etard wrote:How does this trike compare to your original recumbent in terms of efficiency, power, and ride?
That is a very good question. They were parked next to each other today and I was wondering the same thing.
Here are a few comparisons;
Actionbent Midracer--- 13wh per mile at 20mph.
CT700--- 11wh per mile at 20mph.
Midracer--- 48 pounds.
CT700--- 60 pounds? (still have to weigh it)
Midracer--- 3 stages from motor to wheel.
CT700--- Two stages to the wheel.
Midracer--- Extremely complicated drive unit.
CT700--- Very simple drive unit.
Midracer--- Top speed 40mph.
CT700--- Top speed 26mph (in current configuration. I may increase this to 30+ soon).
Midracer--- Relatively comfortable.
CT700--- VERY comfortable.
Midracer--- A bit fragile, but not too bad (too many parts in the drive unit).
CT700--- Very reliable. I would trust this thing across the state or country.
Midracer--- Cost to build--- $3,800.
CT700--- Cost to build--- $4,600 (roughly). Of course, I get stuff at cost or I make it myself. That helps.
This thing is worth about $6,500 to $7,000 as it sits if you consider retail price of everything and the time spent.
Lastly, the Midracer took about 40 to 50 hours of R&D (after all machining was finished) to figure out and get it to this point. While the CT700 just works, no problems, no complaints.
Oh, also, the CT700 is much easier to ride. There is less to know to run it.
All in all, I will still use the Midracer. I love that thing. I have 1,100 miles on it and it is still fun. However, I am liking the stability and other benefits of the trike.
1% of the world's population can think "Outside the box". The rest are firmly stuck within the box. Where are you?