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Freedom Ryder Superbike Twist Shift
Image of FREEDOM RYDER Superbike Twist Shift
• Uses body lean steering method.
• Employs thin walled 4130 Chrome-Moly tubing, extensive frame triangulation and many anodized aluminum parts.
• Shimano Tiagra indexing top derailleur and LX indexing bottom derailleur with 27 speeds.
• Shimano 9 speed 11-34 cogset.
• White Industries 135mm 32 hole freehub.
• Adjustable aluminum hydraulic steering dampener.
 End UserCaregiverClinician
# Reviews100
Ease of use?4.0000
Meet expectations?5.0000
Overall Rating:
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Jim from Midland, Michigan, USA submitted this review on July 3rd 2006 at 02:28 PM. Jim is an end user who has six months to a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Total engineering and craftsmanship of the lean steering system are the hallmarks of this cycle. It is just so cool. Adjustments are sufficient to fit most people and many items, like the padded seating are included as standard. It is lightweight, yet tough. Easy to fit unassisted in a Pontiac Vibe or similar vehicle with the rear wheels detached and half of the rear seat folded down.
Weaknesses:If you don't have the ability to lean this machine is not for you. Like all the handcycles I have ridden (several Top End Pro models, and a Quickie 470 Sopur as well as an upgraded 27-speed version of this model) they all need a considerable amount of space to turn around in. The Superbike twist shift mounting handlebars took some getting used to when mounting and dismounting and could pose a problem for some riders. I tend to like those controls, as well as the brakes mounted in that position.
Comments:Normal handling on trails with twists and turns is a joy to experience on this cycle. I held off on buying a Top End model until I could try one of the Superbikes in the fall of 2005 and once I rode it I was hooked. Understand that I really liked the Top End model that I had been able to rent for the summer. But if you can handle the lean steering system, the Freedom Ryders are the ones to try out (the front wheel assembly, cranks and seat make up half of the frame, and connect to the back section and rear wheels in two pivot locations). I have been riding the one I purchased since early spring 2006 and have almost 300 miles on it with two extended trips of 27 miles each. It was very comfortable during those, as well as during rides of shorter duration. This is a really well thought-out and engineered ride. This is THE handcycle for me!
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 5 Overall

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