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It’s everything awesome about riding a bike, without the parts that hurt.
If pain is keeping you from the adventure, camaraderie and fun of cycling, you're not alone.
85% of recreational cyclists report pain in their wrists, back, neck and/or groin after a ride. (Source: International Journal of Sports Medicine)
The answer is a simple shift.
We spend enough of our lives hunched over screens and keyboards. We shouldn't have to do that on a bike, too.
The T50 is an ergonomic bicycle that lets you sit back comfortably rather than crouch over the handlebars. This riding position saves your neck, back, wrists, groin, and quite possibly your sex life by relieving the pressure caused by the traditional bike riding position.
Here are some things you can look forward to as a T50 owner:
- The only soreness after a ride being in your muscles.
- Getting fit. Burning calories. Sleeping well.
- Seeing the world.
- Enjoying time with friends, kids and loved ones.
- Enjoying every mile you ride, free from discomfort
- Climbing hills and mountains fast, thanks to our unique front wheel drive design.
- Safe city riding with your head up, naturally and comfortably at eye level with drivers.
The T50 is our simplest, most elegant frame design ever and if funded, will be our most price-accessible Cruzbike yet.
At Cruzbike, we've been riding, making and racing front wheel drive recumbent bikes for 12 years. Now, we've focused our efforts on creating a bike that is all about freedom.
It's backed up by more than a decade of experience making our fast, comfortable, fun-to-ride bikes. It also comes with an amazing community of thousands of riders who have rediscovered the joy of two wheels - pedaling the world, getting fit, driving less and generally having a great time cycling.
"It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best people to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise." - HENRY FORD
When we set out to build the T50, it had a few different code names. But the one that stuck was "Model T". Ford's quote above about the Model T aptly describes the T50, too, and we dream of this bike being equally revolutionary. Ford's "Any color as long as it's black" quip also holds true for the T50. Simplicity in manufacturing and finishing allows us to deliver excellent quality at an accessible price.
But, we wanted to sweeten the deal for our earliest backers. So we ordered some specially-finished T50s. There are only a few of each color in existence.
They are available for the same price as the black option for the first three days of the campaign or while our very limited quantities last.
The T50 Kickstarter Classic Red is a bold, orangey-red that feels old school in the best possible way. The T50 Kickstarter Brilliant Green is bright, fun and glossy.
To celebrate being fully funded in less than 48 hours, we have added a NEW reward level for the December 2017 shipment of T50s: Color Mix T50!
For $100 more, choose bright Sunny Yellow or Sky Blue for your T50 cruiser frame. Then pair it with either a black or silver front triangle, stem and seat assembly. The sleek black on black colorway is still the same amazing Kickstarter-exclusive price at each reward level (frame set and complete options).
Our bold, classic red and brilliant green are retired - we’re so grateful to our Early Bird Backers for making the T50 dream a reality!
At these Kickstarter launch-exclusive prices, we hope you will be able to bring a T50 (or 2 or 3!) into your life. Order soon, The first 135 T50s ship in July to Early Bird Backers!
These are the essential building blocks for you to build (or have your local bike shop build) your next favorite bike. We provide a list of everything you need to complete your T50 along with a recommended component set list and instructions. Or, get creative and make a T50 like no one else. The robust frame and seat stays will make this frame set popular with e-bike conversions and other custom cruisers. At this price you may want to stock up on a few of these sets.
Everything you need to ride. It comes with a complete component set we chose for function, form and price accessibility. Take it from here to add accessories to fit your lifestyle. This bike will make your cycling dreams come true, literally. It is all of the freedom and none of the pain.
We have a crush on this beauty. Everything you need to ride, plus top of the line accessories.We added gorgeous Woody's Fenders, a Ventisit Cushion, CyclOps Mirror, Cork Grips, PDW Payload Rack and we upgraded the tires to Schwalbe Road Cruiser Gumwall tires. This is very limited edition and Kickstarter-only for early bird backers.
This is everything you need to ride, souped up for the urban lifestyle. We set aside a few of our gorgeous green and silver T50 frames and added the beefy Axiom Journey Rack with quick clip in and out Dutchy Panniers made from recycled banner vinyl (every one is different), Woody's Fenders, a CyclOps Mirror and last but not least the inimitable TiGr Lock Mini, one of our favorite Kickstarter products ever. This is very limited edition for early bird backers.
The T50 Project Journey
Since Cruzbike began making bikes 12 years ago, we have produced them in small batches, which makes them costly. With your help, this Kickstarter campaign is going to change that. We self-funded the design and production of an Early Bird run of 135 T50s to fuel this Kickstarter campaign and get the word out about this great bike. If funded, we will be able to meet the order requirement for a mass production run of T50s, making this bike a sustainable product in our lineup and fulfilling our mission to bring the freedom and joy of cycling to more people.
We set out to design a simple-to-manufacture frame that would delight riders and make our technology widely accessible.
We knew it needed to be easy and fun to ride, meet our standards for performance and quality and fit into many different lifestyles, beautifully . Those constraints led us to a simple, elegant frame.
We fine-tuned its geometry, prototyping it here in the US before sending drawings to our manufacturers to make the first production prototype.
The first production prototype debuted at the 2016 Recumbent Cycle-Con. We rode it around Cincinnati, OH, noted ways to improve fit and performance and sent the feedback back to our manufacturer.
