automobile bike racks. And with a jumbo centerstand, hydro brakes, and our Signature Safety Fork, the RFA packs safety and durability right in with all that versatility.
Ready for you, and heirloom-ready for your protégé—we designed the RFA to last. Hand-me-downs just got way cooler. Fast forward a few years from now, when your tiny-helmeted cargo starts pedaling their own bikes, your RFA is ready to change with you—because, surprise, it’s really two bikes in one. When the time comes, you can easily convert from Utility to Sport mode and trade-off some of the cargo capacity for an even zippier, more compact steed. Because when we say Anything? We mean eff-ing Anything.
An important note about child seats:
If you intend to install a Yepp child seat on the RFA, you will want to get the Yepp Nexxt Maxi. For a complete list of compatible and incompatible child seats, please see the article on child seats here. For the best position for a child seat on the rear deck, please see this article here.
The Yepp Maxi is not compatible with the Shimano powered RFA.
|1||Head tube length||8.7"||220 mm|
|2||Fork length||15.75"||400 mm|
|3||Fork offset||1.4"||35 mm|
|4||Seat tube||18.1"||460 mm|
|7||Effective top tube||22.6"||575 mm|
|8||Actual top tube||23.8"||605 mm|
|9||Step over height||22"||560 mm|
|10||Chainstay length||25.4"||645 mm|
|11||Deck length||25.2 (Utility mode)"||640 (Utility mode) mm|
|12||Deck height||26"||660 mm|
|13||Wheel base||49.8 (Utility mode)"||1265 (Utility mode) mm|
|14||Actual length||73.4 (Utility mode)"||1865 (Utility mode) mm|
Direct Home Delivery ($350): Get your bike delivered fully assembled, ready to ride, in our Big Box of Happiness anywhere in the continental United States. This premium assembly and delivery service comes with our 15 day, 50-mile trial and hassle-free return. Fully assembled bikes ship within 2 weeks. Delivery times vary based on location. For Canada, please see Shipping Xtracycle Bikes to Canada: What to know.
Unassembled ($200): Looking to DIY your bike build or work with your local bike shop for assembly? This option is for you. Choose “unassembled” and we will ship your bike and accessories directly to you for a flat shipping fee of $200. Unassembled bikes ship within 2 business days. Delivery times vary based on location. We recommend all bikes assembled at home be looked over by a bike shop before use to ensure proper assembly.
Local delivery ($200): If you are located in the Bay Area, we’ll get your bike fully assembled and sent directly to your home, ready to ride, for $200.
Local pick-up (free): Pick up your bike fully built in-store and get it home however you’d like.
|Available colors||Black (matte), Off-white (glossy)|
|Bike weight||60.2 lbs|
|Maximum carrying capacity||400 pounds, including rider|
|Frame material||4130 Chromoly steel|
|Fork material||4130 Chromoly steel|
|Handlebar||Kalloy AL078L, 31.8mm, 45mm rise, 24-degree backsweep, 640mm width|
|Grips||Marwi 7GP-03-L, 125mm long|
|Stem||Kalloy AS007N. Available lengths: 60mm (S), 90mm (M), 120mm (L)|
|Headset||FSA No. 18|
|Saddle||Xtracycle Comfort Saddle (2021)|
|Seat post||Kalloy SP3D1, 31.6mm. Available lengths: 300mm (S), 400mm (M), 450mm (L)|
|Seat clamp (collar)||Xtracycle LF-5233 34.9mm bolt-on|
|Rear rack||RFA Utility RearRack (RFA Sport RearRack available separately)|
|Brake levers||Tektro M745|
|Front brake||Tektro M745, 4 piston hydraulic|
|Front rotor||Shimano SM-RT64, 180mm|
|Rear brake||Tektro M745, 4 piston hydraulic|
|Rear rotor||Shimano STEPS RT-EM600-M, 180mm|
|Front light||Herrmans H-Black Pro E 6-12V (attached to fender)|
|Rear light||Herrmans H-TRACE E-BIKE 6-12V (included)|
