Cruzbike Vendetta V20 owner, Eric Wilson, shared his early experience with us in a couple of emails this summer. He told us we could publish it here to help prospective customers who are in a similar situation. Enjoy!
Deciding on the Cruzbike V20
My journey began over a year ago when I met someone riding a Cruzbike Vendetta V20 during a bike event here in Vancouver. He was from Seattle, and I didn’t get a chance to talk to him much, but enough to get the name of his bike and how much he loved it. I Googled as soon as I got home, and that was the seed. Since then, I’ve followed your blog, forum, YouTube, etc., and of course contacted you about the test ride. I had still only seen the one bike.
A new performance road bike has been on my mind for some time, and I was seriously looking at the Bacchetta Carbon Aero c700, as I currently have a Giro. In the interim, I did some very basic upgrades to my Giro (tires, chainrings, etc.) and was enjoying it more, but still felt hampered, especially on hills. And here we have some really, really big hills! I love the Bacchetta, and in an ideal world would keep both, but I’m not that well resourced. Plus, I also have a commuter and MTB to keep happy.
Then, one of the Cruzbike Forum members in Vancouver posted he had just bought a Q45 and was looking for local recumbent buddies. I contacted him and we met up to check out our recumbents. He didn’t offer to let me ride it (I get that), so I just looked it over for build quality, detailing, his impressions, etc. I really liked it, and he seemed pleased, though he’s still not at the top of the MBB learning curve. He’s a more experienced and competitive rider than I am, and perhaps a little envious that I was thinking about a V20. ☺ Most importantly, his first impressions seemed to support the performance claims of the MBB set-up, and he has an Optima Baron HR to compare against.
In any case that, and my desire to always try new things, did it, and I bought the V20 Frameset. I’ll be sure to participate in the Forum (I am @efwyvr) as I continue along my journey. Now I’m headlong into the build phase. I’m a fairly competent mechanic, but have never built a bike, so I am really looking forward to it.
Early update on the Cruzbike V20
The other day, after a relatively leisurely ride after work, a traditional frame cyclist came up behind me and exclaimed, “That’s the fastest recumbent I’ve ever seen.” My sentiments exactly, I thought, and smiled. I love my Cruzbike… and I’m only just beginning the journey.
It’s been a steady, but shallow learning curve. I think having the Bacchetta experience helped, as once the differences were out of the way, the recumbent experience itself was familiar. I love that every single ride brings more confidence and speed. Mind you, things still get a little squirrely at very low and very high speeds, but time will conquer all.
The biggest difference I’ve found with the Bacchetta is on climbs. My technique with the Bacchetta was to pick the gear and attempt to maintain the cadence, no matter what. If I lost cadence, it was a real slog to get it back. With the Vendetta, I really feel like I’m attacking the hill, and even mid hill can speed up, or even gear up. Other things I’ve found are that the Vendetta is better over rough roads and bumps, and I was even running wider tires on the Bacchetta. I’m also having fewer issues with foot numbing, which was becoming a real concern on the Bacchetta, and leading me to question if my recumbent days were numbered. Very happy to see that’s not the case.
Thanks again for everything you do for recumbents.