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I’ll admit it right from the start – I sell the StreetMachine GTe because I believe that it is the best production recumbent in the world. Period. There are faster race machines, but for everyday riding, commuting, touring, off-road riding, stunt jumping (don’t ask!), and generally having fun I haven’t found anything better. If I had to limit myself to only owning one bike, the StreetMachine GTe would be it.
So why is it so good? Firstly, the full suspension is excellent. On a recumbent you don’t bounce up and down like you do on an upright bike, and the suspension is carefully designed to be completely unaffected by your pedalling. Because of this, you can set the suspension to be quite soft, so it is very plush and comfortable.
The StreetMachine GTe seat is also very good – wide and comfortable, but very supportive and you can push hard against it for lots of power when you need it. Luggage space is excellent, and you can fit four large panniers to the rear rack and optional underseat carrier.
Several of these pictures show the optional Streamer front fairing. The Streamer is great for keeping you drier and warmer in winter, and fit in seconds so you can remove it easily if you wish. It even folds up for storage! The Streamer can be fitted to almost any short-wheelbase recumbent.
Componentry is all very good – very powerful Avid V-brakes, 24-speed DualDrive hub/derailleur gears and Alex aero-section rims. And that’s only the base model! You can choose a StreetMachine custom-built form a wide choice of components and options – have a look at the price list for more details.
Some of these pictures show the StreetMachine GT, the older steel-framed model which is no longer made – the new GTe has an aluminium frame which is about 1kg lighter, the BodyLink or ErgoMesh seats, and improved cable routing and other details.
The StreetMachine Order Form has all the prices and options…
This picture shows the StreetMachine GT with optional hub dynamo lighting system, rear carrier, mudguards, propstand and Magura hydraulic brakes. Other possible extras include disc brakes, more advanced suspension, above-seat steering, various colours, a frame-only kit, a Shimano XT/`105 drivetrain and lots of other extras.