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Shockcraft Cargo Bike

Shockcraft Cargo Bike

Posted in News By Shockcraft & Biken  19 September 2023 9:40:18 am NZST
Cargo BikeEveryone loves a good cargo bike.  We've built a new Shockcraft longtail cargo bike using a mix of new, rescued and refurbished parts.

We rescued, drilled and refurbished a ~2007 Specialized Rockhopper frame, rust killed and repainted an Xtracycle FreeRadical cargo bike kit (silver in photos) & fitted a brand new Manitou Circus suspension fork with SUNringle front wheel, with a cluster of other new, new-old-stock and solid existing parts.

Xtracycle made the FreeRadical kits from 1995 to 2013.  They are an extender which turns a 26" bike into a longtail cargo bike with a deck, bags, foot rests and a whole catalogue of accessories from companies like Surly.

Installed on the front is a Manitou Circus Expert jump fork. Why a jump fork?  Because they're strong AF, have a 20 mm axle, are sprung and damped firm enough and have a straight steerer. On a longtail bike you have almost double the normal weight on the front and jump forks work perfectly with that.  Details on our cargo bike suspension options are here.

This thing is great fun.  It's fast and incredibly stable.  It's got the gears for slow uphill and fast down.  It's also quicker around town than a car - because parking is anywhere.

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Notable parts:

Rockhopper frame drilled for dropper cable and new cable mount screws
Xtracycle FreeRadical with deck, bags and foot-rests
Manitou Circus Expert fork - Coil spring, ABS+/TPC damper, 100 mm travel, straight steerer, 20 mm non-boost axle
Monocrome MC18S headset by Shockcraft
Monocrome MCEBB201 external bottom bracket by Shockcraft (GXP compatible)
SRAM GXP cranks (new old stock)
Shimano XT/Deore 3x9 drivetrain
SUNringle SRC front hub with SR22 tubeless ready rim
ProTaper 720 mm bars on Kalloy Uno 45 mm stem
30.9 x 150 mm Canyon dropper to fit all riders at push of a lever
Surly deck pad and rear seat handlebars
Wheels MFG derailleur hangar
Custom 3D printed cable clips for the dropper
M-Wave Freedom SL Alloy Pedals
Heavy Duty kickstand

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