I don't own an Xtracycle so I can't comment on it but the Ute is great! I have hauled some crap miles from my house. The weight seemed to be evenly distributed yet the bike still wobbled. After pedaling a few times, I was able to press on as if I were on a hybrid. My only complaint about the Ute is that the ride is goofy. I feel as though I am on a bike that is too small for me while pedaling. I am 5'6". It takes some time getting used to.