Giro Recumbent Bicycles
The Bacchetta Giro
The Giro is Bacchetta's rendition of the popular 20x26 OSS
SWB. It is not a groundbreaking design but rather a refinement with some
improved features and details. This bike is as easy to adjust between
riders as any recumbent in this category. It's three frame sizes fit
riders 5'2"-6'6"++. Shorter riders may find it hard to reach the ground.
The slope of the frame tube means sliding the seat forward for a shorter
rider also raises it, an unfortunate situation. The Burley Django or
Lightning Phantom (size small) will fit most riders under about 5'4"
Denny Loves his Bacchetta Giro
The Giro's 48" wheelbase & steering geometry combine to
give it stable handling and great road manners. It may be the most stable
20x26 I have ridden. The wheels have Shimano 105 hubs, Alex DA16 rims &
stainless steel straight gage spokes. They come mounted with the new Kenda
Kwest (100 psi, 1.5") tires. Many other 20" 406 front 26" 559 rear tires
are commonly available. Any decent recumbent bike shop should stock
several tire choices even some Kevlar belted ones. The Giro is easier than
the Strada for novices to get used to. The 20" front wheel design allows a
slightly lower seat height (23-24") and significantly lower bottom bracket
(26-27"). It is still a pretty aero bike, and fast for this type.
To make it a more versatile commuter and sport-touring
bike the GIRO has plenty of room for fat tires and fenders. It can be
fitted with Bacchetta's own under seat rack that will mount to the seat.
The Rans seat bags fit pretty well (I like the RANS aero-back in yellow
Like most recumbents the GIRO has a triple crank and wide range cassette
giving gears to climb most any paved hill. It has a Chromoly fork and a
SRAM chain. Its price makes it quite a good value for a 20"x26" SWB.
Click here for a
Bacchetta Owner's Manual (requires Acrobat Reader 1.22mb)