Charles Coyne and his crew do an amazing job of producing RCC. It’s is incredible that they are able to do so much. All the workers were friendly and professional. The show was well-organized and well-attended. He had nearly all the top manufacturers there. Also, on the above note of advocacy, Charles and his group are a great example of people working hard to promote bicycling with no eye — as far as I can tell — to personal gain. If anything, it seems to me he’s putting himself at significant financial risk to put on this show. Thank you, Charles and team.
The new Silvio and Vendettas are very impressive on many fronts – performance, adjustability, weight, features, capacity to work with wide range of drivetrains. Both bikes share many of the same qualities. I rode both and put in about 20 mi. on the Vendetta during the Cruzbike morning ride. Both models are better than ever and they’ve shaved 16 oz. off both frames, in part by making the new seat in full carbon fiber. I initially wondered if I’d like the new front boom and drive-triangle, shared by the V and S, but it’s excellent: stiff, highly adjustable, light, clean appearance. The new Vendetta’s paint is a metallic red. The white Silvio looks good too. All in all, the new designs are winners.There’s a very interesting spec effecting drivetrain options, but it’s not published so I don’t want to spill the beans in case something changes. In short, it’s great news and it looks like there’ll be more versatility than in the past.
The Cruzbike booth was popular and, often, nearly all the bikes were out on the test track. I’ve already sold several Silvios so I anticipate the current run to sell out, maybe by end of winter. Go and get yours now.
Nothing but top marks for HP Velotechnik. New Gekko fx 26 is perfect. The new Scorpion “Plus,” perfect. The new “adaptive” pedals and accessories are easy to use and well-made. The new seats, fine.
I’m at a loss for words when writing about the brand and the models, because there’s nothing more to say. They are the gold standard. There are no surprises. They simply continue to prove they are probably the most professional and reliable recumbent manufacturer in the market.
HP Velot. was one of the most popular booths at the show. No surprise there either.Hase
They’re continuing their tradition of being one of the foremost manufacturers of adaptive cycles. They are clearly entirely dedicated to producing the highest quality machines. Again, I don’t know what to say: they’re great. They too had one of the most popular booths at the show.
Patterson Transmission (from FSA)
Superb new internal gear system to replace front chain rings and rear wheel 3-speed hub gears. Inexpensive, quiet, works well. Only time will tell how durable it is over thousands of miles, but I liked what I saw and may well install one on one of my own bikes over the winter to use and abuse it.
http://pattersonbike.com/reviews/Bent Rider On-line
Also one of the most popular booths at the show. Bryan Ball seemed to be in high spirits and told me they sold out of their merchandise by the afternoon of the first “public” day of the show.