Overall, we were very impressed with the Xtracycle Swoop. It’s a well-designed electric cargo bike that is perfect for urban commuters and families looking to transport all kinds of cargo around town. Whether you’re commuting to work, running errands, or just taking a leisurely ride, the Swoop is a great choice. As far as ride feel goes, the steel frame and the Schwalbe tires really make this bike comfortable to ride. The geometry of the Swoop and the rider position are what make a huge difference when riding this bike. The super low step-thru frame sets you up for greater success especially when you’ve got it heavily loaded. Cargo bikes aren’t necessarily sport performance machines, nor are they cross-country touring bikes. That being said, as a rider you’re likely to be in your everyday clothes and doing short distances throughout the day. With my average commute of about 5 miles one way, pedaling in casual wear didn’t phase me, at 6’ tall I found the reach and pull-back bars to really put me in a comfortable upright position. It has a lot of adjustability in the seat height as well and our others testers found it easy for them to quickly drop the seat height and be off and going.
This brings me to my last outstanding detail on our impression of the Swoop. As a cargo bike how does it pedal loaded? Well for one its a long bike, mainly a lot of length behind you. I’m sure for most, you would think that navigating tight turns and balancing a long bike would be tricky, but to no surprise its hardly noticeable, and when mentioning adjusting seat height for other riders, none of them commented on feeling the additional length behind them. The Swoop being rather low helps to keep things balanced and comfortable when riding.
Not exclusive to the feel of riding the Swoop, but the support from Xtracycle with their wide range of accessories really is a standout feature of buying into the Xtracycle world. From various bags and racks to handrails and pads for carrying kiddos around, it shows that they have put a lot of thought into the ecosystem of their bikes and that it doesn’t stop with the bike itself and expands to the endless ways to use it.