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Old 06-28-20, 06:30 AM
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I have never ride a recumbent before and have borrowed a 2016 Bacchetta CA2.0 from a friend. The bike steering is super sensitive and I mean super! The bike has a 700 rear wheel and a 650 front I can't find out if this wheel setup is standard or has been changed. If it's been changed will this effect the steering? Thanks
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Old 06-28-20, 07:47 AM
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I think it's been changed. I'm not aware of Bacchetta selling a 700c/650c highracer. It's probably a dual-700c and someone changed to a 650c front fork. Having a smaller front wheel would tend to make the steering quicker, compounding a new rider's difficulty. Still, it should be rideable. First, set the seat as upright as you can get it and re-adjust the leg length. Set your power pedal to 12:00, take a deep breath, let it out and totally relax your upper body, then push the pedal. The secret is to try staying relaxed; if you tense up you will over-compensate.
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It is quite possible the rear wheel has been changed to 700C. According to the Bachetta website the Bachetta bikes came with a variety of wheels but most pictures show it with two same sized wheels (26" 559?). It wouldn't be a big stretch to change the rear from to 700C. It shouldn't make all that much difference in the handling. Had it gone from a 406 or 451 front wheel to a 26" that might make a much greater difference in handling.
"Depending on your Bacchetta model, you have either two wheels of the same size, or a front wheel that’s smaller than the rear. While the smaller front wheel is sometimes called a “20-inch,” it’s much better to define it by its metric size—406mm—when you’re shopping for a replacement tire. That’ s because not all “20-inch” tires and rims are the same size, or even 20 inches in diameter. The rearwheel on the Giro and both wheels on the Strada,are “26-inch,” or 559mm, which is the standard mountain bike size. The Strada will also accept650C or 571mm wheels, which have a slightly larger diameter and are usually found on triathalon bikes. Consult your dealer for more information on wheels and sizing"

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Yes, the CA2 also came as a Basso model, for smaller riders, and was equipped with a 20" front wheel. I think the frame was different so the small front wheel wouldn't compromise steering.
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I think it's been changed. I'm not aware of Bacchetta selling a 700c/650c highracer. It's probably a dual-700c and someone changed to a 650c front fork. Having a smaller front wheel would tend to make the steering quicker, compounding a new rider's difficulty. Still, it should be rideable. First, set the seat as upright as you can get it and re-adjust the leg length. Set your power pedal to 12:00, take a deep breath, let it out and totally relax your upper body, then push the pedal. The secret is to try staying relaxed; if you tense up you will over-compensate.
This is pretty much it. It does take some getting used to, for sure. I probably fell over 10 times in the first 8-10 miles of riding my bent. Then it sorta clicked and I haven't had any problems since. In my case, I was also learning to ride clipped in for the first time, so some of those fall were from me not getting unclipped in time.
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