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Old 06-05-20, 07:50 PM
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Front Drive Benefits?

What are the benefits of front drive recumbent's like the cruzbikes? They look interesting, and I see more of them out there lately.
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Old 06-06-20, 08:50 AM
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No idler pulley. No chain guide tube.
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Old 06-07-20, 11:45 AM
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And a shorter amount of chain. There are two types of FWD: Moving Bottom Bracket (MBB) such as a Cruzbike, and Fixed Bottom Bracket, somethimes referred to as 'Twist Chain." Of the two, MBB can have the shortest chain, literally straight from the BB to the wheel. Counteracting the benefits of less chain weight and straighter run, a MBB bike suffers from "Pedal steer from Hell." It can be tamed, but the learning curve can be steep. The FBB still requires idlers, and, as you might expect, suffers from some turning limitations. Chains twist pretty well, but there's a limit to all things...
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Old 06-08-20, 07:44 AM
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countering pedal steer could be a good exercise on its own, I feel that way on my CB quest, and also on steep climb, I have to get off the bike and push it since the front wheel lost traction ... but all in all, I still like it, and one more thing, Quest is "foldable", easier to transport, which is a plus for me.
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Originally Posted by jogya03 View Post
countering pedal steer could be a good exercise on its own, I feel that way on my CB quest, and also on steep climb, I have to get off the bike and push it since the front wheel lost traction ... but all in all, I still like it, and one more thing, Quest is "foldable", easier to transport, which is a plus for me.

That would not be good, I have a lot of hills around here.
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Old 06-09-20, 04:53 AM
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That would not be good, I have a lot of hills around here.
"normal hills would be ok, but there are some hills here in Borneo where I cannot pedaling a normal bike without standing off the saddle, even on my MTB, so in those hills I would have to get off the bike. wet surface and loose sand/gravel will also make life more challenging.
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