Giro 26
Recumbent Bike

MSRP: $1700

The Giro 26 was introduced in 2005 and became an instant recumbent bicycle classic. It’s the perfect solution for recumbent riders that love the dual 26″ recumbent format for commuting and hardcore touring, but want room for fatter tires and fenders not found on its roadie brethren. This bent is all about taking on life day to day; a great ride and an even greater value for 2010.

ModelGiro 26
Designed ByMark Colliton
FrameBacchetta cro-moly w/Disc Brake Tab, 1-1/8
ForkBacchetta Cro-moly, w/Disc Brake Tab
SeatBacchetta ReCurve
HandlebarBacchetta Aluminum
Rear DerailSRAM X7
Front DerailMicroshift R439 SS
ShiftersSRAM X7
CranksetFSA (48/36/26T)
Bottom BracketFSA, BB-7420ST (square tapered)
HeadsetFSA Orbit-X, 1-1/8
CassetteSRAM PG950 11-34t, 9spd
Front BrakeAvid Single Digit 5 V-Brake
Rear BrakeAvid Single Digit 5 V-Brake
Brake LeversAvid FR-5
Front WheelAlex DA16, 26
Rear WheelAlex DA16, 26
Front TireKenda Kwest, 26
Rear TireKenda Kwest, 26
ChainKMC Z99
PedalsWellgo LU 897 Platform
BB Height33
Seat Height25
WheelbaseStandard frame: 46”, Large frame: 47”
Weight31 lbs. w/EuroMesh seat, 33.5 lbs. w/ReCurve (w/out Pedals)
Weight Limit275 lbs.*
Gear Range18.7-106.8
ColorFrench Blue
Frame SizeStandard or Large
X SeamStandard: 37
Forks: Bacchetta Aluminum disc $60
Seats: Bacchetta EuroMesh N/C
Bacchetta Carbon $250
Brakes: Avid BB7 disc brakes $150
Wheels: 700c disc hub wheels (max 28c tire size on Giro 26) $100
Fenders: Giro-26 fender set $45
Bags: Big Bag $65
One For All (OFA) Bag $65
Brain Box $65
Top Tube Bag $36
Cage: Stainless Steel bottle cage $10
Racks: Universal Rear Rack $60
Mirrors: Zefal Spy mirror $20
Mountain Mirrycle Mirror $20
Lights: One Arm Bandit (OAB) Light mount $32
Planet Bike Superflash Taillight $30
Kickstand: Kickstand mount w/Greenfield kickstand $40
Tires: KENDA Kwest 1.25″ (32c) $25
Tubes: All Bacchetta stock wheel sizes (Presta valve) $6

8 reviews for Giro 26

  1. Richard

    Love my recumbent

    OG Connecticut

    What I Like: Riding it

    What I Dislike: nothing

    How I Ride: Recreation / Touring

    I have owned this bike for about 6 years and continue to marvel at what a pleasure it is to ride compared to sit up bikes, No sore butt or aching shoulders and neck. Best of all when there is headwind or rolling down hill i just cruise by. Great bike well made no problems.

  2. Paul Johnson


    Ride On

    Amarillo, TX

    What I Like: the comfort

    What I Dislike: not enough time to ride more

    How I Ride: 75-100 mi/wk about 3000mi/yr

    I have no criticisms about the ride. I tried riding a friend’s equipped with the Euromesh seat and I prefer the recurve seat. I’m 57 and in Aug 2010 I rode a 650 mile, 8 day solo trek without vehicle support and I loved it. I’m ready to go again. I was carrying whatever I needed in saddlebags and a rack trunk and it all went well. Even with the additional weight I only had two flats. I experienced NO discomfort. I cannot rave enough about this bike.

  3. Raymond McWilliams


    Comfortable ride

    Ford City, Pa.

    What I Like: No more arm and shoulder pain.

    What I Dislike: Heel strike

    How I Ride: 75 to 100 miles per week.

