This, somewhat unstructured, blogpost started on FB. But I wanted to write more. The last weeks I've done some thinking about what's available these days for those looking for a recumbent bike. It started when I saw a Troytec for sale....
...Those Troytecs are nice built bikes, stiff and with proper handling.
Though they forgot to add mudguard eyelets. So even the €5000,- FS HR is
a dry conditions bike only.
This problem is the same for most
performance 'bents. So you either have a sensible bike that not that
fast, or a fast ride that's not easy to life with. One that comes close
to the perfect mix is my Fuego. Apart from some frame flex and a 4 metre
chain, there's nothing better out there.
The Silvio 2.1 could be really good too. And with good I mean 'Dutch', or practical, allround, easy, whatever you call it. The chain on that is short and stays clean. Trust me, that is nice to have on a bike. But in the hunt for easy manufacturing, you'll have to tinker to mount mudguards or lights. So a €3000,- bike won't work without some d.i.y. It does come with suspension, hurray for that! Though their advice is to check the front shock's pressure before every ride. The Fox shock on my Fuego holds it's pressure for months, perhaps even a year.
Flevobikes Greenmachine is a something really special too. It is as easy to maintain as a traditional town bike. Tiny problem is that it has IHG, with silly evenly spaced gears, and a mushy drive train.
M5? Those steer funny.
The performance orientated bikes generally are used for sport only. And the more practical bike are not fast enough for longer distances. My trusty Pioneer actually is a bit the opposite of me, heavy and large. We do get along.
Small/light riders need efficient bikes. Since the Evo K, S and now Strada DF, that problem is pretty much solved in the range of velomobiles. For those who are slender and seek a fast and practical bike, the best solution still is a tuned and personalized bike like, in my case, my Fuego.
You could also start with a Gaucho. That's a bit slower but gives you 2 big wheels and all the benefits that come with that. Using a performance bike as a basis, will have you tinkering for days. And rear suspension is an absolute must have. For comfort and to keep both wheels on the ground.