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    Request bent info??

    [FONT=Arial]undefined[/FONT] I have just rented the EZ1 Speedster for a test ride . After the ride I have a bit more knowledge to go on that the bent reps don't talk about.First off I am not an experienced bent rider, however the ride was good in speed and manuverabilty. But the reason I want a bent versus the dual susp. mountain bike I own is for neck/hand pains and a lower elevation. I ride mostly hard pack gravel mining / logging and train track beds ( groomed no ties or rail as in tourist areas). I tried to put a bmx tire on the front of the Speedster and although you can fit it in the tire rubs the fork on both sides, and will not turn. The back tire fits but the fender ( could be wrong fender) is not wide enough to allow tread.
    Now the big question.
    Are there any bents out there that people ride on gravel trails without the inherrant problems of losing the front end or jolting the kidneys to mush???

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    Errand Boy for my girls sukispop's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucew
    Now the big question.
    Are there any bents out there that people ride on gravel trails without the inherrant problems of losing the front end or jolting the kidneys to mush???
    Hi brucew,

    There aren't many two-wheeled recumbents that will do gravel trails very well...but RANS, one of the oldest and most respected recumbent bike manufacturers, made a full suspension bike(no longer in production) that I heard does well on the more "off-road" conditions, including gravel, called the Vivo. It's a dual 20" wheel short wheelbase bike that came with Maxxis HookWorm 2" tires, which are practically bulletproof, incredibly durable, and do quite well on the loose stuff that makes most 'bents lose it.

    While RANS no longer makes the Vivo, you can usually find them on the secondary markets, like eBay, or even at some of the larger recumbent dealers that may get them in on trade, or for consignment sales.

    Another recumbent route to go in your situation might be to three-wheeled recumbents--trikes! There are two types, the delta(one wheel in front, two in back), and the very popular tadpole(two wheels in front, one in back). Some are better set up for possible off road conditions than others. Perhaps some of our trike members can comment on their experiences with gravel trails. I used to own a Greenspeed GTO tadpole trike, but never rode it on anything but bike paths and blacktop roads...great fun!

    Good luck with your searching!
    ***Geoff***
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    A New Creation! Ritz's Avatar
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    Hey Man, You need one of these... www.crank-it.com
    "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the de@d , you will be saved." Romans 10:9 NIV

    VIVA LA PANTS!

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    Crank-it is soooooooooooo out of my price range.I took the Speedster back and the Burley Koosah is now the bent for the week. More flex, less jarring.

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    Bruce W, I can soooooooooo sympothize! But ya' gotta admit... That's one cool off road machine! By the way, I ride a Sun EZ-1 SC and allthough I've never taken it "Off-road" it's been off the pavement a couple of times. Not too bad, but in your case, I too, would seek something a little more specific. Good luck, God Bless You.
    "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the de@d , you will be saved." Romans 10:9 NIV

    VIVA LA PANTS!

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    I've got an HP Velotechnik Street Machine. Its fully suspended and absolutely fine on woodland tracks but it can't cope with sand and fine gravel.... then again neither can my normal tourer. The Street Machine is a fantastic bike. If you get the chance, give it a test ride.

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    Hi brucew,

    Calhoun Cycle just posted a used 2003 RANS Vivo, on sale for $649.95--these sold new for $1,400! It comes with a cyclecomputer, a mirror, a bell, and a kickstand, and has been tuned up and is ready to ride. Calhoun Cycle is a great recumbent dealer that will ship almost anywhere.

    Here's their link, if you'd like to check it out:
    Calhoun Cycle Used Recumbents

    They also have pictures available upon request.

    Good luck!
    ***Geoff***
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    Thanks for the blessing Ritz. I have rented the EZ1 Speedster for a day then rented the Burley Koosah the rest of the week. The koosah was fine and although I am not an experienced bentite yet I did find the seat bottom lacking for comfort. It handled the gravel well enough with out slippage . My lbs is going to look into ordering a Cycle Genius LTX . Does anyone have any thots or experience with this bent??

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    if you like the koosah you can get a better seat for it. about 100.00

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    I would go so far as to recommend the Velotechnik Grasshopper.

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