Author Topic: Fast recumbent  (Read 787 times)

Fast recumbent
« on: 23 May, 2021, 10:44:39 pm »
So, if you were looking for new/secondhand bent for audax and long days, perhaps LEL next year and all the associated training what kind of bike would you be looking at?

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #1 on: 24 May, 2021, 12:12:19 am »
One with the biggest wheels I could reach the ground from.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #2 on: 24 May, 2021, 06:36:09 am »
Schlitter Freestyle and Metabikes Mystique are the ones generating the biggest buzz at the moment, if you can manage them and afford to buy new.  Big wheels, lowish seat height.

Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #3 on: 24 May, 2021, 06:44:58 am »
Schlitter Freestyle and Metabikes Mystique are the ones generating the biggest buzz at the moment, if you can manage them and afford to buy new.  Big wheels, lowish seat height.

I am thinking of a freestyle, just a bit worried about the importing process.

Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #4 on: 24 May, 2021, 07:03:10 am »
LaidBack bikes in Edinburgh might be prepared to help. They have before with the Freestyle.

Socks

  • Clennel Street on my touring bike
Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #5 on: 24 May, 2021, 09:02:39 am »
Laid Back Bikes can also supply the Pelso Brevet - very similar to the Freestyle.  I bought mine before the Brexit bonus kicked in, they are made in Hungary so it would be worth checking with Laid Back on the current situation?. I find it very comfortable and easy to handle. Lightweight and potentially fast with a stronger rider than me. If you just get the frameset you have a choice of how to set it up.

There's a link to a review on the Laid Back website, and the company has info on faceache as well as their own website.

Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #6 on: 24 May, 2021, 09:52:57 am »
I should say that importing a frameset personally from a reputable company with insured shipping should be worry free. Of course you do have to understand that at some point there will be VAT and customs to pay, and best to understand how these are calculated so you have the funds available. Customs duties are on top of shipping and insurance, and VAT is on top of everything including customs.

Blodwyn Pig

  • what a nice chap
Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #7 on: 24 May, 2021, 11:22:42 am »
Similar thread, useful input here.....................https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=145975

Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #8 on: 24 May, 2021, 11:37:52 am »
Yes speak to David at Laid Back. He is super helpful. He told me he does every bike other than Cruz Bikes as they tend not to sell via dealers. He can advise you on what models would suit you for your price range and intended use. He'll also be able to advise on what models have a stupid lead times.

Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #9 on: 24 May, 2021, 12:01:11 pm »
Schlitter Freestyle and Metabikes Mystique are the ones generating the biggest buzz at the moment, if you can manage them and afford to buy new.  Big wheels, lowish seat height.

I am thinking of a freestyle, just a bit worried about the importing process.

Import is fairly straight forward. You’ll order item to be imported. At some point it will ship and come into this country.  It’ll be held by Parcel Force (unless that’s changed recently).  You’ll get a request to pay import duties / vat.  You go online to pay that, select a delivery date, and that’s pretty much it.

If you think they’ve calculated the import costs incorrectly you can challenge it. So lookup bike parts import code and associated values and example calculations  on hmrc site to understand what it should come to.

Blodwyn Pig

  • what a nice chap
Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #10 on: 24 May, 2021, 03:46:01 pm »
'Continental recumbent makers site.     http://www.velomo.eu/'         

Socks

  • Clennel Street on my touring bike
Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #11 on: 24 May, 2021, 06:19:11 pm »
'Continental recumbent makers site.     http://www.velomo.eu/'         

That's interesting - as well as various recumbent bikes / trikes, they list a nosecone and tailbox. 

Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #12 on: 28 May, 2021, 11:36:31 am »
Where's ElyDave at? He runs a Cruzbike S40 for exactly these purposes. I have one too, but I use it as a long-distance commuter.

You could go to the V20 too, there's a Norwegian chap who tours and audaxes on his including PBP, but it's all about what position you want to be in. I like a high-racer since I'm sitting at the same height as a car driver.
Cruzbike V2k, S40

fd3

Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #13 on: 28 May, 2021, 06:51:48 pm »
Cruzbike could be awesome, but MBB + higher cost than alternatives + not available second hand.
Strange things are afoot at the circle K.

Re: Fast recumbent
« Reply #14 on: 07 June, 2021, 10:54:50 pm »
Cruzbike could be awesome, but MBB + higher cost than alternatives + not available second hand.
I did have to jump in quickly when a higher-than-stock spec appeared on their forum at about half-price. I also got lucky that he was within half an hour of of my obliging brother-in-law. Aside from that the framesets are decent (enough) value.

And just quietly, the S40s come with a viscoset headset now. I've done enough learning to be comfortable, but it'll help anyone new to it.
Cruzbike V2k, S40