    Most comfortable bike i own (i have 9 Bikes) with the Giro 26 tired arms and sore shoulders are a thing of the past on long rides, when you hurt on a ride it takes away all the fun, shifts gears like a dream too!

  4. David Van Meter


    What a pleasure

    Round Rock, Texas

    What I Like: Very comfortable ride, great looks, low maintenance

    What I Dislike: Not enough time to ride

    How I Ride: Roads, paths & trails

    I purchased my Giro 26 back in 2008. After countless hours of research I made the choice and have had no regrets. Just had it tuned up after hundreds of miles and it is still in great shape. I went with a recumbent after having back problems on normal bikes. The Giro 26 rides like a dream. Low maintenance, very comfortable ride, stylish design, I could not ask for anything more.

  5. Forrest Halford


    Excellent 'All Rounder'

    Bowling Green, KY

    What I Like: everything

    What I Dislike: nothing

    How I Ride: fast, slow, long, short. it's all good

    Picked this machine up since I wanted to put fat tires on a geometry I was familiar with. My Corsa (w/ Euromesh) is my ‘go fast’ extreme recline bike and I love it, but it’s not practical for my daily commute. Enter the Giro 26. The Giro fills this need. Not the performance machine the Corsa or Strada is, but it’s not meant to be. Stable, very cush ride. I used to think the Recurve seat looked funky, but after experiencing it, it flat out works in the comfort department. This will give my trike a run for it’s money on the daily commute. This is a FINE machine. Way to go Bacchetta!

