Giro 20
Touring Recumbent
Bike

MSRP: $1,700**

A word about our Giro line of shortwheelbase recumbents… Giro means tour in Italian and that’s the mentality we built these recumbents around. Tough bikes that handle extremely well and can be loaded up for the long haul or the hectic, everyday commute. In short, our Giro line is about dependability. If you want a “do all” bike, check out our Giro lineup and see why it’s the Gold Standard in short-wheelbase touring and commuting recumbents.

Reviews 5 from 5 ratings
  
ModelGiro 20
Designed ByMark Colliton
Classtouring
FrameBacchetta Custom Ovalized Cro-Moly, w/Disc Brake Tab
ForkBacchetta cro-moly w/Disc Brake Tab, 1-1/8"
SeatBacchetta Re-curve, with 2 water bottle mounts
HandlebarBacchetta Aluminum
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" (406x32c)
Rear TireKenda Kwest, 26" (559x32c)
ChainKMC Z99
PedalsWellgo LU897
BB Height26"
Seat Height24"
WheelbaseSmall: 47", Large: 49"
Weight31 lbs. w/EuroMesh seat, 33.5 lbs. w/ReCurve (w/out Pedals)
Weight Limit275 lbs.*
Gear Range18.7-106.8"
ColorMisty Gray Green
Frame SizeSmall: 11.5" Boom, Large: 14" boom
X SeamSmall: 35"-44", Large: 41"-49"
MSRP$1,700**

Forks:

Bacchetta Cro-moly disc

($60)

Seats:

Bacchetta ReCurve

N/C

Bacchetta Carbon

$250

Brakes:

TRP Spyre Mechanical Disc

$150

 

Fenders: Giro-20 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

 

7 reviews for Giro 20

  1. :

    5

    The bee's knees

    Germany

    What I Like: Comfort, balance, durability, simplicity

    What I Dislike: Getting a rear rack to fit it well takes some tweaking...clearing the seat stays and disk brakes. Try tubus' cargo classic.

    How I Ride: Touring and commuting; roads and bike paths. 4 Ortliebs aboard.

    I’ve been riding my Giro for 17 years, and probably 80,000 miles and I totally love it. It just feels right.
    The seat (the mesh one) is super comfortable, and I personally love the uprightish position with the feet lower than most bents.
    I feel totally relaxed, balanced, safe, and in control on this bike.
    My feet are close to the ground when I click out of my pedals, my neck is straight and natural, the handlebars are painless and feel just right (do use some flared grips like ergons).
    Steering is smooth and stable and it turns nicely.
    I see other reviewers complaining about hitting their feet when turning. Avoiding that just becomes automatic. You raise a foot and turn that way or don’t turn so sharply. It’s a no-brainer.
    It’s a simple, solid, and durable bike; I think the best thing out there. You don’t need a pile of weird custom parts for it like some bents. Customer service has been great when I needed it.
    I recommend it highly and look forward to many more years of happy touring and commuting on it!

  2. :

    5

    Great bike

    Melbourne Australia

    What I Like: It's super comfy, easy to handle and smooth.

    What I Dislike: Well - going up hills basically!

    How I Ride: Commuting and socially

    I love my Giro 20 which I’ve ridden for 9 years. It offers extra height and is narrower than the on the ground trikes – so its looks are much better and it is easier to fit in with normal cyclists. It is easy to steer, easy to get on and off, and get feet to ground in a hurry if necessary. It is adaptable to a range of conditions – from smooth roads to gravel bike trails. Gears are good and allow riding up most hills (though very occasionally I have given up towards the top of a very steep hill and walked). I’ve ridden long distances (60-90km) and knees, hips and back have survived ok. I might have an ache at the end of a long ride, but it doesn’t last. I’m in my 60’s – and have decided that when I turn 70 I want an e-bacchetta! My only disappointment is that I do not see more recumbent riders (young children have been known to fall off their bikes when they catch sight of me!) So – bring on the recumbent revolution I say.

  3. :

    My first recumbent

    Milwaukee, WI

    What I Like: Easy to transition to first recumbent

    What I Dislike: Nothing really

    How I Ride: Recreational - about 1000 miles per season (April - October)

    The Giro 20 was my first recumbent which I purchased in 2006. I picked this model due to the overall comfort and ease of transition from a traditional bike. I also preferred this model over the long wheel base recumbents. I was able to adapt to the bike immediately. The only thing you need to be careful about is watching where your pedals and feet are when you make a turn. Otherwise, it is a quite comfortable and smooth riding recumbent. My wife decided she had enough of her DF bike and also bought this model. I have since moved on to a Bacchetta Corsa, but decided to keep my Giro 20 as an alternate bike for more stop and start riding. Of all the recumbents, I like the Bacchetta brand the most.

  4. :

    Giro after a month

    Palmyra, MO

    What I Like: Don't get dizzy, fast downhill, comfortable seat

    What I Dislike: Constant interference between shoes and front wheel as well as handlebars hitting knees

    How I Ride: 4 to 8 miles a day touring

    Well the bike does what I bought it for, it gives me exercize. I do not believe it is more efficient than an upright but it is faster downhill. I had to buy a recumbent due to medical problems but maybe I should have got a long wheelbase bike that would keep the front tire from hitting my feet all the time in turns. The bike is very well made and the components are also.

  5. :

    5

    Best SWB Design

    Denver, Co

    What I Like: the design

    What I Dislike: road crank

    How I Ride: recreational relaxed

    I have been a recumbent dealer and I have ridden many recumbents. I currently own a dozen recumbents and I ride all of them. I have a Giro 20 from 2003, the bike is still wonderful. I have only one suggestion. I live in Colorado, I think recumbent companies should sell all their bikes with the option of a mountain crank. I have switched out all cranks on all my bikes. I can ride the Giro 20 with a mountain bike crank to the top of Vail pass without a problem This is a wonderful bike and it probably the best design of an swb recumbent ever.

  6. :

    5

    Learning Curve? What Learning Curve

    Jackson, NJ

    What I Like: Ease of transition from a DF to a Bent

    What I Dislike: Stock Kenda tires, lack of a chain guard, handlebar width

    How I Ride: Weekend Warrior

    The Giro is a wonderful blend of what I was looking for in a SWB recumbent. The color is awesome and the frame design is a work of art. The Euromesh seat is not only comfortable but adds to the smooth frame lines. I added disc brakes and upgraded shifters, derailleurs crank and tires. A Catrike Flag Mount fit perfectly on the on the rear frame allowing the addition of a cool spinner safety flag. Most importantly the Giro 20 is very easy to ride and handles flawlessly from a stop, in traffic, or barreling down the road.

  7. :

    4

    Giro 20 - after two years

    Alberta

    What I Like: Comfortable, stable and fast

    What I Dislike: Have to watch the contact between the feet and the front wheel on tight corners at slow speeds

    How I Ride: Recreational

    A good bike with good components. My first recumbent and I am very happy with it. It is a little more work on the steep uphills and really fast on the flats and downhills. Takes a ride or two to get used to the balance and negotiating slow speed turns but after that it is great. Better views and more comfy than a diamond frame.

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**Price does not include disc brake pictured. Add disc brakes for $150.