Cycle Genius RDX-Raven Recumbent Bike

DESCRIPTION

  • Frame/Fork: Aluminum Frame & Fork
  • Stem: Custom Kalloy Alloy
  • Headset: Alloy Sealed mechanism
  • Handlebars: Kalloy 600mm Alloy
  • Chain: KMC 9-speed
  • Shifters: Sram X-7 27 speed Twist Grip Shift
  • Crank: Truvativ Rouleur Alloy Road Cranks

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 11, 2019]
vibachu


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

I have ridden the RDX 5500 miles over 7 years. It is one of two LWB recumbents I own. The bike is well-made, durable, reliable. It handles well and is pleasant to ride. It is usually a steal when you can find one used. I ride it somewhat less frequently than my RANS Stratus XL. It had a 20 X 1 1/8 tire and I increased it to 1 3/8 for a little softer ride.

Weakness:

The front derailleur was a Microshift which rubbed no matter how it was adjusted or where it was set. I changed to Shimano, which the RANS had and had no problems. I think the large crank should be 50 not 52, and the medium 39 and not 42. I suspect that would better complement the 27" rear wheel, but never got around to changing them. The idler, if you have to replace it, and I did, is exactly that of the RANS Stratus. That sold by Terracycle is too large and causesthe chain to i terfere withthe rear brake cable.

Price Paid:
250
Model Year:
2006
[Apr 15, 2014]
Tim Scanlon

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fast, smooth, great quality overall. Mechanically very simple.

Weakness:

The idler is unnecessary so, after actually speaking with the guy who designed and built the CGR 700c, I took it off. He claimed it was unnecessary too but built it in because every other LWB bike had one. Would have liked to see X-9 parts instead of X-7. May upgrade the bars to Rans for about $ 75 if I get really fussy.

Excellent bike! I rode a Rans Stratus XP over 160 km (100 miles) before I decided to by a LWB bike and have absolutely no regrets buying the CGR 700c other than the fact it is no longer made. I would have bought an extra CGR 700c…just in case (at the bargain price they were).

I have made a 250 km one-day ride on the CGR 700c and stepped off the bike feeling great. I revel in being stared at by pedestrians and fashion conscious snooty club riders. If they only knew how COMFORTABLE this bike is…wow!

[Jun 17, 2012]
bent bentgrin

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

COMFORT, handling, stability, many brazeons for accessories, quality, and incredible value. I owned many recumbents and the only bike that comes close to Raven is Ti-Rush -- Tour Easy close second. However, I paid over $5,000 10 years ago (sold it after one year because touring on such an expensive bike was nerve racking), and the Raven is only $1,400. Surprisingly, I find Raven to more stable speeds below 5-6 mi/hr and downhill at over 45 mi/hr.

Weakness:

Aesthetically it is different.
To improve its appeal for bicycle tourists, Cycle Genius needs an under the seat rack (http://www.t-cycle.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=T&Category_Code=R) and a way to fold for cheaper shipping.

It is an awesome bike for a great price.

[Sep 22, 2008]
dkodo
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Smooth and comfortable
Wide range of speeds
Good Component group

Weakness:

Long chain could use more support

2008 Cycle Genius Raven Recumbent
Light weight and fast and very confortable. Long wheelbase takes a little time getting used to but not a problem. Brushed Aluminum finish is easy to keep it looking great. Riding the Raven becomes so natural is almost a shame I don't have another pair of hands to take pictures of the passing scenery.
I ride on primarily flat land but there are some hills that the Raven takes with ease. It is a lot of fun to ride.

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