: Frank Keoppel, Ogden UT
Good Stuff: Speed Comfort
Bad Stuff: Learning curve
How I Ride: 150 miles+ Fast training a week
I had about a 4 grand limit for my bike budget, and I was torn between the CA2 and Corsa. If I got the CA at $4200, it would have to stay stock although the stock component spec is very good. If I got the Corsa I could trick it out with the “Race Spec”. When I was told the CA frames were about a month out, the Corsa got the nod. The upgrades were ALX 320 wheels, Carbon Johnson Full Carbon Fork, FSA SLK carbon crank, X-O drive train, shifters derailleur. A carbon seat, X-Eyed brakes, KMC Gold chain.
This put my “Super Corsa” to about the same price range as the CA2 with enough left over for jerseys.
I love this bike. It's fast, on flats it's faster than my 10 grand DF road bike. Uphills it is about the same to a point where on hills steeper than 20% grade the DF is faster and easier. On downhills the Corsa is definitely faster and way more stable, but most importantly It Is FUN !!! I started looking at bent bikes because of developing back problems, but I wished I would have looked years ago, they are so dang fun. Cornering is unreal, you are so connected to the bike with maximum feedback like a go-cart but still balancing on two wheels like a DF bike. This combo gives a unique experience and feel to cornering that is a total rush. The first fast corner I went around was kind of spooky as my upper body quickly leaned inward toward the pavement, but “spooky” soon turned into thrilling as I realized how stable the Corsa is. I have always had a fear about going fast downhill on my DF bike, when I would brake to ease the speed a bit my weight would shift forward feeling very unstable and sometimes “wobble” would start. Not with the Corsa, I now fly downhills...50mph...no problem...braking...no noticeable weight shift. So stable...so fun, what a difference.
The high racer Corsa isn't for everyone. Slow speed control and balance take some time. I would say you have to be at least a good cyclist to consider this bike. As for my wife I bought her a Giro (the bike I would recommend for most people). It is still fast but it is easier to learn on and she loves it.
As far as Bacchetta they are the best company I have ever worked with on any purchase. They don't want to sell you a bike you won't be happy with, they would rather not make the sell, this is unusual today. They go beyond standing behind there bikes. The person I worked with was Mike, and I now consider him as a friend. Bacchetta is my bike company now, I will never buy from another source.
The more I ride it the better I like it
: Craig, Los Angeles, CA
Good Stuff: It is VERY comfortable
Bad Stuff: Diificult to transport I could put the diamond frame bike in the trunk of a sedan with both wheels off this barly fits in a SUV with both wheels off
How I Ride: 75 to 100 miles a week in hills
I loved riding my diamond frame bike. This was a compromise with my wife to get riding again after a hard fall. I must say the more I ride this the more I like it. It is very comfortable. I have been riding it for about a year now and it is fast on the flats and down hill. I was never a great climber at 6'4" 235 but think I can get back to previous up hill speeds on this bike with more conditioniong and weight loss. It took me 3 to 4 months to really feel comfortable in all traffic and road situations so don't think you are going to jump on it an be the same as your diamond frame but if you are coming off a fairly aggressive diamond frame road bike and because of back, seat, neck, old age etc. issue need a change and want to keep peddling this is a good choice. I was after under seat stearing I understand the Areo benefits of the handle bar options but would still like a USS option. This thing is way fast down hill and The areo would not be affected on the up hill I spend a lot of time doing and the lower arms and shoulder positions would be more stable and comfortable. It is a great ride fun and VERY comfortable.
: Bruce Robertson, Sarasota, Florida
Good Stuff: New position comfort
Bad Stuff: nothing
How I Ride: long distance
Really happy with my first recumbent the Corsa. I had my concerns at first with the learning curve, but after a couple of long rides (50-60 miles) I quickly felt comfortable with the handling. Everything is just a bit different, the muscle you use, get out of the clips, starting...but in the end my speed has increased by 1 to 2 miles per hour and my upper body fatigue has so decreased that it is no longer a factor in my distance. Great bike, light, well designed and easy to work on. I would recommend it to anyone.
: Paul D., Magnolia, NJ
Good Stuff: Speed, comfort, quality design and craftmanship, customer service
Bad Stuff: Days when I can't ride
How I Ride: 16 to 18 mph club rides
I purchased the 700c model with X-eyed brakes, full carbon Johnson fork and Alex 320DX Tri wheel options. It's an amazing bike. I Initially had some trouble with the rear wheel staying true. But Bacchetta immediately shipped new wheels and the problem is gone. It's the best bike I've ever owned. I can't imagine riding anything else - well maybe a Carbon Aero 2 one day...
