Xtracycle Swoop

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Release Year
Charge Time
10.2 Hours
Maximum Range
60 Miles
Top Speed
20, 28 mph
250 W
85 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
36V 17.5Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Gearing Type
62.9 lb
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Xtracycle Swoop. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

15 reasons to buy

  • Experts describe the Swoop as a "masterpiece" of "super-thoughtful design."
  • The low 18" standover height makes the Swoop easier to use.
  • The Swoop boasts a 400lb weight capacity, front child-seat compatibility, and a long rear rack compatible with a range of accessories.
  • Testers praise the bike's versatility and reliability, calling it "a delight" to ride.
  • According to reviewers, the Schwalbe Super Moto-X 2.4" tires offer plenty of traction and vibration-dampening.
  • Experts report that the "exceptionally sturdy and strong" chromoly steel frame has no discernible flex, even when fully loaded.
  • The mixed-wheel setup (26" front, 20" rear) lowers the center of gravity for enhanced stability.
  • Xtracycle includes footrests, full alloy fenders, lights, and a pannier bag with the Swoop.
  • The four-piston Tektro hydraulic brakes provide "impressive" stopping power.
  • A reviewer says the Swoop 20 mph's 11-speed SRAM drivetrain provides reliable shifting and ideal gearing for hills and heavy loads.
  • One tester compliments the "quiet" motor's gentle assistance and hill-climbing ability.
  • Reviewers believe Xtracycle's stated 60-mile range is realistic. One achieved 45 miles with two adults aboard.
  • An expert says the Swoop easily carries two or three small children plus several bags of shopping.
  • Xtracycle's lifetime warranty covers the frame and fork.
  • A tester says the Swoop's design makes it easy for riders to adapt to riding a big bike while carrying kids and cargo.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The Swoop lacks a throttle, so getting started from a stopped position with a loaded bike is challenging if the correct gear isn't selected.
  • A tester finds a full charge takes a lengthy 10.2 hours.
  • The Swoop is expensive, especially when adding accessories to customize the bike as a family car replacement.
  • The placement of the charging port behind the chain means the rider risks getting dirty when plugging the bike in.
  • The Swoop isn't compatible with the popular Yepp Maxi kids' seat.
  • This bike fits riders from 5'3" to 6'1". Fitting kits are required for riders outside this range.

Bottom line

The Xtracycle Swoop is a premium cargo e-bike with a 400lb payload capacity, room for multiple children, and a choice of two builds: 20mph or 28mph. Testers find little to criticize, with the main drawbacks being the lack of a throttle and the lengthy charge time. Experts call the Swoop a "true car alternative," praising the natural ride, "beautiful" handling, and quality design and components. Overall, reviewers feel this bike earns its high price with its combination of "fun" and functionality.

Expert Reviews

91/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews

E-Bike Review | Xtracycle Swoop | Highly Versatile Family Cargo E-Bike

The Xtracycle Swoop is not just an e-bike; it’s a true car alternative, purpose-built to adapt and evolve alongside your family’s needs. While its price tag may raise eyebrows… this isn’t just a purchase; it’s a long-term investment that promises to prove its worth over time.

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Electric Bike Journal

Electric Cargo Bike for the Family | Xtracycle Swoop Review

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.

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Two Wheeling Tots

Xtracycle Swoop Family Cargo E-Bike Review

We all quickly fell in love with the Xtracycle and found ourselves wishing we had bought one years ago! Whether the Swoop will 100% replace your car, be a part-time replacement, or just a seasonal one, the Swoop will certainly be a welcome e-bike addition to your family.

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Rascal Rides

Xtracycle Swoop Long-Tail Cargo E-Bike Review

The Swoop is a safe, comfortable, and functional e-cargo bike that is well worth its value.

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Ebike Escape

Xtracycle Swoop Review: Mountain Bike Performance and Capable of Cargo/Kid Hauling!

We’re in the premium mid-drive cargo category here, but there weren’t any corners cut in this long-tail cargo e-bike. It shows that Xtracycle has been in the cargo bike game since 1998.

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Emily Jeanne Feret

Review of the Xtracycle Swoop Cargo Bike

If you are in the market for a cargo bike, this is the one you need.

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