Longbikes Eliminator Recumbent Bicycle
In 2005 Longbikes introduced their Short Wheel Base (SWB) - Under Seat
Steering (USS) Single Eliminators! Always a standout among high quality rugged
short-wheel-base (SWB) under-seat-steering (USS) recumbents the stout frame on the Eliminator gains an adjustable
pedal boom and new chain idler with easily replaceable sprockets. It is
makes it stiff, stable and warranted for riders up to 300 lb. The new
adjustable pedal boom works with the adjustable seat allowing optimal
weight distribution loaded or unloaded. Move the seat and pedals a bit to
the rear when not carrying large loads; forward for touring with a load.
Moving the pedal boom to center your weight requires changing the length
of the front chain so you won’t do it often.
The 3 chains on
this bike keep chain noise to a minimum. The front chain tension is
adjusted by moving the pedal boom slightly. The center chain is adjusted
with an eccentric. The rear chain which does all the shifting is similar
in length to a traditional bike to keep chain weight near what Shimano
designed for helping the rear derailleur work like it should to give you
crisp shifting. On the other hand the Slipstream shifts well too.
The crank set has a single 32 tooth chain ring. Behind that, near the
headset there is a pair of adjustable idler sprockets to raise the chain
above the fork and create shorter manageable lengths of chain, rather than
one really long chain. Under the seat there is a spider that carries four
chain rings. The spider is driven by a chain form the inner of the pair of
chain rings. All the “front” derailleur is here under the seat. It shifts
well but like on our RANS Screamer tandem I sometimes miss being able to
see it shift.
It is complicated, but it works well.
their our own custom recumbent crank set made, chain rings too. The chain
idlers, frame and seat hardware are made in Colorado by Longbikes. They
are beautifully designed and finished, as Longbikes is famous for.
"Hip Hinge" seat provides for independent adjustment of seat tilt and back
recline. Seat bottom rotates on the seat mount for tilt adjustment. This
allows you to set a posterior tilt to prevent you from sliding out without
causing so much back recline that you strain your neck. The four
incremental adjustment positions allow a seat to back angle of 95-115
degrees in 5 degree increments to fine tune the back position as well. A
pair of adjustable struts provide support between the frame and the seat
like wimpy components. Their dovetail seat rail and mating mount are
examples of their attitude toward design. Not light duty parts, they won’t
slip . More work on their part, but Longbikes design philosophy usually
doesn’t do things the easy way!
Frame: 4130 Tube,
2" Diameter Main, Triangulated Frame, Fixed Length Boom. Bolt on rear
triangle with removable drop-outs.
Wheel Base 53.5"
Seat Height 25"
Bottom Bracket Height 27"
Fork 1" Threaded, Chromoly
Head Set 1" Alloy, threaded
Seat Two piece Hip-Hinged, Aluminum tube frame, full mesh.
Steering Indirect Underseat
Handle Bar 7/8" 6061-T6 Aluminum Tube
Bar Ends 2 axis adjustable for perfect hand/arm positioning
Front Wheel Sun Cr-18 406
Rear Wheel Sun Cr-18 26"
Front Hub Shimano XT
Rear Hub Shimano XT
Front Brake Avid Mechanical Disc
Rear Brake Avid Mechanical Disc
Brake Levers Avid Speed Dial 7
Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace Bar Con's
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Crank Set Longbikes 3 Piece Billet 170mm w/single 30% Chain Ring
Pedals SPD Compatible
Idler Longbikes dual 13 tooth
Triple Chain Ring Shimano 105 30/42/52 on Longbikes Spider
Bottom Bracket (Front) Shimano UN52 73/118 in Longbikes Eccentric
Bottom Bracket Shimano UN52 73/118
Chain Shimano HG72
Cassette Shimano LX 9 speed 11-32
Front Tire Kenda Kwest Recumbent 100 psi 1.5 * 20" (406)
Rear Tire Kenda Kwest Recumbent 100 psi 1.5 * 26"
Paint Bright Chrome Yellow with clear coat & top mount decals
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