Anyone who is tall enough starts learning to ride recumbent bikes on the EZ-Sport. The high seat, low crankset, and long wheelbase design make the low speed handling particularly easy.
The EZ-Sport is a big and friendly bike. It is well-proportioned for larger riders, easy to control, remarkably nimble for its size. And it just looks good. It manages to pull off a sort of motorcycle stylishness without being a “toy motorcycle” like some juvenile “chopper” bikes are. This design is fully functional.
While it can be used for longer highway rides, that isn’t its first priority. It sits high, giving it a large aerodynamic profile and a higher weight. But that also gives the rider a good view and easy balance and control, even at low speeds. The curved frame tubes give it a mainstream aesthetic appeal. You’ll look good, and you’ll feel good. You’ll have a shiny set of name-brand components. And you won’t spend too much on it (as recumbents go). You can fit it to carry a huge amount of cargo, if that is what you want to do with it.
While Sun Seeker’s seat isn’t as lightweight as other brands’ (one piece is made of wood!), it is quite comfortable. It features a thick, well-contoured cushion and an adjustable seat back. This gives lots of control over the position of the lumbar curve. The seat allows for a range of recline adjustment, and it will sit up straight without tilting the seat base down.
The EZ-Sport comes in both the “CX” chromoly steel frame model, or the lighter, upgraded “AX” aluminum alloy model.
Our price (subject to change): $1395 steel CX, $1950 aluminum AX
Sun Seeker says:
The EZ-Sport is a step up from the EZ-1, a bit more responsive, a bit more efficient. A big 26″ rear wheel and 20″ front wheel combine with the 24-speed gearing to make the miles go by quickly and easily. Ideal for touring, commuting and long recreational rides, the EZ-Sport offers remarkable handling at any speed. “Zooming down a bridge at 30 mph felt as if I were piloting a Harley Davidson motorcycle,” stated BentRider magazine, a journal dedicated to recumbent cycling. “Moreover, the relatively high seat and its ease of adjustment, the low bottom bracket and the Kenda fat high-pressure tires ‘conspire’ to give you an uncommonly pleasant sense of stability and control.”
Boring technical specs from Sun Seeker follow, along with our interesting comments
|Wheel Base (157.5cm)||62″ - This is the distance between the axles.|
|Overall Length||85 1/2″ - You might need a bigger car|
|Seat Height||26.5″ - In traffic, you'll sit higher than most motorists, but your feet will easily reach the ground. However, this seat is too high for shorter riders to comfortably reach the ground. We'd steer such folks toward the EZ-Classic
|Frame||CX: Cro-Mo Tig Welded - Good quality chomoly steel
AX: 7005 Tig Welded Aluminum - standard quality aluminum for bikes
|Fork||Full Cro-Mo - Steel fork legs and steel steerer tube|
|Saddle||Contoured Foam w/ Lyca Type Cover|
|Seat Slide||Alloy - The part that mounts the seat on the frame and lets it slide to adjust for leg length|
|Seat Back||Alloy Cool Back Adjustable w/Bottle Braze-on|
|Weight||40 lbs. EZ-Sport CX, 35 lbs. EZ-Sport AX|
|Weight Limit||300 lbs.|
|X-Seam||36″-45″ See our guide to ex-seam measurement here.|
|BB||Sealed Cartridge 68mm - Good quality design, generic|
|Crank||Sun Bicycle Alloy 170×52-42-30 - a wide range of gears on the crankset|
|F. Derailleur||Microshift - A Taiwanese brand you've never heard of, but it works really well|
|R. Derailleur||Shimano - A mid-range mountain bike rear derailer from this major Japanese component maker||SRAM X.9 - A better quality rear derailer|
|Shifter||SRAM - Basic quality gripshifter (twist shifter) from this major US component maker, designed to work with a Shimano rear derailer.||SRAM X.9 - A better quality pair of gripshifters, well suited for the long cable run to the rear derailer.|
|Freewheel Cassette||SRAM PG-830 11-32 8sp - A decently wide range of gears on the rear cassette, nothing fancy as cassettes go.||SRAM PG-930 11-32 9sp - A decently wide range of gears on the rear cassette, nothing fancy as cassettes go.|
|Pedals||Alloy Cage - Nothing special, but you could do a lot worse.|
|Brake Front||Promax Alloy Linear Pull - OK stuff||Avid SD-5 Linear Pull - Good stuff|
|Brake Rear||Promax Alloy Linear Pull - OK stuff||Avid SD-5 Linear Pull - Good stuff|
|Brake Levers||Promax Alloy Linear Pull - OK stuff||Avid SD-5 Linear Pull - Good stuff|
|Headset||1-1/8″ Aluminum - Beefy design suitable for long wheelbase recumbent|
|Handlebar||Alloy w/2 Bottle Braze-ons - With the two bottle cage mounts on the seat that gives you 4 bottle cages in all. This is the bike for heavy drinkers!
|Stem||Alloy 240mm Recumbent 2pc - Nothing you'll care about so long as your knees don't hit the handlebars.|
|Hub Front||Formula Alloy Q/R - Unremarkable but good|
|Hub Rear||Formula Alloy Q/R|
|Rim Front||20×1.50 36h Alloy - A light duty single wall rim well sized for the tires.||20×1.50 36H Alloy CNC Side - Extra work done at the rim factory to make a smoother, more effective braking surface|
|Rim Rear||26×1.50 36h Alloy||26×1.50 36H Alloy CNC Side|
|Spokes||14g. Stainless Steel - Stainless steel spokes are nothing remarkable, but they the better quality stuff. You'll find the same spokes on bikes costing three times as much as this.|
|Tire Front||20×1.50 Kenda Kwest 100psi - No puncture protection built in, but more durable than Primo Comets. You can readily upgrade to something better.|
|Tire Rear||26×1.50 Kenda Kwest 100psi|