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Alterra Crank Forward versus Carbon Basso (CB) Recumbent
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posted 1/3/2020
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A brief report. My first ride on a used Alterra 700(Crank Forward) that somehow showed up under the Christmas tree. OK. In the garage.

P.S. Slantz ya need to add Crank Forward as a bike category.

Crank Forward Explained


Overall speed Definitely slower than the Carbon Basso I believe because of aerodynamics. On a hill where I coast downhill at 18 to 19 on the CB, I was about 15 mph on the Alterra. Also, on the flats I could really feel the wind resistance on the Alterra. Rarely if ever feel wind resistance on the CB.

Seat Comfort:Again the CB Bachetta seat/ventist gets the nod. While the Alterra seat is far more comfortable to me than a typical upright seat, I could feel pressure on my sit bones. When I ride the Alterra I'll be using my old padded bike shorts/pants.

Arm/neck Comfort: I was surprised at how good I felt on the Alterra versus the upright position on my mountain bike. No discomfort in my hands, arms, neck etc. Will know more when I do a 25+ mile on the Alterra.

Hills: OMG!!!! I love the Alterra. woohoo The Alterra wins hands down. One of the reasons I got the Alterra: Hilly rides. On a long uphill where I hate biking it on the CB, the Alterra ate it up and I barely knew I was working uphill. Going to climb to Mt. Bachelor this spring. Something I tried and gave up on the CB.

Turns/Handling: Like being a kid on a bike for me. Something about that upright position just feels right and the bike turns on a dime. Plus it is fun to "dance the bike". Can't do that on the CB.

Transporting: Alterra. No comparison. Can pop off the front wheel and in minutes throw it in the back of the SUV. Need a bike rack for the CB.

Bottom line: The Alterra is everything I was hoping for and a bit more. No way will it replace the CB on any long rides but for going to the grocery store, mailbox, short rides, hilly rides, etc. it will be my pony.

If anyone is just thinking of getting a crank forward, just go ahead and take the plunge. Me thinks you'll like it.
thread edited on 1/3/2020 at 3:51:57 PM

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posted 1/3/2020
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So glad to read a positive report, Joe. Sounds like you ad the CF will have many (s)miles together.

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Thanks for those comments and comparisons. I’ve always been intrigued by the CFs, but they’re such rare birds to experience. Maybe some day. My rides anywhere definitely have hills so I’ve wanted to experience how they’d feel on my usual commute. Your thoughts seem to be what most people say about that platform.
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Thanks for those comments and comparisons. I’ve always been intrigued by the CFs, but they’re such rare birds to experience. Maybe some day. My rides anywhere definitely have hills so I’ve wanted to experience how they’d feel on my usual commute. Your thoughts seem to be what most people say about that platform.
-- posted by LeoH


The biggest plus was on the hills as slight as they are here in Sunriver, Oregon. But the difference between the CF and the bent was huge. Such a difference in effort and speed up a hill. The big test will be this spring when I venture away from the paths here and onto the surrounding roads and test out a scenic bikeway that has a lot of ups and downs.

The CF was so much more comfortable than a road bike!!!

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I have an opportunity to get a CF, I'm hoping it pans out, but it's up to the owner, so I wait patiently. Good things come to those....

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posted 1/4/2020
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Nice Joe. I have ridden up Mt Bachelor to Sunrise Cafe and around the backside. Don't remember how steep the climb was up to Sunrise.

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Nice Joe. I have ridden up Mt Bachelor to Sunrise Cafe and around the backside. Don't remember how steep the climb was up to Sunrise.
-- posted by podkey


Looking at Ride With GPS ranges from about 3% to 10% if I'm reading right. Hated trying it on the recumbent.......can't wait to see how it goes on the CF.

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Sounds about right. There is a nice drop down the backside but gentle mt zephyr cross breezes kept me from reaching higher speeds on my drops.
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