The next few months flew by as we confirmed every detail of what is now the production T50. In March, we air-shipped a few early production samples to Portland, OR for photography and review. It is what we dreamed of when this journey began years ago - fun and easy to ride, simple to manufacture, easily customizable and our most price-accessible bike yet.
If we're funded, T50s will ship in two batches. We will ship the first 135 Early Bird Backers their new T50s in July 2017. We'll ship the next 500 backers their T50s in December 2017.
Frame Sets: World wide shipping.*
- USA: $65
- Canada: $175
- All other countries: $250
Basic Complete Unassembled: World wide shipping.*
- USA: $75
- Canada: $185
- All other countries: $250
Basic Complete Partially Assembled: US Only $215
Deluxe Complete Partially Assembled: US Only $215
*Non-USA backers, please note you will be responsible for paying your country's import duties and taxes.
The nuts and bolts of the T50
- Frame: Robust 7005 T6 aluminum alloy frame
- Front Triangle: Custom designed power triangle with telescoping inner tube plus oversized 34.9 mm outer tube for additional stiffness, constructed from quality 7005 T6 aluminum alloy.
- Seat: Robust adjustable custom seat assembly
- Custom designed cushions: 2-inch thick cushions with washable covers
Wheelbase: 43 inches
Throw this bike on standard racks, easily. Whether you're taking a bus, parking at a coffee shop or heading somewhere by car, the T50 is easy to bring along.
- Weight: Basic Complete T50 weighs in at just 32 lbs
T50 Complete Components
- 1-Handlebar: Origin8 Citi Classic seagull style, alloy anodized
- 2-Shifters, Gearing Cassette: 11-34 (1x8) SRAM Twist
- 3-Brakes: Clarks CMD-17 Mechanical Disc Brakes, 160mm front and rear, mated with Avid levers
- 4-Rear Derailleur: SRAM X3
- 5-Cranks: Single chainring 40T
- 6-Wheels: Wheelmaster 26” Alloy Mountain PR
- 7-Tires: Panaracer Tour 559 x 1.5" (Deluxe: Schwalbe Road Cruiser Gumwall 559 x 1.75")
T50 Fit and Adjustment
A-Seat Back Angle: 53 - 76 degrees
Dial in the perfect seat back angle with simple adjustments.
B-Seat Height: 22 inches from the ground
Feel great whether pedaling or stopped at an intersection with your feet on the ground.
- C-Adjustable Front Tube: Fits riders between 5'3" and 6'4" with a simple adjustment.
- D-Customizable handlebar height
- Weight Capacity: 250 pound rider plus cargo
Building a Frame Set
Everything you need to complete your T50 from a frame set is below. When we ship your frame set we will include a recommended component set list and instructions to guide you or to bring to your local bike shop.
Shifters, Cassette, Chain, Rear Derailleur, Crankset and Bottom Bracket, Pedals, Disc Brakes with Rotors, Stem, Handlebars, Grips, Brake Levers, 26” Wheels, Tubes, Tires, Brake Cables (Rear is a long length), Cable Housing
Drive Train: The T50 can take a very wide array of chain driven standard drivetrains. As a complete, it will be coming with a single chainring and an 8 speed cassette. With the right handlebar and stem, many mountain or even road drivetrains could be used. The Bottom Bracket Shell is a 68mm standard English thread.
Braze-on Derailleur: There is no mount point for a braze-on derailleur. A clamp on derailleur on the boom tube will work.
Tire Clearance: 2” tire maximum without fenders, 1.75” tire maximum with fenders.
Why we are here
We love cycling and we feel like we have the world’s best kept secret. So this campaign is the whole Cruzbike Tribe shouting it from the rooftops - you can ride more and have more fun! If anything about your traditional bike is limiting the time you would spend riding it, we would love to welcome you to our community. Please join us!
If funded, we will be able to meet the order requirement for a mass production run of T50s, making this bike a sustainable product in our lineup and fulfilling our mission to bring the freedom and joy of cycling to more people.
We are a very small team over here at Cruzbike, but are the luckiest in the world. We get to work for the most amazing community of customers...the thousands of cyclists who make up the Cruzbike Tribe. We are so grateful for you all! Thank you for riding and sharing your stories and creating this community. You are Cruzbike's heart.
To everyone who has stopped by to check out this amazing bike, welcome! We are grateful for you too, and we can't wait to welcome you into our community.
The Cruzbike Team (Jim and Maria, Robert, Lucia, Jacob, Genevieve, Kristin and Lief)
Risks and challenges
We have been manufacturing Cruzbikes for 12 years and we've self-funded the design and production of our Early Bird run of 135 frames. We have received, tested and approved production samples and are confident in the July 2017 delivery date we've set for Early Bird rewards.
Our manufacturer is ready for our next much larger order, which we will place as soon as we are funded. We have set our timeline to account for the unexpected with the new order, but one thing that 12 years of bicycle making have taught us is that there's always something unexpected.
We'll keep in touch with you throughout the process and communicate with transparency so you know exactly where your T50 is in its journey to you.
Last but not least: any pledge amount brings us closer to our goal of getting more people to ride bikes (and enjoy it!) everyday. Please click the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or help us spread the word by sharing this page with the people you love. We’re so grateful!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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