Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

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Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby Greg M » Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:13 am

After a too long hiatus while waiting for funds, my second homebuilt recumbent is ready for test riding. I've named it Katü as a bit of a play on words. My first homebuilt was called Kranky both for the fact that it had two cranksets, and because the rear triangle that inspired the design was left by the dumpster at work by the local meth (also known as Krank) addicts. Katü is the second bike using that dual bottom bracket design, and I thought I should keep with the "K" naming scheme. It's also so tall it's like being up in the Himalayas :)
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Re: Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby kirkman » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:20 am

Very Nice! I like it. With it being tall like that you don't have to worry about the people in cars seeing you when they drive up next to you like I do on this. I am well below there door handles .
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Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby Greg M » Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:38 pm

I know what you mean. I seem to be going higher with every new bike. First the trike like yours, then a 24/20 SWB, now a dual 26. What's next a recumbent version of those hipster tall bikes?

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Re: Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby Fenlason » Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:08 am

wow... that looks really nice :thumbsup:

One of the sportier bents I have seen was built on dual 700c wheels.
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Re: Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby GuitarPhotog » Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:15 pm

The really fastest bents are all built with dual 700 wheels these days.

That's a really nice bike. I applaud your efforts.

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Re: Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby JSadler » Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:56 am

Really sweet bike! Nice job
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Re: Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby wingnut » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:00 pm

Hi Greg,

Very nice looking Bent. Great job. How about a rundown on the components used? Gearing, brakes, hubs and the likes for us other bike nuts.

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Re: Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby Greg M » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:48 pm

That's quite a list Jim, let's see now...

Avid BB-7 disks with Speed Dial levers
Mavic 819 26" wheels with Deore XT hubs and Kenda Kwest tires
Sram X9 10 speed all around; TT 550 shifters, PG 1050 11-32 cassette, ans 3 KMC chains
Jagwire ripcord cables and housings
Bachetta Euromesh seat and tweener bars
Cane creek S3 headset, and Burley folding stem
2 Sram GXP bottom brackets, with a Truvativ tandem crankset, and Bushnell eccentric.

I think that about covers it :?

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Re: Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby mikeschn » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:50 pm

Fenlason wrote:wow... that looks really nice :thumbsup:

One of the sportier bents I have seen was built on dual 700c wheels.


You're teasing again Glenn. We need pics... of the 700c bent...

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Re: Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby Fenlason » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:59 pm

mikeschn wrote:
Fenlason wrote:wow... that looks really nice :thumbsup:

One of the sportier bents I have seen was built on dual 700c wheels.


You're teasing again Glenn. We need pics... of the 700c bent...

Mike...


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Re: Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby Fenlason » Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:01 pm

Actually I don't own any recumbents... although the Greenspeed tandem trike has been on my list. A friend did have one of the 700c ones, but I don't remember what kind it was.
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Re: Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby mikeschn » Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:04 pm

Fenlason wrote:
mikeschn wrote:
Fenlason wrote:wow... that looks really nice :thumbsup:

One of the sportier bents I have seen was built on dual 700c wheels.


You're teasing again Glenn. We need pics... of the 700c bent...

Mike...


Image :roll: :whistle:


I looks like this builder forgot a zero on the 700C... This looks more like a 70C bent... :?

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One of the sportier bents was built on dual 700c wheels

Postby b1kebox » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:00 pm

700c SWB recumbents are indeed becoming very popular, though few use the 'stick' design (long straight tube) because of the high CG. I have two, a front wheel drive (AKA moving bottom bracket - MBB) Cruzbike Silvio
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and a Spanish Metabike Metaphyics
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The newly released Dutch Challenge Chamsin -700C was reviewed today on http://www.bentrideronline.com/
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Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby Greg M » Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:19 pm

Ooh, a Metaphysic, now that's a sweet looking bike. The new Challenge is intriguing too.
Now that I have a few km on Katu, I'm getting used to the feeling of being way up in the air, and am starting to really enjoy my new build. I think it's a keeper.

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Re: Homebuilt 'bent #2: Katü

Postby Fenlason » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:15 am

Greg M wrote:Ooh, a Metaphysic, now that's a sweet looking bike. The new Challenge is intriguing too.
Now that I have a few km on Katu, I'm getting used to the feeling of being way up in the air, and am starting to really enjoy my new build. I think it's a keeper.

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