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Old 04-26-05, 03:30 PM   #1
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A new RANS V2 or an Easy Rider Tour EZ?

Hi all,

I am new in the the world of recumbent bikes although I'd had an old Bike E since 1997 and have started riding it again. I find it to be very comfortable.

I'm a 60 year old female, 5' 1 01/2" tall, my X SEAM seems to be 37", I have a bad back, neck, and knees. We have no bike shops out here which carry recumbents so I have to buy online.

Also "seat comfort" is of utmost importance to me.

The 2 bikes in question are the Easy Rider Tour EZ and the RANS V2. I've called both companies for specs.

The Easy Rider, now $1999.00, would have to fit me to an extra small bike. It also weighs a bit over 30 pounds.

The LANS V2 has an adjustable seat which covers X SEAM sizes of 35" to 45". It only weighs 37 pounds and is made for speed.

The seat height on the LANS V2 is lower to the ground than the Tour EZ.

Can anyone help me out here to make a good decision?

Thanks so much!
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Old 04-26-05, 03:50 PM   #2
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I need to make a correction.

I meant to say "Easy Racer" not Easy Rider.

So the 2 bikes are "Easy Racer Tour EZ and RANS V2.

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Old 04-27-05, 11:32 AM   #3
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That sounds a little heavy for a V2, unless it's loaded up with equipment. If you're using weight as one of your factors, I'd say the two are very close.

Also, the Rans counterpart to the TE would be the Stratus, a very fine bike, with a VERY comfortable seat. If speed is an issue, then the V2 may be a bit faster, and it still has the same comfortable seat, although the specs may not be quite on the same level. For true comfort, I have preferred the lwbs like the Stratus.
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Hi Glasspacker and thanks for your reply.

I'm not educated yet on LWBs. Aren't Easy Racers LWB?

I've upgraded my thinking to Easy Racer's GRR. It's lightweight and fast.

I like the RANS stratus but would it be fast and easy to climb mountains (on paved roads) and go into the fierce winds we have out here?

I'm SO eager to get a good bike!!!!

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Old 04-27-05, 02:03 PM   #5
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Yes, the TE is a LWB. I think of the V2 as more of a clwb (compact) with a higher bottom bracket (height of your feet). I haven't owned a TE, but I have owned a Stratus and V2. I took the Stratus on RAGBRAI (in Iowa) for 500 miles, and some rolling hills. It was an easy ride, and I didn't think it was slow or hard to climb. If you have the dough for a GRR, then go for it. I'm sure a GRR owner will post on this soon, but I would guess you can't go wrong for comfort and speed combination.
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Yes, the TE is a LWB. I think of the V2 as more of a clwb (compact) with a higher bottom bracket (height of your feet). I haven't owned a TE, but I have owned a Stratus and V2. I took the Stratus on RAGBRAI (in Iowa) for 500 miles, and some rolling hills. It was an easy ride, and I didn't think it was slow or hard to climb. If you have the dough for a GRR, then go for it. I'm sure a GRR owner will post on this soon, but I would guess you can't go wrong for comfort and speed combination.
Yes, since I stopped seeing doctors, I have the dough to pay for a more expensive bike.

I invite any and all GRR owners to respond since I have a question about their seats which is my only concern regarding them.

Thanks, Grasspacker.
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Old 04-27-05, 03:50 PM   #7
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New word(s) for today: RECUMBENT BUTT (Many TE, GRR, TiRush owners clearly understand this one, but fail to openly discuss it. (It's also responsible for one of the longest threads on ER's forum):

http://www.easyracers.com/vbb/showt...at&pagenumber=1
Thanks!!! I don't want this problem.

The one person who got over this problem without hassle (but with money) bought an Easy Racer TI. Does that utilize a different seat?
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New word(s) for today: RECUMBENT BUTT (Many TE, GRR, TiRush owners clearly understand this one, but fail to openly discuss it. (It's also responsible for one of the longest threads on ER's forum):

I will be happy to give you an honest answer about "recumbent butt". This condition is caused by having the back of the seat in an upright position. One can eliminate this problem by reclining the seat back. It doesn't take much. I will take issue with your above comment referring to the idea that only EasyRacer "Bents" cause "recumbent butt". I own both a TE and a Ti-Rush (Miss Ti-Lizzie) and I will tell you with the upmost vocalization that I have never had "recumbent butt" with the above mentioned "Bents". My first experience with RB was with my first recumbent a Bike E RX. My second experience was on a Burley Hepcat but I blame that on the Corbin seat. My question to you. Have you owned or riden at great length any of the above mentioned "Bents"? In reference to the Rans Stratus I can only relate that one of my riding friends rides one and he is very happy with the performance and comfort. I can still beat him on most power rides and on hills with my Miss Ti-Lizzie . Both the EasyRacers and the Rans Stratus have been around for many years and each have a very loyal following. If you criticize either than most riders will take it personally. It's like you criticize one of their children. Mpoinar, you couldn't go wrong with the pruchase of either the GRR or the Rans Status!!! I PERFER MY TI-RUSH (MISS TI-LIZZIE) but I guess I am prejudice. By the way MagicFingers I have been a recumbent rider for many, many years and have owned and riden many different styles of "Bents". At this current time I have eight (8) different rides in my personal stable so I feel qualified to answer your quote. Good Luck Mpoinar in your quest.

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Hi Carpe Diem,

Thanks for your input. I've been researching and calling around and am just so confused over to buy a GRR (OR what you have which is the TI-Rush) or a Rans Stratus. I am so concerned about seat comfort and outstretched arms on the Easy Racer that I may just go and order the Rans Stratus because at least I know for sure I'll have the best seat on the market! But how will it go up hills?

