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Legacy Documentation

Xtracycle Bikes & Kits

Bike and Accessory History

Timeline of Xtracycle bikes and kits

FreeRadical Kit

Model year: 1998.

The original cargo bike conversion kit that started a revolution. Learn more about the FreeRadical and FreeRadical Leap here.
Distinguishing features: Silver frame, round tubing.

Radish

Model year: 2009

A FreeRadical kit bolted onto a custom Xtracycle frame.
Distinguishing features: Tan bike frame with silver FreeRadical attached.

EdgeRunner

Model year: 2013.

The first complete cargo bike frame made by Xtracycle.
Distinguishing features: Bosses on top tube and down tube for the Yuba Breadbasket.

Bionx EdgeRunner (Bionx)

Model year: 2013.

First EdgeRunner with Bionx rear hub motor.
Distinguishing features: Bosses on top tube and down tube for the Yuba Breadbasket.

Xtracycle+Tern Cargo Joe

Model year: 2013.

First Xtracycle and Tern collaboration.
Distinguishing feature: Tern Joe folding frame with Xtracycle FreeRadical installed on the back.

EdgeRunner 24D

Model year: 2016.

Distinguishing feature: 24 gears. Came in glossy teal, white or goldenrod yellow with silver components.

EdgeRunner 27D

Model year: 2016.

Distinguishing feature: 27 gears. Came in glossy grey or glossy red with black components.

EdgeRunner 30D

Model year: 2016.

Distinguishing feature: 10 gears. Came in glossy teal with silver components or matte black with black components.

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EdgeRunner 11i

Model year: 2016.

Distinguishing feature: 11 gears, internal hub. Came in glossy black or glossy pink with silver components.

EdgeRunner 8e

Model year: 2016.

Distinguishing feature: 8 gears. Came in glossy teal or black with silver components.

EdgeRunner 9e

Model year: 2016.

Distinguishing feature: 9 gears. Came in glossy white with black components and glossy teal PorterRack and V-Racks.

EdgeRunner 10e

Model year: 2016.

Distinguishing features: 10 gears. Came in matte black or glossy teal with black components.

Xtracycle+Tern Cargo Node

Model year: 2016.

Second Xtracycle and Tern collaboration.
Distinguishing features: Tern Node folding frame (in black or white) with an Xtracycle FreeRadical Leap installed on the back.

FreeRadical Leap

Model year: 2016.


Distinguishing features: Black frame, square tubing.

EdgeRunner Swoop & eSwoop (Bosch)

Model year: 2018.
Distinguishing features: Bosch motor, low step-over.

EdgeRunner Classic &
eClassic (Bosch)

Model year: 2018.
Distinguishing features: Bosch motor, higher step-over height.

EdgeRunner Stoker &
eStoker (Bosch)

Model year: 2018.
Distinguishing features: Bosch motor, two 24″ wheels.

RFA Sport &
RFA Utility (Bosch)

Model year: 2018.
Distinguishing features: Bosch motor, two 24″ wheels.

Timeline of Xtracycle accessories
(Please note: this section is a work in progress!)
These are accessories Xtracycle no longer makes or sells. The main purpose in sharing them here is to help folks ID retired accessories they might have. We can also not help you locate where to buy one since many of these are long retired. Your best bet for finding any on of these accessories is looking online or searching for them on auction sites.

FreeRadical Build Kit

Included the parts needed to install a FreeRadical Extension kit.
Possible replacement part: none.

700C V-Brake Adaptor

Used for installed a V-Brake for a 700C wheel on a FreeRad kit.
Possible replacement part: none from Xtracycle. Motolite made by Paul Component Engineering might work.

LT1 SnapDeck

Wooden deck that would snap onto the V-Racks and we held in place by plastic clips. Not child seat or Hooptie compatible.
Possible replacement part: LT1 version 2 FlightDeck with SuperHooks.

SnapHook

These are the plastic SnapHooks that snapped the SnapDeck to the V-Racks. If these break, it is best to completely replace the SnapDeck with a LT1 version 2 FlightDeck with SuperHooks.
Possible replacement part: None. Recommend completely replacing deck.

EcoDeck

This is the first passenger friendly plastic deck Xtracycle offered. Thick plastic, one handle cut-out. For more on IDing a deck you might already have, please refer to this article.
Possible replacement part: LT1 version 2 FlightDeck.

