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Old 04-07-12, 12:52 PM   #1
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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?
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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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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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