Someone just asked me (in another thread) about my new Nazca Gaucho. This model was recently introduced, so it might be handy to start sharing some info about it. Here is the brochure for the Gaucho.
Also, thanks to cod.peace for finding the image below.
You can check out the homepage too if you want to see the wide range of models Nazca offers. (Click on the British flag in the top left corner to switch to English.) And, yes, they do export (roughly half of their sales).
JanMM asked, “How effective is the rear suspension?”
Good eye! That is exactly the right question to ask, because it was the feature that really sold me on this ‘bent. I took test rides on 10 different ‘bents (all high racers—more or less). Here are the highlights regarding suspension. The Challenge Seiran was really stiff. I felt every little bump in the road. I have arthritis, so rattling these old bones down the road every day is not my idea of a good time. The Sinner Demon and Rainbow Lyra were much smoother and more comfortable. However, the Nazca Pioneer and Gaucho were both a giant step ahead of all the others. Both just floated over potholes and bumps in the road (a mix of brick roads and pavement). The ride was so smooth that I actually started aiming for every bump I could find to find out how bad it would have to be before I felt it. A lot of the time, based on the feel, I thought I missed the bump--but I could hear the tires hit it! It reminded me of the feel of riding in a BMW or other luxury car (not the cheep cars I drive). These bikes feel solid and responsive, but they just float over obstacles. The tension is also adjustable to fit personal preferences, the local road conditions, or the weight of the load (e.g., heavy camping gear).
For those worried about pogo-ing, the shock absorber is very close to vertical. When I started pushing hard on the cranks, it didn’t have any pogo reaction at all. The shocks just absorb the bumps and vibrations coming up (vertically) from the road, not the (horizontal) energy you are trying to put into the peddles. The geometry of this frame has been very carefully thought out. It all works brilliantly (and it just looks cool).
I found some videos on YouTube. You will notice that this bike can comfortably go off-road. I wouldn’t even consider trying this with some of the other ‘bents.
The other thing that made the Gaucho stand out was the combination of a stable ride and responsive maneuverability. Other ‘bents were more stable, but that came at the expense of maneuverability. Other bikes went to the opposite extreme in this trade-off. The Gaucho hits the sweet spot with a very satisfying mix of stability and maneuverability IMHO.
It has loads of other cool features that can be found in the linked brochure (see above).
If anyone else has experience with Gauchos, I would love to hear you opinions (+/-) about this bike and how it compares to other ‘bents. My comments so far are just based on tests rides on two different versions of the Gaucho (under steering with 3x9 Deore derailleurs ; open cockpit with 3x9 dual drive). I have ordered an under steer, dual drive version. Metaphorically, I have had the wedding and now I am just waiting (5 week delivery time) for the honeymoon period to get started. The suspense is killing me. I will update this thread after I have lived with my Gaucho for a while and the thrill has gone. (sniff)