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Industry Ticker: Xtracycle brings electric cargo bike tour to Portland

Posted by on June 22nd, 2015 at 12:40 pm

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An e-boost makes toting the kids easier.
(Photo: Xtracycle)


Even though they’re based in Oakland, California, the history of Xtracycle will always be intertwined with Portland. Their Freeradical conversion kit began taking over Portland back in 2008 and has turned thousands of locals into cargo bike believers.

Now Xtracycle (like many cargo bike makers) believes the next revolution for carrying stuff on bikes is electric power. The company plans to share their latest “Electric Family Cargo Bike” with Portland as part of their multi-state “Be Moved” tour.

Check out the details in the press release below:

Xtracycle Introduces New Electric Family Cargo Bike on U.S. Tour
Xtracycle launches all new EdgeRunner electric family cargo bikes on the multi-state Be Moved tour

OAKLAND, Calif. – June 18, 2015 – Family-friendly longtail cargo bike maker Xtracycle is inviting local community members to join them at bike shops along their multi-state Be Moved tour to test ride their all-new electric bike line. Equipped with integrated, maintenance-free Bosch electric motors, EdgeRunner electric bikes deliver a 50-275% boost whenever you want it. Neither hills nor sweat stand in your way — ride anywhere with ease, even when hauling large loads or with kids in tow.

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Crowning the new collection of bikes is the EdgeRunner 10E— the ultimate cargo bike. The pinnacle of cargo bike design, its longtail cromoly-steel frame and fork offer a stable and resilient ride, while the powerful integrated Bosch electric drive system, Shimano Deore hydraulic brakes, and premium puncture-resistant Schwalbe Big Ben tires round out the package.

“The 10E is everything I love in a cargo bike,” says G&O Family Cyclery owner, Davey Oil, of Seattle. “It’s freaking awesome.”

The Be Moved tour will have two stops in Portland.

  • Splendid Cycles on Thursday, June 25, 2015 between 4 and 6 PM
  • Clever Cycles on Sunday, June 28, 2015 between noon and 6 PM
  • Come out to test Xtracycle’s unprecedented line of electric bikes and meet Xtracycle’s inventor and cargo-bike pioneer Ross Evans. You can experience the Xtracycle EdgeRunner 10E, the Limited Edition 9E, and more on mini-bicycle adventures with up to 3 kids. The tour will be stopping in over 15 cities including Eugene, Portland, Seattle, Bend, Boise, Boulder, San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and more. Tell your friends.

    For tour locations and details, please visit: http://blog.xtracycle.com/news/xtracycle- be-moved-tour
    For more information about Xtracycle, please visit: www.xtracycle.com

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    Chris I
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    Chris I

    Anyone have $6,000 lying around?

    RH
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    RH

    It’s $6,000. Seems pricey but some folks spend at least $500/month on a car so if this helps replace your car, it pays for itself in a year….maybe even 6 months.

    Chris Anderson
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    Amory Lovins, efficiency expert, has a phrase “tunneling through the cost barrier.” A great example is a cargo bike replacing a car. Others are insulation so good you don’t need central heat. Tires so expensive they save you money on gas. Etc.

    Electric Mayhem
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    Electric Mayhem

    expensive compared to a standard bicycle, cheap compared to a car. If you ride it 12,000 miles in its lifetime, it will pay for itself and that’s if you only look at exchanging it for a car. If you look at the health benefits it will pay for itself much sooner.

    9watts
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    9watts

    Or we could compare the cost to a bike + trailer.

    Eric
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    Eric

    My electric edgerunner was custom-built at Splendid Cycles and didn’t cost that much, but has the 750W bafang motor in a standard bottom bracket. The bosch might be smoother, but IMO it is under-powered for real hills. Yet, 750W is not a good fit for a 10speed cassette. If I’m running WOT on flat ground, I have to skip gears and it helps to match shifts to the bottom of your pedal stroke to lessen the tension. Cadence is another issue — I would like to be able to pedal faster regardless of how much motor power I’m using, but power and crank rpm are tied together.

    As for the revolution: yes! Comparing to a car or minivan, the bike carries 2 kids and 4 bags of groceries with no trouble and is usually just as quick for a 2 mile trip. It weighs about 350lb total vs 3000. The bike has 1hp vs car’s 150. Car gets 30mpg, bike gets 900mpgE. Note: the power/weight ratio is only 5% as much as your station wagon, which is fine for short, low-speed trips.

    Don’t forget to account for making priceless memories for your kids. I think that comes to about $5/mile at a theme park.

    I wish mine had the braze-ons for mounting that new front fixed rack.

    9watts
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    9watts

    It seems to me from reading comments here for the past I don’t know how many years that a majority of bikeportland commenters fall into the buy-new camp when it comes to bicycles and related equipment. I only mention this because the world of bicycling looks quite different through the eyes of someone who buys everything or very nearly everything used, or finds it in dumpsters or on the curb.

    I sometimes wonder if there are more of you buy-used folks out there among the vast bikeportland readership?

    Glenn
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    Glenn

    #9watts,

    I just bought $130 worth of new parts for my 1991 Bridgestone CB-1. I replaced the whole drive train except the derailleurs. Used parts just don’t last very long. I hope that if I replace the chain every 2 or 3 years instead of waiting another 24, the rings and cogs might not wear so badly.

    I guess I fall in the camp of buying a good basic bike new, then maintaining or upgrading when and if needed. This is my only bike and I hope to keep it going for the rest of my life.

    Janet
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    Janet

    I, for one, love my electric-assist long-tail. It was very expensive, but since I bought it, I’ve replaced about 90% of my car trips with e-bike trips. I can see lots of families using these to reduce or eliminate their car ownership.

    bendite
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    bendite

    *low powered moped

    JBone
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    JBone

    We have been contemplating getting down to one car for along time and this might just be what need to push us over. Only issue I have with E-bikes is the excessive speed I’ve observed, mainly on the Springwater Trail.

    Scott Batchelar
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    Matt
    I have a Surly cross-check. I’ve contemplated upgrading to an e-assist for commuting. My ride is 30 miles round trip. You have any suggestions? I’d probably get rid of my car entirely.Recommended 0

    I’ve got a Surly Straggler outfitted with a 750 Watt Bafang that I purchased last year – I’ve put 5,000 + miles on it and love it.

    I’d contact either the E-Bike Store or Splendid Cycle for advice and spec’s another possibility might be a Bionx System

    Eric Iverson
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    Eric Iverson

    I’ve only bought two new bikes: 1 when I got my first job at 15, which I still have, and the 2nd this year at the age of 33. All 8 of my other bikes have been used or saved from going to scrap. Additionally, I have a cargo swing bike with a hub motor which I love. I can mount a grill to it, carry all the charcoal I need, and pull a trailer with a cooler full of barley-pops, with lawnchairs and a table up to the top of tabor with a single speed (kind of)

    I’m all for e-bikes if it gets people out of their cars.

    Eric
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    Eric

    It’s way cooler to buy 10 of these and give 9 to your friends/neighbors than to buy a new electric car.