Friday, February 13, 2015

DIY Longtail of the future: Xtracycle MegaRack

A Surly Krampus with a MegaRack and kid seat. Looks like fun. Images in this post are from Xtracycle.
I ordinarily post only photos and content that I've created, though I occasionally make an exception. This is one of those occasions. The images in this post came from a Google Hangouts video hosted today by Ross Evans of Xtracycle, in which he announced a replacement to the vaunted Xtracycle Freeradical bolt-on kit that was retired last year. I have long been a fan and DIY enthusiast of Xtracycle, and beside my Big Dummy, have owned two Xtracycle Freeradicals.

The new Xtracycle bolt-on looks to be an improved and more capable design, called the MegaRack. It is designed to be considerably more beefy and stable than the old Freeradical, with versions for multiple tire/wheel sizes, including 29+. For me, this is great news, as in the past few years, I've discovered that 29-inch wheels are more compatible with my height and preferred fit of a bike, and the larger diameter wheels excel for much of how I ride.

Functional though it may be, the Xtracycle Edgerunner never appealed much to me, with its 20-inch rear wheel. I understand that designing a cargo bike around a smaller diameter wheel lowers the center of gravity and makes for a stronger wheel, but small wheels are not ideal for the rough surfaces where I like to go, and make for a more jarring ride elsewhere. I've nearly maxed out the clearance on my Big Dummy with 26" x 2.3" tires, so the possibility of going much bigger has me cogitating. As a matter of fact, with a set of 29+ wheels, the new MegaRack would make an unsuspended 29er like my Monocog 29er quite a viable supersized cargo and passenger machine. It's hard to say when or if I'll get my hands on a MegaRack, but it appears to be more than worthy of consideration.

CAD images of the MegaRack design. Via Xtracycle.
A MegaRack on a folding bike. For this, 20-inch wheels make sense. Via Xtracycle.
Ross showing the new, more stout chainstay bridge connector. Welcome indeed. Via Xtracycle


  1. Krampus + MegaRack... very exciting!! My connection not good enough to watch the whole video. Any idea when it's due out?

    1. Hey Cass,

      The video didn't have much in the way of details on release dates, but the hints that I've seen are that availability may be later this year. It looks like a MegaRack would make a nice addition to your family off-road setup. I hope all is well with you.


  2. Andy, it's (semi) official. I'll be flying out of Denver on May 5th to the UK, with entourage. Be great to try and see you think time!

    1. Yes, it would be great to see you, too. We should be in town, so just let me know when you get here.