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Old 07-10-20, 07:05 PM
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Off-Road Recumbent

Maybe this should be on the "recumbent' section but it's an off-road or mountain topic as well.
Are there any of you that have tried mountain biking or gravel biking on a recumbent bike?
Describe or show pics of your bike and experience.
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NO! I can see someone gravel biking on a recumbent, but definitely not trails that are normal for a mountain biker. I envision all kinds of bad in that scenario. Sorry, no, I have not ridden a recumbent on anything but pavement and that experience was very limited.
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There are off-road 3 wheelers and even 4 wheel conversions for 3 wheelers. But I havenít seen anyone pushing a 2 wheel version.

few-to-no SSFG bents either, probably!
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RANS makes crank forward mountain bikes. My brother was looking at a Dynamik at one time. I’ve read decent reviews on them, but was never tempted enough to try one. I think they have one with front suspension.

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Off-Road Recumbent Bike ? Backcountry Recumbent Cycles
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I tried it once when I was riding a bent, so 20 years ago. I was on a short wheelbase Vision R40, it was near impossible in tight single track. The crank and front end was 2 ft out from the front wheel and wouldn’t clear trees in turns. As well I had no suspension and was getting bounced all over the place. People don’t realize that it’s hard to balance on a bent and very easy to fall. You don’t realize how much weight is in the legs on a diamond frame mt. bike and that helps keep the center of gravity low. Knew a guy on a full suspension bent, said he was OK, but he had better skills then me.
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I tried it once when I was riding a bent, so 20 years ago. I was on a short wheelbase Vision R40, it was near impossible in tight single track. The crank and front end was 2 ft out from the front wheel and wouldnít clear trees in turns. As well I had no suspension and was getting bounced all over the place. People donít realize that itís hard to balance on a bent and very easy to fall. You donít realize how much weight is in the legs on a diamond frame mt. bike and that helps keep the center of gravity low. Knew a guy on a full suspension bent, said he was OK, but he had better skills then me.
ya its doable but not for everyone. we took our tandem on light track as it is more of a gravel bike and man that was tricky too but fun.
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That just looks so wrong!
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ya its doable but not for everyone. we took our tandem on light track as it is more of a gravel bike and man that was tricky too but fun.
Tandem MTBís are pretty highly developed and available in a variety of styles (fat, front suspension, full suspension, gravel) from Ventana, Calfee, Da Vinci, Nicolai, MTB Tandems, sometimes Cannondale and KHS. Salsa recently took a try but the serious types didnít like their offering, it was steel, too low, and had pre-Boost MTB rear spacing

https://mtbtandems.com/
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Tandem MTB’s are pretty highly developed and available in a variety of styles (fat, front suspension, full suspension, gravel) from Ventana, Calfee, Da Vinci, Nicolai, MTB Tandems, sometimes Cannondale and KHS. Salsa recently took a try but the serious types didn’t like their offering, it was steel, too low, and had pre-Boost MTB rear spacing

https://mtbtandems.com/
How did we go from recumbent to tandem?
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How did we go from recumbent to tandem?
Would you prefer I call it LWB DF? Conversations turn...
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Off-road Bent

I was just wondering...I do ride a Stratus XP with disks off road which is a real blast. I also ride an E Z Sport on trails. Both bents take 1.95 knobby tires. With the 26" tire on front of the Stratus there is more wheel flop than on the E Z Sport with the 20" up front, but next time (after the trails dry out) I'm gonna try putting the 20" onto the Stratus and see how that rides. I don't like the real technical trails with lots of roots and large rocks with no suspension on the bents, but other than that, off-roading on a two wheel bent is really a lot of fun. I'm surprised more folks don't try it. You really need to keep your mind on what you're doing though.
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More importantly...Why?
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Would you prefer I call it LWB DF? Conversations turn...
I'd prefer you stay on topic. ADS
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Why what?
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How do you manual a recumbent?

Seems like gravel and smoother trails would be OK, but once you start dealing rougher terrain, I donít see how you weight and unweight the front and back to get over things. I guess you would just need big wheels and a lot of suspension because your just plowing over stuff like a sack of potatoes.

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For me it would be a disaster waiting to happen, especially if clipped in. The whole center of gravity, forward momentum, balance thing would be problematic for me.
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Why what?
Why in the hell would one want to mountain bike with a recumbent bike. Just an accident waiting to happen.
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Over on BROL, Richard Ehrlich has a lot of videos of him riding offroad on a bent. I think his current ride is a Kodiak. Long wheelbase, so really tight track doesn't work very well, but he can certainly do a lot more than I would have thought possible.

Example (not the Kodiak, but a new bike coming to market):
https://www.bentrideronline.com/mess...hlight=ehrlich
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Why in the hell would one want to mountain bike with a recumbent bike. Just an accident waiting to happen.
Because I really enjoy mountain biking as well as road riding! With my physical circumstances, I can only ride a recumbent bike these days, both on-road and off-road.
And hey Dude lighten up a bit...sorta sounding a little like my mother (God rest her soul). After all the off-road riding I've done on a bent, I've never been injured. And after having ridden both DF's in the past and bents off-road, I cannot see that one is more dangerous than the other. At 75 years of age I have had and wish to continue to live a careful, fun, adventurous life all the way to the grave; not a careful dull life wishing I had done more.
And so, my friend, that is why the hell this one would want to mountain bike on a recumbent.
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There's the Sun Seeker Fat Tad for rough terrain. Fat tires and full suspension.

https://www.sunseeker.bike/index.php/products/fat-tad/

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There's the Sun Seeker Fat Tad for rough terrain. Fat tires and full suspension.

https://www.sunseeker.bike/index.php/products/fat-tad/

I'd like that in my lounge for watching TV. Awesome!
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I have ridden recumbents for a while, and built my own. You can definitely ride on gravel roads.

The problem is that you can't stand up on a recumbent. And that means you'll be missing all that suspension and leverage needed for rougher trails.
If you want to give this a try, why not start riding on fire roads and easy trails?
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Because I really enjoy mountain biking as well as road riding! With my physical circumstances, I can only ride a recumbent bike these days, both on-road and off-road.
And hey Dude lighten up a bit...sorta sounding a little like my mother (God rest her soul). After all the off-road riding I've done on a bent, I've never been injured. And after having ridden both DF's in the past and bents off-road, I cannot see that one is more dangerous than the other. At 75 years of age I have had and wish to continue to live a careful, fun, adventurous life all the way to the grave; not a careful dull life wishing I had done more.
And so, my friend, that is why the hell this one would want to mountain bike on a recumbent.
If you enjoy mountain biking then buy a mountain bike.
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ICE makes a trike.


I think you can it with electric assist. Based on the weight, that would be the way I’d go if I ever needed one.

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