With ever-changing standards, we see the term “future-proof” thrown around a fair bit these days. When Xtracycle uses it referring to their new RFA (Ready For Anything) cargo e-bike, however, they’re talking about the number of potential uses you could use the bike for. Commuter? Check. Kid carrier? Check. Tour and camp-mobile? You got it. Add in a Bosch electric assist motor, and you’ve got an incredibly capable long-term investment.
Xtracycle RFA e-cargo sport utility bike
Xtracycle has been in the cargo and e-bike game for a while now, with several different options to suit your needs. What’s different about the new RFA is its ability to act as a transformer, using their DynamicDrops rear dropout system to change the wheelbase, handling, and capability of one bike.
There are two main modes: Sport and Utility. Sport mode uses a short wheel base, and handles like a city commuter that can fit on bus racks, car racks, and elevators. Utility mode uses a long wheel base, and is a midtail cargo bike that can carry two kids, four pannier bags, or any of Xtracycle’s X3 bag system components.
Need a visual? The video below should explain it all very quickly.
“By ‘future-proof’ we mean this is a bike that can grow and change to meet the needs almost anyone, through all stages of life, from young adult, through parenthood, into older-age,” said Xtracycle CEO and founder Ross Evans. “We wanted this to be a bike that never became obsolete. We’ve always aspired to that, but with the RFA, we think we’ve pushed the idea further than anybody ever has with regard to bicycles.”
The frame is made from heavy duty chromoly and comes stock with 24 x 2.5″ Maxxis Hookworm tires. They say that the frame can also handle high-volume 26″ tires for people who prefer them. All RFAs come stock with a utility multirack, wheelskirts, lights, a lock pocket, a jumbo center stand, and fenders. Standard drivetrain spec includes a Shimano Deore 10-speed shifter, derailleur, and SunRace 11-42 cassette.
The RFA is available for pre-order now, with only 100 being made in the first batch. Base price is $3,997, with options available for different batteries based on your needs. Bikes are expected for delivery in summer 2019.