Bacchetta Corsa

Recumbents and all feet forward machines

Bacchetta Corsa

Postby Riggsbie » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:22 pm

Today I had my first go on a Bacchetta Corsa.....

Awesome, really really good.....loved the low speed handling, better than my Musashi as there is no chance of heel strike on the front wheel !

Very easy to set off and clip in, very neutral handling, very stable.....very versatile with seat position and seat angle, the only issue I had was that the bars were a bit too short for me......

I was always a little scared of high racers but the Bacchetta has cured that.....now do I need a high racer ?

Thanks to Rick Harker for selling his old bike to my mate ! Now there will be a pod of three regular recumbentists in the Geelong area !


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
Image
User avatar
Riggsbie
 
Posts: 651
Joined: Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:55 pm
Location: Geelong, Vic

by BNA » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:36 pm

BNA
 

Re: Bacchetta Corsa

Postby John Lewis » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:36 pm

Sounds interesting. I did have a sit on a bacchetta some time back. Unfortunately my legs were a bit too short to adequately reach the ground or the pedals for that matter but I think I could get to like the position.
I recall reading somewhere that a highracer was easier than a lowracer to balance. A bit like balancing a broomstick versus a pencil on your finger I think was how it was put.
Well they reckon the right number of bikes is N+1 so there you go.

John
John Lewis
 
Posts: 1173
Joined: Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:12 pm
Location: Albany. 400km South of Perth

Re: Bacchetta Corsa

Postby Aushiker » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:21 pm

Sort of on topic. I saw this photo over at CGOAB of a Giro. The riding position seems pretty upright. Is that normal with this model?

Image

Andrew
"Pedal-pounding pounce" - D. Fluellen - West Australian 13/1/14
Image
User avatar
Aushiker
 
Posts: 20120
Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2007 1:55 pm
Location: Fremantle, WA

Re: Bacchetta Corsa

Postby Riggsbie » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:31 am

The seat angle is completely adjustable ! It can set almost upright and then into full aero position at a very low position.....not sure exact angle but at least 30 degrees but maybe lower.....the adjustment takes 30 seconds....

The seat also slides on the boom with a quick release bracket so no messing with the chain and crank position, so it's ideal for letting people try a recumbent, unlike most recumbents !

My friend rode 100km (with VeloRossi and me) on his yesterday, his third ride on a recumbent, with 10% climbs, that shows easy it is to ride if you are a competent rider !


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
Image
User avatar
Riggsbie
 
Posts: 651
Joined: Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:55 pm
Location: Geelong, Vic

Re: Bacchetta Corsa

Postby rdp_au » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:36 pm

Certainly would have to agree. I’ve had my Corsa for nearly 5,000km, mostly commuting. It’s proved to be comfortable and fast, and the highracer format works well in traffic. Low speed, stop/start manoeuvring, particularly starting on a hill are probably the most challenging aspects to master. Once you get the hang of it, it’s ok, but not as quick off the mark as a conventional bike. I am always slow off the line and have to reel people in once I get going – good opportunity to give them the ‘recumbent grin’ as I sail past :D . While you don’t get heel strike, you can get ‘handlebar strike’ with the superman bar layout (arms outstretched, hands outside knees) until you get used to coordinating things on tight turns. On the move, they really do handle very well, from a walking pace to very fast indeed. As Riggsbie says, the seat is fully adjustable for reach and recline – I have mine set to a recline of around 25 deg, which seems a reasonable compromise between aerodynamics and manouevreability in traffic.
User avatar
rdp_au
 
Posts: 505
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:45 pm
Location: Hornsby, Sydney, NSW

Re: Bacchetta Corsa

Postby Aushiker » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:18 pm

Riggsbie wrote:The seat angle is completely adjustable ! It can set almost upright and then into full aero position at a very low position.....not sure exact angle but at least 30 degrees but maybe lower.....the adjustment takes 30 seconds....


Nice. Thanks for the clarification.

Andrew
"Pedal-pounding pounce" - D. Fluellen - West Australian 13/1/14
Image
User avatar
Aushiker
 
Posts: 20120
Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2007 1:55 pm
Location: Fremantle, WA

Re: Bacchetta Corsa

Postby Baalzamon » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:05 pm

The seat is adjustable by stock grenade pins. But they can rattle around a bit. Instead you can get seat strut clamps which will then give you even more play with your angles as you can get in between the holes for the pins and they can't be lost either.
Masi Speciale CX 2008 - Brooks B17 special saddle, Garmin Edge 810
Image
Baalzamon
 
Posts: 4588
Joined: Mon Mar 12, 2007 1:23 pm
Location: Yangebup

Re: Bacchetta Corsa

Postby just4tehhalibut » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:50 am

Those are the Velogenesis clamps, I bought these when I got my Giro 4 years ago from Flying Furniture, kept the old grenade pins but never had to. The other advantage of these, besides ease of adjustment, is that if you need to remove the seat you can leave the clamp bolted onto the narrower strut so that when you bring the struts back together you still have your struts set for the right length. Ease of reinstall.
just4tehhalibut
 
Posts: 863
Joined: Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:02 am
Location: Spearwood, WA

Re: Bacchetta Corsa

Postby rdp_au » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:44 am

I have heard that the Velogenesis clamps are a worthwhile upgrade, but I'm still using the standard PIP pins. I cable tied the pull-rings to the struts which helps to silence the rattles, and makes it more difficult for one to be removed by a light-fingered passerby. I also made a bridge to fit between the struts to give me somewhere to mount a mudguard. This has a handy side effect of adding some bracing, giving the seat a bit more rigidity. The seat is the standard Euromesh, fitted with a homemade ventisit pad, which I prefer over the standard foam version. If I had my time again, I'd opt for the carbon seat, which is lighter, stiffer, and lower.
User avatar
rdp_au
 
Posts: 505
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:45 pm
Location: Hornsby, Sydney, NSW


Return to Recumbents

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users



Popular Bike Shops
Torpedo 7 Torpedo7 AU
Ground Effect Ground Effect NZ
Chain Reaction Cycles CRC UK
Wiggle Wiggle UK
Ebay Ebay AU

“Bicycles BNA Twitter
“Bicycles BNA Facebook
“Google+ BNA Google+
“Bicycles BNA Newsletter

> FREE BNA Stickers
> BNA Cycling Kit