Richard's Recumbent - 2006 version
is the 2009 version of my Offroad racing recumbent. So far I was on the
podium in 8 of my first 10 adventure races with it, including overall
wins at ESAR (twice), Beat Hunger and Storm the Trent. I also completed
races including the multi- day Eco Endurance Aventure Raid
Since 2005 I have a new rear swing-arm and a new carbon seat/ rack
Near the finish of the 24hr Summer Solstice race
At the top of a steep climb during ESAR 08
Through the muck at
RockstAR (c/o Mike Vandenbosch)
The bike was built mainly by Jim Best of Best Bike Works.
This is the version with a rigid fork and Pantour suspension front hub.
It's a little easer to maneuver, but the SID fork eats up logs and
The seat is a new all-carbon one made by Thundervolt, with integrated
Seat Height is 28", BB Height 23".
The frame is machined aluminum, and can
fold at the front of the rear black section after the seat is popped
The stem is adjsutable and can fold the bars flat for transport.
Bike weight is 33lbs or 15kg.
I am currently using
a RockShox SID SL fork. I also have a rigid front fork and a 26" wheel
with Pantour 1" travel
suspension hub, which I will use for less extreme riding. It has more
rake and handles a bit better, but the SID is best for big hits over
rocks and logs, and is probably more durable than the Pantour.
and derailleurs are Shimano XT and XTR
Bbrakes are Avid
Hubs are Chris King
Cranks are Race Face Carbon
Time ATAC carbon.
Here are some frame closeups during production at Jim Best's
frame on the workbench. You can see the cad-cam box frame front
half and the welded truss rear frame, along with the lockable rear air
Here you can see the Race Face crank and
the modified AMP F3 front shock, and you can see how the box frame was
Here is the 2005 version of the final bike.
It is designed with a
fairly upright seating positon for excellent climbing, and an open
cockpit for easy dismounting and hopping on.
aspect. The little rack has been very handy.
Below are some images of a lighter and stronger version for 07.
Oh-oh, frame failure after a couple of very rocky races.