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Old 07-13-03, 09:58 PM   #1
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What do you think of the EZ Sport?

I'm thinking of moving up from my EZ-1 SC Lite to the larger frame and wheels of the the EZ Sport. I would like to hear any comments about the bike from those who have ridden it.

Thanks for the feedback
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Old 07-14-03, 11:32 AM   #2
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I just purchased an EZ1 Lite. What was your complaint?
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Old 07-15-03, 09:15 PM   #3
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Sorry, I've not ridden either, but from an esthetic viewpoint alone, the Sport appears more elegant. Maybe it's those classic curves? The larger wheels and round frame-tubing are improvements, too, in my opinion.
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Old 07-16-03, 08:26 PM   #4
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RodBrent,

The problem, from my point of view, is that the EZ-1 SC Lite has a frame that is too short for me. I am 5'11" and when I have the bike adjusted correctly for my x-seam I am too far back on the frame, placing too much of my weight over the back tire and not enough over the front, causing the bike to feel unstable.

The bike's main problem is the small front tire, only 16" which tends to plow into the dirt when you find a soft spot, which can suddenly slow or stop the bike. That can cause significant steering problems and cause a crash. Back in April the two problems combined with a bumpy and damp surface caused a crash and I broke my leg (11 screws and a metal plate now hold my healed leg together).

On smooth surfaces without surprises or demanding turns I really loved the bike. If you are of average size you will probably love the bike also.

As looks go, I really like the look of the EZ-1 over the EZ Sport, but I want that larger wheel and frame so I am going to make the switch.

I hope that helps
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Old 07-19-03, 10:41 AM   #5
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I have an EZ Sport I bought through the mail from Bicycle One. Its a very nice comfortable bike to ride. The steering is a little twitchy but you get used to it. Also, it isnt easy to start from a stop especially at a light when theres other traffic. You tend to want to pull back on the handlebars which will bend them back at the clamp...best to carry an Alien tool. You have to get used to just pushing on the pedal and not pulling back on the bars. Also, my derailuer will not cover the range of all eight gears. Either you get the top six or the bottom six. I have it set up so the bottom six are used...you really dont need the top gears it goes 25 mph at third from the top. So I never sent away to get a new shifter under warranty. Also the rear deraileur was broken on delivery but Bicycle One set a new one right away. A lot of negitive here, but I really like the bike its very well made the frame and all. The steel frame works great for me cant see the need to get the aluminum one.
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Old 07-19-03, 07:38 PM   #6
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I just got my EZ Sport! I've only had time for a couple of short rides and so far it strikes me as being a much better bike than the EZ-1 SC Lite that I used to have. The extra $200 seem to be worth the additional investment. The larger tires is a great improvement in ride and handling.

I haven't got it tweeked in yet. But, I expect that I'll have it dialed in in the next couple of rides. And, then I can write more.

One problem so far though, I haven't been able to tighten the handle bars down tight enough so that they stay where I want them. (Same problem Sport talked about.)

It is always fun to get a new bike, isn't it? It makes riding just a bit more fun, especially when it is an upgrade.

Ride safe!
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Old 07-20-03, 10:14 AM   #7
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Per the handlebars on the Easy Sport coming loose... I have my seat back pretty far and just barely touch the handlebars to steer, often riding with just one hand. If I wanted the clamp tighter Id take it apart and rough up the surfaces of the bars and the clamp with sandpaper. Also, you could put a shim under one side of the clamp equal to the distance between the halves of the clamp with the bars in place when the clamp is tight and crank down on it. So fsr I havnt done it.
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Old 07-21-03, 05:07 PM   #8
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Sport,

Thanks for the tips about the shims, etc. I think I'll have to do that.

But so far, overall, and it has only been a few rides, I really like my new EZ Sport. It is more stable and rides smoother than my old EZ-1 SC Lite. And, the larger frame fits my larger frame better.
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Old 07-26-03, 10:51 AM   #9
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I just received and email from the good people that make the EZ Sport and they say that they are sending me a shim to help me with my handlebar problem.

