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android 05-11-13 01:26 PM

Need buying advice to upgrade from Bike-E RX
 
Hi all,

I've been riding a Bike-E RX rear suspension bent for quite a while. I like it, but it is heavy and hard to put on a car rack.

I'd like to get a new/used higher end bent. But I've been out of the bent infoworld for a while, so have no idea of what's out there.

I'd like something similar to my Bike-E but quite a bit faster and lighter. I don't want a LWB bent as it will be even harder to transport.

Ideally my new bent would have:

Rear suspension
disk brakes
front steering
be lighter and faster than my RX

Price doesn't matter as it's a once a decade purchase.

The Cruzbike's and conversions look interesting, but I'm concerned that when you steer the pedals are moving too, that seems inherently unstable.

What would people recommend I take a look at? I'm in the SF Bay area.

Thanks for your help.

Retro Grouch 05-11-13 01:45 PM

I'm going to recommend a road trip.

Surely somewhere within a reasonable radius there's a recumbent specialty bike shop. Make an appointment with them for a time when they're not-too-busy. Tell them what you told us. There are so many different recumbent designs and they all ride a little differently. The opportunity to see and ride some different ones back-to-back is priceless.

cplager 05-11-13 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by android (Post 15614817)
The Cruzbike's and conversions look interesting, but I'm concerned that when you steer the pedals are moving too, that seems inherently unstable.

Cruzbikes and conversions have a learning curve, but are actually very stable. Unlike many (most) bents, they are quite easy to ride without hands (which isn't terribly useful in itself, but useful in learning how to avoid "pedal steer").

You can read about my conversion here as well as my learning experience on a Cruzbike Sofrider here.

Robert C 05-12-13 02:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by android (Post 15614817)
Ideally my new bent would have:

Rear suspension
disk brakes
front steering
be lighter and faster than my RX

I went from a Bike-E to a Bacchetta 26AT. However, it doesn't have rear suspension. It is a lot faster than the Bike-E; but, it is not nearly as easy to ride.

CHAS 05-12-13 03:32 PM

Go to bentrideronline.com. A wealth of recumbent info is available there. HP veloteknik makes bikes like what you want.

VegasTriker 05-12-13 05:49 PM

Here's three that show up for Northern California. Zach Kaplan is a frequent contributor to bentrideronline on technical issues about recumbents. His shop also receives a lot of praise from posters there. I'm not a CA resident and have never been to any of these shops. Might be worth giving them a call.

Gold Country Cyclery Sacramento 530-676-3305 Tuesday - Saturday 11-4pm
Zach Kaplan Cycles 1518 Buena Vista Ave. Alameda, CA, 94501-1218 510-522-BENT (2368) Hours by appointment only
Spin Cyclz 1364 North McDowell, #5, Petaluma, CA. (925) 301-7043

I have a friend who rides a Velotechnic short wheelbase suspended recumbent bike. The price isn't cheap but he sure loves it. It wasn't unusual for him to do 50 or 60 mile rides on the weekend when he worked in So Cal for a time. The Bike E (AT model) was my first recumbent. I can guarantee you that almost any recumbent bike will be more efficient than it is. I went from that to an old long wheelbase Linear and my mileage and speed increased a whole lot.

cruise_carter 05-12-13 08:00 PM

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I had this Speedmachine for a few years, didn't use it as much as my old V-Rex so I sold it last year.
It was fast but heavier than my rex.
Very high quality bike with features you want, I also had excellent support from the company in Europe.
I regret selling it but had too many bikes. It went to a good home and gets ridden like it deserves.

head out to local shops and try various ones out, nothing beats that.
You might find that suspension may not be required, years ago I had a Rotator Pursuit, long single tube which gave it a very comfortable ride (suspension like).
The SM also fit on a hitch rack I had on back of Honda Element.

Good luck on your choice.

Jeff Wills 05-12-13 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by VegasTriker (Post 15618104)
Here's three that show up for Northern California. Zach Kaplan is a frequent contributor to bentrideronline on technical issues about recumbents. His shop also receives a lot of praise from posters there. I'm not a CA resident and have never been to any of these shops. Might be worth giving them a call.

Gold Country Cyclery Sacramento 530-676-3305 Tuesday - Saturday 11-4pm
Zach Kaplan Cycles 1518 Buena Vista Ave. Alameda, CA, 94501-1218 510-522-BENT (2368) Hours by appointment only
Spin Cyclz 1364 North McDowell, #5, Petaluma, CA. (925) 301-7043

Note that Zach works by appointment only. Don't expect to just drop by, and expect to spend some time with him.

Also, consider dropping by the Easy Racers factory:
Easy Racers, Inc.
10 Hangar Way
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 722-9797

I've had as many as 4 Easy Racer bikes in my garage at once, and they are very fine machines indeed. The Fold Rush has a rear suspension, but I have not found it necessary for any of my riding.

BlazingPedals 05-16-13 10:38 AM

My $0.02 is that if you want something similar, it's going to be similar in speed too. If you want suspension, it's going to be similar weight, too, if not heavier. I think you should re-evaluate what you really want. Maybe your best choice will be to keep what you have.

Floyd 05-17-13 04:37 PM

I am with retro-grouch...do some investigating...and take some time to try out the bike for ride and what you want from the bike... If you are spending the money for a 'long term' purchase you owe it to yourself to try what you buy....

Dchiefransom 05-19-13 07:27 PM

Check out Nanda Holz at www.spincyclz.com. See what he has in stock to test ride. Zach Kaplan is also in Alameda. www.zachkaplancycles.com. Dublin Cyclery has recumbents.


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