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guillermoariast

Peru
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Posted - 09/13/2009 :  11:07:30  Show Profile  Visit guillermoariast's Homepage
Hello, i would like to make a recumbent bicycle because i like cycling, but standard bikes area so uncomfortable.

The bike i want is for all uses,off road and paved road

So, i would like to know which recumbent bike is best:

a-Rear wheel drive
b-Front wheel drive like Cruzbike
c-The crankset behind or in front of the front wheel.

Cruzbike says that the fwd configuration easies the task of hill climbing. Is that true? What about wheel slippery on dirt ways?.

thanks

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Guillermo Arias Tipismana
Lima, Peru
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SeanCostin

USA
32 Posts

Posted - 09/30/2009 :  20:21:39  Show Profile
guillermo,

If you plan to do some trail riding, I suggest something with the most stable platform. The cranks behind the front wheel is the most stable of all the 3 variations you described. The compromise of this design is typically more aerodynamic drag.

Good Luck!

Sean Costin
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Warekiwi

United Kingdom
2 Posts

Posted - 12/25/2011 :  07:23:44  Show Profile
I frequently ride my Velotechnik Grasshopper on what you call trails (we call them paths or tracks)It is a short wheelbase design with the pedals in front of the front wheel. I don't think ANY recumbent is going to be any use on really challenging "trails" however as one needs to be able t stand on the pedals (just watch any video of serious mountain biking)
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Don S

USA
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Posted - 12/26/2011 :  17:08:41  Show Profile
A few years ago I modified a US swb for trail use in mountainous terrain. Recumbents generally aren't built for log and rock hopping but with underseat steering, suitable gearing and recumbent training they wiil ride mountain trails in steep terrain, make river crossings as well as a mountain bike and with a high pedal position will go off trail in brush and boulder terrain better than many uprights.

I climbed to the top of the Steens in Easter Oregon and made several trips into the back country of the Sawtooth Mountains in Central Idaho riding with Mountain Bikers. The biggest problem is that none of the recumbent makers are willing to challenge the steriotyped image and build a trail model.

Don
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