Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
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Linear was one of the recumbent 'price leaders' 10-15 years ago. Like Bike-E, they were not known for their performance, they were known for getting people into bents cheaply. Linears had a reputation for being creaky, due to their riveted construction. My analysis is that they had problems competing with the higher quality brands even considering their price. At any rate, they eventually went belly-up.
Then, several years ago, the rights to Linear were bought out by Bicycle Man in Alfred NY, who resurrected them. It appears that they will introduce a SWB this year.