Long Wheelbase, USS opinions?
There seem to be 3 lwb uss 'bents available. The Ryan/Longbikes, Linear, and Turner from Tucson, AZ. Longbike's Slipstream is refined but considered a little on the heavy side. The Linear I rode was an older model not as polished as the Slipstream but I carried out of the store in one hand. Light and easy to handle. I haven't seen a Turner except on the Internet. Turner is intriguing because it can be converted from lwb to swb.
Anyone with experience on these bents?
I have been driving an Infinity, which is another LWB, for 10 years now. They have an aluminum frame to make them light for a LWB. The only problem is they stopped making them recently. You can still find them but you have to look hard. There was one on eBay a few weeks ago that didn't sell because the seller didn't want to ship it.
I second that on Infinity, I had one for 13 years and it was very well made and gave me many thousands of mile of great riding.
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I have had LWB bikes a few times, Peer Gynt etc!
I have experience of riding a Linear and I am sorry to say I didn't trust it for strength!
I am a heavy so and so and the bike seemed to "Over Flex" in the frame with me. It is a nice bike and well built but I didnt feel safe!
A friend of mind has a 1995 Ryan Vanguard with tens of thousands of miles on it. This year my brother in law bought a Longbikes. I've ridden both and while USS isn't my preference I can't say enough about the excellent quality of these bikes. The old Ryan remains as tight and solid as the new bike. And having ridden my brother in laws bike up some good hills I can say it climbs and performs pretty darn well. More than anything else though it's the excellence of the welds, paint, and machined parts that stands out in my mind. I don't think it comes any better than this in the upright or recumbent world.
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The Linear is now available from Bicycle Man in Alfred Station, NY. He has tweaked the design, including making it a bit stronger.
This is a new LWB USS from Hase. It has suspension and adjustable ride height:
I have a Linear that I have a little over 1200 miles on and have had no trouble with and really enjoy riding it. I"m 6' 4" about 185 lbs. and notice some flex on bumpy roads but don't feel it is unsafe. I would not have anything but uss as my hands fall asleep easily with oss. Budget Bikes in Madison,Wis had some if your are anywhere near them.
I have a Ryan and it's not that heavy, perhaps the new Slipstream is heavier, I don't know. The Ryan is superb and would reccomend it to anyone. See the Ryan owners club for more info http://ryanownersclub.com/