Bella
Touring Recumbent
Bike

MSRP: $1950**

Bella means beautiful in Italian and what’s not to love about the best handling, best performing long wheelbase recumbent on the market? If comfort, economy and durability are your main concerns when purchasing a recumbent bike, the Bella is the perfect option for you.

Reviews 5 from 10 ratings
  
ModelBella
Designed ByMark Colliton
Classtouring
FrameBacchetta Custom Ovalized Aluminum w/Disc Brake Tab
ForkBacchetta Cro-moly, 1-1/8"
SeatReCurve (only)
HandlebarBacchetta Aluminum Bella Bar
StemBacchetta
Rear DerailSRAM X7
Front DerailMicroshift R439 SS
ShiftersSRAM X7
CranksetFSA (48/36/26T)
Back 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, 20" (406)
Rear WheelAlex DA16, 26" (559)
Front TireKenda Kwest, 20" (406)
Rear TireKenda Kwest, 26" (559)
ChainKMC Z99
PedalsWellgo LU 897 Platform
BB Height16.25"
Seat Height22"
WheelbaseSmall: 68", Large: 72"
Weight33 lbs w/out Pedals
Weight Limit300 lbs.* (*Rider and Gear Makes Up Weight Limit Total)
Gear Range18.7-106.8"
ColorYellow/white
Frame SizeSmall or Large
X SeamSmall: 33"-46", Large: 33"-52"
MSRP$1950**
Brakes: TRP Spyre Mechanical Disc $150

 

Fenders: Bella 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: Bella kickstand (greendield X-long) $12
Tires: KENDA Kwest 1.25″ (32c) $30
Tubes: All Bacchetta stock wheel sizes (Presta valve) $6

 

12 reviews for Bella

  1. :

    T.I. FL

    What I Like: Smooth, Comfortable Long Rides!

    What I Dislike: Absolutely Nothing!

    How I Ride: Long distances for exercise

    This is my very first recumbent & will never go back to a regular bicycle. The Bella has been a great therapeutic recovery for me since my back surgery. If it were not for the Bella I would have been restricted to walking only. I showed my neurosurgeon a picture of the Bella and explain how it rides and he approved it within 3 weeks of my surgery. There is no other bicycle I would recommend to ride with such joy, & comfort. It takes all the pressure & stress of your neck and back so you can enjoy long, smooth comfortable rides. Kudo’s to the guys at Bacchetta! Thank you for designing a ride to last a lifetime.

  2. :

    Great Value with a smooth ride

    Severna Park, MD

    What I Like: Smooth comfortable ride

    What I Dislike: Tiller effect & low gearing

    How I Ride: Rail to Trail Trails

    I starting riding recumbents in 1999 with a BikeE CT XL after my 2nd back surgery. I put 24,000 miles on the BikeE in 6 years and in 2005 I started to look for another recumbent. I narrowed the choice down to a Rans Stratus LWB or Trimuter Big Wheel Trike.. I went with the trike and have put over 42,000 miles on it over the last 10 years. While I love riding the trike, I still wanted a better 2 wheeler than the BikeE, so I purchased a Bacchetta Bella direct from Bacchetta since there isn’t a dealer near my home.

    First, I will say the buying experience of buying direct from Bacchetta has been very good. The bike arrived in a big box on a shipping pallet and all I had to do was turn the handle bars around and put the front tire on the bike. The only adjustment I had to make was move the seat back 1 1/8” and lower the handle bar angle one turn.

    The Bella is a little harder to ride than the BikeE because of it’s longer wheel base, but is much more comfortable. I get recumbent butt after 5 miles on the BikeE, but so far haven’t experienced any on the Bella. The longer wheel base of the Bella smoothes out the bumps and the seat is very comfortable on a 2 hour 20 mile ride. I am a little faster on the Bella compared to my trike and the ride is also smoother than my trike. I also like the fact that I can turn the handle bar around and flip it down and pull the seat forward to transport in my car.

    The two things I don’t like about the Bella are the slow speed handling (Tiller effect) and the gearing set up. I run out of pedal at 20 miles per hour coming down hills on my favorite trail. The Bella comes with a mountain bike crank and I prefer a road crank 52/42/30. I have a friend who rides a Tour Easy Gold Rush and we did a side by side comparison of the two bikes and both agreed the Bella is great value. The Gold Rush is faster, but the handling is about the same.

    Again, I am very pleased with the Bella and looking forward to putting many miles on the bike.

