The ultimate in speed and ergonomics on two wheels, the Cruzbike V20 recumbent bike is for the cyclist who wants the ultimate performance machine. Light, aerodynamic, powerful, sexy. Small bumps are smoothed out by its slightly longer wheelbase, yet the V20 seat is still high enough to make eye contact with automobile drivers. Make no mistake, this multiple record holding recumbent bike will enable you to top your fastest speeds in style. Overall, the V20 is the fastest unfaired bicycle on the market.

Buying Options

US customers may order the V20 complete as featured. The complete option includes all main components installed in the frame, custom-fit to your measurements. The installation includes shifters, brakes, main cable housing and grip tape. The drive wheel includes the cassette pre-installed. The V20 may also be purchased as a frameset for $2,650.

Custom Fitting

We’ll build your complete V20 to your measurements. Once you’ve placed your order, head on over to the Bike Fit page and send in your measurements. We’ll send you an email to remind you after your purchase.

Model Evolution

The 2015 Vendetta V20 delivers the following improvements to Version 2.0:Improved boom and slider for even better power delivery Accommodates 11-speed systems Improved front derailleur cable management for easier set-up and adjustment Press-fit RD hanger to keep everything in order on front wheel changes 3 mm additional tire clearance on the fork Accommodates up to a 28c tire Improved headrest attachment for adjustability Additional cable adjuster position on slider clamp Front light attachment point


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The adjustable front boom is stiff and light, allowing for customized positioning of feet and handlebars. The front chainstay is available in two sizes, allowing riders of varying heights to position feet higher or lower depending upon preference.


The V20’s mainframe is a light, strong and beautifully curved hydroformed (HF) aluminum tube. The hydroforming process delivers a frame that has a high stiffness to weight ratio. The result is a stiff frame that is very smooth on the road.


The V20’s seat is made of lightweight carbon fiber and fits the frame contour delivering maximum power transfer efficiency. The recline angle is 20 degrees, which puts you in a superior aerodynamic position compared to anything on the road. The washable cushions and adjustable headrest make the V20 very comfortable to relax on at any speed.


The slightly longer wheelbase of the V20 (1149 mm / 45.3 in), results in a bike that is amazingly smooth with very responsive handling. The extended wheelbase also places the rider slightly lower for maximum aerodynamic advantage and the most effective weight distribution.


The main hydroformed frame of the V20 weighs in at 3.7 lbs, making this one of the lightest recumbents on the market.


The V20 complete is equipped with a component set designed for the cyclist who wants superior performance.

Limited Edition Hand Painted Cruzbike Vendetta V20


Cruzbike combines the best features of traditional frame road bikes with the aerodynamics and comfort of fixed boom recumbent bikes. This technology puts performance and ergonomics in the same bicycle. The core of the drive system is Cruzbike's unique dynamic Boom Front Wheel Drive. The advantage of Dynamic Boom Front Wheel Drive is the linkage of the upper and lower body across the drivetrain as it rotates around the axis of the head tube.

This linkage allows you to boost power when climbing or sprinting by engaging the upper body in much the same way as standard diamond frame riders do when they climb or sprint. Every other production recumbent bicycle in the world has a fixed-boom. Cruzbike has learned through many years of research the best implementation of Dynamic Boom Front Wheel Drive technology.


  • Frame:Vendetta V20 hydroformed aluminum frame with internal rear brake cabling
  • Cranks:FSA 34/50 or 36/52
  • Calipers:FSA or SRAM
  • Shifters:SRAM Rival
  • Cassette:11-36
  • Front Derailleur:SRAM Rival
  • Rear Derailleur:SRAM GX Long Cage
  • Wheels:700c
  • Tires:700x25c
  • Handlebar:Custom designed for the Vendetta, the bars are a slightly wider, flared version of the usual road drop bar and are designed for road bike brake and gear levers.
  • Seat:One-piece custom carbon fiber
  • Note:Components of equal value may be substituted. Subject to component availability.


Medium or Large? The x-seam measurement range for medium and large are listed below. Generally, the large chainstay puts the riders feet up higher, how high depends upon the rider's leg length.

