I've been lusting after a fast, light, good climbing bent. Maybe a Corsa or Rans F5, but I really can't afford $2,500 for a 25lb bike right now. So I found an excellent like new Vision R64 Saber, a 2000 model I think with all 105. Sharp orange color, upgraded fiberglass seat which I think now is sold by Volae as carbon. I hesitated at first at the 24" wheel size, and that they're out of business, but web reviews are very favorable to the OSS Visions I guess. What a great and cheap alternative to a new Corsa I thought, just to see how it goes. Keep in mind my only other bent was a new Burley Jett Creek, altogether different from this thing.
I do not have my bent legs, and have read a bit on this. But I cannot see the efficiency everyone else is claiming. I guess this is going to take much longer than expected. I must add I'm now running regularly, swimming, and logging 2-4k miles on road bikes yearly. I think I'm in good shape and at weight. I was expecting the switch to be somewhat faster, given my cycling condition already. Was I that naive to underestimate how long it's going to take to refine this new muscle group?
Yesterday on a 3.3 mile perfectly flat course I was unable to keep up with your basic carbon fiber roadies doing laps, even with the seat fully reclined, clipped in, in my highest gear, with no wind, tires pumped to 120. Is the jump going to be that big when the legs come in, or should the newfound efficiency already be mostly there?
Comments on the Vision would be appreciated, maybe it's a small wheel thing? Or might I see an even better return on performance compared to something like a Corsa, presuming the bent legs arrive.