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    Just Follow Your Feet! AlphaGeek's Avatar
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    700c high racer swb recommendations

    Hi y'all, I've been riding the same recumbent for the last 7 years and it's time to move up. I'm looking for a 700c high racer swb. I'm 6'2" so 700c shouldn't be an issue, but I'm also a Clydesdale at 205 lbs. I'm located in augusta ga USA. OK load me up with options!
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    Probably the most popular and available dual 700c recumbents are the Bacchetta Carbon Aero 2 and Bacchetta Corsa. I'd also recommend looking at the Metabikes Metaphysic, which has gotten lots of rave reviews. The Carbent Raven is ultra-light, custom made & expensive, but you'll never have to upgrade again. There are a bunch of others (M5 CHR, RANS F5 Pro, Optima High Baron, Cruzbike Vendetta & Silvio), but me thinks you would need to go quite out of your way to find them.
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    A friend of mine converted a Bacchetta Corsa to dual 700C wheels a couple years back. He's 6-foot-7, 250 lbs., so you would work well on that bike. It's good to know that this is a "standard" configuration for the bike now.
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    I'm 6'4", 180 lbs. 700C Corsa is a great fit and a fast bike with great handling and a solid road feel.
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    If you're not set on a 700C, I am putting my Rans F5 with 650C wheels up on the market in a day or two.

    I can attest it's a speed machine, 49.7 mph on a nice downhill yesterday.

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    I second the idea of a Bacchetta. I'm working on my second one, a Giro this time with 26"x1.25" tires. My Strada, with the 650x23C was a speed demon, but not well suited for commuting so I went to something with a little more tire. The idea of a Bacchetta with 700's appeals to me, and like you, I'm a big guy, 6'-4", 240lbs and I find them easy to deal with and easy to reach the ground. Too bad you're set on the 700's as I'm planning to sell the Strada with the 650's.

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    Just Follow Your Feet! AlphaGeek's Avatar
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    Thanks all for your input. I will follow up with pictures once I decide!
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    You want speed? I'd suggest the CA 2.0... You've been riding enought that you'd enjoy a fast bike and there are lots of CA 2 riders in your part of the south that can give you lots of opinions and maybe even a test ride. The other option is the Carbent. Dana's a nice guy to work with also.
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    Giro26, and add a 700c wheelset to it and then you can ride 559's, 650c, or 700c...whatever you desire or conditions dictate. Yes, a 700x23 wheelset will fit in a 2007 era Giro26 without alteration... Plus the Giro26 has a higher weight rating due to the steel frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    A friend of mine converted a Bacchetta Corsa to dual 700C wheels a couple years back. He's 6-foot-7, 250 lbs., so you would work well on that bike. It's good to know that this is a "standard" configuration for the bike now.
    The Corsa has a 230 pound weight limit. Since it is aluminum, I would be very reluctant to go over the stated limit. However, that is not an issue for AlphaGeek.

    I've been very happy with my M5 CHR; but yes they are a bit hard to come by here in the States. Another option in the same price range as a CA2 or Carbent would be a Morciglio-built highracer. As an example of his work, this is his Apache:



    Being a custom builder, he can do stuff like add a tailbox. He also makes a MBB FWD model, a lowracer, and a mid-racer. About the only kind of 'bent he doesn't make is a slow kind.

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