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Old 12-20-06, 04:49 PM   #1
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Anyone try the ilovebent.com trikes?

Does anyone have any reviews of these trikes to share?
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Old 12-20-06, 08:18 PM   #2
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No experience with them whatsoever, just an impression from the pics and specs on the site. They look like another of the genre of cheap models from the far east, which are invariably sold direct. Good way to sell cheap bents, but it's a bad idea for a newbie to get one unless you're a mechanic and/or have access to a machine shop.

As far as the designs go, they lost me when I saw they were using chain tubes instead of idlers to route the power side of the chain. Crappy design, IMHO. I predict that anyone getting one will have a major job ahead of them in order to make it work right.
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Old 12-20-06, 10:24 PM   #3
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Actually Korovan, BlazingPedals doesn't seem to recognize the trike on the site. It is the same trike being sold by Recumbent USA. These trikes are very similar to the Actionbent trike with two major exceptions: one, the actiobent is a hardshell seat instead of the mesh seat. This is a matter of choice, obviously; Second, these are NOT made by TW Bents of Tiawan. They are designed by the same designer as the Actiobent but are being made by other factories so they do not have the support of TW Bents. Recumbent USA is getting a real bad rap over some of the 'trash' they are selling. Several people have returned their trikes to Recumbent USA and were charged a 20% restocking charge. There is no service whatsoever at Recumbent USA. This hangs a user out to dry if anything needed replacing. The T-Wind is closely matched in components to the Actionbent Tadpole Trike but the T-Power is way underspec'd for quality (Avid BB5 brakes are nice!). The lack of any specified warrantee, satisfaction/return policy, or anything specific at5 all on the ilovebent website would make me nervous.

Blaze, there is an idler well tucked under the seat. No one is dumb enough to curve a power side chain in a tube [no offense!]

I opted for the Actionbent Tadpole Trike and am WAY happy with it.
Check out the Actionbent Forum: HERE (must be a Yahoo Member)
Or search Bentrider Online and search "RecumbentUSA": HERE
And the Actionbent Tadpole Trike : HERE

Ohhh, and this review by Larry Varney : HERE <<== clincher
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Old 12-21-06, 07:13 AM   #4
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Blaze, there is an idler well tucked under the seat. No one is dumb enough to curve a power side chain in a tube [no offense!]
That is good to hear, at least. I was basing my thoughts on this pic, which certainly looks like they are making the power side take a curvy path via a chain tube. Maybe the tube in the pic just had a memory curve in it, something a heat gun could fix. I didn't see an idler in any of the pics.

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Old 12-21-06, 08:47 AM   #5
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The chain tubes used on recumbentUSA, ilovebents, actionbent and Rebel Cycles (my own company) are there mostly to protect your leg from getting covered in grease. It is possible to remove all but 6" or so of the tubes if you like. You'll still need one 4" bit to make sure the chain doesn't slap the cross member, and another 2" piece to guide the return chain around the idler.
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Old 12-21-06, 12:51 PM   #6
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Linear was dumb enough

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No one is dumb enough to curve a power side chain in a tube [no offense!]
Linear was dumb enough.

The Linear Mach III rear caliper brake actually contacts the chain when it's shifted onto the the biggest two sprockets. They attempted to remedy this design flaw by forcing the drive side down with a chain tube clamped to the bottom of the beam. You can see the clamp in the attached photo just under the Linear decal. If you look closely the downward bend in the drive chain is pretty evident, even though I'm not even on the either of the two biggest sprockets and on the smaller chainring. The easy fix is to mount an idler on the bracket, which is probably what I'll do. The more challenging solution would be to move the brake.

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Old 12-21-06, 01:19 PM   #7
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I stand corrected... Almost nobody
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Old 12-24-06, 12:24 PM   #8
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Does anyone have any reviews of these trikes to share?

I have had no experience with any of the three trikes whatsoever, and this is just my impression or opinion, after comparing the spec's on all three. The T-Wind IMHO would be the pick for me. The T-Wind offers the Dura Ace Bar ends wich are top line shifters, unlike AB's yuk Diacompe crap and the USA model is only 24 spds.
The T-Wind also offers the FSA ( Full Speed Ahead ) cranks wich again are a better set of cranks IMO than the plain Alloy of the others, most everything else is basically the same. The only other difference between the three is the price, the T-wind is a hundred dollors less in price. I also agree with BP it's a bad idea for a newbie to get one of these unless you're a mechanic and/or have access to a machine shop, they can be a nightmare. Save your money and buy a good trike from a good company.
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AB USA models 24 speed LOLOLOLOL Try SRAM 11-34 PG-970 9 speed.
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Old 12-24-06, 01:08 PM   #10
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AB USA models 24 speed LOLOLOLOL Try SRAM 11-34 PG-970 9 speed.

Try Centera 24 spd Sram. Check the Spec's 11-32 USA Recumbent DUH
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Old 12-24-06, 02:56 PM   #11
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AB = Actionbent...
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I Love Bent (owner)

I purchased one on ebay for $1291. with tax. I drove to Anaheim to get it to save the $128. shipping fee. I did not want to get one in a box as constructing these are fairly precise and was afraid of that task. I have had mine a year and it is mechanically sound. The front French tubes and tires I did not like! I had the rims drilled out to accept American made tubes and traded out the front tires as well for something more durable. Mine however is on ebay in item #130198184531 While I added rearview mirrors, I don't like pedalling in traffic. I like the beach trails in Buena Ventura CA. but can only carry one trike in my truck. If I am to take my wife or daughters with me, they have to rent bikes at the other end. Also having a Mountain Bike as well, being out of shape means more on a recumbent, because you can't use your weight to press down the pedals. The trike is more comfortable and more aero-dynamic, but your riding geography might need to be a consideration. I have to much traffic to stray out of my imediate neighborhood, but as a cycle its been a good ride.
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