  • Standard X-seam range:915 mm (36 in) to 1245 mm (47 in)
  • Large Chainstay X-seam range:965 mm (44 in) to 1295 mm (50 in)


  • Complete:Approximately 11.8 kg ( 26 lbs). Complete weight varies depending upon component choice.
  • Main Frame:1.6 kg ( 3.7lbs)


Wheelbase 1149 mm 45.3 in
Chainstay length - standard 496.9mm 19.6 in
Rake (front fork offset) 30.4 mm 1.2 in
Head tube angle (steering axis) 72 degrees
Trail 76.5mm 3.0 in
Backrest angle 20 degrees
Length of Bike (varies by adjustment and chainstay length) 1803 - 2032 mm 71 - 80 in
Seat Height (low point) 521.2mm 20.5 in
BB Height (varies by adjustment and chainstay length) 584 - 846mm 23 - 34 in


The complete option includes all main components installed in the frame, including shifters, brakes, main cable housing and grip tape. The drive wheel includes the cassette pre-installed. Required assembly can be accomplished at home and only takes about 20 -30 minutes and you are on the road!

You'll clip the rear derraileur into place, attach the wheels, slide the headrest into place, bolt on the seat, adjust and tighten the boom and slider to your specific provided fit, and attach the handlebars. The required tools are a 3mm, 4mm, 5mm allen, and an 8mm wrench. We include easy-to-follow instructions, too!

We recommend that if you have any questions about the final tuning of your bicycle, you take it to your local bike mechanic.

The Complete V20 ships via freight in a fully reusable and curbside recyclable EcorrCrate, specially designed for the V20. Our shipping crates are rated at 300 lbs stackable weight - this is not your ordinary cardboard box full of packing material that will take you weeks to dispose of. Once you unpack your new V20, the crate can be broken down and stored flat or simply recycled.


Ventisit for V20 and S30

The Ventisit seat pad has an open structure with a layer of air between you and the seat, nearly eliminating a sweaty back. It is 3 oz, (85 grams) lighter than the standard Cruzbike cushion and provides noticeable suspension, but it's not too soft. The material does not absorb moisture and you only need to shake it after a rain shower. It is shaped to fit the unique Cruzbike carbon fiber seat. The Ventisit does not damage clothing, but can feel a little rough on bare skin. Ventisit pad fits the Silvio 2.0, Vendetta, S30, and V20.

Performance Adjustable Headrest

Dial in fit and position for maximum comfort and speed.

Moose Pack

A customer-designed masterpiece that attaches easily behind the seat of the Cruzbike Vendetta V20. It fits ride necessities and improves aerodynamics.

Scarab Bag for V20 and S30

Lightweight,weather resistant, high volume carry all designed for the Cruzbike Vendetta V20 and Silvio S30. This bag fits underneath the seat and wraps the frame for an ideal weight placement. The Scarab takes less than a minute to install. Easily fits your tools, a change of clothes plus a small laptop or your tablet for a commute or longer ride. Its placement does not distract from the aerodynamics and even when loaded does not affect the handling. Add to cart to choose V20 or S30 version.

Curved Slider for V20 or S30

The curved slider is designed to lower the handlebars for better visibility, or to raise the handlebars for more clearance by 40mm up or down. It is a direct replacement for the current model S30 (White), and Black/Hand Painted V20, and Red V20 only. This slider also features bottle cage mounts, just like the stock slider.

Sling Pack

The Cruzbike Sling Pack works perfectly to carry your tools and tubes, a cell phone, a small air pump, snacks, keys and even a light jacket or arm warmers. It is water resistant with zippered pockets inside to keep small items from rolling around.

Cruzbike Bottle Cage

Light weight, anodized alloy side and top-pull cage that works for either left or right. It weighs only 47 grams. Pick up two for each of your Cruzbikes.

Headrest Cage Mount Kit

This twin bottle cage kit is a modification of an existing performance cage kit made for traditional frame bicycles. It has been modified for the Vendetta and Silvio headrest by one of our customers. It holds two bottle cages in an aerodynamic, easy-to-reach position behind the Vendetta or Silvio headrest.

Utility Post Add-on for Cage Mount Kit

Mount your rear light, camera, or other lightweight accessories.

Light Mount Kit

This light mount clamps to the lower cross bar on the Vendetta V20's front fork. It works with the standard and large chainstay sizes (small has no cross bar).

Zefal Spy Mirror

A versatile, lightweight mirror that mounts with no tools required. Universal mounting. This mirror works with all our bicycles.

