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Old 09-07-09, 03:30 PM   #1
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Need some input...Javalin/Tomahawk??

!!!!!RECUMBENT NOOB ALERT!!
I am planning to start commuting in an effort to get back into shape. I find myself drawn to the LWB looks. Specificaly I like the clean lines of the Sun Javalin/Tomahawk. After doing some looking around for reviews I can't seem to find many/any.... Ilooked through the photo thread here and didn't see any either. Can anyone give me some insight.
Edit.. just realized I didn't put any links in this post sorry....
http://www.easyracers.com/07-javelin.htm or http://www.easyracers.com/10-ez_tomahawk_cx.htm
Another bike I was curious about was the "Lineiar".

Keeping in mind what seems to be a limiting factor that I weigh every bit of 275lbs. On that note what would be the weak link on the about mentioned bikes? Sun puts a 225 limit on them.

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Old 09-07-09, 05:49 PM   #2
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I only know of one recumbent that handles 275 lbs well. The Lightfoot Ranger. http://www.lightfootcycles.com/ranger.htm
I have one and love it. I weight 215.
I test rode the Tomahawk and even at my weight thouht it to flex a lot.
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RANS rates the V3 aluminum at 275 pounds and the V3 steel at 325 pounds.
http://ransbikes.com/

Multiple RANS bikes rated for 275 but the V3 might appeal to you if you like the javelin/tomahawk looks.

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And the right bike for the rider quickly becomes a thing of beauty.
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I owned two Liinears back in the 90s. Underseat steering. Loved them. Some of the old ones have had frame issues, so be careful if you buy used. The new ones have this problem corrected. The bicycleman.com now makes and sells them.
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!!!!!RECUMBENT NOOB ALERT!!
I am planning to start commuting in an effort to get back into shape. I find myself drawn to the LWB looks. Specificaly I like the clean lines of the Sun Javalin/Tomahawk. After doing some looking around for reviews I can't seem to find many/any.... Ilooked through the photo thread here and didn't see any either. Can anyone give me some insight.
Edit.. just realized I didn't put any links in this post sorry....
http://www.easyracers.com/07-javelin.htm or http://www.easyracers.com/10-ez_tomahawk_cx.htm
Another bike I was curious about was the "Lineiar".

Keeping in mind what seems to be a limiting factor that I weigh every bit of 275lbs. On that note what would be the weak link on the about mentioned bikes? Sun puts a 225 limit on them.
The Tour Easy and the Gold Rush would handle your weight without a problem. A friend of mine rode a Gold Rush coast-to-coast on a PAC Tour (28 days- average of 120 miles per day). Since he's 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, I'd guess that he stresses frames more than you.

The Javelin/Tomohawk bikes are pretty new, which is why you don't see many of them.
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rans v3 all the way. Most of the weight limits are because of the wheels, but I've seen what happens when you overload a frame and it's not pretty.
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