LT1 version 1 Flight Deck

AKA: LT1 v.1 FlightDeck. Thick plastic, two handle cut-outs. For more on IDing a deck you might already have, please refer to this article.
Possible replacement part: LT1 version 2 FlightDeck.

LT1 version 2 Flight Deck

AKA: LT1 v.2 FlightDeck. Thick plastic, no handle cut-outs. For more on IDing a deck you might already have, please refer to this article.
Possible replacement part: LT1 version 2 FlightDeck or EdgeRunner All-In-One Rack (if compatible).

LT2 Flight Deck

Thinner plastic. No SuperHooks – bolted directly into LT2 V-Racks. For more on IDing a deck you might already have, please refer to this article.
Possible replacement part: EdgeRunner All-In-One Rack (if compatible)

TecDeck

Thin plastic, not meant to support passengers or heavy cargo. No SuperHooks – just snapped one. For more on IDing a deck you might already have, please refer to this article.
Possible replacement part: EdgeRunner All-In-One Rack (if compatible)

P-Racks

Style of vertical rack meant to not be used with Xtracycle bags but with a customer’s own pannier bags. For bikes and kits with a 26″ rear wheel.
Possible replacement part: none

LT1 V-Racks

Original vertical racks that held up the deck on the FreeRadical and first generations of EdgeRunners.
Possible replacement part: For bikes with a 24″ or smaller rear wheel, EdgeRunner All-In-One Rack. For bikes with a 26″ wheel, none.

Leap Racks

V-Racks used to hold up the LT2 FlightDeck on the Leap and CargoNode.
Possible replacement part: For bikes with a 24″ or smaller rear wheel, EdgeRunner All-In-One Rack. For bikes with a 26″ wheel, none.

LT2 V-Racks

V-Racks used to hold up the LT2 FlightDeck on the Leap and CargoNode.
Possible replacement part: For bikes with a 24″ or smaller rear wheel, EdgeRunner All-In-One Rack. For bikes with a 26″ wheel, none.

FreeLoader Bags

These original FreeLoader bags were to be used with the FreeRadical, Radish or Cargo Joe.
Possible replacement part: FreeLoader Too (velcro extension straps needed).

X1 Cargo Bike Bags

These were an open sling style bag. There was a longtail version (that was shorter for 20″ rear wheels) and a FreeRad version (which was taller for 26″ rear wheels).
Possible replacement part: FreeLoader Too (velcro extension straps needed for 26″ rear wheels bikes).

X2 Cargo Bike Bags

These were a bag with a cargo pocket, a sling and a lid. They were intended for FreeRad kits.
Possible replacement part: FreeLoader Too (velcro extension straps needed).

X2 Cargo Bike Bags

These were a bag with a cargo pocket, a sling and a lid. They were intended for FreeRad kits. Lids for these bags were also available separately, including lids made from recycled vinyl signs.
Possible replacement part: FreeLoader Too (velcro extension straps needed).

X3 WheelSkirts

Made to protect rear wheel from passenger’s legs and bags. There was a longtail version (that was shorter for smaller rear wheels) and a FreeRad /Leap version (which was taller for 26″ rear wheels).
Possible replacement part: FreeLoader Too (velcro extension straps needed for bikes with 26″ rear wheel).

X3 CargoBay

Closed cargo bag.
Possible replacement part: FreeLoader Too (velcro extension straps needed for bikes with 26″ rear wheel).

X3 SlingSet

Open sling style bag.
Possible replacement part: FreeLoader Too (velcro extension straps needed for bikes with 26″ rear wheel).

LockPocket

Small zippered bag that could also hold a U-Lock.
Possible replacement part: none.

LT1 Hooptie

Rear passenger handrail. Rails held into place with spring pins.
Possible replacement part: for wheels under 26″, Longtail Hooptie (check compatibility). For 26″ wheel kits, none.

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LT2 Hooptie (silver)

Rear passenger handrail. Black padding, rails held in with bolts.
Possible replacement part: for wheels under 26″, Longtail Hooptie (check compatibility). For 26″ wheel kits, none.

LT2 Hooptie (black)

Rear passenger handrail. Red padding, rails held in with bolts.
Possible replacement part: for wheels under 26″, Longtail Hooptie (check compatibility). For 26″ wheel kits, none.

Bosch

Can a non-electric Xtracycle be converted into a Bosch e-bike?

No, they cannot. The Bosch motors require a custom frame to that is built to specifically hold the Bosch motor. An aftermarket e-bike conversion kit might be an option.

