: Bob Martinelli, Katy, Texas
Good Stuff: Comfort, speed, view
Bad Stuff: Day I can't ride
How I Ride: Road, avg spd 20, average dist 25 miles
After not riding for about five years, I bought a Giro 26 ATT in June of 2012. I now have about 6000 miles on it. Less than a month after receiving the bike I rode in the Katy Flatland Century, not only finishing at a fast pace but with a dumb happy smile on my face. In fact, I rode to and from the event for a total of 110 miles for the ride. This year’s Tour De Houston was pure joy! The bike is powered by a 55 year old engine, so I love the comments of “fast bike!” as I pass a pace line or even better “cool bike!” from the kids in my neighborhood. I have made some changes: ADEM headrest, Mavic Crossmax Slr wheels, Michelin Wild Run’r light tires running tubeless, and Bebop pedals. The only issue I’ve had is a broken bolt in the B-pivot, Bacchetta sent me a new bolt at their cost, talk about customer service! Great Bike, Great Ride, Great Service, Great Company!
Fast and comfy
: John Heiam, Williamsburg, MI
Good Stuff: I am riding 3 mph faster with the same effort.
Bad Stuff: Front brake limits width of tire to 1 1/4
How I Ride: 20 - 40 miles at 12 -15 mph
I bought the Giro 26 ATT with linear pull brakes through the easy purchase option. I was surprised that the front brake limits the maximum size of tire to 1.25 inches. Other than that, they work great. They stop the bike quickly, and are a snap to adjust. I also purchased a headrest that allows me to comfortably recline the seat. I am amazed at how much faster I can ride that way. I have tested the bike on hills and I find it rock solid at 40 mph, however riding in the reclined position makes it hard to maintain my balance at under 5 mph. I thought the wheels would be low quality but I was surprised. They are true, roll easily, and look great. This is a great bike for rides in the country. The reclined riding position and handlebars makes it difficult to ride slowly in congested areas where you are constantly looking for cross traffic, and making 90 degree turns at slow speed..
High quality and fast
: John Heiam, Williamsburg, MI
Good Stuff: Riding position and light weight
Bad Stuff: Narrow front fork limits tire choices, especially with linear pull brakes.
How I Ride: Casual
I purchased my Giro ATT 26 through the factory since there are no dealers nearby. Very easy to do - and the bike arrives fully set up in a huge box.
This is my third recumbent. The Giro is much faster than my RANS Enduro. I think this is due to the more aero riding position. I think I am 2 - 3 mph faster on the Giro. However, I have found that I have a hard time balancing at very slow speeds (3 - 4 mph). I assume this will improve as I get more practice at the laid back riding positiion. The bike is very stable at high speeds. I have had it up to 38 mph and it was rock solid.
I was impressed by the quality of the components. I expected the wheels to be of lower quality since they are not a big name brand, but I was surprised by how nice they were. Smooth bearings and highly polished, and very true. I ordered mine with linear pull brakes since I have had bad experiences with disk brakes. The Avid linear pull brakes work great. I don't understand why people think they need brakes more powerful than these. However, with linear pull brakes you are very limited in your tire choices because the brake pads hits the inside of the fork and won't even allow passage of the stock 1.25 x 26 Kenda tires. The Continental 1.3 x26 Sport Contact fit fine. (Yes, the 1.3 Continental is 3/16' narrower than the 1.25 Kenda.) The SRAM X-9 rear derailleur is very smooth and precise.
I ordered the seat cover and ADEM neck rest and I am very happy with these additions. Right now my bike suits my needs perfectly.
Great Place to Start
: Dan Murphy, Redmond, OR
Good Stuff: Comfort, Speed
Bad Stuff: Low Speed Instability
How I Ride: Hilly terrain, 4-5K miles/year
This is my first recumbent. I chose the Giro because it seems to be the SUV of the Bacchetta line: tough enough for touring and rough roads, aerodynamic enough for extra speed on the flats and downhills. And, as recumbents go, reasonable in price.
The dealer warned me that it would take 1500 miles of riding experience to get comfortable transitioning to a recumbent, I'd say that was about right. Several things changed over that 1500 miles: My legs got very comfortable with a new muscle group being in charge. My confidence in dealing with the twitchiness of this high rider greatly increased. And, at age 60, with neck and back discomfort an issue, I fell in love with bicycling all over again.
Love the disc brakes, will never go back to V-brakes.
The aerodynamic advantage (no fairing) is startling. On organized rides (e.g. century events), I get almost weary of hollering "On your left!" as I pass long lines of upright cyclists. Badly startled a tandem couple during my most recent century when I passed them going downhill. I don't think it had ever happened to them before.
Not so hot stuff? Get down around 4 MPH on very steep grades, and unless you have superhuman balance, you WILL wobble. Wobble enough to worry about swerving into traffic.
