My first experience with recombent was a Toxy ZR. I love speed! And I hate maintenance! So the long chains on most recumbents were nothing for me. It was insanely difficult to learn riding it, but my goodness, it runs! It is only good for the best roads though because of the 20" wheels. Confrontations with some holes in the tar gave me an insecurity, that didnt seem to disappear. I also realized, that the low point of gravity wasnt necessarily only beneficial. The bike is very nerveous. So I started looking for something with bigger wheels. For a long time I was just sooooo keen to get a Vendetta or Silvio. But I had to realize, that they are rigidly optimized for the highway. As much as I love the highway, I never take part in competitions, but regularly have to bring lots of stuff from the shop and climb hills, drive on gravel and roads, that dont look like roads :- ) So I started looking into the Sofrider and found that: - it allows you to use different wheels! Amazing! - it allows you to change the seat position and angle - it has much room for moving your body weight forth and back - For the price of some few kilos it is so much cheaper So I let go of the beautiful dreams of the perfect runner :- ( maybe sometime to come :- ) and ordered a Sofrider through Peder Torgersen in Norway. It arrived yesterday. Unpacking and assembling was easy. The worst point was actually, that the chain had to be opened to let it run through the frame! A bit confusing thought, that the box sais: Sofrider v 2.2. After 3 hours I had made all basic adjustments - seat on and of three times to get in touch! - and was ready for the street. The first feeling was: Wow, it rocks! This chainway is amazing. The Toxy ZR has twists the chain when steering. The Sofrider is stiff. I found myself using much power forcing the bike to stay on track the first kilometers. Then at moments I could relax and feel the flow. Only to realize the next moment I was about to crashland in the bushes because I didnt pay attention, haha, I suppose, I will get used to it soon.