: keith Barkalow, Sun Prairie, WI
Good Stuff: comfort for 100+ mile rides
Bad Stuff: nothing
How I Ride: road and trails
I used to say, that on a diamond-framed bike that the fun was over around 75 miles; sore: hands, seat, neck, & back. I ride my CA 2.0 100+ miles without any of those complaints.
Carbon Aero 2.0
: Brenda Nash, Spring, Tx.
Good Stuff: Looks Great; Speed; Comfort; Light weight; & Get lots of looks!
Bad Stuff: That I Can't ride more!!
How I Ride: Neighborhood with lots of good streets & hills
I am 55 yrs. of age, and have always been into health & fitness, was riding a regular road bike, and nothing but aches & pains, so I purchased my Carbon Aero in September of 2012, and in 3 months, I have almost 700 miles on it. I absolutely love the ride, very comfortable; and I wish I had more time to ride. The seat is very comfortable; I get a lot of funny looks, but most everyone gives me a thumbs up, and yells, " I like that bike, or Cool Bike", so I just smile, wave, and keep pedaling. I am the happiest when I'm on my bike, and in 2013, I plan to roll it many, many miles! Happy Trails to you!
I'm back in the saddle again
: Curtis Weinstein, Lake Geneva, WI
Good Stuff: Speed, comfort, looks, no chiropractor
Bad Stuff: This feeling of superiority
How I Ride: Hilly 50-75 mile rides @ 17+
It all started in Aspen, Co. where as a high school student I traded my Schwinn Varsity for a Peugeot. 44 years later, pounding the pavement on numerous great uprights became a painful austerity. We use to chase down recumbents, and rather than zip by, I would engage in dialogue and felt these riders all had an aire of sophistication with the consummate smile. I researched a recumbent that would prolong my love of riding, which led me to what I felt was the ideal machine. with the CA2.0, I got it right the first try. This is an extremely comfortable and responsive machine. It took me a month to keep pace with my diamond frame colleagues, but four months later, they can no longer keep pace. Two buddies are now researching Bacchetta's of their own. I've learned to carry my speed and power up the Wisconsin hills. No substitute for strong legs, but the knees do ache after a vigorous jaunt. I purchased the Sram XO Drive train with the FSA SLK Carbon Crank and a am satisfied with snappy solid shifts. I ride with Bontrager race lite wheels. Love the Corvette blue pain job. I wholeheartedly recommend this bike those that want to tour distance and enjoy performance machines.
I'm 'back in the saddle again'
: Curtis Weinstein, Lake Geneva, WI
Good Stuff: The machine is FAST, comfortable, fun to ride, and turns a lot of heads
Bad Stuff: Not enough time to ride or bents to ride with
How I Ride: 50-80 miles, mostly hilly, recreational with a competitive adge
After 44 years of riding and racing great uprights, my joy of riding came to an end after pounding the pavement became an unbearable austerity. Then I researched and ordered a CA2.0. I think I hit it right the first time around. What a great bike and a good looking machine. Wheel & Sprocket of Hales Corners, WI. took excellent care of me. The days of riding with pain and short stepping around the house afterwards are over. Took delivery of the bike this July and have been riding about 100 miles every week-end. All my buddies still ride uprights and I had anxiety about keeping pace. After a month I was keeping up and now my friends are threatening to buy bents of their own to keep up with me. I usually coast down the hills so my friends can catch up power up the Wisconsin Hills, but after 70-80 miles, my knees do get a bit testy. Every month I lower my seat a hole and I just keep getting stronger and faster. The SHRAM group provides fast snappy shifts. I ride with Bontrager Race X Lite wheels. I have no other Bents to ride with but ran into a guy during a Lon Haldeman ride who at 72 rode his Bacchetta 4100 miles from Washington to Maine solo in 40 days. I want to be him. The desire and riding smile is there, I just need the beard!
: Stan O'Neal, Benbrook, TX
Good Stuff: Everything
Bad Stuff: Nothing
How I Ride: Serious Recreation
3000 miles and counting. 2012 is my second summer with this bike, and I wish I had gotten the CA 2.0 sooner. It is wonderful! I've been getting better average speeds and less body ache than on the traditional road bike. There's something about the way the rider is positioned on this bike that appears to help reduce wind resistance and greatly increase pedaling efficiency. I bought a frame set and built it the way I wanted it. The Bacchetta people really know their bikes, and they were great to deal with. Any questions I had were answered promptly, and they helped me build my bike and get it properly fitted. I highly recommend this bike to anyone
What fantastic bike
: David Rayl, Escondido, California
Good Stuff: Stiff, fast, responsive
Bad Stuff: Not enough time to ride.