Rough roads are doable, but as you can't use your legs as shock absorbers, the bumps are quite literally teeth-jarring.
Climbing? Hmmm. Most definitely slower when I first made the transition. 2500 miles after purchase: very close to matching my climb rates on my old 19 lb. road bike, close enough that the 10 lb weight difference between it and my Giro ATT might be the entire explanation.
Overall? My carbon fiber Trek, a 16 year riding companion, is gathering dust in the garage. I simply love riding my Giro. I can see the scenery again, and I'm as comfortable at the end of 100 miles as at the beginning (more fatigued, but no pain).
For a single recumbent that needs to be multipurpose, I made the right choice. My next purchase will be a Carbon Aero, I'd really like to shed the extra 8-9 pounds on the uphills!
: Andrew Bailey, Louisville, KY
Good Stuff: Exactly as advertised
Bad Stuff: Not for introverts
How I Ride: Aspiring randonneur
This is my first recumbent, having ridden a Lemond carbon fiber bike for several years. I changed because of incessant neck and shoulder pain. I test rode the Strada and the Giro, went with the Giro because of the disc brakes and fatter tires for a smoother ride. Who knows, maybe some day I'll load it up with panniers but have not done so yet.
The bike delivers. It's a blast to ride. I'm only a C+ rider and already I'm putting up times better than my DF bike. It is of course much more comfortable than any DF I've ever ridden.
Group rides I've done on my Lemond are even easier on the Giro.
Most hills are no problem, but grades over 15% are pretty scary. I ride with SPDs and when the bike slows to 5 MPH if my legs get tired it's hairy to have to bail out before I topple over. Developing bent legs will help, but there is a fear factor with really steep climbs.
If you like to ride in solitude, this bike isn't for you. Everyone wants to talk to me about the bike. It gets old after a while.
Could have sold a bunch
: Mike Farmer, Mission, Kansas
Good Stuff: All of it
Bad Stuff: low speed wobble
How I Ride: all types
Just finish riding 236 miles on the C&O Canal and Great Allegany trails. A pleasure and fun. I could have sold at least 15 bikes. Everyone's butt, neck and back was hurting that I met on the trail. I told them I will never ride a butt buster again. A great ride on a great bike.
: Karl Schurr, Sydney
Good Stuff: Puts a smile on my face
Bad Stuff: Broken riser
How I Ride: Commute
I have had this bike now for almost two years and it still puts a smile on my face every time I ride it - which is most days. I use this bike as a commuter. I have upgraded the brakes and shifters to the 2011 specifications - great improvement on the original specs. Unfortunately the riser broke when starting off at traffic lights - a bit disconcerting. Replaced on guarantee.
I really like the feeling of safety on this bike. With 2 rear vision mirrors i can see behind way better than on my previous hybrid. Braking is more secure with legs in front - no fear of going over the handle bars. I bought the underseat racks and Ortleib panniers and so far been on one camping trip including dirt roads on which the bike performed very well. The additional weight in the middle of the bike makes it handle even better. I recommend this bike highly.
Wouldn't trade for the world
: Brian, Destin, FL
Good Stuff: Comfort, frame strength, brakes
Bad Stuff: Lack of/price of accessories, ride can be rough
How I Ride: 2-3 Hour weekend rides
Bought 4 years ago and absolutely love it. After months of research decided on Bachetta. Best all around value. Originally wanted Underseat Steering, but the Bachetta steering works just fine. Especially suited to maneuverability and controllability of urban commutes. Great for long open road riding. Don't like so much for stop and go urban. Difficult if not impossible to look behind you. No curb jumping or zig zagging around obstacles, vehicles. Not as sexy as a challenge, HP Velo, but still sexy and half the price. Just a good, solid bent. Love the disc brakes. Was torn between faster, more roadie oriented corsa, or aero, but really wanted disc brakes. Solution was a mavic speedcity wheelset. http://www.mavic.com/en/product/wheels/road-triathlon/wheels/Speedcity. Basically Road bike wheels that you can mount disc brakes on that are sturdy enough to go on a mountainbike. Expensive, but the 700 X 26c wheels are really fast. Kinda like having two different bikes (touring and racing) and cheaper than the more expensive, lighter bachetta road machines. The bachetta handlebars are great for tight turns and urban maneuvering and I get their aerodynamic advantage, but for long rides, it does get tiring to have you arms always outstretched. Different style handlebars with hands close to chest and arms to side would be more comfortable. Don't buy the kickstand. Expensive and not easy to figure out. Also requires cutting. Bought the rack which was overpriced and pretty much useless. Also not easy to figure out. Needs good, quality saddlebag and rack accessories for long tours. Can't seem to find them. Was able to rig a 25lb backpack on the back, but CG shift to rear made front end very like and contributed to an unstable ride. They have the terracycle rack that looks like you could sling a small amount of stuff underneath, but can't find on website any kind of bag or pannier that would go with it AND it is $130. ARE YOU SERIOUS! Euro mesh seat is comfortable, but neck gets painful/uncomfortable on long rides. A head rest would be the most useful accessory for me but can't find one on Bacchetta.com and the aftermarket ones are like $100 bucks. Come on guys. Ride super nice and smooth, but bumps or off road with no way to stand up and let your legs take the shock, it is all transferred to your body. Can rattle the teeth a bit. Fun to ride and see people's expressions. Definitely attracts attention and gets comments. Overall, highly satisfied customer and would recommend to anyone. 5 stars, but have to say 8 out of 10 due to weak accessory lineup and pain in my neck on long rides due to no headrest. Fix that and I give the whole experience 10 out of 10.
