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Any thoughts on the new Cannondale Easy Rider?(14 posts)

Any thoughts on the new Cannondale Easy Rider?Applejuice
Dec 23, 2001 11:37 AM
I know this is primarily an upright road bike roading board, but many of you have (or had) Cannondales and there are a few of us 'bent riders out there. Just wanted to hear your thoughts on the new Cannondale recumbent.

http://www.cannondale.com/company/press/bikepress/easyrider.html
It might give the BikeE some competition.STEELYeyed
Dec 23, 2001 12:45 PM
It doesn't peak my interest though.
re: Any thoughts on the new Cannondale Easy Rider?gusriley
Dec 23, 2001 2:15 PM
I'd like to test ride one. Looks interesting enough.
Well, its a Cannondale, so it must be the ultimate I guess. nmDog Breath
Dec 23, 2001 4:41 PM
re: Any thoughts on the new Cannondale Easy Rider?Bernie
Dec 23, 2001 6:27 PM
I saw this machine back 3 months ago in Vegas and was impressed. I hope they sell for the sake of Cannondale, but I cannot see myself buying one. Until these types of bikes are widely accepted and not more of a novelty item, it just appears to me as a luxury item for the rich and eccentric. Although,I know of one person (a doctor) who loves these types of machines, swears by them (has more than one) . But still, he might be considered by many to be a bit eccentric.
You'd be Surprisedgusriley
Dec 23, 2001 7:02 PM
Bernie, if you've ever been on a large organized ride like RAGBRAI, CNC, BRAG or any of the others, you'd be surprised at the number of recumbants out there. Everyone who I've talked to who ride them, swear by them. I think one will be in my future eventually even though I have four singles (about three too many) and a tandem road bike(s) and hugley enjoy all of them.
You'd be SurprisedBernie
Dec 23, 2001 8:54 PM
That's the thing. I already own 3 bicycles. And at this moment, I'm very interested in a fourth. Considering a recumbant would be so over kill.
You'd be Surprisedgusriley
Dec 23, 2001 9:34 PM
My better-half would kick my butt bad if I even thought about another bike! I'd have an imprint of a frying pan on top my head! :)
re: Any thoughts on the new Cannondale Easy Rider?Akirasho
Dec 24, 2001 1:29 AM
It'll be interesting to see if they can sustain the model...

Recumbent markets are odd to predict and as varied as the types of 'bents and bent riders... While Cannondale might be looking to tap into that "Baby Boomer with disposable income and the icy finges of Death near their necks" market (I'm one too) there are tons of options already in the market... and while I've yet to see or test ride one, it's design seems... ordinary.

Even almighty Trek with it's impressive dealership and distribution infrastructure didn't seem to get it right (a do it all 'bent that didn't). While the Trek R200 was a nice try, it seemed a bit overdesigned for it's intended market and quite lacking from an all out performance POV. Indeed, the Bike E has been quite successful (at least from what I've seen on the road and trails) in this market...

Now, if Cannondale had taken a risk and gone with a specialized racing lowrider ala Baron... or better yet, a racing Trike, I'd probably be buring a bit of plastic (and begging for overtime) myself... As it stands, 'bent builders like Vision, Rans and Bike E are probably breathing a sigh of relief...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Trek R200 or BaronKStone
Dec 24, 2001 12:45 PM
I'm sure Trek would like us all to forget the 'bent that coined a new cycling term...not toe overlap but LEG overlap!!!...ouch. Looks like the Baron suffers the same condition.

Personally, I rate recumbents right up there with Softrides and would rather French Kiss the ol' 38 than be forced to ride either.
re: options...Akirasho
Dec 24, 2001 2:50 PM
... the Baron is a very specific platform... more of an HPV racer than an all rounder (course, I know a few who use it for said).

KStone, I'm unaware of your experience with 'bents. The term "recumbent" is generic... just like "bicycle"... from the term alone, there's not enough information to accurately describe it's best use...

Recumbents in general, offer a wide variety of options for most every taste and after having tried the " ol' 38 " thing with a 9mm 115 grain hollowpoint... I'll take the 'bent OR Softride!

We abide.

Remain In Light.
I'd ride one-if I had prostate problems!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(nm)Rusty McNasty
Dec 24, 2001 7:39 AM
SuggestionNasty McRusty
Dec 24, 2001 1:02 PM
Maybe it will help with your blue balls.
I've been threatening to buy a 'bent for years, but...cory
Dec 26, 2001 8:38 AM
LBS owner here has ordered a bunch of them--he's convinced he's going to sell them to people who "can't get comfortable" on a wedgie, and also convert some of us baby boomers. He also handles Bike E, and I borrowed one of those for a few days last summer. My first time on a 'bent (even if Bike E doesn't really qualify...). I was surprised--it FELT slow, but my times on my regular rides were about the same, within the normal deviation.
I'm embarrassed to say the main problem I had with it was that it LOOKED geeky, not in a flat-out weirdball recumbent way, which I wouldn't mind, but in a "not quite weird enough to be cool" way. Cannondale seems to be the same. It looks sort of...orthopedic, but not cool like a Vision or Lightning. I'd still sort of like a 'bent, but I want one that LOOKS like a recumbent.