March 15, 2019
Updated April 18, 2019, after I built and tested the bike. A photo gallery at bottom of the article.
Obviously the 24″ WheelsIn a departure from the smaller rear wheel of the Xtracycle Classic and Swoop Edgerunner frames, the Stoker introduces two 24” wheels with fatter tires for increased fun-ability on any surface.
Bigger Rear Wheel & Tire = More ComfortableOne of my main only complaints on the movement to smaller cargo bike wheels is that smaller wheels are stiffer and maybe less comfortable for the riders over that wheel. A year ago during a test of a Benno Boost E, without knowing it, my 3-year-old preferred the ride due to the bigger wheel or because “it didn’t hurt her bottom”.
Higher Rear Derailleur ClearanceIf you have read any of my online discussions about the 20″ rear wheeled cargo bikes, my 2nd biggest gripe is how close the rear derailleur is to the ground, sticks, curbs, and so forth. Most cargo bikes don’t have replaceable derailleur hangers (don’t ask me why..) so I’m a bit more protective of rear derailleurs on these smaller wheeled bikes. 24″ wheels mean it brings that rear derailleur away from the ground by hopefully 2-3” since the tire is slightly fatter too
Also available with the Performance CX or Speed Bosch motor options & 1 or 2 batteries. See below for more difference between the Stoker and eStoker
Xtracycle Part CompatibleIf you already have Xtracycle parts than they are interchangeable with this bike.
One Size FrameUnlike the Surly Big Easy, Xtracycle changes out their seatpost and stem to fit people differently instead of unique frame sizes. This makes life much easier on a bike shop but also means that handling may change between a size small, medium, large stem.
The Stoker and eStoker Pricing is in line with the Xtracycle Classic and Swoop bikes. Non-electric starts at $2,147 & electric at $4,497
1. Anyone looking for a cargo bike should try this one
2. Your riding is on rougher terrain or even some off-road
3. You like the classic look of a bike with a "normal" top tube instead of the steep top tube for stepping over
We are accepting preorders for the Xtracycle RFA and Stoker at Bike Shop Girl. Our first Xtracycle Stoker came in and out in less than 24 hours!!
Book an appointment or contact me if you are interested in figuring out if this bike is for you or you are ready to reserve your own.
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January 11, 2020
January 07, 2020
I talk about pedals a lot at the bike shop and while building up a customer's new cargo bike I was reminded about how much a good pedal can change the ride of a bike completely. Here are my musings for pedals on electric and cargo bikes but can probably be applied to any everyday style bike.
January 07, 2020
Welcome to "Bike Tip Tuesdays"! A lot of the articles I publish are bike tips but this series is to force my hand in creating one piece of content for every single Tuesday.
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