Bacchetta Carbon Aero


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aero 700

The Aero with 700C wheels

Note:  Bacchetta changed hands in mid-2021.  Between this and supply disruptions due to COVID production of complete bikes has temporarily ceased.  We have a few bikes left as of October 2021, and we can get frame sets for custom builds.  (Just good luck getting components!)

Bikes like the Aero don’t need much of a sales pitch. Either there is no way you are going to spend that kind of money on a bicycle or else you must have it because it is the best.  This bike is really what Bacchetta is all about.  I could go on, but having written about all the other Bacchetta models already it seems superfluous.  Everything they do points to this.  Are you a “roadie?”

The new Aero comes in two frame sizes and is made out of carbon fiber with titanium lugs. It is the lightest recumbent on the market that you can actually find in a store, adjust to your size, and ride before buying. A carbon fiber shell seat is standard.  21 pounds is pretty light for a recumbent, but you can pull its weight down more by simply shoveling money at it. (You know the deal.)

aero 650

The Aero with 650C wheels

650C or 700C wheels

The Aero is available in a variety of wheel sizes, depending on your needs. 700C road bike wheels, allowing for a wide variety of tire choices. We can also supply the Aero with smaller 650C wheels if the 700C models sits you a little too high.

Bear in mind the limited tire selection for 650C wheels.  Some years back, triathletes who didn’t want as high gears as road bikes preferred 650C wheels, being a bit smaller.  (Remember these folks also had lots of running and swimming to do.)  With the development of compact cranksets many tri bikes went back to 700C wheels.  So 650C is a bit of an anachronism.  The upshot?  Get 700C if you can.  If you want to drop the seat about 2 inches then get the 650C.  We’re only listing spec info on the 700C model below.

aero carbon corsa

The “Carbon Corsa” component spec

The “Carbon Corsa”

Bacchetta makes an Aero spec called “The Carbon Corsa,” which is an Aero frame with the upper/mid-grade Corsa components.  This gives you the essential frame, the soul of the bike, with decent components, ready to upgrade, and the Euromesh seat.  Why they had to confuse thing by calling it a Corsa we don’t know.

Honestly, we don’t typically keep the Aero in stock since out clientele is much more the easy going tricycle types. If you have an interest in this, come in and ride the Corsa, since the seat and handlebar arrangement is essentially the same.

Bacchetta says:

The worlds most accomplished carbon recumbent racer is now the most affordable as well! With CA2.0 frame kits starting at $1,700 and complete bikes starting at $3300 there’s no reason to put off buying your dream bike any longer! Also, the upgraded Aero spec and a new color scheme gives the CA2 a stunning new look to go along with a racing pedigree that’s second to none.

Boring technical specs from Bacchetta follow, along with our interesting comments:

FrameBacchetta Custom Carbon 2.0 - The same ovalized cross section as other Bacchettas. The seat mounting on the carbon frame is much more finicky.
ForkBacchetta Full Carbon Johnson, w/ 1-1/8" Carbon Steer - So we called Bacchetta and asked just what is a "Carbon Johnson" fork, and is it OK to discuss it in front of the ladies? It appears that "Carbon" Johnson is the engineer who makes them, along with other carbon fiber thingies. We weren't in a big hurry to find out what other carbon thingies ol' Johnson made. This fork has carbon legs and a carbon steerer tube.
SeatCarbon w/Bacchetta Seat Stay Clamps - A carbon shell with a cushion top of it.
HandlebarBacchetta Aero Tweener Bars (300mm reach) - an open cockpit style handlebar designed for comfort and aerodynamics on long highway rides. These bars are more narrow than what comes on the Giro, for aerodynamics. We can retrofit wider bars if needed.
StemBacchetta 3-Piece Adjustable - A rigid riser with no fore/aft adjustment. This gives a more solid feel and saves weight. Reach can be adjusted by switching parts or retrofitting a B-pivot riser.
Rear DerailerSRAM X0 9 Speed - One of the best 9-speed rotational shifter you can find, well suited for long cable runs.
Front DerailerMicroshift R439 SS - A brand you've never heard of, but a good quality, long lasting front derailer.
ShiftersSRAM X0 9 Speed - The best 9-speed rotational shifter you can find.
CranksetFSA Hollow Carbon 52/39/30T - A road bike triple crank geared for speed, using a modern, lightweight style of bottom bracket.
Bottom BracketFSA Mega Exo Integrated - A modern design of BB, ready for a pounding
HeadsetFSA Orbit-X, 1-1/8"- Oversized mountain bike spec for rugged use and smooth steering
CassetteSRAM PG970, 11-32, 9 Speed - A wide range, good quality freehub cassette.
Front BrakeX-Eyed CNC Dual Pivot Road - This is a really good road bike style brake. It is lightweight. It is as powerful as many mountain bike brakes. Best of all it has flexible cable routing options. If your recumbent uses a road bike front brake and limited steering because of it, consider this brake as an upgrade.
BrakeX-Eyed CNC Dual Pivot Road - This is the same brake as the front, but with a shorter mounting post.
Brake LeversAvid BL-700 Flat Bar - They look like mountain bike brake levers, but they are designed to work with road bike brakes like the X-Eyed Dual Pivot brake.
Front WheelVuelta Corsa Super-Lite - Machined hubs, hoo-hah Japanese bearings, aero rims, butted spokes, trued and tensioned perfectly, yada, yada, yada...
Rear WheelVuelta Corsa Super-Lite - Ditto
Front TireKenda Kaliente L3R Pro, 700x23c - A decent road bike tire which will get you started. Consider an upgrade.
Rear TireKenda Kaliente L3R Pro, 700x23c
ChainKMC X9 - Better quality 9-speed chain.
PedalsWellgo LU897 Platform - Nothing great here, but bikes like this usually don't even come with pedals. They assume you'll be supplying your own preference. These pedals will get you going, but you'll want to upgrade.
BB Height32" - A bit of a step up from the ground, but that's what you'd expect on a high racer
Seat Height24" - This is not absurdly high, even over those 700c wheels, but remember that the reclined position of the high racer means you'll need to sit upright in the seat to get your feet to the ground. This makes stops and starts more cumbersome. This lends the bike for fast, continuous rides on the highway, not so much for urban start/stop riding.
WheelbaseStandard frame: 46”, Large frame: 47” - This is the distance between the wheel hubs.
Weight21 lbs. 6 oz. w/out Pedals
Weight Limit250 lbs. (Rider and Gear Make Up Total Weight Limit)
Gear Range25-124" - Geared for speed. If you need lower gears they can be easily arranged.
ColorPearl Orange - matches your Lamborghini
Frame SizeStandard: 12.5" Boom, Large: 14" boom - This is not a very important metric. But if you are trying to determine what size frame you have then this is the easiest to measure. The "boom" is the part of the frame that runs from the headset (steering axis) out to the crankset. Measure from the middle of the head tube to the middle of the bottom bracket shell.
X SeamStandard: 37"-46", Large: 41"-50" - See our guide on how to measure your ex-seam.

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