Different Recumbent Types:

SWB Recumbent Bicycles

a.k.a Short WheelBase or Short Rider

Advantages:

SWB Recumbent Bicycles Are Generally ...

    Volae Century SWB Recumbent Bicycle
  • Lighter and more agile.
  • Much more manoeuvrable than the LWB, with a shorter turning radius.
  • Less prone to skidding due to a more equitable distribution of weight on the tires.
  • Less cumbersome to store and transport.
  • Faster uphills and just generally faster.
  • Designed with small wheels that make the stretch for the pedals more controllable, and keeps the boom shorter for reduced frame flex.

Disadvantages:

SWB Recumbent Bicycles Are Generally ...

    SWB Flevobike Recumbent Bicycles
  • Often not as stable and steady as the LWB recumbents.
  • Not as smooth on the bumps.
  • Prone to problems with the drive chain and the subsequent complex solutions.
  • Prone to 'Heel Interference' - caused when the cyclists heel comes into contact with the front wheel during a tight, low-speed turn.
  • Have more unsteady steering.
  • Have a more reclined seat with takes some getting use to.
  • Less visable to traffic.
  • Slower to start due to the high position of the pedals.
  • More difficult to steady by placing the feet on the road, because of the height and recline of the seat.
  • More dangerous at a blind intersection, while in motion, due to the seating recline restricting vision.
  • Less smooth to ride (unless suspension has been added), because of the front tire being very near to the seat.

Dimensions:

Wheelbase: The SWB frame is short and has the wheels close together. The wheelbase is commonly 38-45 inches or 965.2 - 1,143 mm.

Pedals: The pedals are usually positioned IN FRONT of the front wheel.

Tires: SWB recumbents often use a front wheel of 16 - 17 inches or 406.4 - 431.8 mm to improve the chain clearance.


Some SWB Bike Models:

RANS: Rocket, V-Rex & Force 5 Expedition,
Lightning: Phantom and UP-38,
Bacchetta: Carbon Aero, Giro, Strada, Corsa and TI Aero,
Longbikes: Eliminator,
Volae: Century, Club, Expedition, Sport and Tour,
HP Velotechnik: Street Machine GT
Challenge: Seiran OS, Hurricane Tour and USS
TW-Bents: Mustang,
M5: Shock Proof 451 CrMo

Different Recumbent Types:

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