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    C-dale Bent2 or Burley Jett Creek or HP Velo Spirit

    Any preference or opinions on these bikes? I have rode exclusively Cannondales since about 1990 and love their quality so I am leaning towards that one. I am not really a roadie and not looking to break any speed records but I don't want a slow bike either.

    Thanks in advance for your replies.

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    Can't comment on the Cannondale as I'm a newbie to 'bents. The Jett Creek had a good review in bentrideronline. I ride a Rans Tailwind, my first and only 'bent. It is quick enough for me. I do some commuting on it. Anybody else have some thoughts??

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnet1
    Can't comment on the Cannondale as I'm a newbie to 'bents. The Jett Creek had a good review in bentrideronline. I ride a Rans Tailwind, my first and only 'bent. It is quick enough for me. I do some commuting on it. Anybody else have some thoughts??

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    I read the review and it seemed pretty good. But the Burley seems pretty long and I don't know if I will be able to carry it in my truck. Other than that and the components it seems good.

    I can not find a review of the cannondale and that is what I would like to see so I can make a comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toybox
    I can not find a review of the cannondale and that is what I would like to see so I can make a comparison.
    Hi Toybox,

    If you're close to a recumbent shop, call them and ask if they carry back issues of RCN(Recumbent Cyclist News) or RTR(Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine). Many bent shops do carry current/back issues of these print publications, and both have done reviews on the Cannondale Easy Rider and the HP Velo Spirit. My local bent shop gives away the RTR issues, but charges $6/issue of RCN.

    Cannondale Easy Rider--RCN Issue#69(May/June '02), RTR Issue#5(March/April '02)

    HP Velo Spirit--RCN Issue#75, RTR Issue#9(March/April '03)

    I haven't kept up with my subscription to RCN, so they may have done reviews on the Burley Koosah/Jett Creek models that I'm not aware of. RTR Issue#14(May/June '04) has a review on the Koosah.

    Another great resource is BentRider Online, the most popular and respected online recumbent magazine around, IMHO. I believe that they have done reviews on the three models that you're researching. Here's the link to "BROL":

    BENTRIDER ONLINE


    You mentioned how you've owned Cannondale bikes for years and love their build and ride qualities. The Easy Rider is no exception to this quality rule, and, like Cannondale bikes in general, Cannondale quality is not cheap. But having been a long standing customer of Cannondale's, you already know this and understand that, with Cannondales, you get what you paid for...'just food for thought.

    Good luck and take care....

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    "Nothing compares with the simple pleasure of a bike ride."
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    Hi again Toybox,

    I just realized that the Cannondale bent you're looking at is the Bent II(2), and the reviews I referred to are for Cannondale's first bent, the Easy Rider. But I've looked at the pics and specs for the Bent II, and it just looks like an updated version of the Easy Rider. So I would imagine that any changes to the original would be improvements or refinements, which are all good things....
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    Thanks for the specific issues, that should be a big help.

    Yeah the easy rider looks exactly like the Bent. There is actually one on ebay right now for a pretty good deal but I not ready to buy something that expensive on ebay yet.

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    Hauling the Tailwind has been no problem in my daughter's 89 Ford Explorer. It will fit "just barely" without removing the wheels. Popping the QR and dropping the front wheel does make it easier. No way in the wife's Alero though. Not a problem in our F-250 pickup. Room to spare.

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    From what I have heard from other people you should probable stick with a company that specializes in recumbents only. With the exception of Burley as they specialize in tandems & trailers as well. I have talked with people about the Cannondale recumbent, after seeing them on it & a lot of them were either in the process of finding another recumbent or only ride the Cannondale on a limited basis.

    If people here remembers correctly TREK tried breaking in to the recumbent market & failed miserably. The feeling is Cannondale is heading the same way with their recumbent, even though they did build a second one.

    Like I said this is from others who do not care for Cannondale's idea of a recumbent & not from personal experience so take this for what it is worth.

    If you want a "entry level" recumbent I recommend you go with a Burley or even a Vision. Yes Vision is out of business, but what better time to buy one, when the shops have them on clearance at great prices. And despite the fact that Vision is no more the better LBS's will uphold the warranty on the frame should it fail & fall under the warranty specifications for coverage.

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    A typical LWB or CLWB bent will sit on a hitch rack on a car, van, or truck. Also, a roof rack will work with most any of these as well. It can be done!

    If you don't believe it, go to the Easy Racers website and click on the "transporting" link. A real "eye opener".
    The bike for you is the one you will ride!

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    Thanks for the replies. I was definitely concerned about transporting it but it sound like one will fit in my 4Runner. I have a sportsrack hitch rack and the way the bike is held in by the front tire it wouldn't work for a bent. Also I have all the Thule stuff for the roof but I was tired of throwing my 21lb MTB up there so I'm sure I wouldn't want to get a bent up there. So it is a relief that it will fit inside the back of the truck.

    I kinda like the BigHa too because of the bigger set of wheels but they are way overpriced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toybox
    Any preference or opinions on these bikes? I have rode exclusively Cannondales since about 1990 and love their quality so I am leaning towards that one. I am not really a roadie and not looking to break any speed records but I don't want a slow bike either.

    Thanks in advance for your replies.
    Tested a Cannondale, sweet frame very easy to ride, however components lacking for price. I like the Burley Koosah much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toybox
    Any preference or opinions on these bikes? I have rode exclusively Cannondales since about 1990 and love their quality so I am leaning towards that one. I am not really a roadie and not looking to break any speed records but I don't want a slow bike either.
    The Burley would be the fastest of the three. This is do to the fact it has no shocks. It would be my pick for the bike to buy. The bigger wheels seem to be more efficient. I do not feel as worn out after a ride. My Canto will fit in my minivan with room to spare. It is just 3" shorter in length than the on you mentioned. You should have no trouble fitting it in your truck.

    Burley riders have established a message group:

    http://www.smartgroups.com/groups/burleyriders
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