|Shifters||SRAM NX 11-speed trigger shifter with X-ACTUATION (Model number SL-NX-1-A1)|
|Rear derailleur||Sram NX11 X-HORIZON (Model number RD-NX-1-A1)|
|Crank||Shimano FC-EM600, 170mm; FSA 38 tooth cog|
|Cassette||SRAM GX PG-1130 A1, 11-speed, 11 tooth - 42 tooth|
|Chain||e-ONZE-111 Taya (RFA Utility - 144 Links, RFA Sport - 123 Links)|
|E-assist||Shimano STEPS EP8|
|E-assist cycling computer||Shimano SC-E5003|
|Charger||Shimano STEPS EC-E6002 (120 V AC, 50 - 60 Hz)|
|Battery||Shimano STEPS BT-E8016, 630 wH (downtube, external)|
|Front hub||KT QL-XC2F, 15mm thru axle|
|Rear hub||KT QL-XC2R, 135mm bolt-on|
|Front rim||24" Alex MD-30/36H|
|Rear rim||24" Alex MD-30/36H|
|Spokes||Pillar 13 gauge stainless with PB15 14L brass nipples|
|Tires||NICA'GNAR Cargo Tire 24 x 2.5"|
|Tire compatibility||24" tires, max width of 2.5" only|
|Also includes||RFA WheelSkirts (2021), RFA FootRests (2021)|
|E-assist class||Class 1|
|Max e-assist speed||20 mph|
|Specifications are subject to change without notice.|
The RFA is compatible with the following accessories: RFA Hooptie, RFA HalfHooptie, SnackBars, MagicCarpet, PorterRack, PorterPack (when a PorterRack is installed), Everyday BikePack, RFA SlingSet, RFA CargoBay, RFA FootRests, RFA Footpegs, RFA KickBack, Yepp Nexxt Maxi.
An important note about child seats:
The Yepp Maxi is not compatible with the RFA.
|RFA assembly manual|
|RFA assembly video||
Link to video on Xtracycle YouTube channel
|Shimano STEPS EP8 System - User manual|
|Shimano STEPS Battery and Charger - User manual|
|Shimano STEPS SC-E5003 Cycling Computer - User manual|
|Hermanns H-Black Pro (front light) - User manual|
|Hermmans H-Track (rear light) - User manual|
The Xtracycle Warranty covers each e-bike frame and fork against defects in manufacturing and materials for a lifetime for personal use (for the original owner) or one (1) year for commercial use. All Shimano STEPS components come with a two (2) year warranty, beginning on the date of purchase. Exclusions to this warranty apply. Please see the Terms and Conditions page for our full Warranty Policy.
This bike is a game changer. I have a 10-mile commute to work which includes going over a big hill and our family also has 2 kids. I wanted to be able to bike to work instead of drive, but the hill and the frequent need to stop for groceries or pick up the kids from dance class on the way home etc. was limiting the practical ability to commute by bike. I tried a RFA at a local bike shop and ordered it on the spot. We had originally thought that my husband and I would share it since he thought he’d only want to use it on the weekends, but he quickly realized how fun and useful it is and wanted to have one to ride all the time as well. He test rode a number of other brands and models before settling on another RFA, which we bought directly from Xtracycle.
I cannot say enough good things about this bike. I’ve had my bike for 3 months and it has 1000 miles on it. I take it every day to work, and arrive wearing work clothes without breaking a sweat. I pick up groceries and 12 packs of beer and kids at dance class. We take the kids and their friends to the town beach, or playgrounds. It makes going places a LOT more fun with the kids without the traffic and parking and car seats – it makes the ride to the place part of the trip. It has completely transformed my commute and had a huge positive effect on my mental health. Especially having test ridden several competitors’ cargo bikes with kid-carrying ability, I can say that this is the most powerful, stable bike (and we tried about 4 other bikes) that still fits in our normal sized shed we tried by a lot. I can get 40 miles on highest assist on a single charge when commuting.
