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Old 12-09-08, 03:26 PM   #26
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The review is up at groups.yahoo.com.
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Old 12-09-08, 03:27 PM   #27
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My biggest problem with the Cobra is the stupid little snake emblem that looks like it has a toothache from an impacted molar. How do you take anything seriously when it looks like that???
Doncha see?? The humiliation factor goes up several orders of magnitude when you drop roadies riding a 'bent with a logo like that.

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The one flaw is that it doesn't seem to have luggage capacity. Touring is the whole point of a bike you put in a suitcase. But towing the suitcase is always an option.
You could always get a pair of saddlebags that hang off the side of the seat from http://www.radicaldesign.nl/. I borrowed a 70 liter (that's 4300 cubic inches) pair on tour in the Netherlands and they were great. They hold the weight low and made the bike feel very stable. I made my own pair from some waterproof GAP messenger bags that I got on sale for $12
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You could always get a pair of saddlebags that hang off the side of the seat from http://www.radicaldesign.nl/. I borrowed a 70 liter (that's 4300 cubic inches) pair on tour in the Netherlands and they were great. They hold the weight low and made the bike feel very stable. I made my own pair from some waterproof GAP messenger bags that I got on sale for $12
Thanks! Another person from the folding forum. I suppose there is something addictive about weird looking bikes.
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Nice to pull a thread like this back up . . .

Is ActionBent any better/worse than people thought a couple years ago? Have they worked through any customer service issues and do their bikes hold up over time?

I'm looking at getting a relatively inexpensive, fast 'bent and AB looks attractive from that angle. Is something like a mid-racer too much bike for a new 'bent rider?
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Thanks! Another person from the folding forum. I suppose there is something addictive about weird looking bikes.
He he! I guess it's just that once one lets go of preconceived notions of what a bike "should" look like, then one is more open to persuasion about the functionality of different bike types...? That's my pop-psych take
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Is ActionBent any better/worse than people thought a couple years ago? Have they worked through any customer service issues and do their bikes hold up over time?
The best place for this question is probably the Yahoo forum linked above.

Anyway, from my own experience and that on the Yahoo list, I think that most people have an ok experience dealing with Actionbent. My ordering process was ok, but there was a long delay in shipping and it was practically impossible to get hold of anyone by email or phone. When I did get hold of Steve he was helpful and certainly not grouchy like his online reputation. It turned out there had been a serious illness in the family, and they threw in a load of free stuff to compensate - I almost felt guilty being impatient about the delay. The build was easy following the instructions.

I like the bike (a Tidalwave 3) a lot, it's quite a quality piece of kit. The fact that it cost 1/3 of my previous bent makes me feel much more comfortable using it in "the real world" - I can even leave it locked up outside while running errands without feeling paranoid My Challenge Hurricane (full suspension Tour, disk brakes, the works) was an awesome bike, but I couldn't make myself leave $3000-worth of bike locked up outside. Hence, the bike had no transportation value to me.

My only change in the 2 years I've had the bike was to fit Schwalbe Big Apple tires. I'm very suspicious about non-suspended bikes with aluminum frames, especially on the bad roads here. It's a recipe for failure at some point. The Big Apples certainly reduce the shocks to the frame, and still roll pretty well.
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Old 12-13-08, 01:03 PM   #33
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I'm looking at getting a relatively inexpensive, fast 'bent and AB looks attractive from that angle. Is something like a mid-racer too much bike for a new 'bent rider?
You can handle it if you exercise a little patience. With your first bent, you may have to dial your expectations down for 3-4 months until you get 'bent fit'. Also realize that it might not be the easiest thing to ride in the very beginning. Again, give it some time and practice. Most likely, you will immediately gain in ride comfort, and the lower position will feel faster. But a measurable increase in speed may come only after your muscles have adjusted. YMMV

I haven't purchased from AB, but recently there seems to be much more positive feedback than negative. If you really want fast, I'd get on the waiting list for the next batch of AB lowracers.

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My AB JetStream II was my first bent, and although it took me a few hours to get the hang of taking off, I really love it. Although it is heavier that many bents, it has held up very well for me. I got mine in Feb 08 and other than putting it together and about 2 months ago having to retighten the head, it hasn't needed any maintenance.

Oh, I did have the wheels trued after the first couple of weeks, but then I expected that. I just put a standard rear rack on it and my saddle bags from the DF and everything is great.

I did put on skinnier tires and that really made a difference in the speed. My only 'problem' was my knees. I put the clipless pedals from the DF on and ended up having to put spacers between the pedals and the crank arms. Wonderful starter bike for a bent in my opinion.
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