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 move and 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 at first — and then … it wasn’t. Sedentary, disconnected, sitting in traffic, feeling like part of the problem.
But still you took cars for granted, because “everybody” said, “Well, of course you need a car to do that.” And yet there was a nagging little voice that didn’t go away. It didn’t quite believe what “everybody” said.
It was right all along, that voice. There is a better way. And that feeling of freedom you had when you were 10? It was still there waiting for you. You just had to get off your butt and go look for 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.
The RFA Utility is the best incarnation yet of the reason the bicycle was invented.
No, not “recreation” — “transportation!” Meet your new do-anything, never-let-you-down pal.
Out of the box, it’s an agile, fun, electric-assist mid-tail cargo bike.
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, you ask?
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.
You can go short, or you can go long.
That’s how the RFA is both a midtail cargo bike and also a utility bike with a standard wheelbase.
Paired with our wide selection of quality, optional cargo add-on components, we can set up just the bike for your life. And as your needs change, the bike can change. (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
Now listen up: The RFA is our newest bike. It is delivering now. But we are making only 100 in our first batch.
Are you ready … to be Ready for Anything?
Make an appointment to chat with a member of our expert customer happiness team.
We don’t do the fast-talking, high-pressure sales thing. We simply want to answer any questions and help you make the best choice for your life.
Ready to buy? Curious about options and pricing?
We do urge interested customers to set up a call so we can work to deliver you a bike exactly right for your life. But you can check out our “bike builder” to explore accessory options and pricing for the RFA.
The nitty-gritty features
Big Heart, Strong Bones: The RFAs’ sturdy-yet-supple 4130 chromoly frame is burly, built to last. It’s not only durably powder-coated on the outside but it’s 100% dipped – frame coated inside and out – with durable anti-corrosion ED black. We expect you to be riding it around the world and then handing it off to your grandchildren.
Bosch powered: All RFAs come with Bosch electric-assist. We choose Bosch because they meet our standards for quality and reliability. And it’s ridiculously fun and efficient. Choice of three motors (Performance, CX or Speed); and several battery configurations to meet your needs for range.
Where the rubber meets the road: The RFA comes with 24-inch wheels, for a lower stand-over height and lower center of gravity. Better for cargo. However the frame was engineered to accommodate 26-inch wheels. You can swap in bigger wheels if you prefer a more speedy commuter-bike feel.
Don’t be invisible: All RFAs come with front and rear Bright-Sight lights are built in, powered by the e-assist system. No changing batteries. No plugging them in. No forgetting them at home. They’re just always there, crazy bright, whenever you need them.
It piggybacks: If you need to piggyback on other forms of transportation, the RFA Utility — unlike longer cargo bikes — fits on most automobile bike racks and a standard bus rack (just turn the handlebars around to the front wheel is facing backwards and it will have a standard wheelbase).
Rock-steady: Super-stable jumbo center stand comes standard, for safe, easy loading and unloading.
Stopping power: Shimano Deore Hydro Brakes — suberb control and reliability.
Signature Safety Fork: Unflinchingly strong 4130 Chromoly fork with unfailingly steady Thru-Axle wheel mount.
Rear rack: The high-capacity RFA Utility MultiRack can carry 4 standard panniers (or a pair of RFA Cargo Bays or Slingsets) along with any of our 12 custom, configurable components such as: passenger bars, footrest, surfboard rack, baby seats, etc. (If you convert the bike to Sport mode you should change to the Sport MultiRack.)
Optional front rack: The frame includes integrated mounts for our standard front-mounted Porter Rack, which then can carry a roomy Porter Pack, for hauling lots of small or medium-sized items.
Assembled by pros: Every RFA we sell direct from the website is built up by our staff mechanics just the way you want it. It goes through a 71-point safety/assembly checklist. No assembly for you. None. No worries you’ve done something wrong. Just peace of mind.
Ready to ride: Then we ship it right to your door. 100% ready to ride. It’ll get lowered off the truck and with 10 minutes of unboxing, you’ll be out making the world a better place.
- How do I get my bike when it’s ready?
We will deliver directly to you using our Big Box of Happiness program. Your bike will arrive to the address you choose, 100% ready to ride.
- Is there a non-electric-assist version of the RFA?
- 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 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.