The Leap converts virtually any adult bike into a longtail cargo bike capable of carrying almost anything: passengers, groceries, or anything else you dream up.
The Leap is made out of steel, and is exceptionally strong and torsionally rigid.
The Leap will work on most adult bikes. Please download the compatibility guide for more details.
The Xtracycle Leap fits bikes with wheels of many sizes. For more information see our article Wheel sizes for Leap Conversion.
Yes, the Leap is great for both!
Yes! The Leap is compatible with all Xtracycle family accessories including the Hooptie, Leap U-Tubes, and Magic Carpet.
Yes! The Xtracycle Leap is compatible with Yepp Maxi EasyFit child seats. You’ll need to get the Yepp Kids Seat Adapters.
We highly recommend the X3 bags with Leap WheelSkirts or X2 bags (retired). More info on the X3 bag system can be found here.
It does but modifications need to be made. The Leap comes with a tailpiece that curves out toward the end of the bike. This allows the kit to accommodate fat tires. Our other bikes and kits have a tail piece that is flat and goes straight across the back of the bike. To modify the SideCar to fit, you will need to: remove the quill bolts and wedges, saw the quill down the fit inside the Leap tailpiece, drill a hole on the SideCar quill that aligns with the welded boss on the Leap frame, then secure the SideCar onto the frame with a bolt through the welded boss that will also go through the SideCar quill. If you do not have these tools available for such a modification, try reaching out to your bike shop to see if they are able to make the modification themselves.
The Leap kits don’t include the chain extension because there are so many different types of chain that vary greatly in price, speeds. We do have optional Leap length specific chain extensions available on the product page.
Ya sure can! The Leap kit will require a disc compatible rear wheel. Simply get your hands on a new or used rear disc-compatible wheel to use on the Leap portion of your cargo bike and keep your original brakes up front. You will then just need to purchase and install the rotor and caliper. Alternately, you could also have non-disc brake posts welded on by a local frame builder/metal shop.
Yes, a 20″ 135 O.L.D. rear disk wheel will fit. Currently we don’t have experience with this type of install – a good place to start might be a bike that came natively with a rear 20″ wheel like the Cannondale Hooligan. Other modifications would likely be required.
Currently, we don’t have a ready solution. If everything else is kept the same, a 3″+ drop will change geometry, deck slope, steering, etc.
Basically, yes. There is some adjustability afforded by the attachment system and depending upon the bike. It is largely driven by the BB drop (CS angle). The photo of the 650b+ grey and orange bike is not necessarily an accurate representation of how the Leap addition will affect geometry.
Correct. The challenge comes when you try to make one frame work for 26-29+ frames because the BB drop can vary greatly. Henry Kellogg is working on a calculator that will ultimately inform the boom tube angle.
In the intensive 4+ years of development, we explored many of these directions. With your involvement and ideas, the Leap will continue to improve over time. It turns out to be extraordinarily hard to make it affordable and adaptable to ALL bikes/ideas out of the box. However, you’ll find that the Leap Base Kit is highly “hackable” and a fantastic foundation for custom alterations. For deck “slope” it is possible to lift up and clamp the V-racks in the front or rear to make minor adjustments to the deck level (fore/aft). Changing the size of one wheel will change the bike geometry in as-yet-unknown ways.
It depends. If the O.L.D. can be increased on the wheel, it will fit (change axle, add washers). Most bikes have some ability to flex the chainstays/seatstays so 5mm shouldn’t be a problem.
It’s a Marin Pine Mountain 1.
Absolutely! Use our Yepp Kids Seat Adapters for use with the Yepp Maxi Easyfit seats.
The original KickBack will fit. However, it will need some modifications to match the shape of the boom tube and its spring pins replaced with M4 bolts.
There are two mounting positions for the Leap installation. One will extend your wheel base by 1’6″. The other will extend your wheel base by 1’3″.
Yes. It may be hard to make it work on some bikes but it should work.
The Leap kit weighs roughly 12 lbs. Here are the various parts of the Leap kit and what they weigh:
Leap frame = 2.3 kg
V-racks = 1 kg
FlightDeck = 1.4 kg
RackLocks = 0.25 kg
cable housing and bolts = 0.6 kg
WheelSkirts = 0.4 kg
(Weight does not without the wheel, derailleur, disc brake caliper and disc brake rotor)
The Leap U-tubes aren’t available anymore, however the standard U-Tubes can be modified using our adaptation guide.
Unfortunately that’s just a symptom of plus sized tires. On the up side, it won’t really effect the tire or chain in a hugely negative way. You can try re-dishing the wheel to the drive side just a little so the cassette is more drive-side than it already is. Another alternative is trying a bottom bracket or crank set with a wider Q-Factor / more outboard chain line than what is currently on your bike. Keep in mind that these two options are both pretty significant changes to solve a issue that won’t cause the tire or the chain to wear out faster than it would otherwise.
The tailpiece of the Leap kit will measure 36″ from the original drop out. The new wheel drop out will be 19″ past the original drop.
The Leap clamping plate measures 7.1 cm long by 3.1 cm wide with a 1 cm x 1 cm wide square hole.
No. The caliper will interfere with the Leap frame.
The threaded portion acts as a “pin” when inserted into the Leap frame boss. It does not actually thread into the boss, but instead sits within the unthreaded boss.
No. Essentially, if you get it bolted on, the angle of the plate which rests on the boom tube causes it to not sit flush. You can’t swing the KickBack 1 far enough down to keep it up. I tired it on my Leap at one point and it didn’t work.