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Old 04-27-05, 10:56 PM   #10
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Helloooo.....

I'd like to ask a few questions from this last post.

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Please reread mpoinar's, post. She specifically asked about the ER's seats (go ahead and check... i'll wait). Therefore, I specifically addressed her question. Had she asked about the RANS seats, I would been equally specific.
Ok I want to know about the RANS seats since the seat seems to be my main concern here. How ARE the RANS seats? Are they adjustable? Comfortable? Do the rub anywhere on a short person's legs?


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And with a 37" x-seam on an x-small TE, I'm probably better qualified than most.
Your x-seam is the same as mine. What was your experience on the x-small TE bike?

Eagerly waiting
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Mr. MagicFingers: "That's interesting, Mr. Duck."
Please do not call me Mr. Duck!! I did not refer to you has Mr. "MF". Just call me DR. And the correct spelling of Duck is Duk!! I don't have feathers around my An--!
" So, why does Easy Racers continue assembling the bikes w/seat back always vertical?" Every "Bent" that is on the showroom floor has the seatback in the upright position. Seatbacks are not in a static position. After one purchases the "Bent" one will tweak the machine to his or her desires. Most of the complaints are about the "Kool Mesh " seats on the ER's.
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If you decide on the GRR and you are worried about the seat comfort, Rans makes a replacement seat to fit all EasyRacer "Bents". If You are worried about the handlebar reach most of the ER owners have installed the Kalloy Stem for easier adjustment. If You decide on a Stratus check out the new handlebar configurations. They are worth the time and effort plus cost.
JUST FOR MR. MAGIC: MY X-SEAM IS 45" BUT I am not mad at the world because of it!! And YES, Miss Ti-Lizzie and my TE are both XL!!!!!!

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If you decide on the GRR and you worried about the seat comfort, Rans makes a replacement seat to fit all EasyRacer "Bents".
They do? Where would I find that? I didn't realize that.

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If your are worried about the handlebar reach most of the ER owners have installed the Kalloy Stem for easier adjustment.
Is that a factory option from Easy Race?

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If You decide on a Stratus check out the new handlebar configurations. They are worth the time and effort plus cost.
Is the new configuration good?

Please excuse me for asking so many questions but:

1. I don't understand most of the language and bikes terms everyone uses so I need to ask for clarification. I have no idea what a Kalloy Stem is for instance.

2. Since I live in an area where the closest place for me to see ANY recumbent bike is over 700 miles away I'm trying to do all of this without even seeing the bike in person.

3. I've been too ill to travel. The only thing I can do right now is to get out and ride my bike a little.

That's why I'm relying on all of you to help me out and I am deeply grateful to you who have been doing so.

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I MADE A DECISION

Hello to everyone!

I've decided to order the Rans Stratus. There is NO way for me to test ride it any other way.

OK, everyone, get ready for this next one.

IF I don't like it, (the handlebars may be too close to me with the seat up) I may sell it or give it to my husband AND order the GRR!!

Even if I like it, I may STILL order the GRR. The Bicycle man from New York will give me a discount on the GRR if I order that also from him.

Cost will still be BELOW the cost of one Ti-RUSH.

Who knows, maybe I'll start selling recumbent bikes out here someday when my health is better?

I'm going to post this now and see what you all think. Yes, I can afford both.

Thanks all!
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I may just get the TI-Rush instead.

I talked with some bike experts and they directed me in that direction.

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Mopinar:
http://www.shoprans.com/Handlebars.asp Link to Rans for their handlebars and risers.



http://www.shoprans.com/Seat.asp Link to Rans for their upgraded seats for Easyracers.
http://www.gaerlan.com/bikeparts/parts/stem/stems.html Link to the Kalloy stems.

Congrats on the Rans Stratus. After you become accumstomed to "Bent" try a fairing (ZZipper or Mueller). It should give you additional performance. Just beware of strong crosswinds. When the time comes for other upgrades try Rotor Cranks. They should give you additional performance or climbing hills and extra speed on the flats. I have a set on my Ti-Rush (Miss Ti-Lizzie) and I love them. Here is the link for their website.http://www.rotorcranksusa.com/. Nothing but good reviews on your choice of Bike Dealers. Good Luck!!!! Dr. Duk

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Hi,

Thanks for these links and I've copied them all down and saved them.

I've stopped dead in my tracks for now after talking to a few people who thought the Stratus would be too big a bike for me. Oh I'm so confused.

I'm just sitting on all this information now and waiting for myself to become unconfused before making any more choices.

And we DO have very very strong crosswinds out here.

Thanks,
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http://www.shoprans.com/Handlebars.asp Link to Rans for their handlebars and risers.

http://www.shoprans.com/Seat.asp Link to Rans for their upgraded seats for Easyracers.
http://www.gaerlan.com/bikeparts/parts/stem/stems.html Link to the Kalloy stems.

Congrats on the Rans Stratus. After you become accumstomed to "Bent" try a fairing (ZZipper or Mueller). It should give you additional performance. Just beware of strong crosswinds. When the time comes for other upgrades try Rotor Cranks. They should give you additional performance or climbing hills and extra speed on the flats. I have a set on my Ti-Rush (Miss Ti-Lizzie) and I love them. Here is the link for their website.http://www.rotorcranksusa.com/. Nothing but good reviews on your choice of Bike Dealers. Good Luck!!!! Dr. Duk

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