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01-18-07, 11:01 AM
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Posted By Tom Bombadil

One was Budget. Can't remember the name of the...

One was Budget. Can't remember the name of the other one, off hand. I'm about to go to Florida in a couple of days and just checked with two RANS dealers in the area where I'll be, and neither of...
01-17-07, 09:04 PM
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Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Oh, I may not even buy a crank forward. I'm just...

Oh, I may not even buy a crank forward. I'm just exploring them. I'll probably buy a recumbent. I'd like to check out a RANS crank forward, but none of the RANS dealers near me stock them. Two...
01-17-07, 07:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Another thought on this ... Being a short-legged...

Another thought on this ... Being a short-legged person (inseam of 28"), the Raleigh seat would be set fairly low for me. This would result in the angle from the seat to the crank being less, and...
01-17-07, 04:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

One more set of pics

Another set of pics, this time using a RANS Dynamik with its seat set to level, and a Raleigh Gruv 2 with modified seat tube. The Raleigh is a slightly larger scale, which makes the wheelbase look a...
01-17-07, 04:20 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Well it was hard to find, but eventually I was...

Well it was hard to find, but eventually I was able to dig up that the RANS Dynamik has a wheelbase of 49.5" vs the Raleigh Gruv's 45.6". That's a fair difference.
01-17-07, 11:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Yes, that is a difference. A long-legged person...

Yes, that is a difference. A long-legged person on a Gruv would find the geometry less relaxed / forward than a short-legged person. A short-legged person could get very close to the RANS geometry.
01-17-07, 11:51 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

OTOH there is the new Trek Pure, which is...

OTOH there is the new Trek Pure, which is definitely not as crank-forward as the Raleigh. When I rode both the Pure and the Gruv within minutes of each other, the Gruv had a much stronger...
01-17-07, 11:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I Bike, thanks for the overlay pics. This...

I Bike, thanks for the overlay pics. This illustrates what I have been saying, that the geometries are much closer than what they appear to be from just glancing at the frames and overall bike...
01-16-07, 11:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I went back and modified the Raleigh/RANS...

I went back and modified the Raleigh/RANS Frankenbike seat a bit in post #12, to make it look more like the RANS seat. Only did this to draw a little attention away from the seat and to the geometry.
01-16-07, 11:12 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

That's possible, but Electra's web pages show...

That's possible, but Electra's web pages show only a 3-speed version and my LBS told me there was only a 3-speed version.

Wouldn't take much to release it with a 7-speed hub.
01-16-07, 11:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Can't be sure, as none of the pics come with...

Can't be sure, as none of the pics come with scales.

However the wheel sizes are the same and in the thumbnails, they are somewhat close. The RANS bike looks to be a little smaller. Maybe I will...
01-16-07, 09:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I have added my grade school quality, hacked-up...

I have added my grade school quality, hacked-up Raleigh Gruv mod to posts #12 & #14. All I did was brush out the current seat tube and add a RANS-like straight tube. Looking at them side-by-side...
01-16-07, 07:14 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I printed out both pics on a full sized sheet of...

I printed out both pics on a full sized sheet of people, drew the lines I noted above, and measured the angles. And put both sheets of paper together and shone a light through them. They are much...
01-16-07, 04:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Visual Illusion?

I made a discovery, at least for me, over the weekend. Based on visual clues, I believed that many of the crank-forward bikes from RANS had a much more relaxed geometry than other crank forwards. ...
01-11-07, 01:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Adding to my collection, I took a short test ride...

Adding to my collection, I took a short test ride on the new Electra Amsterdam today. This is a crank-forward commuter with a list price of $599. It is designed for use as an in-town commuter, with...
01-08-07, 03:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I did recently ride a Giant Suede, so can say...

I did recently ride a Giant Suede, so can say something about them.

The Suede positions the crank / bottom bracket only about 3" forward of the bottom of the seat tube, so it does not have as...
01-08-07, 03:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I tried a Townie about 3 months ago. I need to...

I tried a Townie about 3 months ago. I need to do it again, as it was a brief ride and the first time I had tried a crank forward, so I don't trust those early impressions. And the one I tried was...
01-07-07, 03:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I can't find anyone who stocks them. The local...

I can't find anyone who stocks them. The local Rans dealer has some of their bents, but none of their crank forwards. The designs look like you've got to extend your arms / lean forward more than...
01-06-07, 10:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I'll add that while the Trek Sole and Trek Pure...

I'll add that while the Trek Sole and Trek Pure had suspension forks, that none employed a suspension seat post. I rode over a lot of bumps on my test rides on purpose to evaluate how they handled...
01-06-07, 05:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 24,974
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Comparison of crank forward bikes

I had a chance today to take test rides on three crank forward bikes, and a recumbent. Here's my thoughts on them - with the emphasis on the crank forwards

The bikes: Trek Sole 200, Trek Pure,...
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