The MAX is all about no compromise touring. On-road, off-road, county road or Silk Road, the crew at AZUB loves to see bikes loaded with ridiculous amounts of cargo, traveling across rugged and picturesque landscapes.
The large 26” or 24” wheels climb over obstacles or smooth out potholes. The rear suspension, with optional full suspension, makes the going much easier. You can’t pop a wheelie on it, but we’ve seen our customers drive these up curbs and down stairs.
For playing in the dirt, AZUB recommends the under-seat steering handlebars. This gives you less to hang up on should you dump the bike spectacularly. For prolonged off-road touring, they suggest the OSS handlebars, which are less like to be damaged if a loaded bike falls. Open cockpit, or OC steering, is best for multi-day rides at higher speeds where aerodynamics figures in. Not-so-tall riders will appreciate the 24 inch wheel version.
From the fire roads in your state park to tank tracks in the Negev desert, the MAX will take you there. As a commuter bike it will handle anything the fiends at your Department of Transportation dish out at you.
Our Price: Varies greatly by spec, but mostly from $3400 to $4500, with some going above $5K. Note that AZUB’s website does not include shipping in their price and we must factor that in.
AZUB MAX is a chariot you will fall in love with. When you sit on it, you cannot but beam with delight. Or even squeal with joy. This bike runs like clockwork, it devours all straight roads like nothing before and going downhill is a never ending joy. With its two large 26” wheels it is a recumbent like none other. The rear suspension is supplied as standard, and together with the optional front suspension, the AZUB MAX is a comfortable and fast bike which turns a road full of potholes into a smooth asphalt thoroughfare.
A robust main frame tube extending from the boom to the rack. An asymmetrical organically shaped rear fork. A pulley following the movement of the chain. Robust appearance. All this makes the MAX an icon which hundreds of cyclists have fallen in love with. The AZUB MAX will make you feel that you can do absolutely anything, go round your town ten times or conquer a continent. Everything is possible and anything you decide will be incredible fun.
The MAX is a recumbent bike for active cyclists who enjoy a fast ride and great challenges. Unlike our recumbents with a 20” front wheel and 26” rear wheel, it has a more sporty seating position, characterized by the crankset being placed higher than the bottom of the ergonomic seat. The rider is thus better seated and can put more power in the pedals.
For a discussion of parts specs, see our AZUB article on our shopping help page
Boring technical specs from AZUB follow, along with our interesting comments.
Frame & Geometry
Who fits on it, where it fits.
- STEERING: above or under seat steering (OSS or USS) or an open cockpit
Barring idiosyncrasies, OSS is for touring or commuting, USS is for off-road or just being radical, and OC is for long highway rides.
- FRAME: Aluminum
- REAR FORK: suspended, Aluminum
- FRONT FORK: rigid or suspended
Suspended will sit you a little higher. Leaving this bike without full suspension seems like a half-measure, but you get your choice.
- WELD: TIG method
Complicated way of saying this isn’t cheap crap.
- SEAT: composite or carbon-kevlar, size M, L and XL
Available in a variety of sizes based on your torso length.
- SEATPAD: standard 50 mm
Open cell foam that is more comfortable than it looks.
- SEAT ANGLE (to road): 23-40°
More upright improves starts and stops and increases leverage on pedals. More reclined improves comfort and aerodynamics.
- SEAT ADJUST RANGE: length 130 mm, height 60 mm, angle 17°
(everything by two quick releases within couple of seconds)
And they’re damn proud of it. About 5″ of ex-seam range, with seat recline adjustment widening that range a little.
- FRAME ADJUST RANGE: length 200 mm (by adjusting of the boom)
The frame will telescope out about 8 inches. The adjustable frame coupled with the adjustable seat let you optimize both arm reach to the bars and leg reach to the pedals. Your AZUB will be optimized for your ex-seam, whatever it is. See our ex-seam guide here. Very short people would not be able to reach the ground on this model, but beyond that if you tell them your ex-seam AZUB will build it to fit.
- WHEELS: 26″/26“ or 24“/24“
- WHEELBASE: 1040 mm
This is how far apart the hub axle are from each other. Less means more maneuverability.
- TOTAL LENGTH: min 170 cm (same as standard bike)
This measurement depends on your leg length
- TOTAL HEIGHT: min 120 cm
Assuming the seat is fully reclined
- SEAT BOTTOM HEIGHT: min 65 cm (24“ – 62 cm)
- BOTTOM BRACKET HEIGHT: min 77 cm (24“ – 74 cm)
Really up there
- BARS WIDE: USS 65 cm, OSS 45 cm
OSS and OC bars are interchangeable with similar bars for customization. USS will adjust somewhat.
- BARS ADJUSTING: different lengths and angles
Just what adjusts depends on steering type, but you’ll get a lot of control over the fit.
- CHAIN LEAD: PA tube (almost no friction)
Slick tubing for guiding the chain.
- RECUMBENT WEIGHT: around 36 pounds according to the type)
- MAX. LOAD: 275 pounds