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RFA

It’s a compact utility bike you can ride every day that fits your life right where it’s at.

$4,499

Off-White (glossy)
Medium

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30-day, 50-mile trial period!

Easy financing with Klarna

Hassle-free, lifetime warranty

Compact geometry

Designed for tight spaces, the RFA can fit wherever you need it to. Fits on bus racks, car racks, storage spaces, apartments, condos, the list goes on.

Low step-over height

Easy to get on and off of whether loaded or unloaded and shareable by two different height riders.

Adjustable wheelbase with the DynamicDrops

Cargo and passenger needs change. When the time comes you can swap your rear rack to our shorter Sport RearRack, move the wheel into the forward position, and your bike magically* transforms into an even more compact cargo bike. *Magical abilities not required.

Description

Sized just like a regular bike, but with the preternatural capacity to carry, the RFA is genetically encoded to be Ready For Anything. It’s a compact utility bike you can ride every day that fits your life right where it’s at. It’s zippy and agile enough to zag through city streets, and for those times when you must add public transit into the mix? The RFA fits on a standard bus rack, rolls easily into a light rail car or an elevator, and fits on most automobile bike racks. And with a jumbo centerstand, hydro brakes, and our Signature Safety Fork, the RFA packs safety and durability right in with all that versatility.

Ready for you, and heirloom-ready for your protégé—we designed the RFA to last. Hand-me-downs just got way cooler. Fast forward a few years from now, when your tiny-helmeted cargo starts pedaling their own bikes, your RFA is ready to change with you—because, surprise, it’s really two bikes in one. When the time comes, you can easily convert from Utility to Sport mode and trade-off some of the cargo capacity for an even zippier, more compact steed. Because when we say Anything? We mean eff-ing Anything.

The 2021 RFA comes equipped with the Shimano STEPS EP8 system:

  • The Shimano STEPS EP8 e-bike motor has a top pedal-assist speed of 20 mph and up-to 85 nM of torque for hilly terrain or heavier loads.
  • A single 630 watt-hour battery provides between 30 to 60 miles per charge, depending on conditions.
  • The Shimano EC-6002 charger which can charge your battery from 0-100% in 10.2 hours or 0-80% in 7.5 hours.
  • The E5003 cycling computer which gives easy handlebar access to system controls.
  • Learn more about the Shimano STEPS EP8 system here.

Included accessories:

  • Pair of Xtracycle RFA WheelSkirts
  • Pair of Xtracycle RFA FootRests
  • Xtracycle RFA center kickstand
  • Xtracycle RFA Fenders
  • Front and rear Herrmans lights

An important note about child seats:
If you intend to install a Yepp child seat on the RFA, you will want to get the Yepp Nexxt Maxi. For a complete list of compatible and incompatible child seats, please see the article on child seats here. For the best position for a child seat on the rear deck, please see this article here.

The Yepp Maxi is not compatible with the Shimano powered RFA.

 

Bike geometry

1 Head tube length 8.7" 220 mm
2 Fork length 15.75" 400 mm
3 Fork offset 1.4" 35 mm
4 Seat tube 18.1" 460 mm
5 Reach 15.4" 390 mm
6 Stack 24.4" 620 mm
7 Effective top tube 22.6" 575 mm
8 Actual top tube 23.8" 605 mm
9 Step over height 22" 560 mm
10 Chainstay length 25.4" 645 mm
11 Deck length 25.2 (Utility mode)" 640 (Utility mode) mm
12 Deck height 26" 660 mm
13 Wheel base 49.8 (Utility mode)" 1265 (Utility mode) mm
14 Actual length 73.4 (Utility mode)" 1865 (Utility mode) mm

