The Swoop’s stock-in-trade is carrying kids and cargo.

You’re a mom? Thank you, because moms pretty much hold civilization together. On two hours sleep. As weeks pass without a moment to yourself. When nobody notices. Whatever. It’s not something you do to impress anyone.

Still. When other moms watch you sail past their idling four-wheeled minivans in the school drop-off line with your kids on the back of a two-wheeled “minivan”!, and they think: “She’s a badass,” well, that’s something. If you’re gonna impress anyone, it might as well be other moms.

But that’s not why you do it either.

No, we won’t claim the Xtracycle Swoop will miraculously create more hours in your day. (It’s just a better use of hours you do have.)

We won’t say it will make parenting easier. (It makes it more fun, though.)

We won’t say it will save the world all by itself. (But it’s a start, damn it.)

And one day, some years from now, your kids will be having dinner with friends, and someone will ask about their mom, and they’ll say: “My mom? Oh, she’s a badass. She’s my hero.”

That’s why you do it. And that’s why we made you the Swoop.

You can cut the school drop-off line.

You can park on the sidewalk.

You can skirt backed up traffic.

You can do most of what you do in a car. It’s true.

And because the Swoop is an Xtracycle, it’s all about safety, quality, reliability, and versatility.

If there was a singular design focus with the Swoop, it was this:

To build a bike worthy of your most precious cargo.

One kid? Two? Three? You got it!

See that little back wheel? That keeps the bike’s center of gravity low …

Which creates a ride so stable and balanced …

… you might forget the kids are back there.

Unless they’re singing.

Our rock-solid center kickstand makes for hands-free, worry-free loading.

And that ‘swoopy’ frame? Easier to step though and get rolling.

You have things to do, places to be. The Bosch-powered electric-assist Swoop is a game-changer.

For short urban trips, an e-Swoop is just as fast as a car.

Formerly unbike-able hills become no big deal.

Yet you’re still active, moving your body, feeling good.

Comes in a purely human-powered version, too.

And after your kids are older? You will have found many other uses for the Swoop by then.

And when you to consider everything this bike is capable of …

… you realize that if you have two cars in the family now, you might end up selling one.

Or if you have one car, and that’s getting to be not enough, a cargo bike may well be a better investment than a second car: better for you, better for the planet, better for your kids, and a lot less expensive.

We’ve seen our customers replace a car with a bike, many times.

The nitty-gritty features

  • Kid capacity: The Swoop can carry one, two or three kids inside the Hooptie enclosure, or if you have younger kids, you can add one or two optional Yepp seats so they are securely strapped in.
  • Cargo capacity: Comes with a large beefy rear rack and two spacious CargoBay bags. Carry four bags of groceries. Ginormous diaper bags. Whatever else. You’ll be amazed what people can haul on an Xtracycle.
  • Stopping power: Responsive, powerful Shimano hydraulic brakes.
  • Need even 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.
  • 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 sturdy-yet-supple 4130 chromoly frame is built to last. Worry-free Xtracycle Signature Safety Fork is also made from strong, durable 4130 Chromoly steel and has an ultra-secure thru-axle.
  • One size fits most: The Swoop 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-obsolescense pledge.


Wait, is the Swoop a “girl’s” bike? Or a “mom” bike?

Well, it is popular with badass moms, but there is no gender in our bikes. It’s also popular with badass dads. It’s equally fun, safe and functional whoever you are. And while it’s great for hauling kids, it can carry almost anything: bags of compost, Costco runs, camping gear, holiday shopping hauls, you name it.

What’s the difference between the Swoop and Stoker?

First off, both bikes are compatible with all of the same Xtracycle longtail add-on components.

But there are two big differences:

  • The shape of the frame. The Swoop frame is easier to step through and get riding. But some people prefer the aesthetic of a more traditional-style frame, like the Stoker.
  • Wheel size. The Stoker has two 24-inch wheels. The Swoop has a 20-inch rear wheel and a 26-inch front wheel. This affects how the bike handles. The Swoop is designed for maximum stability loaded with kids or cargo. With the Stoker we raised the center of gravity a bit, but instead gave it a smoother ride on rugged off-pavement terrain.
Will it accommodate multiple riders of different heights?

In many cargo-bike families, multiple people end up using the bike regularly. Even if you don’t plan it that way, before you know it your spouse will be borrowing the thing all the time.

That’s partly why we designed our bike frames in one size and use “fit kits” — different seat posts and handlebar stems — to accommodate different rider heights. In most cases, we can help you choose the right fit kit to accommodate the people who will be riding the bike most, even if they are somewhat different heights.

This also allows you, if your situation changes and a different person of substantially different size becomes the primary cargo bike rider, you can alter the “size” of the bike more drastically by simply getting a new fit kit, not a whole new bike or frame.

We never want one of our bikes to become obsolete.

If I buy a non-electric XPP model, can I add e-assist later?

Yes, if you change your mind and decide to go electric, you can always an aftermarket e-bike conversion kit later. And every non-electric Swoop frame has integrated battery mounts to ease any later e-bike conversion.