Based on records set, Cruzbike recumbent bicycles are among the world’s fastest bikes of any frame type.
Before all else I (Robert) should say that this is a case where I absolutely “eat my own cooking.” I ride a Cruzbike Sofrider every day. It is the scratched and stickered “beater” that I use to get around. I don’t own a car; these are my wheels. Furthermore, for rides with the New York Cycle Club, I almost always ride a Cruzbike Silvio. I say this up front so that you, reader, can be assured that anything I say here, pro or con, is based on real-world daily experience of someone riding on real roads and real hills and heavy New York City traffic. I’m not going to B.S. you about these bikes because their riding characteristics, great and odd, are in my face every day.
Lance Armstrong is reported to have said — though, looking back now, perhaps he meant it ironically — that “it’s not about the bike.” However, in the case of Cruzbike, it’s mostly about the bike: according to race results and records set on Cruzbikes, these recumbent bicycles are possibly the world’s fastest bikes, recumbent or otherwise.
If you want high average speeds, if you want a bike that can keep the pace on club rides, if you want to climb as fast as your diamond framed riding buddies, then you should consider Cruzbikes. And I’m not saying that just to sell you one. I’m saying that because it’s true, as I discovered for myself.
Although I’m fit and athletic, my performance on Cruzbikes stems more from the bike design as it does from my fitness and riding skill. This is true, as much as I hate to admit it.
Cruzbike recumbent bikes require unique skills and higher coordination than standard recumbent bikes and standard frame bikes. Riders rarely believe the extent to which this is true until they try one.
I strongly advise that all prospective Cruzbike riders get a lesson and demo ride before buying a bike from the Cruzbike website to make sure they (you) are interested in mastering the riding technique.
I would compare Cruzbikes to a surfboard designed for big wave surfing. High skill is required for high performance. Take this seriously. Cruzbikes are appropriate for highly-coordinated riders. If this isn’t you, look at rear-wheel drive recumbent bikes or trikes from manufacturers like HP Velotechnik.
This is a race bike. 700c wheels. Highly aerodynamic. Due to the way it uses both upper and lower body muscles, it allows you to quickly accelerate to speeds higher than you expect. Really. All the race results and records are for real.
Cruzbike’s road bike analogue with 700c wheels and rear suspension. Accepts pannier bags, lights, road groups, your favorite wheel set, etc. Highly aerodynamic, fast and fun. More comfortable than the Vendetta due to the suspension.
The folding, commuting, touring model with 26″ wheels that climbs like a beast. Accepts fenders, rack, bags, lights. Breaks down for packing in a box.
Recent and current records and race wins set by the Cruzbike Vendetta and Silvio include but are not limited to:
Race Across America
100-mile Junior UMCA World Record
(some of these records have been broken).
A Ride Story from Rob M.
The Cruzbike engages and uses your muscles in a way other recumbents do not, while still putting you in a reclined, comfortable and aerodynamic position. The result is a faster average speed. Riding a Quest 26″, my current average speed on my local training circuit is 20.2 mph over 40 hilly miles; no fairing, no tailsock, no drafting, no special shorts. (That’s 0.7 mph faster than my previous personal best race time, in a sprint triathlon, eight years ago.) Note I say “average speed.” If you’re looking to climb as fast as standard frame riders, and stay in the 20’s on the flats, consider one of the Cruzbikes. Any laid back bike — or plywood box car — can go fast down a hill.
In a ratio of price to MPH, every Cruzbike is an incredible deal. If you’re looking for something to park on the street, check out the QX100 or other Quest-series bike. It comes with “entry-level” components and a mass-produced frame. However, due to the design, it’s an extremely capable recumbent at a good price and you can upgrade it with better components after a year or two. Q-series bikes fold and fit into a suitcase. – RM