Dear EZ Biker, geeze for someone who did some rather inflameatory posts about Rans recumbents I'm quite surprised with some of your posts at BROL, specifically on the thread topic Rans Copying Bacchetta Hiracer Monotube where you have even MADE A FUTURE PREDICTION!!!! Would you care to explain yourself here??? ;-) Signed Diane
OH MY GAWD! My posts have been discovered!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEK! OK, BUSTED and also Thank You for the nice... (Exposing) email about my mystical Rans Bike prediction post. :-) And YES, I do hereby confess that I have in fact posted the crystal ball and made a pretty interesting prediction about a certain Rans Model bike that """"WILL"""" be on the streets by Spring 2008!!!! I truly believe Rans is about to take a GIANT and very smart tactical business move in the recumbent world. When the Bacchetta Aero got put on TEMPORARY......... HOLD......... production, I have to feel that there were a lot of potential Aero Ti customers, broken hearted that they had sat on the fence too long and waited waited and waited, to make the move onto a Ti Aero. At present if one really wants a performance High Racer the choices are somewhat COLD & HOT meaning, Aluminium bike to the ultra COSTLY Carbon Fiber kinds of bikes. That's really a wide gap to have to decide there folks, given the fact that once the titanium genie was released from the bottle, you are not going to get it back in there. It's a pity that Bacchetta requires a specific quantity and size of titanium to produce the Ti Aero. Still, I believe they should have at least kept it available, even on a high $$$ limited edition mode.
Now you have another company that apparently has no serious issues with obtaining titanium; as you see it in numerous bike models they offer. Once I discovered they were re-releasing the Force 5 as a singular mono tube kind of bike frame, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to put 2 and 2 together, they a Force 5 titanium racer WILL be out there soon enough buzzing around us killer B types on our now (Collectors edition) Ti Aero's. AND if Rans is able to price their Force 5 titanium racer at a fairly shocking price of
$2700, they won't be able to keep those bikes in stock, period. BUT given the scarcity of titanium, they can probably put any kind of price on it and they will be flying out the doors!So says the mystic EEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZ Biker... ;-) ;-) ;-)
UPDATE! 10/8/07 Rans has just posted another one of their "Into the ride" articles #58.