Hi Jim, Just wanted to drop a line and tell you about my progress on the Vendetta. Every time I go for a ride I am more amazed at the speed! What a great machine! Yes, there is a bit more of a learning curve but it went much quicker than I thought it would. I have a top of the line Lightning R-84 carbon recumbent. It is very light and is advertised as being very fast and a good climber. The Vendetta is faster on the flats, faster decending, and noticeably faster climbing, thanks to the front wheel drive giving the ability to use upper body to help with the climb. All and all, I am thrilled with the bike. At age 60 and with two artificial hips I was able to set a PR in a metric century be averaging over twenty miles per hour. I could not do that when I was thirty! Thanks for helping me with such a great bike! Regards, Dave
David (Whispering Pines, United States)
I'm a french Cruzbike dealer and I'm very satisfied with the Vendetta; it's my favourite bent because it is very efficient when I'm climbing hills (perhaps a little more than the P38 Lightning) and on the quite flat valley journey it is more efficient than my Metaphysic. I can compare because I made a classical trip-with 5Kg luggage (for me) 70 Km and 450 m of positive climb, at 36,2 Km/h average, it was my first attempt and with only 300 km training. With the same luggage on my Metaphysic my best average were 33,4 Km/h. I could ride with the Vendetta from August to September 2011 (4000 Km with many passes on the french, swiss and Italian Alps. During an 8 days journey with 12 Kg lugages I have been to the Gavia Pass 2618 m, I start from 600 m at 9 O'clock on the morning and I arrive on the top at 12 O'clock. There is 17 % slope and it was really great to climb on the silent because other bent are always noisy (because the chain pulley). I could made the last 17 km and 1400 m slope on 2h 10 min (with 10 min rest). On the afternoon I climb from Bormio 1225 m to Umbrail Pass 2500 m. American people don't know this pass but I'm 53 year old now and I really enjoy to climb quite so fast (with 12 Kg luggages instead of 18) than when I was 38 year old. I'm so enthousiastic I become a little talkative, sorry... I think it's a very good bike; thanks a lot John and Cruz team Jim and Maria, I was waiting this kind of bike since many year (I built my first recumbent 22 years ago).
My V is set up as a 40K time trial race bike.The handlebar modification tucks in my arms and hands for a compact riding position. The hydration pack, pump and tools will be placed in back of the seat to keep air flowing past my torso as clean as possible. The Vendetta is a bike with superb design quality and very high production standards. I am looking forward to riding and racing the V.
Thanks again for your work, because of you and your bike, I'll be riding in the Death Valley Double Century in a week, and I haven't even thought about trying a ride of that distance in 15 years. You've turned back the clock for me!
Julius (Redland, United States)
I got my Vendetta two days ago and today has been my second ride on it . 60 kilometers uphill and downhill. I thought I knew what to expect since I own a Silvio too but it is still better than expected. It is a great bike. It is stiff, light and easy to handle either riding uphill or downhill at high speeds. You feel very secure on it with your arms resting on the bull horn handlebar. And it goes faster than the Silvio on flat roads. The Silvio does climb well and so does the Vendetta but it feels easier on the Vendetta. I have ridden many recumbent bikes but I very sincerely think that the Vendetta is the most accomplished one so far.
Paul (Portland, Australia)