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

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

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 RFA Utility comes in three flavors

The X1, the X1+, and the X2+

The difference is in the motor and batteries. Here’s how they compare.

ModelRFA Utility X1
RFA Utility X1+
RFA Utility X2+
BatteryBosch PowerPack 400whBosch PowerPack 500wHTwo Bosch PowerPack 500wH for total of 1000wH, mount for second battery included
Battery range20 – 40 miles per charge25 – 50 miles per charge50 – 100 miles per charge
Drive unitBosch PerformanceBosch CX Bosch CX
Max. pedal assist20 mph20 mph 20 mph
Bundled Accessories– RFA Hooptie
– MagicCarpet
– RFA Footsies
– RFA CargoBays x2
– CarryHandle
– RFA Hooptie
– MagicCarpet
– RFA Footsies
– RFA CargoBays x2
– CarryHandle
– RFA Hooptie
– MagicCarpet
– RFA Footsies
– RFA CargoBays x2
– CarryHandle
Size availableS, M, LS, M, LS, M, L
Color available– Midnight Black
– Sunrise Yellow
– Vista Blue
(all finishes glossy)
– Midnight Black
– Sunrise Yellow
– Vista Blue
(all finishes glossy)
– Midnight Black
– Sunrise Yellow
– Vista Blue
(all finishes glossy)
Retail price $4764.50
Buy the RFA Utility X1
$5314.50
Buy the RFA Utility X1+
$6414.50
Buy the RFA Utility X2+

You can see that each model comes with several of our most popular accessories, so it’s all ready to carry passengers and everyday cargo. Additional accessories can be added as necessary, either at purchase or at any time later if you needs change.

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.

FAQs

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 Utility to short/Sport 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 motor and single battery of the X1 works perfectly. If you have big hills or heavier loads you may want to consider the high-torque CX motor (either of the “+” models) or a second battery (the X2+). An extra battery is especially helpful if you will be traveling more than 20 miles between charges.

You can find more details about the Bosch options here.

What if my ideal bike is not reflected in one of the RFA Utility models? Can I get a custom build?

Yes, of course! We have found that the pre-set models serve most people. But if you need something different, you can create a custom build of your bike with the exact drive train and accessories you like in our Bike Builder tool. Or give us a call, and we can help you build your custom bike.