recumbent meets rackmount - the perfect match

Discussion in 'Rack Mounted Engines' started by vegaspaddy, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    hi everyone,

    was surfing around the other night and found a new bike conversion in the recumbent section by a new member called rear engine.

    i think the low sitting position puts people of recumbents because they see themselves getting squashed..... HUMMER RAGE!!!!!!

    This kit mounts onto a 26 inch bike lifting you well of the road and in view of the road around you.

    If you scroll down a couple of pics from the top of this link will see the perfect setup to tour the country with and it would be perfect for a titan or gebe rig.

    Whats cool about this kit is:

    A : since i cant weld and make one myself this is a complete conversion kit

    B : Good Quality recumbents with quality parts are EXPENSIVE, this lets you pick your own good quality mass produced 26 inch bike ($$$$$$ way cheaper) and convert it into a bike similar to a SWB recumbent.

    Since buying my wifes trike last year i have become totally addicted to riding these bikes !!! whats cool about them, everything!!! you get to exercise even with the engine and the best part you get to sit down and relax while doing it ( no more backaches...). Am sure i can convert one or two members over to the world of LAZYBOY cycling and this setup is going to be my winter project for next year.
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  2. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    That is an awesome set-up.

    i built a couple no-weld recumbents years ago, from plans I found on the net..... one was FWD like this kit. It worked really well, but was UNCOMFORTABLE !!!
    With some rear suspension... & a welder.... I may try another one.

    thanks VP for this post!!
  3. augidog

    augidog Banned

    as a tall guy (with a buncha brand new toys) all i can say is...holy-moly, that's NICE!

    i see some land-speed potential in that concept :helmet:
  4. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    i wonder if you could get just the seat and seat back. having now seen them i COULD do them myself but others may not.

    i have a frame design and layout that this seating configuration would really simpify.

    OTOH, there are alot of guys around here that ride high end SWB recumbents and when asked about their opinion of motorizing seem very consistant in a display of terror.

    it seems that with the body mass so far ahead of the rear axle AND so nearly over the steering stem that bumps and other irregularities can be very twitchy even at just pedal speed.

    the suspension of this unit may cancel much of that out however.

    thought this looked familiar, user" rearengine" has a thread about his build with these components and actually has a seating and bar position that seems more sensible, comfortable and controllable than those straight flat bars on top of a tiller rod ( like on the web site )

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  5. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    Yeah i have to give rear engine all the credit for bringing this kit on here....

    if you search around the cruzbike site, will find that the setup is highly adjustable, there are lots of other different builds and you will see a wide selection of handlebars used, not just the straight config,

    The main issue with this setup is center of gravity so the smaller frame will get your weight lower, and the use of the full suspension helps smooth out the bumbs, some of the riders even take them on single track trials.

    I thought this might interest one or two of you, i have seen diy builds around the web similar but they are way out of my league, kits i can deal with!!!!

    This machine can fly thats for sure, searching around it seems roadies use them for training, although its the lighter non conversion type. With the right fairing and good gearing ratio am sure this baby would fly. Its 6 months to winter better start saving.

    Am sure they would sell parts separate, reading the fourm from there website it seems alot of people actually ditch the kit seat and make their own, its not to everyones liking...just like us more tinkering!!!!
  6. rearengine

    rearengine New Member

    bill's Goose

    Hi Guys&Gals
    Thanks Vegaspaddy
    My Mongoose with the kit is a blast to ride, once you get used to the moveable bottom bracket. Thier is a short learning curve, 1/2 to 1 hour ,then I was doing figure 8. You ride it quite like a D/f when going up hill, or sprinting.
    You find your self pulling into the power stroke, like you racers going for the finish line..But with much more comfort:grin5:
    I think a rack mount would work on these bikes as any other with rear suspension. I do believe the closer you keep the weight mass as close to a line though the hubs the better though..
    A pic of my next build... Going with a front hub motor, and batteries under the seat .. Wadayathink??? Take care Bill

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  7. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    is your engine/friction drive a kit? if so...who makes it?
  8. rearengine

    rearengine New Member

    Not a kit.. Engine is mounted on the cranks where the bottom bracket used to be. Over center leaver drops the friction drive roller on ,or off the tire.. There are some detailed pic in the picture gallery, page # 2 under Bill's Goose
  9. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    I see.... it actually pivots on the old BB & bearings.


    what engine did you use?
  10. rearengine

    rearengine New Member

    The engine is a Fuji Robin EC04er 40cc 2stroke, long shaft, no clutch.. Discontinued now I guess. I think it was meant for pumps, cement vibrators and such.. I think there are China Knock offs of the engine though.. take care Bill
  11. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    well this is going to be my winter project i already have the trek y26 in the garage for the conversion, will order the kit come fall and i have a powertrain on the way.

    (man i need a shrink i tried too sell my tanaka a couple of weeks ago but instead of selling, i now have another engine been shipped to me this very minute !!!!! I NEED HELPPPPPP!!!!)

    Found this on youtube last night it looks like underloons beat me to it...
  12. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Seems like motorizing a recumbent makes more sense than just pedaling one, you at least get a laid back seating arrangement.
  13. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    donor bike is in the garage
    engine kit is on the shelve
    conversion kit is on the way......

    This was supposed to be my winter project... so much for that idea, i will do the conversion first and lay off motorizing for a while until i get the hang of riding FRONT wheel Drive....
  14. rearengine

    rearengine New Member

    Thats a good idea, ride the bike with the kit first.. You'll find your hands are pretty full at first learning to ride it , with confidence, and you will .. I'm thinking of going electric, with the same mount I have now as gas.. Let us know how you get along, and take pix.. Bill
  15. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    hi bill,

    you can expect plenty of pms as soon as i get a chance to build it, i might wait of for a little, i really need to buy a quality workstand (park tools) and once i get that then i will be on my way,

    how are your bikes riding, the power assist makes it so much fun, you can ride all day long as if you going down a mountain in the ALPS !!!!!!

    keep dropping in, best wishes VP..
  16. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    My kit should be here tomorrow,

    the only problem now is were to post..... Rackmount or motorized recumbent

    Decisions, Decisions !!!!!!!!
  17. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    :jester: My secondhand conversion kit arrived today, (can you see the grin on my face... new toys)

    So this is what i have sitting in my garage along with my ebay trek Y26 to mount it on, really looking forward to building this but wont get a chance to at least sunday evening.....

    Once i get comfortable with the bike etc, i have gebe robin subaru 35cc to add on but that probably wont be fitted to the end of the summer...
  18. rearengine

    rearengine New Member

    vegaspaddy,,, You better get another kit , cause Honey is gonna take that one away from you.. My bikes are running great, but I'm thinking of going electric on my mongoose kit, if I can find a way to mount the batterys down low.. Have fun ... Bill
  19. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    Dont worry RE she cant ride two wheels, early childhood drama

    besides she already has the coolest recumbent on the street EZ3 AX with electric and honda 50cc am the one who keeps stealing her ride !!!!
  20. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    the morf has begun !!!!

    couldn't resist spent a couple of hours messing tonight.....

    just to get this far took a couple of hours messing, learning curve developing fast altough i am not looking forward to setting up the gears.

    I will throw this together real quick, mess with it, take it apart and send it to the paint shop for a powder finish....

    i already have a brand new Judy rock shock waiting for the finished bike, its going to cazy riding this thats for sure !!!!!

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