XtraCycle!

by Henry Kellogg November 21, 2018

XtraCycle!

XtraCycle is Bike Swift's favorite bike brand. We undoubtedly love others, but we haven't found a bike that so clearly embodies our values of quality, longevity, and utilitarianism. I built my first XtraCycle from an old touring bike using the FreeRadical cargo attachment (now updated to the Leap), electrified that bike, and discovered the fantastical world of electric cargo biking. Later, in 2013, I built an Edgerunner complete cargo bike up and still ride that bike on a near daily basis today. I expect that bike will last many, many years to come. 

XtraCycle was founded by Ross Evans, who took a break from his Stanford engineering studies to volunteer in Nicaragua. There he designed and fabricated cargo bikes to aid in the rebuilding of the war-torn country, employing and empowering disabled veterans. Here's a great video on the company's history:

In a funny parallel, Bike Swift followed a similar trajectory (albeit in a smaller way): in 2011, I studied abroad in southern India and built a couple longtail cargo bikes (that is, a cargo bike with an extended wheelbase to the rear) as a student volunteer project. As far as I know, they're still in use!

Henry, Bike Swift's founder, on a longtail cargo bike that he built in India 

XtraCycle has been through many twists and turns over the last two decades, but it continues to stay true to those core values. Today, XtraCycle has 2 primary products and a host of accessories to complement them. The EdgeRunner is XtraCycle's complete bike, and it uses a 20" rear wheel to lower the cargo area's center of gravity. The Leap (previously FreeRadical) is XtraCycle's bolt-on cargo bike converter, able to turn nearly any conventional bike into a cargo bike. Both happen to pair very well with our electric assist systems!

Ross Evans, XtraCycle CEO, at Bike Swift's Seattle shop. Sharp-eyed viewers might notice a novel bike in this shot...

Ross visited Bike Swift recently, and it was great to talk about the future of electric utility bikes. Stay tuned for a new bike announcement from XtraCycle, and more powerful and feature-rich electric assist system from Bike Swift that will be the perfect partnership for XtraCycle's product line.

EdgeRunner "Swoop", the sexy minivan of bikes, with Bike Swift's Meridian kit installed. Starting at $2,995!




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