Do Bosch powered Xtracycles have a throttle?

No, they do not. They are pedal assist only.

If the battery dies, can the bike still be ridden?

Yes, the bike can still be ridden. While the gears and brakes function normally and the bike can be ridden with a completely dead battery, there will be drag and the heavier weight of it being a cargo bike will mean you are having to move more bike. On a non-electric bike, the crank (where the pedals go through the bike frame) rotate using a ball bearing system. This system is almost frictionless which allows you to transfer the power in your pedal into forward movement. On an e-bike, the motor replaces the crank and this motor uses gears and teeth. It is these gears and teeth that allow you to generate so much power – friction is intentionally created and used to your advantage when the system is boosted by a battery. That said, the same friction that gives you power causes drag when the battery isn’t being used. While you can ride an e-bike with the motor off, it’s best to ensure your batteries are properly charged.

CargoNode / CargoJoe

What was the Cargo Joe and Cargo Node?

The Cargo Joe and Cargo Node were cargo folding bikes Xtracycle and Tern made in partnership.

The Cargo Joe was a Xtracycle FreeRadical kit installed on a 26″ wheeled Tern Joe C21. It was released in 2013. The total length was 85″. You can read more here.

The Cargo Node was an Xtracycle FreeRadical Leap installed on 24″ wheeled Tern Node folding bike. It was released in 2016. You can read more here.

Can I still purchase a Cargo Joe or Cargo Node?

No, Xtracycle and Tern no longer make or sell the Cargo Joe or Cargo Node.

Are there plans to bring back the Cargo Joe or Cargo Node?

No, there are not.

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X3 CargoBays / RFA CargoBays

Are the CargoBays / RFA CargoBays waterproof?

No, they are not.

Will the CargoBays / RFA CargoBays fit any non-Xtracycle brand bike?

We are not aware of any non-Xtracycle brand cargo bikes that are compatible with the CargoBays / RFA CargoBays.

RFA CargoBays fit on an RFA in Sport mode?

No, they will not. They will only fit the RFA in Utility mode.

What are the dimensions of the CargoBay?

27″ wide x 15″ tall x 7″ depth at the pocket side when straps are fully extended, 11″ depth at the pocket middle when straps are fully extended.

What model Xtracycle’s do the X3 CargoBays fit?

The FreeRadical, FreeRadical Leap, CargoNode, CargoJoe, Radish, pre-2021 EdgeRunners and the Swoop (non-electric).

It will not fit any RFA or any non-Xtracycle brand cargo bike.

How do I use the CargoBays and SlingSet together?

Clip the SlingSets to the frame under and behind the CargoBays. Bring the SlingSet under and over the CargoBay. When properly installed, the SlingSet will be on the outside of the CargoBay.

What is the maximum load per side on Xtracyce brand cargo bags?

50 lbs. (23 kg) per side.

I have an older set of grey CarryAll bags and the strap isn’t cinching tight. What’s wrong?

When these bags were first made, the incorrect buckle was attached on the left side bags. These buckles could not be cinched down tight. You will need to replace this buckle with a buckle that cinches down tight on one side.

What bikes do the CarryAll bags fit on?

Pre-2021 EdgeRunners only.

They will not fit on 2021 models, FreeRadicals, FreeRadical Leaps, CargoNodes, CargoJoes or Radishes.

X3 SlingSet

What Xtracycle models will the SlingSets work on?

The SlingSets will work on any Xtracycle model except the RFA (Utility/Sport).

Do the SlingSets work on any non-Xtracycle brand bikes?

No, not that we are aware of.

RFA SlingSet

What model RFA will the RFA SlingSets work with?

The RFA SlingSet will ONLY work with the RFA Utility. It will not work with the RFA Sport or any other Xtracycle bike model.

Hi-Viz Lids

What bags will the Hi-Viz lids fit on?

X3 CargoBays.

What bags will the Hi-Viz lids NOT fit on?

FreeLoader Too, the original FreeLoader, RFA CargoBays, X2 bags or CarryAll bags.

Where any Hi-Viz lids made for the RFA CargoBays?

No, no Hi-Viz lids were made to fit the RFA CargoBays.

CarryAll Bags

What is the maximum load per side on Xtracycle brand cargo bags?

50 lbs. (23 kg) per side.

I have an older set of grey CarryAll bags and the strap isn’t cinching tight. What’s wrong?

