An aspect that caught my attention from Paul's post was this comment …
The bottom bracket was high, so this should be a powerful and aerodynamic bike. The seat was adjustable right down to a neck straining twenty degrees – or you could set it to a more comfortable and hill friendly thirty or forty degrees.
The bottom bracket is about 83 cm (32.7") with 700c wheels. I notice that Metabikes also sell a MetaThesis which is the same frame but with a 700c rear and a 20" front wheel. They describe the MetaThesis thus
MetaThesis models are based on the efficiency and sporty behaviour of their higher brothers. They are very easy to ride due to the moderate height of seat and pedals. So are ideal for road ride and sporty commuting.
MetaThesis is the perfect fusion of commuting and racing recumbents.
The bottom bracket height on the MetaThesis is 62 cm /24.4". Does the choice of 20" front wheel make that bigger difference to the performance of the bike in terms of speed and hill climbing?
I am curious from the perspective of a the bike as a randonneur and possible tourer. I appreciate that MetaBike do a randonneur model but I am not so keen on the high bottom bracket and hence was curious about the performance of the lower bottom bracket bikes.
After all the Lightening P-38 bottom bracket height is 24-26".