Bike & component specs

Available colors Black (matte), Off-white (glossy)
Bike weight 60.2 lbs
Maximum carrying capacity 400 pounds, including rider
Frame material 4130 Chromoly steel
Fork material 4130 Chromoly steel
Handlebar Kalloy AL078L, 31.8mm, 45mm rise, 24-degree backsweep, 640mm width
Grips Marwi 7GP-03-L, 125mm long
Stem Kalloy AS007N. Available lengths: 60mm (S), 90mm (M), 120mm (L)
Headset FSA No. 18
Saddle Xtracycle Comfort Saddle (2021)
Seat post Kalloy SP3D1, 31.6mm. Available lengths: 300mm (S), 400mm (M), 450mm (L)
Seat clamp (collar) Xtracycle LF-5233 34.9mm bolt-on
Kickstand RFA KickBack
Rear rack RFA Utility RearRack (RFA Sport RearRack available separately)
Brake levers Tektro M745
Cabling Internal
Front brake Tektro M745, 4 piston hydraulic
Front rotor Shimano SM-RT64, 180mm
Rear brake Tektro M745, 4 piston hydraulic
Rear rotor Shimano STEPS RT-EM600-M, 180mm
Front light Herrmans H-Black Pro E 6-12V (attached to fender)
Rear light Herrmans H-Track Dynamo, 6V (included)
Shifters SRAM NX 11-speed trigger shifter with X-ACTUATION (Model number SL-NX-1-A1)
Front derailleur (none)
Rear derailleur Sram NX11 X-HORIZON (Model number RD-NX-1-A1)
Crank Shimano FC-EM600, 170mm; FSA 38 tooth cog
Pedals VP-535
Cassette SRAM GX PG-1130 A1, 11-speed, 11 tooth - 42 tooth
Chain Taya e10T-EPT (RFA Utility - 144 Links, RFA Sport - 123 Links)
E-assist Shimano STEPS EP8
E-assist cycling computer Shimano SC-E5003
Charger Shimano STEPS EC-E8004-2 (120 V AC, 50 - 60 Hz)
Battery Shimano STEPS BT-E8016, 630 wH (downtube, external)
Front hub KT QL-XC2F, 15mm thru axle
Rear hub KT QL-XC2R, 168mm quick release
Front rim 24" Alex MD-30/36H
Rear rim 24" Alex MD-30/36H
Spokes Pillar 14/15 gauge stainless with PB15 14L brass nipples
Tires Schwalbe Crazy Bob 24x2.35"
Tire compatibility 24" tires, max width of 2.5" only
Fenders Aluminum (included)
Also includes RFA WheelSkirts (2021), RFA FootRests (2021)
E-assist class Class 1
Max e-assist speed 20 mph

User Manual

RFA assembly manual

Link to PDF

RFA assembly video

Link to video on Xtracycle YouTube channel

Shimano STEPS EP8 System - User manual

Link to PDF

Shimano STEPS Battery and Charger - User manual

Link to PDF

Shimano STEPS SC-E5003 Cycling Computer - User manual

Link to PDF

Hermanns H-Black Pro (front light) - User manual

Link to PDF

Hermmans H-Track (rear light) - User manual

Link to PDF

Warranty

Warranty

The Xtracycle Warranty covers each e-bike frame and fork against defects in manufacturing and materials for a lifetime for personal use (for the original owner) or one (1) year for commercial use. All Shimano STEPS components come with a two (2) year warranty, beginning on the date of purchase. Exclusions to this warranty apply. Please see the Terms and Conditions page for our full Warranty Policy.

Returns

Xtracycle Return Policy

Product reviews

5 out of 5 stars

21 reviews

21 reviews with a 5-star rating

  1. Peter H.

    Kids prefer it

    Peter H.

    My family loves our new bike. The kids prefer being out on the bike than stuck in the car, whether heading to soccer, being dropped off at a friend’s, or running errands. We like to think of ourselves as an eco-conscious family, but really we’re not proud of our carbon footprint. It feels good to finally be walking – riding! – the talk on climate action. It’s maybe a drop in the bucket, but it’s also a start.

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  2. Michael R.

    Family adventures

    Michael R.

    This is a really fun ride. The motor excels at hills and carrying loads. I love it. Me, my wife, and daughter can all fit on it for family adventures. This purchase was well worth it, and I’m looking forward to years of good riding on it. Medium size package works for my wife (5’4″) and me (6’3″).

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  3. Hayley B.

    Fantastic bike

    Hayley B.

    This is a fantastic bike that will fit all of your needs, regardless of what you’re looking for. I’m 5’4 and able to easily share the bike with my husband who is 6’2.

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  4. John B.

    Avoid purchasing a second car

    John B.