Cool!
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Old 07-27-03, 11:48 AM   #10
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Love that shim.
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Old 10-28-03, 09:41 PM   #11
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This seems a bit late, judging by the dates of earlier posts, but I ride the Sport Lmtd. Love it. Strong and stable. I'm not having the handlebar problem others mention. The starts and stops took a little getting used to but I ride it sort of like a swb, place the pedal in the power position, back firmly against the seat and push. Can't say that I've experienced any of the shifter or delailer problems either. Great Bike!
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Old 10-28-03, 11:54 PM   #12
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I've got an EZ Sport. I haven't had a problem with the handle bars. Maybe it was the way the dealer set it up. I did have a problem with only being able to shift through 7 gears though. I spoke with one bike shop owner about it one day when we stopped at the same place on the trail. He said his experience with the bike was that everything has to be lined up just right. I had may dealer adjust the shifting and everything has been fine since.
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Old 11-03-03, 04:42 PM   #13
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Last summer I took my wife to the bike shop and told her to pick out a 'bent, for which I would pay. I expected her to pick a Tailwind, but she took the EZ-Sport LTD. She is pleased with the ease of learning and stability. She has added cushions to the seat, partly because it is too hard and partly because the buckle in the back jabs her in the back. We also have problems transporting it because it is so huge, even with the front wheel off.
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I too have trouble transporting the bike. It's about 6 inches wider than my van. For most distances I just throw it on the rack and away I go. But for long distances in heavier traffic I'll take off the front wheel. I'd have to have a full size van to transport it inside the vehicle, which is preferable anyway.
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I'm thinking of moving up from my EZ-1 SC Lite to the larger frame and wheels of the the EZ Sport. I would like to hear any comments about the bike from those who have ridden it.

Thanks for the feedback
I tried the EZ Sport and EZ Rider back to back. Went with the EZ Rider with rear suspensio because every bump set a shot up my tailbone on the Sport. Otherwise they handled the same.
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Old 11-11-04, 02:46 PM   #16
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I test rode the EZ SC 1. I liked it but the tiny small front wheel really scared me. I bought the EZ Sport LE in Dec 2002. Love it! The "Schwinn cruiser" retro curves look good. I went LE because the aluminum frame is lighter and comes with a great component package. I also experienced the problem with the handlebars moving up & down. Sun Bicycles sent me the replacement shims for free. Took care of the problem..
I got the 'Blue" and silver paint scheme but I was unhappy with it because the blue was actually purple. So a year later I had the frame stripped then powder-coated in an industrial textured grey. Looks great.
I just bought a pair of "kneesavers" (pedal extenders) and after 4 rides with them, I definitely notice the difference. The pain in my left knee is pretty much gone now. (I'm riding in Shimano clipless pedals).
I also went to the smallest granny gear available (can't remeber the size/# of teeth), going up steep hills no problem. Great bike in my opinion.

Below is my response to the "recumbents and bad image" thread:

I'm new to this forum. I bought an EZ Sport LE about 2 years ago. As far as the whole "bent image" thing, I couldn't care less about how I look on which bike or what people think about me. I live in San Diego, California and while riding my recumbent I always hear positive remarks like "cool bike", etc. I've had many people ask if it's hard to ride, and my response is: "I'm pedaling a beach chair."
I've ridden the Rosarito - Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Ride every year for the last 4 years. This year (2004) in April was the first time on my EZ Sport. Before the ride I was worried that I would have to push/walk the thing up some of the steep grades, since the bike is quite heavy. I was pleasantly surprised that I could cruise up the hills. I even passed 2 or 3 roadies. And at 6 foot 200 lbs I'm no lightweight...
Lot's of other riders commented that I had the most comfortable looking bike they had ever seen. So yeah, comfort is why I bought this bike. I haven't had any injuries which "forced" me to buy this bike. I just got tired of the sore ass, wrists, etc.
So, refering to previous posts, don't be a "sheep" and be uncomfortable on a bike that takes the fun out of riding. I ride a full suspension mtb also. Nothing against road riders, it's just not what I want out of biking. I'm also afraid of getting taken out by the "soccer mom dialing her cell phone while driving a Ford Excursion". That's why I stick to bike paths.
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Old 11-11-04, 04:54 PM   #17
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I have an EZ sport LTD and really love it. It reminds me of my old Schwinn Stingray without the 2" slick, banana seat, and sissy bar. The steering is a little twitchy but not as hard to get used to as the Burley Koosah I demoed. I just put the fairing on it and am looking forward to the rain stopping so I can try it out. However, I've had the exact same problem with the handlebars slipping even with fairly light pressure. I'm going to contact Sun to see if I can get a shim sent to me a.s.a.p.
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