Cruzbike Quest Series or “Q-series”
This is a folding, commuting, touring model with 26″ wheels that climbs like a beast. Accepts fenders, rack, bags, lights. Breaks down for packing in a box or suitcase. Available in three colors: Blue, Black and Green.
Ride Story from Robert
Here’s a surprising but true anecdote: in 2012, on a New York Cycle Club day ride, I was riding a Quest 26 stock model, with zero upgrades, on a hilly route (something like 6,000 feet of climbing and descending). The ride leader, who was generally in front of me, was riding a Bachetta Ti Aero. On the downhills, when neither he nor I were pedaling, I was either repeatedly passing him or else continually applying my brakes to hold my place in the group. (We were NOT drafting.) I don’t believe the Q 26 is more aero than the Aero. I’m larger than the ride leader and a bit heavier, but by only about 15 lbs. So, what is it? Is it my weight? Do the shocks allow the $2000 Quest to travel more efficiently than the $5000 Aero? I can’t tell you, but what I can say, from my personal experience, is this: the Quest, like all Cruzbikes, are faster than most recumbent bikes going up the hills. And the Quest more than holds its own on the flats and downhills. If you don’t feel ready for a Silvio. Go with a Q-series bike. You will not be disappointed. Besides, you can steeply recline the Q’s seat if you have a need for speed. – R
Another Ride Story from Robert
A few years ago, in the fall, I was out for a short self-supported tour in upstate NY on a Quest 20″ when, on Day 2, the weather turned unexpectedly cold — 15 deg. F at night, low 20 deg F in the morning — and it began to snow. I was only prepared for weather in the mid-30’s. Darn it. I saw no option but to keep moving but my hands became so cold that I couldn’t steer, brake and shift very well and I became concerned about slippery roads. I decided to bail. A kind couple offered me a lift as long as I could fit my bike in their old, small Honda 4-door car. It took me about 5 min. to remove the seat and wheels and fold the Quest 20″, and put it in the back seat. It was no trouble. Once in the car, I soon got warm and made new friends to boot. Non-folding, full-sized bikes are great for touring, but this is an instance of when and why a folding bike can be the better option. It’s also a credit to the Cruzbike Quest 20 for its flexibility. Because, when touring, you don’t control the conditions, you can only control how you respond.
Note, a few years later: The other Q-series bikes fold and disassemble easily too. I could just as easily have fit a 26″-wheeled QX100 in their small car. – R