Solid, well made bike
: Mark McCutcheon, New Market, AL
Good Stuff: Speed, stability, and handling
Bad Stuff: Is comfortable, but I added lumbar padding
How I Ride: Local plus 35 - 50 mile rural trips
Corsa 700c is faster, more stable, and handles and climbs somewhat better than my 4000+ mile Cafe. Changed to a 26t small chain ring, greatly helping my 55 yr 193 lbs climb. Good company to work with.
No pain, all gain!
: Wyolasam, Shutesbury,MA
Good Stuff: Comfort, vision, performance
Bad Stuff: Transporting 2 on bike rack
How I Ride: 12 mph, hills and valley, fun and fitness
Fast, sure handling, fun. Easy on the back, neck, wrists. We recommend for other women who want a fun ride and great exercise!
Great bike I recommend it to everyone
: Zach, Iowa
Good Stuff: Great ride quailty, fast, great build quality
Bad Stuff: nothing
How I Ride: I mostly ride trails.
I bought this bike about 3 months ago. I considered them after having trouble with a DF bike. I was diagnosed with prostatitis from the pressure of a seat. I got this bike now you cant get me off of it. I think i will double or even triple my miles from last year easily. I can average 18-19 mph on it over long trips so it is pretty fast too and will only get faster as I put more miles on it.
I recommend this bike to anyone that is sick of dealing with pain on a diamond frame bike. It has helped me out alot. Thanks Bacchetta!
I love it and don't even own one...yet!
: Andrew B., Colunbia, SC
Good Stuff: Everything about it.
Bad Stuff: Waiting to own one!
How I Ride: Fast group rides, commuting to work
I don't own one yet, and at this moment I cannot afford it. But I believe in the Law of Attraction and somehow a Bacchetta Corsa will come to me. I have made room in my garage and am even ready to part with my Titus road bike and my incomplete Sun EZ Speedster so that the Corsa can take a place of honor in my garage--when I'm not riding it, that is.
Four Yr. Old & Still Love it!
: Bob Crawford, New Orleans, LA
Good Stuff: Comfortable!, Fast, Nimble, ease of handling
Bad Stuff: Seat-feel frame bar under foam
How I Ride: 3-4 days/wk, 15-25 miles/ride
I pull one, sometimes even two bike trailers with it when I take my sons. It rides great. The mesh seat is comfortable to a point. Mesh is stretched over seat frame bar which (for me) sometimes causes a pressure point/discomfort on seat bones, sitting on that bar (when biking more than 10 to 15 miles. You feel the bar thru the foam. I'm going to order the molded carbon seat (upgrade) to replace my mesh/frame seat.
Light & Fast
: Mike Dixon, Bournemouth U.K.
Good Stuff: Light Fast & well built
Bad Stuff: Not much !! but I can't get on with Handle Bars might change over to Hamster with tiller. I would also like to change the length of the cranks by reducing them to 160mm
How I Ride: weekends rides on my recumbents (velokraft NoCom) (Mike Burrows Ratrace) and (catrike explorer)r
I have owned the Corsa for about 7 months now and have enjoyed riding it very much ,it's so nice to be high up in comparison to my other recumbents in traffic and the light weight makes climbing a dream. The only things I like the change would be the superman Handlebars as I really think hamster bars are faster i.e. by putting you in a more aerodynamic body position. The only other thing I would change is the length of the cranks .By reducing the length to 160 mm you really save your knees!!! great bike 5 stars
I LOVE My Recumbent
: Amy, St Petersburg, FL
Good Stuff: It's Comfort
Bad Stuff: Ya Get No Respect from Roadies
How I Ride: Group Rides 20-22 mph and Distance rides
Having back issues, a triangle frame was not an option. All I can say now is THANK GOD! Not only is this bike comfortable, it's fast, durable and oh so aero. I would NEVER ride any thing else, unless it was Baccetta's Carbon Areo.
: Martin Atton, Taunton England
Good Stuff: Fast, comfortable, stable
Bad Stuff: Heel strike
How I Ride: 20 - 70 mile rides 17mph
Great machine. Very fast, climbs better than my other recumbents. Well made. Clever design. Would prefer 559 wheels foe ease of replacement. Can ride all day with no pain. Elegant engineering solutions in the design.
: Chris, lubbock/tx
Good Stuff: great for long rides, good performance
Bad Stuff: not great for city,
How I Ride: city.... performance but fun
I have had mine about 1yr. 1200 mi. great for long rides in country like "hotter than hell", but I ride in city and wonder if bella ATT might be better. Either way I love my corsa. great bike with great performance.