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Old 08-15-21, 12:10 PM
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Cruzbike

Cruzbike bike does anyone know anything about this bike?
I have been looking at it and it seems pretty interesting.
https://cruzbike.com/
anything you can tell me would help about maybe going over to a recumbent.
Thank you for your time.
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Old 08-15-21, 02:20 PM
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Steering tied to pedal motion is not for every rider.
I prefer my steering separated from pedal action.
If you can get used to that, they are very capable recumbent bikes.
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Old 08-16-21, 09:03 AM
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Cruzbikes seem to be hate-it or love-it, with very little in-between. I borrowed a Stelvio for a few months with the intent of riding it until I got comfortable. Never got used to the pedal steer and eventually found that I was avoiding riding because I hated it so much. I found it to be fairly slow, and exhausting to ride, even after attaining some reasonable degree of stability. Some people take right to them, but I'm not one of them. If you're buying new, they have that guarantee. I suspect a lot of people, upon deciding they don't like it, will either hang it in the garage forever or try to resell it, though.

BTW, I've ridden with a few and was not overly-impressed with their supposed hill-climbing ability. Not that they're bad, they're just over-hyped and the rationalization of why they're so great makes no sense to me.
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Old 08-21-21, 12:07 PM
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ezdoesit I've got a Cruzbike Vendetta I'm going to sell. It is very lightly used as I fall into the "not for me" category. Got it because of lumbar issues and it's great for that, just not really enjoying it. PM me if you're interested. I'm in Atlanta.
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Old 08-21-21, 12:59 PM
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ezdoesit I've got a Cruzbike Vendetta I'm going to sell. It is very lightly used as I fall into the "not for me" category. Got it because of lumbar issues and it's great for that, just not really enjoying it. PM me if you're interested. I'm in Atlanta.
Thanks I'll keep that in mind
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Old 08-21-21, 01:13 PM
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Any reclined performance oriented recumbent will take some time and effort to learn how to ride it.

The challenge for the newbie bent rider is the inability to test ride many bents. First, it isn't easy to find one to test ride and a new rider probably can't ride them.

When I test rode my M5 carbon high racer in the Netherlands, I fell many times. The shop owner (Bram) said, you sure you want to do this. I am glad I did but don't expect to just jump onto a Cruz, M5, CA3, Schlitter, etc. and be off into the sunset. It will be like learning to ride all over again.

Tons of riders love the V20 Cruz and it is clearly a fast bike. There is a Cruz dealer in NJ, give them a call.
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Old 08-21-21, 05:03 PM
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Any reclined performance oriented recumbent will take some time and effort to learn how to ride it.

The challenge for the newbie bent rider is the inability to test ride many bents. First, it isn't easy to find one to test ride and a new rider probably can't ride them.

When I test rode my M5 carbon high racer in the Netherlands, I fell many times. The shop owner (Bram) said, you sure you want to do this. I am glad I did but don't expect to just jump onto a Cruz, M5, CA3, Schlitter, etc. and be off into the sunset. It will be like learning to ride all over again.

Tons of riders love the V20 Cruz and it is clearly a fast bike. There is a Cruz dealer in NJ, give them a call.
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Until Cruzbike came along, I had given up on recumbent bikes. I have a T50 with pedal assist. I think if you can pedal smoothly, it should be fairly easy to learn. Taking off is the hardest part. With the throttle, taking off is much easier. A more vertical seat angle is easier to learn on.
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Thanks again and found the dealer in N.J. I will call them to make an appointment as that is what they take.
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I just got a T50 e and its one of the best bikes I have had.
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Originally Posted by ezdoesit View Post
Cruzbike bike does anyone know anything about this bike?
I have been looking at it and it seems pretty interesting.
https://cruzbike.com/
anything you can tell me would help about maybe going over to a recumbent.
Thank you for your time.
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The fastest recumbents are much faster than a TT bike, but very difficult to learn to ride. The Cruzbike V20 and M5 Carbon High Racer are in this category. At 220W I am riding 27MPH. But there is a learning curve. A much easier option is a high racer. It is going to be a little slower because it is less aero, but also lighter. Dana at BentUp (or used bike forums) can set you up.

The bike is faster all around because the CdA is tiny.
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Old 10-26-21, 06:38 AM
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I tried an old Cruzbike back in July while looking for a road bike replacement and wondered how anyone could ever ride one. I kept looking and the design intrigued me so I found a nice used Silvio 2.0 a month later with the idea to learn to ride it over a year and if I didn't like it, sell it. I followed the learn to ride videos and threads on the Cruzbike website and within 8 days was tentatively trying it on the roads.. Within 100 miles of riding I was feeling comfortable on a group ride and was falling in love with the speed and increasing comfort . I say increasing because the death grip I had at the beginning lead to sore hands and shoulders. Those have gone away with practice. I have @ 400 miles on the bike and am very comfortable though not as smooth with my pedal stroke as more experienced riders . I got the chance to ride a V20 last week for a 30 miler and , though I was worried the more reclined position would be squirrelly to ride, it was like butter, and FAST. Remember that it IS like learning to ride a bike all over again, and you will be retraining your brain, but , at 65, I thought that was a good exercise and I'm so glad I took the leap.
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Old 12-10-21, 10:03 PM
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I have been riding a Cruzbike for about 1.5 years, and really like it. I can feel the increased stiffness in the drive train and the decreased flex in the frame compared to other recumbents I have owned. I am not sure it actually climbs better than other recumbents, but it feels pretty fast to me.

It is true that a lot of people have a hard time getting used to the interaction of the legs and the steering. It came pretty quickly for me. I think you just have to be more conscious of more complex leg movements: the circular motion of pedaling, and the sideways sweeping of the legs when steering. Guys who get really good at it can actually ride the bike with not hands, steering with just the feet.
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