In this article, we are digging into the new Xtracycle Stoker, a longtail with 24″ wheels front and back.
Key Features of the Xtracycle Stoker 24″ Wheeled Longtail Cargo Bike
Obviously the 24″ Wheels
In 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 Comfortable
One 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 Clearance
If 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.
Available in Electric and Non-Electric
Also available with 3 different Bosch motors options & 1 or 2 batteries. See below for more difference between the Stoker and eStoker
• Go: ActiveLine Plus with 400wh battery
• Wagon: Performance CX with 500wh battery
• Fast Lane: Performance Speed with 1000wh battery
Xtracycle Part Compatible
If you already have Xtracycle parts than they are interchangeable with this bike.
One Size Frame
Unlike 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.
Spec and Differences between the Stoker and eStoker
|Weight||50 pounds||Starting at 65 pounds|
|Frame||100% Chromoly||100% Chromoly|
|Fork||100% Chromoly||100% Chromoly|
|Brakes||Shimano BR-M396 Hydraulic / 180mm Rotor||Shimano Deore BR-M6000 Hydraulic / 180mm Rotor|
|Headset||FSA Mallet||FSA Mallet|
|Handlebar||Xtracycle Comfort Handlebar||Xtracycle Comfort Handlebar|
|Stem||60mm (Sm), 90mm (Med), or 120mm (Lrg) for Sizing||60mm (Sm), 90mm (Med), or 120mm (Lrg) for Sizing|
|Shifters||Shimano Acera SL-M3000 3x9 Speed Rapidfire Plus||Shimano Deore SL-T6000 10 Speed Rapidfire Plus|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Acera FD-T3000, Top Swing, Dual Pull||None|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Acera RD-M3000, 9 Speed Shadow Design||Shimano Deore RD-M6000, 10 Speed Shadow Plus Design|
|Crank||Shimano Acera FC-T3010, 170mm Octalink, 48x36x26T||FSA CK-745 for Bosch, 170mm, 19t Cog (CX) or 20t Cog (Speed)|
|Cassette||Shimano HG-200 11-34T||Shimano Deore HG-500 11-42T|
|Motor||N/A||Bosch Performance CX (20 MPH) or Bosch Performance Speed (28 MPH)|
|Battery||- -||400Wh, 500Wh, or 1000Wh (Dual Battery)|
|Chain||NOVE-91 - 9s||KMC X10E for E-Bikes|
|Front Hub||Shimano Deore XT HB-M8010 (15mm Thru Axle)||Shimano Deore XT HB-M8010 (15mm Thru Axle)|
|Rear Hub||Shimano Acera FH-M3050 (168mm QR)||Shimano Deore FH-M6000 (168mm QR)|
|Rims||24" Double-walled Alloy, 36H||24" Double-walled Alloy, 36H|
|Tires||Schwalbe Crazy Bob 24"x2.35||Schwalbe Crazy Bob 24"x2.35|
|Seatpost Collar||34.9mm Bolt-on Collar||34.9mm Bolt-on Collar|
|Seatpost||300mm (Sm), 400mm (Med), or 450 mm (Lrg) for Sizing||300mm (Sm), 400mm (Med), or 450 mm (Lrg) for Sizing|
|Kickstand||KickBack 3 Included||KickBack 3 Included|
Xtracycle Stoker & eStoker Pricing
The Stoker and eStoker Pricing is inline with the Xtracycle Classic and Swoop bikes.
Non-electric starts at $2,147 & electric at $4,497
Questions We Have Left to Answer
- How long is this bike compared to the Swoop or other longtails? What about compared to midtails?
- How difficult is it to get out the dual-batteries?
- How tall is the step over?
- What is the widest tire we can fit on the bike?
Who Is This Bike For?
I can’t fully answer this without knowing the length and step over height but I can tell you that I’m personally excited about this bike. We often take the path less paved, which leads to my kiddo complaining about her bottom hurting on bikes like the Yuba Spicy Curry, and Tern GSD. She doesn’t complain nearly as much on the Xtracycle eSwoop and I think that is mainly due to the nicer steel frame than what you find on the Yuba. I think the Xtracycle steel paired with 24×2.35″ tires will be a forgiving ride. I’m personally 5’10” so the taller wheels don’t bother me. This bike is calling me to take it bikepacking with 2 kids and all our stuff strapped on!
Near Denver and Interested in the Xtracycle Stoker?
We are accepting preorders for the Xtracycle RFA and Stoker at Bike Shop Girl. Contact meif you are interested in figuring out if this bike is for you or you are ready to reserve your own. My guess is the first round will sell out pretty quickly!
Look for a review in April after I have spent some extended time trying this bike out!