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    cruzbike or metabike for PBP and audax

    I am an 48 year old audax/randonneur cyclist based in Spain who has just completed PBP. Unfortunately, I have been diagnosed as having two hernias in my neck and my doctor has advised me to change my bike for a bent but with a neck support. I am torn between getting a cruzbike or metabike and I would appreciate your comments about what would be the best bike for long distance cycling (comfort-hills-carrying capacity). I would like to get the metabikes randonneur or the cruzbike silvio or vendetta. thanks

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    Unless you're willing to invest the time learning to ride with a moving bottom bracket, I'd recommend sticking with a traditional rear-wheel-drive setup. Metabikes seem to be getting good reviews, but they're not the only highracers out there. There are also several European recumbent makers: off the top of my head I can think of Challenge, Optima, M5, and Slyway.

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    Metabikes is a Spanish company, isn't it?
    RANS V3 (steel), RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Metabikes is a Spanish company, isn't it?
    Yes.

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    Audax

    thanks for the feedback. Has anyone got any feedback about the meta bike or cruzbike in the Paris Brest paris randonneur ride ?

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    Eschew Obfuscation SesameCrunch's Avatar
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    I have been riding FWD-MBB 'bents for about 4 years. Owned the Silvio. I also have a Bacchetta Aero. I love FWDs for a lot of reasons.

    But for long distances like you are talking about, I would not suggest fwd-MBB. There is a certain amount of extra energy it requires to manage pedal-steer. Doesn't make too much impact if you're going 50 or even 100 miles. But for PBP, it will matter.

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    The seat might also be a consideration. As you well know, PBP is a long ride.

    The Metabike has a one piece hard shell type seat. The Silvio seat is a two piece with cushions.

    Of course seat comfort is very personal thing, If at all possible get a test ride.

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    Thanks for the comments. much appreciated. I am also now looking at the nazca gaucho.

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