The RFA Sport may be the best electric-assist urban utility bike the world has ever seen.

If we do say so.

So you leave work with a few co-workers and someone says, “Hey, let’s meet at the pub.” They head for their cars. You hop on your bike.

It’d be easy, you think, getting sucked down the road to freeway commutes and parking lots — to all that stuff you swore you’d never be. The force is strong, as they say.

But then there you are, sitting at a sidewalk table ordering a drink, watching your co-workers circle the block looking for parking. They are always surprised because they expect you to arrive last.

You don’t gloat. But you do wonder: Why do so few people realize getting around a city on a bike is just better. You travel the edges. Freer. More alive. Active. Stronger. For most trips, just as fast. Maybe faster.

Hello, fellow traveler. We know you. We’ve taken this less-worn path, too. It’s good to see you here. And this is why we made you the RFA Sport.

We designed the RFA to be your shape-shifting, adaptable, always-trusty sidekick. Forever.

It’s freedom in a gridlocked world.

It’s zippy, agile and fun. It’s compact enough to put on bus rack, substantial enough to carry a kid out for ice cream.

You can rocket to work.

You can bring home the groceries.

You can take it camping for the weekend.

You can go get the pizzas someone ordered.

* front rack optional

You can park it wherever. You can roll it into an elevator.

You can get around town with purpose. You can climb hills with ease.

You can turn it into another bike …

Wait, what?

Yes, the RFA Sport might just be the last bike you’ll ever need. Because it’s actually two bikes. At least.

How does that work?

Well, you may have noticed we offer another bike called the RFA Utility. Both RFAs use the exact same ultra-strong frame, the same quality components, the same fabulous Bosch electric-assist package. They’re just set up differently.

The key is called “DynamicDrops,” a patent-pending Xtracycle idea that allows one bike to have two possible rear wheel positions.

It will grow with you, if the need arises.

Shorter-wheelbase bikes are more agile and fun. Longer wheelbases offer a more stable ride, for challenging conditions, or …

… for someone who suddenly has more cargo — like maybe life delivered you twins.

Yikes. Well, life is like that.

(That’s why “RFA” stands for “Ready for Anything.”)

“We wanted the RFA to be a bike that never becomes obsolete. We’ve always aspired to that, but with this bike, we think we’ve pushed the idea further than anybody ever has. Life changes, and you shouldn’t have to buy a new bike every time it does. So we made the RFA ‘future-proof.’”

Xtracycle CEO and founder Ross Evans

The nitty-gritty features

  • Kid capacity: The RFA Sport can carry one child, either inside the Snack Bars for older kids, or if you have a younger child, in a Yepp seat (add one to your cart before you check out).
  • See and be seen: The e-assist system also powers the built-in front and rear Bright-Sight lights. No changing batteries or forgetting your lights at home. They’re just always there, crazy bright, whenever you need them.
  • Built for safety and durability: The RFAs’ sturdy-yet-supple 4130 chromoly frame is built to last. It’s not only durably powder-coated on the outside but it’s 100% dipped – coated inside and out – with durable anti-corrosion ED black. And our Signature Safety Fork is unflinchingly strong 4130 Chromoly with unfailingly steady Thru-Axle wheel mount. We expect you to be riding this bike all around the world and then handing it off to your grandchildren with lots of miles still in it. We don’t do “planned obsolesence.”
  • It piggybacks: The RFA Sport has about the same wheelbase as a standard bike so it fits easily on most automobile and bus bike racks or in bike spaces on light-rail cars.
  • Why 24″ wheels? The RFA comes with 24-inch wheels for a lower stand-over height and lower center of gravity, which is better for hauling kids or cargo. However the frame was engineered to accommodate 26-inch wheels, so you can swap in bigger wheels if you prefer a more speedy commuter-bike feel.
  • One size fits most: The RFA frame (all Xtracycle frames actually) comes in one size. The bike is fit to the rider using our simple sizing kit (seatpost and handlebar stem – available in small, medium and large). This makes sharing the bike among multiple riders easier, and makes it relatively easy and inexpensive to change the bikes “size” if the primary rider of the bike changes. Just another part of our anti-obsolecense pledge.
  • Need more cargo room? If you need more cargo room, the frame includes integrated mounts so you can add our standard front-mounted Porter Rack, which then can carry a roomy Porter Pack if you like, for hauling lots of small or medium-sized items.


Is there a non-electric-assist version of the RFA?

Not currently, no. The RFA is only available as a Bosch e-bike. If you are not in the market for an e-bike, the mechanical Stoker or Swoop might be an ideal cargo bike for you.

I still don’t think I understand the Sport/Utility thing: Is the RFA two bikes or one bike?

The RFA is one bike frame that can be configured into one of two modes thanks to the adjustable DynamicDrops and two possible rear wheel positions. The shorter Sport mode has a wheelbase of 44.125″ (1120mm) and an actual length of 69″ (1755mm). The longer Utility mode has a wheelbase of 49.5″ (1257mm) and an actual length of 76″ (1930mm).

In Utility mode, the bike will accommodate a longer rear rack and thus is able to carry more cargo (two child seats for instance, as opposed to just one in Sport mode).

How hard is it to change my RFA Sport to long/Utility mode?

Because of how solid and secure the DynamicDrops connection is, switching between modes isn’t something you can do in a few minutes. That said, it is something a seasoned mechanic at your local bike shop could likely tackle in an afternoon.

Because of the time and attention needed to safely adjust the DynamicDrops into an alternate mode, it is best to initially go with the RFA setting that will meet your needs at the moment, knowing that if your needs change, you can reconfigure your bike later. Also, the chain will have to be lengthened or shortened.

The two modes also use different rear racks, so you will have to get the rack for the mode you are switching to. It is especially important to not use a Utility MultiRack in Sport mode, as that will cause significantly unbalanced weight distribution.

Does the frame come in different sizes for different height people?

No. The RFA frame (all Xtracycle frames actually) comes in one size. The bike is fit to the rider using our simple sizing kit (seatpost and handlebar stem – available in small, medium and large).

This makes sharing the bike among multiple riders easier, and makes it relatively easy and inexpensive to change the bikes “size” if the primary rider of the bike changes. Another part of our anti-obsolecense pledge.

How much weight can the RFA carry?

All our bikes are rated to carry up to 400 pounds, including the weight of the rider.

Which electric package do I need?

Most people don’t travel too far and the Performance or CX motor with a single battery works perfectly, but if you have big hills, plan to carry big loads, or will be traveling longer distances (more than 20 miles) between charges, you may want a second battery. If you need or like to ride faster than 20MPH, you want to consider the Speed motor.

You can find more details about the Bosch options here.

Is there some place I can see and test ride an RFA?

Check to see if there is an authorized Xtracycle dealer with a demo RFA near you.