Xtracycle was a joy to work with. Marie-Claire was fantastic to work with, our bike arrived ready to ride as advertised on a pallet, and the communication has been wonderful. The company mission to promote everyday transportation is totally delivered on. Go for it, you will not be disappointed.
I wanted a bike (a) that could handle hauling kids and cargo at the same time, (b) ride reliably in light of ‘a’, and (c) from a brand with a solid track record of support. This has easily met all three conditions. I’ve watched a lot of people spend less for a very popular brand of ebike, and I’ve seen the frustration with parts not working and the lack of customer support, plus the noticeable difference in build quality (< something a friend with the aforementioned "popular ebike" commented on when we swapped bikes for a day). When you're hauling a lot of stuff, including humans, you do not want parts failing. I rely on this bike to do most things within 10 miles—it needs to work. And it does. Everyone skeptical of the value only needs to ride it around the block, and then they understand. I also use the Everyday Pack, the SlingSet, and the Porter Rack, all of which work wonderfully well with the RFA, though I wish the SlingSet had an option to cinch strap on the sides and not just over the top (I had a grocery bag slide out the back once).
There are just a few things I would nitpick:
1) Installing the kickstand is annoying, and it's the thing most likely to need regular attention, primarily because it gets the most abuse if you're regularly hauling a lot of stuff with all that weight leveraged back and forth. The kickstand works really well; I just end up needing to tighten it or adjust it every few weeks, and because of where the bolts attach, it's relatively difficult to do so. I may also just need to re-do the bolts with additional thread-lock(?)
2) The top of the chain runs pretty close to the rear stay, so there's a lot of chain slap, at least compared to my other bikes. I wrapped tape around the closest contact points, but it would likely destroy the paint very quickly without tape or a guard. It would be nice to see some kind of more durable protection strip preinstalled on the frame. I also admit this is probably because I ride over bumps carrying heavy loads regularly (and I have the white frame), so more careful riders on smoother streets would probably see less of this.
3) The front fender has two very minor design flaws:  it's a little too big for the fork, so it ends up scratching the interior paint ever so slightly, and  the front light is fairly wonky and flimsy, so it's hard to get it to line up correctly. Part of this may just be particular to my bike, which took a little knock in shipping (Xtracycle was GREAT about helping deal with any shipping damage, btw).
Fantastic bike. Fantastic quality. Fantastic *people* and support.
I could not be happier that I went with Xtracycle. I looked at a lot of e-cargo bike options and test rode a few. Not only did this one ride the best, but the entire experience has been top notch and continues to be. From test ride to post-purchase. This is an honest, long-running company with serious expertise in making cargo bikes and helping people who want to ride them! I’d advise anyone to avoid slick direct-to-consumer brands or more bargain options. I know I will be riding my RFA for the next ten years, and it’s already completely opened up the city for me and my kids in ways I hadn’t foreseen. I can strap my kid’s bike right to the hooptie and ride that thing straight to the top of Twin Peaks so we can ride together…can run all kinds of errands after work…or throw a kite in the cargo bag just in case we want to extend our ride to the beach. It’s truly awesome and I’m fully stoked on it. Tons of cargo capacity, nice torque, and better battery life than I was anticipating. Plus it’s a steel frame 🙂
This is a fantastic bike that will fit all of your needs, regardless of what you’re looking for. I’m 5’4 and able to easily share the bike with my husband who is 6’2.
Kids prefer it
My family loves our new bike. The kids prefer being out on the bike than stuck in the car, whether heading to soccer, being dropped off at a friend’s, or running errands. We like to think of ourselves as an eco-conscious family, but really we’re not proud of our carbon footprint. It feels good to finally be walking – riding! – the talk on climate action. It’s maybe a drop in the bucket, but it’s also a start.
