I’m no engineer, but…
This things looks like a deathtrap with wheels. I’d love to see some comments from someone that’s actually ridden a Cruz Bike. Looks like too much weight biased over the front wheel, and a lot of extra hardware on a bike designed for people not likely to do their own maintenance. And gentlemen, unlike a traditional ‘bent, I don’t like the odds of an emergency stop not going awry in a bad way. The lead developer of the bike mentions some of the issues that riders of traditional diamond frame bikes experience, then goes on to say that this bike puts you in the same position as watching TV at home. I guess we know who his demographic is. But how a front wheel drive bike that requires you to turn your legs as you steer can be a better alternative, I just don’t understand. So if anyone has some comments, please share.
I have been riding a Cruzbike Softrider for three years now. I am 52 and about 225 lbs.
It did take me about 200 miles of riding before it became more a natural feel. Those early miles required patience to be sure as I was basically trying to relearn how to ride. But now that I have a few thousand miles logged on it I can say with confidence I plan to ride it for years to come.
No more butt pain, wrist pain, neck pain and lower back pain. Good riddance!
1. Tight turns at low speed near impossible.
2. Riding up steep hills is more difficult. Same with all recumbents. Cant stand up on pedals so its all push power in a seated position all the time. (comfortable seated position)
1. Riding comfort miles better than a standard upright bike.
2. My speed is every bit as good if not better on flats compared to my upright bike