Author Topic: Tiller Steerer for Encore?  (Read 364 times)

Wothill

  • over the hills and far away
Tiller Steerer for Encore?
« on: 03 May, 2021, 04:14:55 pm »
My first recumbent was a Grasshopper which had a tiller steerer. Since then I  have had three which have all been open cockpit steering and mostly been happy with them. The bike I have just finished building is a Performer High Racer with tiller steering and from my first test rides I really like the better forward view you get even compared to the J-bar on the Encore. So I am wondering about converting my Encore to take a tiller bar. The immediate problem is that the steerer tube is about 20cm further from the seat than the Performer so the tiller would need to be at least 58cm to avoid any danger of my legs hitting the brake levers. Most of them seem to be much shorter than this and it may be a feature of tiller steerer bikes that the head tube is closer to the seat for this reason. Has anyone found a source of long tiller steerers?
Thanks for any leads I can follow up.
Alf

Wothill

  • over the hills and far away
Re: Tiller Steerer for Encore?
« Reply #1 on: 04 May, 2021, 05:20:03 pm »
Think I have solved this. Aluminium tube is quite easy to buy in short lengths including 31.8 and 28.8mm O/D or thereabouts. One length of each will give an extension of the 31.8 tube with an internal sleeve of the smaller diameter. I may just glue the sleeve inside or bolt it in place - won't look so good but more easily de-mounted in future.
Should work I think.

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Tiller Steerer for Encore?
« Reply #2 on: 04 May, 2021, 07:46:58 pm »
A bike with a lot of tiller is an acquired taste. Many folk don’t like too much tiller because they oversteer but you might as well see if it suits you.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Wothill

  • over the hills and far away
Re: Tiller Steerer for Encore?
« Reply #3 on: 04 May, 2021, 09:02:42 pm »
Quite right. Looking forward to trying it out. Just have to find some bars that will fit and see if my bar-end shifters will be usable. Should be good enough to try out the tiller anyway.

Re: Tiller Steerer for Encore?
« Reply #4 on: 10 May, 2021, 08:12:28 am »
Interested to know how you compare the Encore and the Performer, which is quite close to my (now defunct) Optima high racer.

I always preferred tiller steering. I'm sure a lot of it is what you're used to but it always feels like a lot of bar is in front of you with the open cockpit designs.