Great 1st 'Bent! Versatile
: Chris Roy, Orange County, CA
Good Stuff: comfort, handling, disk brakes, wheel clearance
Bad Stuff: chain grease on right leg
How I Ride: club rides, commuting, errands, solo distance
This is a great 1st recumbent! It can be anything; fast roadie w/700C wheels, bullet proof commuter, tourer, I even put knobbies on mine and ride dirt roads/trails.
Yes it will feel strange if you've never ridden a recumbent before, mostly twitchy. Tip: purposely go out and ride slow, make figure 8's, tight U's, starting/stopping, whatever. You will soon gain confidence. I love mine now, totally stable.
For the chain slap on bumpy roads: Coast with your right leg back and the chain might bump your shoe, not your leg. Minor issue.
Had it 5 months/1400 miles.
Fast, tippy, buying experience not so great
: Scott Noyes, Essex, VT
Good Stuff: Speed, comfort (except neck)
Bad Stuff: Tippy, tippy, tippy - have not mastered uphill starts
How I Ride: 3K/year, Primary and 2nd-ary roads, mostly mts.
My wife and I both ride 26ATTs. We have taken several falls, all at slow speeds. “Tippy” is an understatement. After 3K miles I still need the Flintstone start uphill. The comfort level is on par with our Greenspeed’s X5. Shifting is great. Speed is awesome. It is nothing to hit 20 mph on the flats (not that we have too many flats in VT). The bike can hold plenty of touring weight with rear panniers, but that puts a lot of weight on the rear tire. The addition of headrest and under-seat water bottles is our next purchase. The bike store (name withheld) we purchased the bikes from was not professional and verged on rude. Overall, I won’t trade them for anything else on the road.
: M Brand, Cambridge, MA
Good Stuff: handling, seat
Bad Stuff: gearing, build quality
How I Ride: commuting & long distance
3mo/3000km review: Handles very nicely. Great seat, tho' tensioned mesh is crooked. Seat clamp slips -- known issue. Gearing is too low for fast flats & downhills; credit aerodynamics. Had alarming fork shudder; found brakes were misaligned and mounting bolts were only finger-tight (!). Universal rack very unsatisfactory. Fenders rattle. Handlebar ergonomics excellent. Tires flat-prone. Idler surprisingly good. Climbs & corners well. Chain bounces against leg on rough streets - yuck. Overall: comfy, smooth, maneuverable, but not a ready-to-roll purchase experience.
Finally! The right bike!
: Andrew Watkinson, Prince George, BC (Canada)
Good Stuff: Fast, comfortable, and versatile.
Bad Stuff: Better with a headrest.
How I Ride: Commuting, light touring, exercise.
Bacchetta has hit all the high points with this bike. It is a nice balance of light, strong, and easy to ride. It has quality components throughout. Disc brakes means you can change wheels easily. It performs well right out of the box. You can dress this bike for commuting and touring or switch wheels for all-out speed.
The bike loves to go fast, and aerodynamically it's very slippery.
My sense since day one has been that it just feels right. It has been an excellent value. 5 Stars, no regrets.
: Simons, Old Greenwich CT
Good Stuff: riding
Bad Stuff: hmm, nothing really
How I Ride: pleasure exersize
I enjoy riding this bike so much, I caught the recumbent bug when I rented a Vision and looked at the most popular models on the market and fell in love with the Giro 26
: DAVID GRAHAM, OXFORD, ENGLAND
Good Stuff: WELL MADE, COMFORTABLE, AND FAST
Bad Stuff: SETTING UP MUDGUARDS
How I Ride: B ROADS AND LANES
Great bike , tried many types, but this bike is tall enough to put you at eye level with car drivers whilst still being fast and relaxing to ride.Also ideal spec for rubbish back roads, but has the option of converting to a fast 700c bike. Sold my fixie !!
: mike farmer, mission, kansas
Good Stuff: All of it
Bad Stuff: gears slip at times
How I Ride: trails and paths around KC, Katy Trail.
I test rode one in Florida this winter. I tried many other types. This one felt the best. I love the speed and toughness. Still learning the little touches to feel totally confident at all times. I will never go back.