January 17, 2017/ Lucia Parker
I just want to know what his experience switching from Bacchetta to Cruzbike is and what his honest evaluation is and how much difference the outcome makes.
We recently fielded this question from a future Cruzbike owner. He’s not alone in seeking real-rider perspective on the Bacchetta vs. Vendetta question, especially as it relates to the ability climb fast on a recumbent bike. So we put him in touch with Rick Youngblood who made the switch from Bacchetta Corsa to Cruzbike Vendetta. Thousands of miles later, here’s what Rick generously shared:
Okay. My experience is 11,582 miles on my Vendetta 2.0 and prior to that 3,736 miles on a Silvio 2.1. I owned a Bacchetta Corsa, Rans Xstream, MetaBike, to name a few. The Silvio and Vendetta outperformed them all, especially when it came to climbing.
The Silvio climbs much more efficiently than the Bacchetta in my opinion by producing more power to the drive wheel because of the stiffness of the drive system. The Vendetta does an even better job climbing than the Silvio, due to it being lighter and stiffer than the Silvio.
The Vendetta sits closer to the ground than a Bacchetta which in my option helps with starts to better eliminate stalls and fall overs, especially when climbing.
I had no problem learning to ride the uniquenouse of Cruzbike’s MBB/FWD. I was up and running with less than 100 miles and felt quite at home. I waited until I had a couple of hundred miles under my belt before starting to practice and conquering hills. However it takes a little patience and time to adapt to it, but it will be well worth the efforts applied.
I don’t consider the Bacchetta to be in the same performance class as the Vendetta.
Since owning the Vendetta my riding area increased substantially by incorporating more hills and mountain areas in my rides. I live in northern California with lots of mountainous riding available. I need a good climbing recumbent bike and I believe the Vendetta to be best climbing recumbent available. There is absolutely no other recumbent I would want to ride other than the Vendetta.
There are tons and tons of stories on the Cruzbike forum. And hey, just in case if you are wondering I do not work for Cruzbike and am not affiliated with them. They are a great company with a superb unmatched product. You may connect with me through email any time.
You can connect with Rick on the Cruzbike Forum @Rick Youngblood. Thanks, Rick, for sharing your experience so generously.