    We wanted to avoid purchasing a second car. I wanted to introduce my daughter to biking safely. We live at the top of a huge series of hills so the option of biking our daughter or any significant groceries etc was not an option with my regular commuter. The price was comparable to alternative brands. The customer service is great and the online community really talks up the brand. I was also impressed with the test rides. The pickup couldn’t have gone better. It was ready to go and I enjoyed doing the local pickup as I got to ask any pending questions at that time.

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  5. Jerry N.

    Buy this bike!!

    Jerry N.

    Buy this bike!! The RFA can take whatever you throw at it. We love this bike so much and ride it almost daily! From groceries to kiddo transport to hauling lumber from the hardware store – we haven’t found a situation that the RFA couldn’t handle with some tie downs and hazard flags 🙂 Buy it now – you won’t regret it!

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  6. Ted J.

    Everything I could hope

    Ted J.

    This bike has done everything I could hope. My daughters love it, and so do I. It is way more fun to do dropoff/pickup and explore new areas around us. We have been able to eliminate short car rides around home in an enjoyable way. All this and we live up a long and steep hill.

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  7. Wes O.

    My friends and family were shocked

    Wes O.

    My friends and family were shocked when I told them that my new bike cost $5,000. But I tell them that I didn’t buy a bicycle, I bought a car replacement. Everything I used to do in a car, I now do on my e-bike. The difference? I have a hell of a lot more fun on the bike. My quality of life has improved dramatically – and it cost me a lot less than a second car would.

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  8. Rajesh S.

    I sold my car

    Rajesh S.

    Just a note to share with anyone considering the purchase of an RFA. I had deliberated over this considerable purchase for quite a while. I’ve had my RFA for about 3 weeks and have clocked 125 miles. I also took what some may see as an extreme step and sold my car. I did this to ensure that I only had one mode of transport. I’m enjoying the RFA tremendously. Using an eBike as my only transport has exposed me to an entirely different world. I look forward to my daily jaunts and find that I’m more focused in the present. I’m enjoying the ride to my destination, watching the world slowly drift by. On a bike, one notices the world around them much more and that makes me feel more connected to my surroundings. I’m using it for everything including groceries, gym, coffee shops\restaurants and even big box stores. I stopped by a local nursery and picked up several plants, carefully placed them in my panniers and off I went. I also have the Snackbars and Magic Carpet. My 13 y.o. says she feels comfortable and safe on the back. When we ride 2up, I do notice her weight but the bike is so stout it doesn’t affect how the bike handles remaining secure and sure footed. The ergonomics of the RFA are exemplary. It has a comfortable and upright seating position. Handlebars position and the grips in particular are very comfortable. The wide grip supports my palm so well, alleviating fatigue on longer rides. I’m in a very hilly area and the Gen2 motor is more than capable. I do use eMTB and Turbo the most due to the gradients but even on the steepest of hills I’m seated and pedaling away comfortably while the assist is making all of the difference. It’s the perfect combination of human effort and electric assist. I get my workout, my heart rate is elevated and my legs are getting their workout but the assist elevates what was previously a painful slog into a smile-inducing ride. I could never do this on a traditional bike. More generally, there are many subtle benefits which I never thought of. I roll right up to my destination and lock up by the entrance. That’s the most ViP parking you can get! During high traffic times I’m moving more quickly than cars. I also find that I’m in a better mood and I am insulated from the aggressiveness that comes with driving. Overall, I find the RFA to be very well-made with great attention to detail. The frame is stout and the bike is confidence-inspiring. The hydraulic brakes are outstanding enabling me to stop quickly. This is very important when loaded with gear, groceries and loved ones. Customer service has been exemplary. If you’re thinking of an eCargo bike give Xtracycle your consideration. I’m quite certain you will be very pleased.

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  9. Erin G.

    A wonderful bike for a short woman

    Erin G.

    The RFA is a wonderful bike for me, a short woman (5’2″) and my three kids (2, 4, 7). We can zip around town, even in the 100 degree heat, and really enjoy talking about what we see. It was a bit of a learning curve figuring out how to balance the bike with 2 kids (third in the trailer) but I am really glad I stuck with it. After 2 weeks it feels like second nature and the kids are always asking to go by bike! I love, love, love my bike.

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  10. Kori Q.

    The best customer service

    Kori Q.