  3. :

    5

    Completed 3rd 500 mile journey without pain

    Staatsburg

    What I Like: Comfort, Comfort, Comfort

    What I Dislike: nothing

    How I Ride: Yearly 500 mile week long touring trips

    Took me 300 miles to get use to this recumbent’s handling characteristics, but riding after that became 2nd nature. Switched to recumbent after developing ulnar nerve damage on an upright from prior tours. Luckily that has resolved. Road a 126 mile day in Maryland on my 2015 tour without any of the typical pain or numbness that I experienced with uprights. Long days of touring are actually enjoyable instead of tolerable.

  4. :

    5

    Absolutely Love It

    La Crosse Wisconsin

    What I Like: Super comfortable, handsome, well designed and well built

    What I Dislike: Can't think of a thing

    How I Ride: Exercise to burn carbs

    I am a large man who has Type II Diabetes, and I needed an enjoyable way to exercise and burn carbs. When I rode my diamond frame bike, my hands, feet, and crotch would go numb, and I’d get cricks in my neck after riding just a few miles. So I bought the Bella to get into biking again. I’ve had it for just a few weeks, have ridden it about every other day, and am very impressed with how comfortable it is. Now, with my Bella, I actually look forward to exercising. I’d recommend this bike to anyone.

  5. :

    4

    billabong

    ft myers, fl

    What I Like: you can adjust some of the tiller action out.

    What I Dislike: tiller steering

    How I Ride: touring the ft. myers-naples area.

    i love everything about the bike. the only problem is when in gears 4,5,&6 the gears tend to shift up and down on their own while riding. i have logged over 10,000 miles on a bike e. this is a big step up.

  6. :

    5

    Old guy goes the distance!

    Destrehan, La

    What I Like: Looks, comfort, adjustablility

    What I Dislike: 20" front wheel

    How I Ride: slow and easy, but 30-40 milers

    From a rocket to this, I’m 65 years old, ride a FS mountainbike for trails but I tell you, this Bella flexes in all of the right places to make you comfortable. New Orleans is famous for a lot of things, but not good roads, with this Bella, I hardly notice, it makes any ride just plain old fun!!

  7. :

    5

    Worth its weight in gold

    Wadsworth, OH

    What I Like: comfort, capability

    What I Dislike: absolutely nothing

    How I Ride: Leisure, tour, fitness

    Had the Bella now for a month, and absolutely love being able to bike again. Medical issues took me off my upright, and this is a wonderful way to start riding again….really missed it ! This is my first recumbent, and I like it so much it may be my last, too. Great local dealer in Barberton, OH, and fabulous support from the Bacchetta team, too. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BIKE !!

  8. :

    5

    bike

    alexandria pa

    What I Like: good ride

    What I Dislike: none

    How I Ride: rails to trails

    i m a big guy 6,1 290 road over 25 mile best ride in a long time 63 years old ready to ride today mike

  9. :

    4

    Solid Touring Bike

    Green Bank, WV

    What I Like: Bacchetta Quality and Support

    What I Dislike: Small Front Wheel

    How I Ride: Touring, 50-80 miles/day

    I swapped the 20″ for a 26″ wheel. The larger wheel makes the main tube horizontal, and reclines the rider about 10 degrees. Purchased mine in 2010, and still love it. Frame is very strong and stiff, but (as expected) a bit heavy. Gearing is perfect for my riding.

  10. :

    5

    Great Bike

    Orlando, FL

    What I Like: Comfort

    What I Dislike: None

    How I Ride: 30 miles a day Mon thru Thurs

    72 years old. Retired the hybrid. Best I have done was 46 in one day, easier than 20 on the hybrid.

  11. :

    5

    Great on hills

    Las Vegas, Nv.

    What I Like: Smooth comfortable ride

    What I Dislike: None

    How I Ride: Exercise, Weight lose

    Ride 15-20 miles a day. 67 years old was told by the doctor lose some weight or lose your health. Been riding the Bella for a month and half and lost 15 pounds. Feel great and bike is such a joy to ride.

  12. :

    5

    Great Recumbent

    Ashburn, VA

    What I Like: Comfortable, Highly Adjustable

    What I Dislike: Nothing

    How I Ride: Occasional commuting, indoor trainer

    This is my second recumbent and is now my full-time indoor trainer. I love the adjustability of this bike. Excellent components, sturdy and reliable. I highly recommend this bike.

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**Price does not include optional Disc brakes pictured. Add disc brakes for $150. X-seam measurements are guidelines only.