How I Ride: Several short hill climb rides and one long flat ride a week for exercise.
I upgraded to my CA2.0 from a Rans F5 Pro about nine months ago because I wanted a lighter go fast bike. I was very pleasantly surprised at my first ride, not only was it lighter, it's handling was much sharper and the CA2.0 seems to transfer power more efficiently. Owning the CA2.0 led me to the purchase of my Giro 26 ATT, love it as well.
Great bike and great service
: Jonathan Krieger, Grand Rapids, MI
Good Stuff: Fast, Comfortable, Looks Great
Bad Stuff: Drive train a bit noisy
How I Ride: Long day rides, non-competitive
My old ride was a Rans V-Rex. Nice bike but a bit heavy for my aging legs. Was hoping for a machine that would increase my efficiency and expand my radius of travel. The CA 2.0 has done that and more. Last year I was content with 40-50 mile rides. Now 65 or more miles is the norm. Rode 102 miles the other day and was really surprised. In spite of the passqage of 5 years since my last century this was clearly the easiest long ride I've ever done. Comfort was actually better than my old V-Rex. City travel is better than I expected and not intimidating. What a great touring machine this has turned out to be! The drive train noise I noted was only in comparison to my previous bike which is very quiet in that regard. I should mention I bought this bike direct and Mike did a great job setting this bike up! (I had been on a Corsa before so this eased the process a bit) Seems crazy buying a bike this expensive without the benefit of a test ride. But if you do your homework Bacchetta does a great job with this program. More importantly, when I needed service with one item, Mike was there and promptly took care of things--and then some. Darn I love companies that value service. Don't underestimate the value of this sadly vanishing commodity. So just in case you're wondering...........Buy Baccetta!
The CA 2.0 is one fine machine!
: David Super, Collingswood/NJ
Good Stuff: The fact that it's 20 lbs for a bent
Bad Stuff: none that I can think of
How I Ride: average 130mi weekly in season 18+mph
Started with a '06 Corsa and bought my CA 2.0 in '09. What a great machine. I thought the Corsa was fast and comfortable, which it was, but so is the CA 2.0. I have, however made a few changes. It comes with an 11/32 cassette and found this to be overkill. I switched to a 12/27 which does fine for me even in the hills. I also changed the middle chain ring from a 39 to a 42. And the last change was Spinergy Carbon wheels. My overall opinion of the bike is that it is an awesome ride. Light weight at about 20 lbs. 6+/- lbs from the Corsa. I find the bike to be more aero and much faster from a start and very responsive. The bike is very comfortable to ride for long periods of time. There are no numb hands or sore necks. There is no fatigue at all from the waist up. When I am finished riding, I feel almost as fresh as when I started. I recommend this bike to anyone looking for a better ride. Get off that diamond frame and move up to something better and faster.
: Rick Gibbs, Madera CA
Good Stuff: Great bike for the money, fast, goes up well, goes downhill like a rocket, incredibly comfortable, loads of fun, great looking
Bad Stuff: Absolutely nothing
How I Ride: Long to short, flat to hilly, slow to fast
As a 35 year rider who developed back problems this bike was a life saver. No more back pain. It took me less than 2 weeks to become completely comfortable on this bike. It makes me want to keep riding and riding. It is very easy to master. The miles go by with much less effort than on a traditional bike. The shifting is as smooth as glass. It is at least 2 mph faster on the flats than my Dura Ace full carbon traditional bike. I think that this bike is quite a bargain for what it is. The people at Bacchetta are very helpful if you should have any questions. Fabulous work guys!
: Dr. Alan Bragman, Atlanta GA
Good Stuff: rides like a dream, stiff frame, light
Bad Stuff: cost
How I Ride: fast road riding
I have been riding recumbents for about 8 years. this is my 4th Bacchetta and they just keep getting better. This bike is stiff, light and it handles and shifts beautifully. This makes it easier to stay with the fast young riders on group training rides, and at 57 years old I need all the help I can get. Thanks for the great ride Alan Bragman