Xtracycle RFA Utility E-Bike Sneak Peak

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The Xtracycle RFA Is Designed For Hauling Stuff

RFA (Ready For Anything) is an awesome title for this sweet kid and cargo hauling machine. Solidly built with all the bells and whistles, the RFA will satisfy so many of my urban trips. More so, I like the fact, that I can leave the car in the garage. This e-bike looks the part, and has the battery capacity to take some longer trips.

Xtracycle knows a thing or two about the long-tail ebike as they’ve been making and perfecting them for years. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this Cargo E-bike will blow the doors wide open on the versatility factor, all while going faster getting me to my destination quicker.

Out Of The Box And Ready To Go

The xtracycle RFA is pretty much assembled as much as feasibly possible. Shipping constraints have to be taken into consideration on that front. The target consumer (I’m going to guess) doesn’t want to fuss around with putting a bike together. Hence, Xtracycle has made it pretty easy to put the final parts and pieces together with implicit instructions and/or available videos. If this level of assembly still stresses you out, the local bike shop can likely help you.

Top Notch Components

You pay for what you get, and that’s definitely the case with all the components that adorn this e-bike. The moving parts as far as the drive-train goes are mostly Shimano. They are an industry leader in providing components to the highest level of road bikes down to the more basic kid bikes. That said, the e-bike world is also a huge market, and I would like to think I will have a nice long lifespan with these components. Obviously, you do need to take care of them with regular maintenance and cleaning. In addition, the battery and charger are also made by Shimano.

The battery delivers 20% more range than the typical e-bike battery which is grand. Also, this is a mid-drive motor with a torque sensing system which matches your power input gradually. This is a way bigger thing than what I’ve mentioned here, but I’m hoping to experiment with this in the near future, and talk more about that in the full blown review.

FSA (Full Speed Ahead), a mainstay on many of bikes, is also featured with the cranks, chain ring, and headset. To wrap it all up Xtracycle has added their proprietary touch to many of the add-ons like the kickstand, racks, and footrests to name a few.

Sizes And Colors

Well, this is about as simple as it gets. One size fits all, and black and white are your color options! I would like to see a few more colors if that’s possible for Xtracycle to conjure up in future renditions. Not a deal breaker in my book, but I know many people love their colors to reflect their personality. I, for one, would go for a very visible orange, but I do like my clean white mode of transportation.

Pricing And Value

The 20mph version comes in at $4999, and 28mph e-bike is a little more at $5499. Many of the basic accessories are included, and will definitely get you going. There are a few other items you can pick up to accommodate your personal preference and use.

The value of a bike like this is a topic of great discussion. Again, you pay for what you get, and you do get a higher end cargo e-bike in the Xtracycle RFA. I usually break it down into something that many can understand. A car payment of $500 a month has just bought you an average car, and that lease or loan would last a minimum of 3 years. In this case, $500 per month for 1 year gets you this bike to keep to use for years on end. Each year you own and enjoy this bike, brings that monthly down. Let’s say you keep it for 5 years, this bike costs you $100 per month. No gas, no insurance, no pricey maintenance. Plus, you get the joy of riding a bike. It’s a no-brainer in my opinion.

Final Thoughts

I am liking what I’ve had a chance to experience thus far. The Xtracycle looks and feels the part from a quality and performance standpoint. The ride is smooth, and the carrying capabilities are endless. Be it people or cargo, you can’t go wrong to at least give this electric cargo bike a look when entertaining the options out there. Stay tuned for a deeper dive into what the Xtracycle RFA has to offer in our upcoming full review. More info can be found at www.xtracycle.com.

Detailed Specifications

Available colors Black (matte), Off-white (glossy)
Bike weight 60.2 lbs
Max Gross Vehicle Weight 470 pounds
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
Kickstand RFA KickBack
Rear rack RFA Utility RearRack (RFA Sport RearRack available separately)
Brake levers Tektro M745
Cabling Internal
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 Shimano SL-M4100-R 10-S Rapidfire Plus w/optical
Front derailleur (none)
Rear derailleur Shimano RD-M5120-SGS Deore 10/11-S Shadow Plus
Crank FSA CK752, 170mm
Chainring FSA 38 tooth cog
Cassette Shimano CS-M4100-10 10-S 11-42 tooth
Chain KMC e10T Turbo 10-S EPT Anti-Rust (RFA Utility – 144 Links, RFA Sport – 123 Links)
E-assist Shimano STEPS EP6
E-assist cycling computer Shimano SC-EN500
Charger Shimano STEPS EC-E6002 (120 V AC, 50 – 60 Hz, 2 amp)
Battery Shimano STEPS BT-EN606, 630 wH (frame, external), up to 60mi per charge depending on riding conditions and load
Front hub KT QL-XC2F, 15mm, 100mm thru axle
Rear hub KT QL-XC2R, 10mm, 135mm bolt-on
Front rim 24″ Alex MD-30/36H
Rear rim 24″ Alex MD-30/36H
Spokes Pillar 14/15 gauge stainless w/PB15 14L brass nipples
Tires NICA’GNAR Cargo Tire 24 x 2.5″
Tire compatibility 24″ tires, max width of 2.5″ only
Fenders Aluminum (included)
Also includes RFA WheelSkirts (2021), RFA FootRests (2021)
E-assist class Class 3
Max e-assist speed 28 mph
Niels Oomkes: I am a multi-sport endurance athlete, and love to get out into the great outdoors to push the body to its limit. Most of my weekend expeditions, adventures, trips, or vacations are planned around running, biking, snowshoeing, camping, or anything else that will allow me to enjoy nature's exquisite beauty.
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