  6. Mike


    Good Bike

    San Antonio, TX

    What I Like: Stupid Fast

    What I Dislike: Tilt steering

    How I Ride: Commute, century rides

    OK, time to write my review of the Bacchetta Giro 26. I bought this bike in January, 2012 and now 300 miles and 1 month later I put finger to keyboard. If you want to skip the about me stuff, scroll down to the about the bike stuff. About me. I’ve ridden a Specialized Rockhopper that has been refitted for road riding. Never mind why. After 4.5 years and 13,000 miles, I began to experience a lot of pain in my wrists. I had hairline fractures in the bones of both wrists and tendonitis. The tendonitis was worse in my right wrist, because I used the thumb shifters on the rear derailleur most. The hair line fractures were caused by the vibration of 75 mile per week commuting. The doctor said if I kept riding, I would end up with casts on both wrists and I should stay off the bike for 3 months. I was bummed out. For about an hour. Then I remembered recumbent bikes. I spent about a week researching different bents. was a good place to start. And yes, I was a bit of an upright snob. But the more I read about bents, the more accepting I became. I settled on the Bacchetta Giro 26 early on. I wanted a bike that would keep me as high as possible, to see and be seen in traffic. I wanted as much similarity with my road bike as possible. I went to my LBS for their input and they directed me to Easy Street Recumbents of Austin, Texas. ( Shop owner Mike Librik, was very helpful. It took about an hour to try 3 bikes of increasing difficulty, with the Giro 26 being the last. About the bike. The good stuff. If you are new to bents, this bike requires a little bit of practice to get up to “speed”, the reason being, your center of gravity is lower and more to the rear. If you can balance on a road bike at nearly zero speed at a stop light, it will be more difficult on a bent. But I’m getting better. Also, my calves need to become even bigger. I guess when I can’t put on my pants; my calves will be big enough. If you have skinny calves, they will get bigger. Don’t fear the big. I had Mike put disc brakes on the bike. When I want to stop, I really want to stop. This is important, because I go a lot faster on this bike than my Rockhopper. I have also replaced the Kenda 1.25” tires with Schwalbe Marathon 26×1.5. The Rockhopper was upright, with Schwalbe Marathon Tour Plus tires, 26×1.75 and it topped out at 42 pounds with a tool kit, lock, spare tubes and CO2 cartridges. My average speed was about 15MPH. The Giro 26 stock weight is about 40 pounds, but with my kit, about 50 pounds. I can easily go 20MPH and 23MPH under good conditions and have hit 30MPH for about 400 yards on a level road and no tail wind. I have to really want to go that fast. The bike has micro-shifters. These are good and I like them. Also, the front derailleur is in full view. On several occasions, I shifted passed the high gear and the chain came off the chain ring. I’m sure this could be solved by an adjustment. However, while practicing one day, I found that by shifting back to the middle chain ring, the chain could be pedaled back on to the 2nd chain ring. No stopping, no fuss, no muss. I could not do this on my Rockhopper. The chain (chains), it is about 2.5 times normal length, is easy to inspect in place and remove. On the topic of fast, I ride faster, but I find I lose a lot of time when I have to stop at intersections, as it takes a little longer getting started. And care must be exercised when putting your feet down. About the bike. The maybe not so good stuff. There are a few things about this bike, I am uncomfortable with, but can probably be remedied. This bike has tilt steering. I did not read about this in any review nor was it mentioned on the Bacchetta website. As explained to me, the handlebar tilts 90+ degrees forward to assist mounting and dismounting. And it does. However, there is no method to lock the handlebar down while riding. The problem is, when you hit a bump, they can and will push forward, causing a very brief unbalanced episode. Also, when trying to push the bike over a door sill or curb, the bike stops, the handle bars rotate forward and down. I did not like this. My fix for this was to add lock washers to both sides of the rotation bolt. This does not lock the handle bars and allows them to operate as intended, but substantially more force is required to move them. They are also much less likely to rotate forward while riding. Second, I have a bit of an issue with being able to look around, while riding. And this is probably generic to all or most bents and trikes. I can’t get my head turned much passed my shoulders. I have the Euro mesh seat. This is an issue when the following vehicle moves out of my mirror’s line of sight. I use a motorcycle OEM mirror because it gives me a greater field of view. Third, I can’t see my tires and I can’t see directly in front of the front tire. This isn’t a major issue, but coming from an upright it will take a little getting used to. I mention this, because today I rolled into big pot hole. Heel strike is an issue, if you try to make a very tight turn or pedal while turning. When you first start out, this will be an issue because you won’t be good at balancing at slow speed. Going up hills. Whoever says bents are just wonderful for going up hills is just not right. I’m here to say it is not that fast and not that easy. And starting from start, pointed uphill takes some practice. If you live in the Rocky Mountains, you might not like riding up hill. However, going downhill this bike is stupid fast. If you want to use pedal clips, you might want to wait until you well acquainted with this bike before you go in traffic. If you have to ride when in wet conditions, they might be very helpful. In summary, this bike is fun and it is fast. I like it and plan on riding it until me or the bike wears out.

  7. Dwight Shackelford



    Newark, CA

    What I Like: Low air drag

    What I Dislike: Very twitchy in city traffic

    How I Ride: commute and exercise

    This is probably a review of two wheeled recumbents in general, but, this is the bike I have. I’ve always felt unsafe navigating in city traffic with this thing, and heaven forbid that I have to act quickly at low speed. Got on it today after a year hiatus, and it just scares me. I’m thinking of getting a crank-forward bike for city/commute, and use this for long road treks.

  8. Marty Weinberg



    Edison, NJ

    What I Like: Riding Position

    What I Dislike: Low Speed - Twitchy

    How I Ride: Exercise

    I’ve spent decades trying to find a bike that I could ride until my legs were fatigued. On traditional bikes my crotch, wrists and neck pain would always cut my ride short. My first bent was a BikeE which was just OK. Then I picked the Giro 26 out of a bunch of recumbent models a year ago and never looked back. The bike is super comfortable! I now ride 20-60 miles per outing and NEVER have any discomfort! I’ve added an ADEM headrest to maximize my comfort level, The BeBop pedals were my final addition to the package and now I can’t wait to get on the bike and ride. The bike is a bit twitchy at low speeds and you have to be careful climbing a hill in traffic. Also, you need to practice starting from a stop since you need to get your second leg up quickly before you lose momentum from the initial pedal stroke. In summary, this bike invigorated my biking passion and as I write this I am looking forward to my next ride!

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