CarbonAero 3.0
Performance
Recumbent Bike

MSRP: $4400

The world’s most accomplished carbon recumbent road bike. The updated C/A 3.0 frames incorporate our new Adroit dropout system, disc brake option and integrated idler post. Viewed by most as the optimal combination of speed, comfort and handling, the C/A 3.0 is the “Gold Standard” of performance recumbents.

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ModelCarbonAero 3.0
Designed ByRich Pinto
Classperformance
Frame700c Bacchetta Custom Carbon 3.0
ForkBacchetta Full Carbon Johnson, w/ 1-1/8" Carbon Steer, Disc Brake Compatible
SeatCarbon w/Bacchetta Seat Stay Clamps
HandlebarBacchetta AERO- 300mm Reach
StemBacchetta “3piece Stiffy” Riser w/BFT
Rear DerailSRAM GX 11 Spd.
Front DerailSRAM Rival 22 YAW, 11 Spd.
ShiftersSRAM GX GripShift 2x11
CranksetSRAM Force 22 Carbon Double
Bottom BracketSRAM GXP, 68mm, English
HeadsetFSA Orbit-X, 1-1/8"
CassetteSRAM 11-36
Front BrakeTRP Spyke Dual Piston Mechanical Disc
Rear BrakeTRP Spyke Dual Piston Mechanical Disc
Brake LeversTEKTRO Eclipse
Front WheelVuelta Corsa Lite, 700c Disc
Rear WheelVuelta Corsa Lite, 700c Disc
Front TireKenda Kaliente L3R Pro, 700x23c
Rear TireKenda Kaliente L3R Pro, 700x23c
ChainKMC 11 spd.
PedalsWellgo LU 897 Platform
BB Height32"
Seat Height24"
WheelbaseStandard frame: 46”, Large frame: 47”
Weight21 lbs. 6 oz. w/X-Eyed Brakes and without Pedals (24 lbs w/disc brakes and aero Tweener stiffy. 24 lbs. 7oz. w/B-Pivot)
Weight Limit250 lbs.* (*Rider and Gear Makes Up Weight Limit Total)
Gear Range25-124
ColorPearl Blue
Frame SizeStandard: 12.5" Boom, Large: 14" boom
X SeamStandard: 37"-46", Large: 41"-50"
MSRP$4400
Fenders: Planet Bike Speed-EZ fender set $45
Bags: One For All (OFA) Bag $65
Brain Box $65
Top Tube Bag $36
Cage: Stainless Steel bottle cage $10
Mirrors: Zefal Spy mirror $20
Mountain Mirrycle Mirror $20
Lights: One Arm Bandit (OAB) Light mount $32
Planet Bike Superflash Taillight $30
Tires: Kenda Kaliente L3R Pro (23c) $35
Tubes: All Bacchetta stock wheel sizes (Presta valve) $6

7 reviews for CarbonAero 3.0

  1. John McWhae

    5

    CarbonAero 3.0

    Calgary

    What I Like: Speed, comfort, workmanship

    What I Dislike: A bit tippy starting with tiller bars and curved carbon fork

    How I Ride: 6000 km average summer season. Mix of flats and mountains. Usually 6 or more Century or longer rides per season.

    I was riding a Metabike Metaphysic till the frame broke. Bought a CA 3.0 frame kit from Dana at Bent Up Cycles (highly recommend) and rebuilt using good components and my 2 sets of Mavic wheels. Tiller steering and pricey but worth it Lightning Carbon Cranks. I expected the bike to be about 6% faster than the old with weight savings and upgrades. It is more like 8-10% faster on flat or hilly routes, a seriously fast comfortable bike. Better in every way except a little more tipsy starting off. I have about 30,000 miles experience on 4 recumbents, not sure why it is tippy. It would be easier if it was your only bike. Not a big deal. Gearing for a mix of flats and mountains 52-36 Qrings and 11-36, 167.5 mm cranks. I’m 6’1″. This recipe is perfect, but a bit more low end suggested if you don’t put on a high mileage. I’m 57.
    Very impressed with this frame. Exceptional . Really happy about how the custom build project went, so if you have really specific goals and are handy, go for it. You can choose everything.

