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    Bent Speed Comparison

    No, I'm not going in that direction...

    I ride an EZ-1 and I want to get a larger/faster bent, but for those who have upgraded, how much faster have you found yourself traveling from point A to B on a lighter/faster bent? Carbon and titanium frames aside.


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    I have a Haluzak recumbent for touring, I thought it was zippy when I bought it. I bought a Volae Club and it is much faster. I think I average about 3 miles an hour faster on it. It is as fast as my Trek carbon fiber postal bike, but a LOT more comfortable. I love the highracer.

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    My BikeE was my first bent and I thought it was great...until I tried a P-38 Lightning! The P-38 was quite a bit faster than the BikeE, but I didn't care for the small front wheel, so I ended up with a Bacchetta Strada that I changed the 26" wheels out for 700c wheels. It wasn't much faster, but it is more comfortable. What I really enjoyed more than the speed increase was the variety each bent provided. I also tried a Linear LWB with USS, and a Trek R200 since it was "only" $600. I traded the Linear, but I still miss it sometimes.

    Bottom line is that speed isn't everything, but a smooth efficient bike is just a joy to ride.

    Enjoy your ride(s)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BentBum View Post
    My BikeE was my first bent and I thought it was great...until I tried a P-38 Lightning! The P-38 was quite a bit faster than the BikeE, but I didn't care for the small front wheel, so I ended up with a Bacchetta Strada that I changed the 26" wheels out for 700c wheels. It wasn't much faster, but it is more comfortable. What I really enjoyed more than the speed increase was the variety each bent provided. I also tried a Linear LWB with USS, and a Trek R200 since it was "only" $600. I traded the Linear, but I still miss it sometimes.

    Bottom line is that speed isn't everything, but a smooth efficient bike is just a joy to ride.

    Enjoy your ride(s)!
    I guess you're more on my wavelength than I thought. A more efficient bike is just fine, the speed follows from there and I'm surprised you responded to the P-38 like that, I hear they are quick and enjoyable. But, with my 20/16, I can appreciate wanting to have larger wheels to roll on. What is the difference between the Strada and the Corsa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goadma View Post
    I have a Haluzak recumbent for touring, I thought it was zippy when I bought it. I bought a Volae Club and it is much faster. I think I average about 3 miles an hour faster on it. It is as fast as my Trek carbon fiber postal bike, but a LOT more comfortable. I love the highracer.
    Is the Club a dual 20 or dual 26"?

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    Volae makes only large/small or large/large (wheels) SWB's.
    Last edited by JanMM; 04-15-10 at 01:25 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo H. View Post
    What is the difference between the Strada and the Corsa?
    Strada: steel frame, Corsa: aluminum frame, and maybe some component differences.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo H. View Post
    Is the Club a dual 20 or dual 26"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BentBum View Post
    My BikeE was my first bent and I thought it was great...until I tried a P-38 Lightning! The P-38 was quite a bit faster than the BikeE, but I didn't care for the small front wheel, so I ended up with a Bacchetta Strada that I changed the 26" wheels out for 700c wheels. It wasn't much faster, but it is more comfortable. What I really enjoyed more than the speed increase was the variety each bent provided. I also tried a Linear LWB with USS, and a Trek R200 since it was "only" $600. I traded the Linear, but I still miss it sometimes.

    Bottom line is that speed isn't everything, but a smooth efficient bike is just a joy to ride.

    Enjoy your ride(s)!
    Still have your R200? That was my first bent and a good level road pace is about 15mph for me on this bike. Bought the "Made for" rear rack and used it on a 1800 mile tour, worked great.


    My next upgrade was a AB HiRacer and 18 mph is a normal road speed with about the same effort. Next was my Performer/AB lowracer which is about 1 1/2 mph faster on level road.

    I also like the more laid back position on both the HiRacer and LowRacer over the more upright seat on my R200. Assuming your Strada is more comfortable than either the P-38 and R200. Did the 700 wheels on your Strada dgive you much of a boost in performance? What prompted the change for ditching the 26" wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by karjak View Post
    Still have your R200? That was my first bent and a good level road pace is about 15mph for me on this bike. Bought the "Made for" rear rack and used it on a 1800 mile tour, worked great.

    My next upgrade was a AB HiRacer and 18 mph is a normal road speed with about the same effort. Next was my Performer/AB lowracer which is about 1 1/2 mph faster on level road.

    I also like the more laid back position on both the HiRacer and LowRacer over the more upright seat on my R200. Assuming your Strada is more comfortable than either the P-38 and R200. Did the 700 wheels on your Strada dgive you much of a boost in performance? What prompted the change for ditching the 26" wheels?
    As for my R200, I still have it, but would like to sell it (very difficult in Hawaii). I also have the custom rear rack, but didn't really care for it. I can't imagine doing a long tour on the R200, so hats off to you!

    I changed the Strada wheels to 700c to try and get more speed and comfort as well as getting a disc brake on the front with a new fork and wheels. I ended up with a Spinergy 26" front wheel and a Spinergy 700c rear wheel. I felt like I could maintain a cruising speed of 17 to 18 mph a little easier with the 700c rear wheel.

    As for the Strada seat, I have the Euromesh seat with Ventisit pad combination that works out really well. I wish I could move this seat on to my current project, the Cruzbike Silvio. Overall, I like the Silvio a lot, so we'll see how I do on the metric century next week.

    Update: The Haleiwa Metric Century was great on the Silvio! Took my time on the way out, but I actually felt better on the way back and pretty easily maintained 18 to 20 mph on some long stretches and I didn't stop to rest the whole way back. Pretty flat ride except for 2 mild hills, hardly any stops, beautiful north shore scenery-- I'll do this ride again next year!
    Last edited by BentBum; 05-08-10 at 11:50 PM. Reason: Update

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo H. View Post
    Is the Club a dual 20 or dual 26"?

    Leo H.
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    The Club is a dual 650. I just turned over 2000 miles on the original tires.

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    I maintained a 25kph avg speed through a 300km loop in the Canadian Rockies on my Challenge Fujin SL. I could rock 45-50kph for a few kms on the flats full out, but that would result in total burn out.
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