This is a really fun ride. The motor excels at hills and carrying loads. I love it. Me, my wife, and daughter can all fit on it for family adventures. This purchase was well worth it, and I’m looking forward to years of good riding on it. Medium size package works for my wife (5’4″) and me (6’3″).
Avoid purchasing a second car
We wanted to avoid purchasing a second car. I wanted to introduce my daughter to biking safely. We live at the top of a huge series of hills so the option of biking our daughter or any significant groceries etc was not an option with my regular commuter. The price was comparable to alternative brands. The customer service is great and the online community really talks up the brand. I was also impressed with the test rides. The pickup couldn’t have gone better. It was ready to go and I enjoyed doing the local pickup as I got to ask any pending questions at that time.
Buy this bike!!
Buy this bike!! The RFA can take whatever you throw at it. We love this bike so much and ride it almost daily! From groceries to kiddo transport to hauling lumber from the hardware store – we haven’t found a situation that the RFA couldn’t handle with some tie downs and hazard flags 🙂 Buy it now – you won’t regret it!
Everything I could hope
This bike has done everything I could hope. My daughters love it, and so do I. It is way more fun to do dropoff/pickup and explore new areas around us. We have been able to eliminate short car rides around home in an enjoyable way. All this and we live up a long and steep hill.
My friends and family were shocked
My friends and family were shocked when I told them that my new bike cost $5,000. But I tell them that I didn’t buy a bicycle, I bought a car replacement. Everything I used to do in a car, I now do on my e-bike. The difference? I have a hell of a lot more fun on the bike. My quality of life has improved dramatically – and it cost me a lot less than a second car would.
I sold my car
Just a note to share with anyone considering the purchase of an RFA. I had deliberated over this considerable purchase for quite a while. I’ve had my RFA for about 3 weeks and have clocked 125 miles. I also took what some may see as an extreme step and sold my car. I did this to ensure that I only had one mode of transport. I’m enjoying the RFA tremendously. Using an eBike as my only transport has exposed me to an entirely different world. I look forward to my daily jaunts and find that I’m more focused in the present. I’m enjoying the ride to my destination, watching the world slowly drift by. On a bike, one notices the world around them much more and that makes me feel more connected to my surroundings. I’m using it for everything including groceries, gym, coffee shops\restaurants and even big box stores. I stopped by a local nursery and picked up several plants, carefully placed them in my panniers and off I went. I also have the Snackbars and Magic Carpet. My 13 y.o. says she feels comfortable and safe on the back. When we ride 2up, I do notice her weight but the bike is so stout it doesn’t affect how the bike handles remaining secure and sure footed. The ergonomics of the RFA are exemplary. It has a comfortable and upright seating position. Handlebars position and the grips in particular are very comfortable. The wide grip supports my palm so well, alleviating fatigue on longer rides. I’m in a very hilly area and the Gen2 motor is more than capable. I do use eMTB and Turbo the most due to the gradients but even on the steepest of hills I’m seated and pedaling away comfortably while the assist is making all of the difference. It’s the perfect combination of human effort and electric assist. I get my workout, my heart rate is elevated and my legs are getting their workout but the assist elevates what was previously a painful slog into a smile-inducing ride. I could never do this on a traditional bike. More generally, there are many subtle benefits which I never thought of. I roll right up to my destination and lock up by the entrance. That’s the most ViP parking you can get! During high traffic times I’m moving more quickly than cars. I also find that I’m in a better mood and I am insulated from the aggressiveness that comes with driving. Overall, I find the RFA to be very well-made with great attention to detail. The frame is stout and the bike is confidence-inspiring. The hydraulic brakes are outstanding enabling me to stop quickly. This is very important when loaded with gear, groceries and loved ones. Customer service has been exemplary. If you’re thinking of an eCargo bike give Xtracycle your consideration. I’m quite certain you will be very pleased.