  2. Dan Fallon

    4.5

    I Choose Bacchetta

    Prescott, Arizona

    What I Like: I own the Ti Aero, the CA2.0 and, now, the CA3.0. I have owned several other recumbent bikes from different manufacturers. Only Bacchetta gives me the design characteristics that allow me to train, ride and compete in all terrains: flatlands, mountains and combinations of both. I find that the CA3.0 permits a rear disk brake that is exceptionally useful in my home terrain, the central Arizona mountains. While competing in a 300 mile race in Utah, on a 24 mile descent (3:00AM) a misaligned brake pad (rubbed tire sidewall) resulted in an explosive blowout at 25 mph. The inherent balance characteristics of the Ti Aero allowed me to remain upright and safe until I came to a full stop. I have no physical problems (i.e., bad back, neck problems, etc). In otherwords I ride Bacchetta bikes because they are comfortable, fast and allow for some important tailor making. I'm 73 years old and hold two WUCA cross-state speed records.

    What I Dislike: The assumption that recumbent cyclists have physical impairments.

    How I Ride: Flats, hills, mountains.

    I own the Ti Aero, the CA2.0 and, now, the CA3.0. I have owned several other recumbent bikes from different manufacturers. Only Bacchetta gives me the design characteristics that allow me to train, ride and compete in all terrains: flatlands, mountains and combinations of both. I find that the CA3.0 permits a rear disk brake that is exceptionally useful in my home terrain, the central Arizona mountains. While competing in a 300 mile race in Utah, on a 24 mile descent (3:00AM) a misaligned brake pad (rubbed tire sidewall) resulted in an explosive blowout at 25 mph. The inherent balance characteristics of the Ti Aero allowed me to remain upright and safe until I came to a full stop. I have no physical problems (i.e., bad back, neck problems, etc). In otherwords I ride Bacchetta bikes because they are comfortable, fast and allow for some important tailor making. I’m 73 years old and hold two WUCA cross-state speed records.

  3. Chuck Haibel

    You Gain So Much and Give Up Nothing

    Oviedo, FL

    What I Like: No neck pain, hand pain, or butt pain!

    What I Dislike: A little quick on the steering. Would like to see a less steep steering tube angle. More like a touring bike and not so much like a racing bike.

    How I Ride: Long distance for pleasure and health

    I’m 70 years old and almost gave up riding after over 40 years because of the intense neck pain experienced in distance riding. I would have to stop every 5 miles to stretch and pop some more Advil. This Carbon Aero 2.0, which I modified with a street cassette and racing tires, allows me to ride for 20+ miles without even considering stopping. My speed and times have not suffered at all. Put over 1000 miles on the first season and have kept up that pace now starting my third year with this bent bike. I get crazy looks, occasional hoots, but I’m still in the seat long after those guys have taken their rest stop. No neck pain, hand pain, butt pain. Go as long as your legs will last!!

  4. georges E

    very comfy ,very fast ,very silent , good look

    Leucate SOUTH OF FRANCE near SPAIN

    What I Like: Almost everything

    What I Dislike: I d prefer a rear seat yellow to be seen. I d prefer a direct traction on the front wheel.

    How I Ride: sometimes short and fast sometimes long and nature seeing

    the first feeling is the same as you could have in a luxury car : no noise !!!! comfy++++.
    I rid on a bent (seiran sl challenge) since 11 years, and this is the big difference. I had a hamster handlebar which is a different handling but I begin to understand how the superman handlebars works.to climb I think that the aero 3.0 is the winner but you must have training legs and heart. Hey bacchetta engeneers,when will you developpe a direct traction on the front wheel to be as faster as the DF on the top hill ?(for the moment on the market it s exist but very weighty…)
    the other good thing is the look.
    in one word VERY GOOD BIKE;
    I ll write another review after more miles ….

  5. George Hartman

    You Absolutely Must Ride and Own the Bachetta Carbon Aero 2

    Colorado Springs, Colorado

    What I Like: Everything

    What I Dislike: Nothing - However on the high speed descents from 12000 feet would love disc brakes.

    How I Ride: The Rocky Mountains

    I’ve been riding recumbents since 1997. I started with the Rans Stratus (Long Wheel Base), went to the Rans Screamer (Tandem) , then the Rans Rocket ((SWB)), then to the Bachetta Titanium, and now the Carbon Aero 2.0 (All purchased through Cycle Different in Colo Springs).
    I love riding in the Rockies. I love climbing the high passes – and the pain/joy of the long climbs above tree line below a robin’s egg blue sky among the high peaks.
    Then there is the breathtaking descents at 50MPH (wishing for disc brakes).
    Bottom line: I love recumbents. I love being able to see the beauty of the Mountains without crinkling my neck. No wrist, or neck, or butt pain.
    Oh, and I am 7-8% faster than on my Specialized Carbon Roubaix standard road bike!

  6. Jim Steed

    Ride in Confort

    Punta Gorda, Fl. & Burnsville, NC

    What I Like: Confort

    What I Dislike: Starting on a hill & tight turns.

    How I Ride: 1 to 3 Hr. rides all in confort.

