Joe Kratovil-Loving Cycling Again!

I came to recumbents because of injury.  After twenty years of cycling my body could no longer tolerate a traditional bike saddle. For the past three seasons I’ve been Randonneuring. I had completed three Super Randonneur Series’, among other long distance cycling pursuits. Faced with the choice of either quitting the activity I love, or finding an alternative, I opted to research recumbents.  I settled on the Bacchetta Giro 26 with optional euromesh seat.  I decided on this bike because the high racer platform seemed to be the best for riding in the company of upright bikes.  Also, the Giro model is a very durable ride which is desirable for Rando activities as well as commuting.  I picked up the bike from Economy Bike Shop in Hamilton Square, New Jersey on March 15th.  I needed to be ready for a 200k brevet in three weeks.


The adaptation process from riding uprights to recumbents was not easy for me.  I struggled at first but gradually kept improving.  I  worked my way through the Randonneur events one at a time.  I managed to complete my fourth full series finishing the 600k just this past weekend.  I feel much more comfortable on the bike and have actually come to enjoy the advantages of recumbent riding.  I continue to ride with the same group of friends as I always have.  They were very accepting of the new bike and have been very patient during the changeover process.  Although there are some trade-offs involved, the recumbent is undeniably more comfortable to ride than anything else I’ve ever had.  My body has healed from the years of abuse I heaped on it riding stiff bikes with even stiffer saddles.  I love cycling again.  It’s almost all I think about.

See you on the roads.

Joe Kratovil

Hillsborough, New Jersey 

Joe on the 400k fleche ride, passing Cranberry bogs-Southern NJ

Joe on the 400k fleche ride, passing Cranberry bogs-Southern NJ

Brakes, Forks and Hi-Viz Jersey’s

Just letting everyone know, that we finally got in the new, Hi-Viz Jersey’s today and are sending them right back out the door.  Take a look below:

Bacchetta Hi-Viz Recumbent Jersey

Bacchetta Hi-Viz Recumbent Jersey

Next on the list, we got in a couple of samples of a new, all carbon fork that we’re working on.  Right now, these would be for both 650c and 700c, with 1 1/8″ steer tubes only.  Price will be around $300 and you can check the weight out below.

FCJ Fork Weight

FCJ Fork Weight


And Finally, we’ve got some brake samples.  These are CNC’d, long reach (43-57mm) with a left-hand side pull front brake.  Look for the price to be about $300 for the set.  Weight is below.

X-Eyed Brake Weight

X-Eyed Brake Weight


And From the Rear

And From the Rear

Again, the Hi-Viz Jersey’s are in stock and if all goes well, we will have brakes and forks within 4-6 weeks.  Keep in mind, that things rarely go well.

The new Giro-26ATT. Not a 700c bike but…

One of our customers recently posted some timely questions about a rumored new bike from Bacchetta and we thought we’d post the answers here so everyone could share.

I heard a rumor……that a 700C Aluminum bike was in the works.

The rumor that Bacchetta is working on a 700c aluminum bike is false. However, we have been working on an aluminum version of the Giro-26 that should be here in a couple of months. The new Giro-26ATT (Aluminum Top Touring) will have the same spec as our other ATT bikes and, like the steel version of the Giro-26, the 26ATT frame and fork will also accept 700c wheels, but the tire size will be limited to 23c.

My request would be that it has a 1″ 1/8 steer tube so we can take advantage of the many different fork options out there as it is now the standard. My Giro has 1″ and the fork is a beast.

The Giro-26ATT will have a 1” steer tube since we want to use the same fork as the steel Giro-26 and because adding another SKU to our inventory really isn’t very practical at this time. Also, while the current fork may be a little heavy, it is what it is for a reason. It’s a custom built aluminum fork that needs to be strong enough for a disc brake and tall enough to accommodate a 700c wheel. It was designed specifically to do those two things and work with the geometry that both the steel and new aluminum Giro-26 frames share. The newest version of this fork will also have canti-posts on it and the posts will be positioned to work with V-brakes on 559 (26”) and 571 (650c) wheels.

The other part of the rumor was that it will be outfitted with disc brakes. I am hoping that it will have a rear caliper mount as well.

The Giro-26ATT frame will have mount in the rear for a road caliper brake for use with a 700c wheel. The Giro-26ATT frame will also have canti-posts, positioned for use with V-brakes on 559 (26”) wheels. The bike will ship with AVID BB7 disc brakes as stock equipment.

If this is all true then please let us know what it’s intended use will be…touring, racing etc.

The truth is the Giro-26ATT, like the Giro-20ATT, is intended to be a touring bike. Its frame material limits the total load it will carry to 230 lbs. (rider and gear) but if you that fit that criteria you should love this bike. The thing to keep in mind here is that, while the frame and fork on the new Giro-26ATT will accommodate 700c wheels and road caliper brakes, we are not building a 700c specific bike. The Giro-26ATT is a 559 (26″) wheeled bike (with 135mm rear spacing) and it is intended to be a lighter weight, higher spec’d, alternative to the steel Giro-26. But because the Giro-26ATT frame and fork will also allow owners to set the bike up with 700c wheels without a lot of fuss it could also be a weekend racer if you wanted to do that. Again, your 700c tire size will be limited to 23c because the tolerances are tight, like most modern road bikes.

Below is a picture of the current Giro-26 with 700c wheels (with 23c tires) and road brake calipers. The fork is the stock aluminum fork. When the bike is set up this way the seat height is about one inch higher. If you’re on your tip toes at stops with the stock set-up than the bigger wheels may not be suitable for you. Only a test ride will tell you for sure and we always recommend test riding any bike you’re thinking about buying. The MSRP on the new Giro-26ATT is $1,995.

Mark Colliton

Bella ATT’s are IN!

We unloaded them today and they look great!  The only difference, which I’ll change on the specs, is that it came with the 48/36/26 crank setup (which is what we wanted in the first place) instead of the 44/32/22.  While we are shipping these out to dealers, it is entirely possible that your dealer, may not be getting one for inventory.  We recommend calling your dealer and asking them to bring one in, if you’re interested in test riding.

As always, if you have any questions, just let us know.