A wonderful bike for a short woman
The RFA is a wonderful bike for me, a short woman (5’2″) and my three kids (2, 4, 7). We can zip around town, even in the 100 degree heat, and really enjoy talking about what we see. It was a bit of a learning curve figuring out how to balance the bike with 2 kids (third in the trailer) but I am really glad I stuck with it. After 2 weeks it feels like second nature and the kids are always asking to go by bike! I love, love, love my bike.
The best customer service
This RFA is our third e-cargo bike and by far the stiffest and nicest ride. I love all the bags, especially the PorterPack. My kids love “Momma’s big bike” and my partner has a second seatpost and saddle so we can easily share the bike. Xtracycle customer service and home delivery were the best customer service experiences I have had in years! These bikes are worth every cent! Ditch your car and go sing, giggle, bird watch, and enjoy life on one!
Customer service is amazing
I love my new RFA!! The quality and customer service experience is absolutely amazing.
Top notch experience to go along with a top notch bike. Very rarely these days does an e-commerce company delivery on all of its promises, but Xtracycle did that and then some. Not only did I purchase one of the best e-bikes on the market, but the experience I had doing so was so remarkable. From the shopping experience, to the purchase experience, to the delivery experience, everything went so well that as soon as I got on the bike and it delivered what I was promised, I knew I had made the right buying decision. Every time I ask my 3 and 5 year old children if they want to go for a ride and they scream “YES!” my dreams for this bike are validated. This time in their lives is so precious and I so glad we have this tool to help us make memories together. Thank you Xtracycle.
Love my RFA!
I love my new RFA Utility! I have literally been researching cargo bikes for four years (ever since my first kid was born) but because they are a significant investment and since I was making do with my commuter-bike-turned-family-bike I put off purchasing one. But when my wife got pregnant with our second kid, we set a savings goal to purchase an electric cargo bike by the time he was 9 months old. The RFA Utility had all the features I was looking for to make the bike versatile and easy to use: ability to carry two kids + cargo, a front rack, at least 24″ wheels to better handle trails, a powerful mid-drive motor, ability to transport on a regular bike rack and a stable kickstand. The RFA provides all those features but with the awesome bonus of being able to reconfigure it someday with 26″ wheels when I’m no-longer carrying kids on the back. And the components already spec’d on the build are great and very high quality (I’m particularly impressed that the bike is spec’d with Ergon grips, which is an upgrade I usually have to make on a new bike). Once I got the bike, I was impressed by how effortlessly and quickly I hit the 20mph cap on assistance. That’s not to say I’m not still getting exercise. With and without cargo this bike handles great. The kickstand is so stable my 4 year old climbs on and off the bike over the hooptie rails all by herself without me needing to steady the bike. In the end, I don’t feel like I had to compromise on anything on my wishlist with this bike. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the performance of my RFA Utility and I think it represents an unbeatable performance to value ratio.
Smiles all around
Riding through town with my 6 yr old hugging my waist, no gas, no car just the wind in our face, and smiles all around.
The Xtracycle team from start to finish was right there with me to support my journey into a cargo bike. Personal attention to detail the entire way and it continues well after you receive your bike
Great riding bikes with quality components and phenomenal customer service!
This bike is the best decision I have ever made. My family is working on completely eliminating using gas vehicles.
So happy I purchased
Perfectly named “Ready for anything” bike. Powerful motor reliably gets the bike to speed. Back deck/rack comfortably handles an adult passenger and/or groceries. Rides smoothly and is a joy to ride. So happy I purchased this bike!
Changed our lives
Buying an Xtracycle RFA utility and sport has changed our family’s lives. Being able to go on family rides with both our kids and also carry gear or groceries is incredible. These bikes have enabled us to get outside and get exercise while our kids get to have a fun ride. Definitely made the right decision when purchasing the RFA. Especially love the packages and ability to customize on the Xtracycle website.
The best cargo bike money can buy
Xtracycle is hands down the best cargo bike money can buy. I bought an RFA and it rides like a dream. The electric assist motor is quiet and the different assist modes are perfect for any type of terrain you encounter, even with carrying groceries, dog and a passenger. The customer support is above 5 stars.