We know that recumbent riders are often keen to let others try their rides. After all, that’s how the recumbent virus often spreads. We also realize that buying a bike that fits only you is a scary prospect as far as resale value is concerned. That’s why we designed an alternative seat mounting position. It allows about +/- 8cm (3″) of seat position adjustment, about the same range as a standard straight-frame road recumbent bike, while only raising the seat by about 20mm (3/4″.) The handlebar’s reach and height can also be quickly adjusted to suit another rider.
On 700x23c wheels (etrto 23-622), shown here, the Schlitter Encore’s seat is at 60.5cm (23 7/8″), lower than many straight frames and on par with many shallow bend frames. We probably offer the most appropriate position/seat height/crank height mix for shorter riders on 2x700c rear-wheel drive recumbents today, but should you need an even lower seat, a pair of 26″x23c (etrto 23-559) will drop it to 57cm (22 1/2″.)
We will be introducing models with smaller 20″ (etrto 406 and 451) front wheels in the near future.
A very light pair of 700c road wheels and 23mm tires to climb mountain passes. 650B disc wheels and 32mm tires for smooth randonneuring. 26″ or 29er wheels and 42mm tires to handle the roughest of roads. Can’t decide? Use disc brakes and switch wheelsets. A whole new bike in under two minutes.
|Common name||26″||650c, 26″ road||650b, 27.5″||700c, road, 28″, 29er|
|Tire size (mm)||23-25||28-42||23-25||28||32-42||23-25||28-42|
|V-brake||Front, rear (w/adapter)||Front, rear (w/adapter)||Front, rear|
|Disc brake||Front, rear||Front, rear||Front, rear|
|Dropout width (mm)||135||130||135||130 / 135|
However, reaching an adjustment that can allow all these qualities at once without shin interference or thigh interference during sharp steering is often tricky, requiring a lengthy trial and error process of swapping stems and handlebars of different dimensions.
Even the best adjustment often comes at the expense of a restricted line of sight.
Repeat finishers, solo and team.
Met at PBP 2011.
Venice, FL, USA
John was one of the pioneers of the US recumbent industry in the late 1970s and became R&D and production manager at Rans for the next 20 years, where he also handled the ultralight / light aircraft activities. He then became one of the co-founders of Bacchetta bikes. Both are now some of the biggest recumbent bike manufacturers in the world.
He is also a well respected endurance cyclist with many years of competitive cycling experience. He holds many ultracycling records and was the first recumbent rider to complete the Race Across America in 2008 as a solo participant.English
Venice, FL, USA
Jacquie’s experience with endurance recumbent cycling is more recent but no less accomplished. On her first foray into this world at the 2011 12 hours of Sebring, she set an age group record. At next year’s 24 hour event, she set an all-out historic women’s record and went on to finish the 2012 Race Across America in a 4-person mixed team. She also participated in the 2014 Race Across America as a solo rider.
She is a Doctor of Clinical Nursing and a professor of Nursing at St. Petersburg College.English
In 2011, Jacquie and John Schlitter and myself met while cycling somewhere on the country roads of France during Paris-Brest-Paris. A few years and plenty of shared ambitions later, we decided to launch the Schlitter Encore recumbent bicycle with the help of Adam Novak who had developed an exceptional carbon fiber frame technology at Hungarian manufacturer Szatuna. I was instrumental to the original development of the product and organization and pursued European distribution.
Thanks to your incredible support, the Encore quickly grew into a successful product that changed the landscape of the recumbent industry. Yet as you know, this industry remains small and its functioning relies on the ongoing devotion of a handful of people. As someone who thrives on developing new products and services, I have found my attention increasingly diverted to other projects, at the expense of ongoing relations with clients and the community. Thankfully, Adam Novak’s new role at frame manufacturer Szatuna allows him to orchestrate the resources required to provide customer service on par with the stellar level that the Schlitters have built their reputation on. The responsibility for EU distribution will therefore be transitioned to Szatuna.Français, English, Svenska
The frames are produced by Szatuna Kft., a manufacturer of high quality composite and plastic parts for the automotive industry, based on Lake Balaton in Hungary, a world-renowned region for watersports composite manufacturing.
Together, we have further developed frame geometry, carbon fiber placement and orientation, as well as manufacturing and finishing processes in order to produce frames that are :