When these bags were first made, the incorrect buckle was attached on the left side bags. These buckles could not be cinched down tight. You will need to replace this buckle with a buckle that cinches down tight on one side.

What bikes do the CarryAll bags fit on?

Pre-2021 EdgeRunners only.

They will not fit on 2021 models, FreeRadicals, FreeRadical Leaps, CargoNodes, CargoJoes or Radishes.

PorterPack / PorterRack

How can I tell if a PorterRack can fit on my Xtracycle?

Xtracycle bikes that are compatible with PorterRacks include welded on bosses to the head tube, like these:

Legacy Passenger Accessories

Child seats

Does the Yepp Nexxt Maxi fit on older EdgeRunners with LT2 V-Racks.

No, the Yepp Nexxt Maxi does not fit the older EdgeRunners. You will need a Yepp Maxi and an Xtracycle brand adapter. The Yepp Nexxt Maxi only fit Xtracycle bikes with a Rear MultiRack like the RFAs (Bosch and Shimano) and the newer eStoker (Shimano only) and eSwoop (Shimano only).

LT1 / LT2 Hooptie

Will the LT2 Hooptie fit my non-Xtracycle brand cargo bike?

No, we are not aware of any bike other than an Xtracycle that the LT2 Hooptie is compatible with.

How do I tell the difference between an LT2 and an LT1 Hooptie?

The best way to tell the difference is the vertical LT1 Hooptie rails secure in with brass spring pins whereas the LT2 Hooptie rails secure with bolts.

SnackBars

Will the pre-2021 SnackBars fit on an original Xtracycle FreeRadical?

The SnackBars can fit on the FreeRadical as long as you have a plastic deck and a Hooptie RetroFit kit.

MagicCarpet

Were the older MagicCarpets waterproof?

No, they are not.

The newer MagicCarpets (2021) are made with a water-resistant fabric.

My cushion seems to soak up water and the kiddos end up with very wet butts. Is there a rain cover?

While we don’t make a cover for the older MagicCarpets, a number of folks have great success keeping the MC dry with backpack rain covers. I hope this helps!

Pre-2021 U-Tubes / Footsies / Foot pegs

Will the RFA Footies work on any non-RFA Utility bike?

The RFA Footies will not work on an RFA Sport or any other Xtracycle model bike. They will also not work on any other cargo bike brand model bike.

Will the LT2 U-Tubes (that attached with bolts) work on my older EdgeRunner?

Even if your frame has no bosses, the LT2 U-Tubes will work as long as they are installed with a bolt.

Do the LT2 U-Tubes fit on any non-Xtracycle brand bikes?

No, none that we were aware of. At one point, we believe they did fit the Surly Big Dummy at some point but we do not know if this is still the case since those frames have been changed by Surly. They definitely never fit on the Surly Big Easy.

Do the LT2 U-Tubes fit the EdgeRunner 11i?

Yes, they do.

What is the difference between the LT2 U-Tubes and Leap U-Tubes?

The Leap U-tubes have a shorter rear insertion tube length since the Leap tailpiece is not a continuous piece of tubing, like the tail piece on the EdgeRunners. All other aspects are the same aside from this small difference.

KickBack

What are the kickstand legs made from?

Aluminum.

Bilogic Joule Dynamo hub

What is the hub spacing on the Bilogic Joule hub?

The spacing was 100 mm.

Supernova light set

Can this be added to a bike later?

If you have a Bosch powered e-bike, this light set can be added post-purchase but you will need to visit a certified Bosch dealer to have them professionally install it. The installation will require opening up the Bosch motor. You can find a local Bosch dealer on their website here: https://www.bosch-ebike.com/us/service/dealer-search/

WideLoader

What are the dimensions of the WideLoaders?

The diameter of the WideLoader tubing is 22 mm. The distance from center of the insertion tube to the center of the other insertion tube is 28.875″ / 73.3425 mm. Here are some additional measurements that might be helpful.

V-Racks

Will the LT1 / LT2 / Leap V-Racks fit my Xtracycle brand cargo bike?

The LT2 V-Racks will fit on any model year EdgeRunner.

The LT1 and Leap V-Racks will fit on a FreeRadical or Leap.

No V-Racks will fit on any RFA. The RFA requires a MultiRack.

Will the LT1 / LT2 / Leap V-Racks fit on any non-Xtracycle brand cargo bike?

No, not that we are aware of.

Other Legacy Accessories

SideCar

Does the SideCar fit on any non-Xtracycle brand bike?

No, it will not.

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