The RFA Utility is the best incarnation yet of the reason the bicycle was invented.

Not “recreation” — “transportation!” Actually, though, it’s kinda both.

When you were a kid, you got a bicycle. Maybe you were 10. It was a freedom like you’d never had — to go to your friend’s house, to feel the wind, to blast through puddles on a hot day.

Then you grew up. Soon it was all about cars. Maybe that was cool for a while — till it wasn’t. Sedentary, disconnected, sitting in traffic, feeling like part of the problem.

But you took cars for granted, because “everybody else” did. And yet there was a nagging little voice that didn’t quite believe everybody else.

It was right all along, that voice. That feeling of freedom you had when you were 10? It was there waiting for you all along. You just had to get off your butt and go find it.

So you did. And then you were doing 90 percent of what you used to do in your car, but on this bike — a bike for real grown-ups with real lives and places to be and things to carry …

… but who never gave up on the magic of being a kid. And that’s why we made you the RFA Utility.

Out of the box, the RFA Utility is an agile, fun, electric-assist mid-tail cargo bike.

You can haul two kids to school.

You can carry a week’s groceries.

You can bring home giant sacks of pet food.

You can take your favorite grown-up for a picnic in the woods.

You can do all that while going farther, faster with every pedal stroke.

All RFAs come with Bosch electric-assist, available in several motor and battery options. Choose the one that best suits your travels.

And someday, if your cargo needs get lighter — like when the kids grow up — you can turn it into an RFA Sport utility/commuter bike.

You see, the RFA is not just one bike. What was it Walt Whitman said? “I contain multitudes.” It’s kinda like that.

How does that work?

Well, the RFA Sport and the RFA Utility are 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.

That’s how the RFA is both a midtail cargo bike and also a utility bike with a standard wheelbase.

Did we mention “RFA” stands for “Ready for Anything”?

In fact, the RFA might be the last bike you ever need to buy.

“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 Utility can carry two kids inside the Hooptie enclosure rail, or one 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.
  • 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.
  • It piggybacks: Unlike longer cargo bikes, the RFA Utility fits on light-rail cars, and can be easily put on most automobile and bus bike racks. Just turn the handlebars around to the front wheel is facing backwards and it will have the same wheelbase as a standard bike.
  • 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 for years and then handing it off to your grandchildren with lots of miles still in it. We don’t do “planned obsolesence.”
  • 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.
  • 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.