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bandanschik
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Canada
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Posted - 10/30/2010 :  09:18:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everybody!

This is Alex (Bandanschik) from Ukraine. I am an international student in Canada now.

I have an interesting piece of news for You! :) Jozef, my friend from Ukraine, finished yesterday a very interesting, I would say unique, recumbent bicycle. It is FWD with MBB and full suspension. It is called "Android".

It has the following unique features:
1) Front suspension (it is very rear option for FWD recumbents). The author claims that pedalling does not affect at all the way front suspension works.
2) Head angle can have three fixed positions: 45, 60 and 75 degrees for different modes (sport, usual and city). Wheelbase and seat height are adjusting automatically with head angle.
3) It has wide adjusting of USS by length and angle


The bike uses 26" wheels. Here are some pictures.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/55312338@N04/


More information here:
http://www.velomobile.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=5009&start=0

Discussion about pre-starting project is here:
http://www.velomobile.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4489


What do you think about this bent? :)


Best Regards,
Oleksii


Edited by - bandanschik on 10/30/2010 17:04:45

mhelander
recumbent enthusiast

Finland
384 Posts

Posted - 10/30/2010 :  10:02:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very interesting constrution !

Would love to see some (Youtube) videos of front-side activity while pedalled. Also how adjustments go and biking in those.

This could be pretty hnice commuter... I would like tiller steering tho.

Basic questions:
- likely based on donor mtb ?
- any estimation of the weight ?


Cheers,
-Mika
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bandanschik
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Canada
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Posted - 10/30/2010 :  10:09:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is all hand-made, including frame. Its weight is about 75 pounds. I would say the bent is like a moving laboratory to see if the ideas are workable. If it is ok, the author will make it from aluminium.
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Jeff Wills
human power supergeek

USA
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Posted - 10/30/2010 :  16:41:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bandanschik



It has the following unique features:
1) Front suspension (it is very rare option for FWD recumbents). The author claims that pedaling does not affect at all the way front suspension is working



Wow. There aren't many FWD recumbents with front suspension because there's so much that needs to be designed and built that isn't "normal" bike parts. The Android is impressive.

The only FWD bikes with suspension I'm familiar with are the Cruzbike line: http://www.cruzbike.com/ (the site has a bunch of broken links, though), and Gary Dinsmore's tandem:
http://www.dinsmore-enterprises.com/



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