TiGr Mini Lock

TiGr Locks are secure, simple, lightweight, easy to use, easy on the eyes and hand crafted in the USA. This lock is simply the best lock we've found for use with all Cruzbike models.

The V20 frameset includes the main frame with integrated seat, seat cushions, headrest, front triangle, and custom handlebars. Assemble the frameset or have your local bike shop assemble it using our detailed drawings and instructions, downloadable from the V20 Resources on this page. This option is for our international customers and for those who prefer to source and purchase their own components. Add to cart to select standard or large chainstay.




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Yesterday I competed in the senior games state finals. There were three time trials and the Vendetta won two golds and one silver. What a fantastic bike! The other bikers were amazed with it. If I can place in the top three next year I could go to nationals with is only held every other year for some reason. Have a great day and thanks for helping me find such a great bike!

David (Whispering Pines, United States)

I had never ridden a recumbent before so everything was new. It took about a week for me to get used to riding in traffic, intersections and all. I’ve been on the bike about three weeks now. I’ve just started doing some short climbs with 10% grades. Does not seem to be a problem, middle chain ring and 11/ 25 gear cog. I found that as I start a climb and begin to slow down my control of the bike improves the harder I push. I also seem to have more power compared to my DF bike, even when I stand, and much less fatigue. My average speed on the flats is at least 2mph faster than the DF bike (with aero bars) and less effort. The biggest difference is at the end of the ride, I don’t feel trashed (back, neck, groin and hands) and I don’t feel that I have to spend the next two days recovering.

Steve (Fresno, United States)

As a former Ironman triathlete sidelined by a neck injury, I thought my cycling days were over. Five years later I found the Vendetta. Skepticism, trepidation and fear kept me from buying it for almost two years. I realize now that I simply wasted two years of riding time. The Vendetta has been a miracle for me and has gotten me back on the bike and riding at the FAST, AGGRESSIVE style I used to ride during my race days. After five years completely away from the bike, and now after only 6 rides on the Vendetta, I went out for a 26 mile ride and averaged 19.5mph. I am exhilarated to see just how fast and far the Vendetta is going to allow me to go. Just when I thought that I was going to be moving on and away from riding, the Vendetta has resurrected so many goals and plans I once had that are now back on the table. As I always say: Don't take the road less traveled; make your own road!!

John (O Fallon, United States)

What V made me surprise was it was really fun!! Finally I realised I had done 170km ride although my original plan of the day was to do a test ride for 10-20 km. Since then, V always provides me an enjoyable time. V is the best bike I've ever had. Thank you for inventing the bike.

Viwataro (Maibara, Japan)

Climbing hills earlier I was often dropped on the other recumbents I have. With the Vendetta I could easily follow them and could also have passed them if I wanted to. I never thought I would be able to write that I was capable of passing club members on climbs.

Peder (Grimstad, Norway)

... I can push much higher gears on the V. In my build thread I mentioned that on my RWD bent I used a 22 tooth front chainring and a 34 tooth at the back. In part this confirms my weak climbing abilities but thats what it took to get me to the top of steep hills albeit slowly. On the V the ultegra triple with a 30tooth small chainring and 34 cassette gets me up the hills. If my calculations are correct the V is able to develop 30%. more distance per revolution of the crank with what feels like the same amount of power from my legs. I don't know how to explain this remarkable state of affairs in enginneering terms but there is something about the V that makes it a far more efficient bike than the three other I own. It raised the hair at the back of my neck and a shiver of emotion in the bitterly cold hours of Tuesday morning when I realised I was going to complete a very hard 400km on a recumbent. For me, the early evidence, is that the V is going to open up big possibilities for my long distance riding. This I know, the V is a cracker of a bike. John Tolhurst you're a genius and I dips me lid to you.

Paul (Sydney, Australia)

For my first serious ride, I took the V to my local hill where I train for climbing. Its a 2.3km stretch that goes from sea level to 190m. The average gradient is about 7.5%. On my normal rear wheel drive recumbent it takes me 31 minutes, the best I've ever done is 28 minutes but at the end of that effort I was totally spent. On the first run with the V it took me 21 minutes. At first I thought that I must have got my starting time wrong. It couldn't be that on my first outing under power with the V there was a minimum 25% improvemnt in climbing performance over my usual bike. So I went for a second and a third: 18 minutes for the second run and 20 for the third.

Paul (Sydney, Australia)

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).

Gabriel (France)

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)

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