Robert, Thanks for resending me the coupon code! I just finished putting the order through to Cruzbike for the pre-built Silvio (around 3:24pm central time).
I appreciate you running down answers to those last couple of questions. And for taking the time to answer all of the other questions; not to mention the extra time spent in New York letting me practice and test out the Cruzbikes. I’ve been dallying around the idea of switching to recumbent bikes for about three years now. I used to ride around 150 to 200 miles per week, until my neck and arms began to feel bothersome. I’ve wanted to get back outside and get moving again but I always felt skeptical about the recumbent riding positions and it’s difficult to find people who carry these bikes, and who can speak to their attributes. The visits … helped me understand how the bikes worked and get over that mental hurdle to make the change.
Cruzbike Silvio: S30
The Silvio S30 is a record-setting, road bike analogue with 700c wheels, suspension and road bike components. Accepts Radical Design pannier bags, lights and your favorite wheel set. Fast, smooth, fun. The S30 was the pinnacle of the Silvio road-bikes by Cruzbike. I have one frame left in stock. The S30 was phased out and replaced by the S40 which performs more like a hybrid or light tourer.
Full build with manufacturer’s components: $4,100
Components identical or comparable to manufacturer’s specification.
S30 Frameset: $2,450
The S30 frameset includes the main frame with integrated seat, seat cushions, headrest, front triangle, suspended rear triangle and custom handlebars. Assemble the frameset or have your local bike shop assemble it using Cruzbike’s detailed drawings and instructions, downloadable from the Cruzbike website. This option is good for international athletes and those who prefer to source and purchase their own components.
See this blog entry for an example of my (Robert’s) actual use of a Silvio for light touring.