    This RFA is our third e-cargo bike and by far the stiffest and nicest ride. I love all the bags, especially the PorterPack. My kids love “Momma’s big bike” and my partner has a second seatpost and saddle so we can easily share the bike. Xtracycle customer service and home delivery were the best customer service experiences I have had in years! These bikes are worth every cent! Ditch your car and go sing, giggle, bird watch, and enjoy life on one!

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  11. Richard H.

    Richard H.

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  12. Stephen M

    Customer service is amazing

    Stephen M

    I love my new RFA!! The quality and customer service experience is absolutely amazing.

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  13. Jason A.

    Remarkable experience

    Jason A.

    Top notch experience to go along with a top notch bike. Very rarely these days does an e-commerce company delivery on all of its promises, but Xtracycle did that and then some. Not only did I purchase one of the best e-bikes on the market, but the experience I had doing so was so remarkable. From the shopping experience, to the purchase experience, to the delivery experience, everything went so well that as soon as I got on the bike and it delivered what I was promised, I knew I had made the right buying decision. Every time I ask my 3 and 5 year old children if they want to go for a ride and they scream “YES!” my dreams for this bike are validated. This time in their lives is so precious and I so glad we have this tool to help us make memories together. Thank you Xtracycle.

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  14. Philip B.

    Love my RFA!

    Philip B.

    I love my new RFA Utility! I have literally been researching cargo bikes for four years (ever since my first kid was born) but because they are a significant investment and since I was making do with my commuter-bike-turned-family-bike I put off purchasing one. But when my wife got pregnant with our second kid, we set a savings goal to purchase an electric cargo bike by the time he was 9 months old. The RFA Utility had all the features I was looking for to make the bike versatile and easy to use: ability to carry two kids + cargo, a front rack, at least 24″ wheels to better handle trails, a powerful mid-drive motor, ability to transport on a regular bike rack and a stable kickstand. The RFA provides all those features but with the awesome bonus of being able to reconfigure it someday with 26″ wheels when I’m no-longer carrying kids on the back. And the components already spec’d on the build are great and very high quality (I’m particularly impressed that the bike is spec’d with Ergon grips, which is an upgrade I usually have to make on a new bike). Once I got the bike, I was impressed by how effortlessly and quickly I hit the 20mph cap on assistance. That’s not to say I’m not still getting exercise. With and without cargo this bike handles great. The kickstand is so stable my 4 year old climbs on and off the bike over the hooptie rails all by herself without me needing to steady the bike. In the end, I don’t feel like I had to compromise on anything on my wishlist with this bike. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the performance of my RFA Utility and I think it represents an unbeatable performance to value ratio.

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  15. Suzanne S.

    Smiles all around

    Suzanne S.

    Riding through town with my 6 yr old hugging my waist, no gas, no car just the wind in our face, and smiles all around.

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  16. EJG

    Great bikes

    EJG

    Great riding bikes with quality components and phenomenal customer service!

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  17. Chris B.

    Best decision

    Chris B.

    This bike is the best decision I have ever made. My family is working on completely eliminating using gas vehicles.

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  18. Jonathan McPhie

    So happy I purchased

    Jonathan McPhie

    Perfectly named “Ready for anything” bike. Powerful motor reliably gets the bike to speed. Back deck/rack comfortably handles an adult passenger and/or groceries. Rides smoothly and is a joy to ride. So happy I purchased this bike!

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  19. Jordan G

    Jordan G

    The Xtracycle team from start to finish was right there with me to support my journey into a cargo bike. Personal attention to detail the entire way and it continues well after you receive your bike

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  20. Jonathan J.

    Changed our lives

    Jonathan J.

    Buying an Xtracycle RFA utility and sport has changed our family’s lives. Being able to go on family rides with both our kids and also carry gear or groceries is incredible. These bikes have enabled us to get outside and get exercise while our kids get to have a fun ride. Definitely made the right decision when purchasing the RFA. Especially love the packages and ability to customize on the Xtracycle website.

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  21. Colette H.

    The best cargo bike money can buy

    Colette H.

    Xtracycle is hands down the best cargo bike money can buy. I bought an RFA and it rides like a dream. The electric assist motor is quiet and the different assist modes are perfect for any type of terrain you encounter, even with carrying groceries, dog and a passenger. The customer support is above 5 stars.

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