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Thinking about recumbents recently

Old 04-19-22, 07:41 AM
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Thinking about recumbents recently

I've always been a bicycle guy but I've been thinking about recumbents recently. It seems like electric motors and recumbents are a better fit than bicycles and electrics.

Why isn't there a front wheel drive recumbent? It seems that the long chainline to the rear wheel results in a lot of power losses. Couldn't a sort of FWD be done with a recumbent?
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Cruzbikes makes "front wheel drive" recumbents. Putting the drive and steering axis on the same wheel takes a little practice to ride well
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As mentioned above there are FWD recumbents. A few manufacturers make them. Cruzbikes, Performer cycles, Velotegra,
I have never ridden one but I am not sure how it feels pedaling when you are turning the front wheel.
And if you are worried about performance loss in the chain by using a mid drive motor you could also opt for hub motor in either the front wheel or the rear wheel. There are various options.
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Where do you think the motor should go?

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Just put one of those little hidden tour de france motors in the front derailleur mast. Plenty of room in the boom for a massive battery.
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