Easy Racers Inc. Tour Easy EX Older Recumbent Bike

DESCRIPTION

  • 21-speed GripShift
  • wide tires
  • 46-36-26 gearing
  • Shimano XT derailleur

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Jul 20, 2021]
    oldgeezer1


    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    The Tour EZ is fast as stated, in fact surprisingly fast. It is an easy pedal and fairly easy to get used to. It's very quiet and smooth on the shifts. Braking is positive and appropriately firm. On longer rides it's far more comfortable than leaning on a pair of bars. This is a fun well-built bike and definitely worth the price in quality. The resale value is excellent

    Weakness:

    As stated by others this is a long frame bike. It simply doesn't do tight turns very well. It takes up a fair amount of space and is not that easy to transport even with the front wheel off. The smaller front wheel "feel" can be "interesting" especially at the speeds it's capable of. This bike and some other recumbents are definitely slower from a dead stop than traditional bikes because of not being able to apply your weight firmly down on the pedals. For that reason I'd not recommend it as a routine city commuter for safety reasons. Definitely test ride in city traffic if you are considering that use.

    Price Paid:
    $1980.00
    Purchased:
    New  
    Model Year:
    2000
    [Jan 28, 2001]
    Anonymous
    Commuter

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    fast,comfortable,capable, w/good resale value

    Weakness:

    LONG,(hard to haul & store). You could call it a "slow" climber, but you'll be riding (& training) more than you ever dreamed possible, so you'll be constantly improving!

    I just rolled over 3,800 miles on The T.E. this week, all since January '99. It is my favorite bike for my 13 mile daily R.T.C. Upright seating is good for night riding, & it is visible in traffic (for a 'bent).There is a huge following for this bike, & it's easy too see why. Staying up on club rides is no problem, something I could never do on my BikeE.I recommend the Rapid fire upgrade over stock grip shift, & the Kool-Back seat outsells the cobra 3 to 1. The fairing is a bit much for a new rider to take, but there's nothing in the upright world that you can bolt on your bike, & get a 25% speed improvement! HAPPY SHOPPING!

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    [May 15, 2001]
    Anonymous
    Recreational Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    VERRRRRYYYYY COMFORTABLE!!! You can ride for miles at a fast or slow speed and always remain relaxed.You get to see the nice scenery around while riding.You will always be seen by people because it is so unusual.After riding long distances when you get off the bike it takes only a short time to recover if any time at all.No soreness(unless you over do it the first couple of time)very comfortable seat,arms are relaxed while riding.You FLYYYY down hills.

    Weakness:

    It will take a little time and riding to get to be pretty fast.Train by spinning up hills and you will get better in no time.You need a lot of space to store one. It really is expensive for a bike,but they seem to have a very good resale value because the classifieds constantly show people wanting to buy one.

    This is one great bike. I ride the Bianchi alot but when you get tired you are stuck on top of a bike that hurts after a while.When you get tired on the easy racer you take it easy pedaling while still riding and you don't have to stop.BUUUUTTTTT... it takes a little time to develope god leg muscle to ride this bike well, when you get conditioned to it though boy can you really fly. Also easy racers company is the best in customer service. A screw came broken on my bike and I was quickly sent acouple of new ones. I you do get one subscribe to the easy racers recumbent club it is a rally nice magazine. This bike is very good for people who want to get or stay in shape but don't like the pain that goes with sitting on a upright's thin seat.If you could get a good used one go for it...

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    I have not totally gone to recumbents I ride mountain bikes and Bianchi Giro road bike.

    [May 11, 2001]
    Anonymous
    Recreational Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Very well made, comfortable, fast, elegant. The coolback seat is so comfortable, you may want to roll it into your living room when watching the tube! A very stable ride at all speeds. You can just tell when you take this baby out of the box, that nothing has been overlooked. It even included an instructional video to aid in assembly. Easy Racers takes great pride when they make one of these machines...and it shows! I find the bottom bracket height to be at an optimal position for getting the feet to the ground in traffic stops. In addition, there is a loyal fraternity of Easy Racers followers who are always happy to talk about their experiences. You will get a magazine for the club with your bike.

    Weakness:

    I don't really consider it a weakness, but, from the standpoint of transporting it, it is big. However, I didn't buy it to transport it, I bought it to transport me, so it is not a problem. I use a hitch-mounted, flat, basket-type carrier that I mounted a fork attachment to. Spin the handlebars backwards, mount it on the carrier, and I only get about 9 inches of my rear wheel sticking out past the back of my full-size van- acceptable.

    What can I say...see "strengths" above.

    It is a great machine! It may cost more than some, but sometimes "you get what you pay for" is accurate.

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    I had a SWB recumbent, but liked the stable feeling of the Tour Easy- especially while cars are zooming by.

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