BikeE E2 Older Recumbent Bike

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[Jan 06, 2002]
wentwo
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Comfortable, easy to ride, cheap.

Weakness:

Not designed for serious tandem rides. Suitable for bike-path (flat) applications, but I would not want to ride it down a 40mph hill.

We bought a new (mfg July 2001) E2 and rode it a few times. It was quite comfortable, but slow and rife with defects. The front brake failed, the front derailleur worked poorly, and the rear-tire blew off the rim at 5 mph in a smooth parking lot. (we are a relatively light, 290 lb team.) Our interactions with Bike E customer service were less than satisfactory, and upon hearing that the rear wheel problem had occurred many times on other E2''s, but had supposedly been fixed on ours, we lost confidence in their ability to build a safe tandem. We returned the bike to the dealer who graciously gave us full credit towards a RANS Screamer.

Similar Products Used:

RANS Screamer, RANS Vivo, Easy Racers Tour Easy.

[Jan 10, 2001]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This is a great bike for couples who enjoy keeping company. On a tandem, we stay close enough to easily carry on a conversation. The E2 is comfortable for both of us--the seats are soft, well-made, and easy to adjust. The back seat (the stoker) has an air shock for a smooth ride. The components seems well suited to the bike. Shifting is precise enough for recreational riding and sure beats the 10 speed I had 35 years ago. Braking has never been a problem.

The handle bars give a place to mount mirrors and computer. We easily hang bags and such on the seats.

Weakness:

It took us some time to get comfortable riding a tandem recumbent. The captain sits virtually on top of the front wheel which takes some getting used to. A tall rider might find the handlebars are too far away and my knees almost bump my thumbs, but not quite. This would not be a good bike for those who like to recline a lot.

BikeE has strengthen the front rim and changed the spokes. They are also reducing the recommended air pressure from 110 to 85 psi, according to my dealer. My front wheel was replaced at no charge to me (we've had no problem).

This is a really long bike. We can get it into my Plymouth Voyager if I mess with the seats. I also mount it on an (upside down) Saris carrier on the back of the van. Yes, it does stick out a little on both sides, so I pay close attention to my driving and turning.

Don't even think of riding this bike solo!! And it would be nice to pedal independently (there must be some reason this isn't commonly available).

This has been a great bike for us. We can share an outdoor, physical activity. I can't think of any similar activity which would work as well for us. On separate bikes, one would always be slower or less interested in riding. Riding tandem is not for couples who argue or can't compromise a little.

Riding a tandem recumbent is an attention-getter, for sure. Everybody looks, and most people smile and wave.

BikeE has hit a sweet spot with the E2.

Similar Products Used:

We test rode a Rans tandem, but the $4000 price tag was too high. We both liked the Rans but thought the E2 was a far better value.

[May 16, 2001]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Comfort, adjustable for virtually any size rider

Weakness:

Little adjustability to handlebar setup, but optional setup is available for optional dollars

Big hit with my kids. It is a snap to adjust for the two different riders. It also accomodates two adults very well (6'3" 190 lbs in front, 6'1",225 lbs. in back; absolute rookie captain), but it is critical to adjust the air shock for the heavier load. At the opposite extreme, my 11 year old can ride it by himself, as do I. It tracks well and stops well. With your feet extended out well beyond the front wheel, it turns better than you think, and you must adjust your mindset to take into account that the wheelbase is shorter than you think. It took me about a week to feel comfortable, and feeling comfortable is a big help, as the bike is more responsive if you are leaning back in the seat rather than hunched forward (which seems to be most people's first instinct). Built like a truck, it should last forever.

Similar Products Used:

Homemade recumbent tandem, upright mountain bike tandems

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