    After having problems with my last 2 fingers going numb, neck, back & butt problems while ridding my carbon fiber road bike – even after an expensive professional bike fit – I knew something must change if I wanted to continue to ride. So at 67 years old I became a little wiser. While on a group ride a rider came up to me & we started to talk about his funny looking bike – yes a recumbent. The more we talked – the more I wanted to know about the benefits of a recumbent bike. After a lot of research & riding a couple different styles I decided on a Bacchetta CA 2.0. This has been my best & wisest decision as a cyclist. No more wrist, neck. back or butt problems. I live 6 months in SW Fl. with all the wind & 6 in the mountains of NC by the Blue Ridge Parkway & Mt. Mitchell. Yes, we have mountains to climb – most are 5 -7 mile climbs with grades from 4 to 9% . We also have some with grades up to 16 & 20 %. I have tackled the 9 & 12% grades & love to climb – need more practice & strength development to tackle the steeper climbs. One thing on going down the mountains – it flies – you will pass everyone.
    People are stopping me to take pictures. On a climb a car came up beside me to take my picture & a man in a truck waved me down so he could take a picture of the bike & to talk to me about it. On an average I ride 3 days a week with rides of 30 to 80 miles & I ride in comfort. I feel I’m about 1 or 2 mile per. hr. faster on the flats than what I did on my road bike – I descend much faster but a little slower on the climbs. I’ll never go back to a road bike.

  7. Dennis M. Giaruso

    5

    Dream Machine: CA2 700c

    Carlsbad, CA

    What I Like: Looks, speed, ride, comfort, etc.!

    What I Dislike: Nothing

    How I Ride: Long, fast, in style, and in comfort.

    A shoulder issue required a move from road bikes to recumbents. I started with a RANS Tailwind. Shoulder problem solved, but the RANS was heavy and slow. I then rode a Bacchetta Corsa for 1 ½ years (still own). Loved it! In 2011 I graduated to the slightly faster Bacchetta CA 2.0, 700c (Bent Up Cycles, North Hollywood, CA); love it even more. The CA 2.0 fits me well. My CA 2.0 has multiple upgrades: FSA SLK Carbon Crank, SRAM X0 rear derail, Crank Bros. Candy 3 Bike Pedals (perfect!), and Mavic Ksyrium SL wheels. The original wheels were fine, except the spokes would loosen often. I love that carbon seat and the 2” thick pad. Soooo comfortable! All the other reviewers’ high praise for the CA 2.0 is right on: Good looking, smooth ride, light weight, comfortable, fast, etc. I can verify the CA 2.0 is fast. I am 77 and I recently passed a young “TDF” whippersnapper on a roady doing 25 mph. I was doing 27 mph (level, no wind) when I passed him. I could have gone much faster, but didn’t want to hurt his young feelings. I ride 120 – 165 miles/week. I am stopped often on the streets to explain the bike, how I ride it, and to receive praises (cool, neato, etc.). I’ve even had people stop me and ask to take my picture with the bike (TRUE). I have had a few negative comments from roady snobs. The only thing I noticed different on the CA 2.0 is the noisy chain drive. I have gotten used to it, so it is really not an issue. Also, I did manage to break off the handlebars at the stock stem/riser weld joint apparently caused from my bad habit of pulling up on the handlebars. I contacted Bacchetta who sent me an alternative, far beefier design that solved that problem. Riding the Corsa and the CA 2.0 style bikes in traffic, starting on hills, tight turns, etc., took training I developed on my own. Balancing the CA 2.0 is not a problem, but tight turns while pedaling with knees between the handlebars can get tricky. It took a little time to “get it”; since, there aren’t a lot of recumbent riders around from whom to learn. The Bacchetta Carbon Aero 2.0 700c is an excellent machine/experience and I’d highly recommend it.

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A word about the Bacchetta line of performance recumbents- Bellwether. Merriam-Webster’s definition is as follows: One that takes the lead or initiative. When we introduced our Strada and Aero models in 2001, we changed the perception of recumbents. When we introduced the aluminum Corsa in 2005, we shredded the misconception that high performance equals high cost. We weren’t the first to introduce the dual big wheel format, we were the company who made it work! And while our designs have spawned an entire market of Bacchetta wanna-be’s, none of them match the track record of Bacchetta performance recumbents through real world riding. We go to the races. We have the most renowned recumbent racing team on the planet in Team Bacchetta. While others companies spend a lot of time talking about how fast their bikes are, we’re out there proving it. If you want real world performance and are ready to walk the walk, you start at the top. You start with Bacchetta, the bellwether of performance recumbents!

*Rider and Gear Makes Up Weight Limit Total