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The Volae is such a beautiful thing! Just wanted to let you know how pleased I have become with the Volae. The choice was definitely the right one. My rides have averaged 22 miles. My speed has averaged about 15.20 mph. While that may seem a bit slow, considering they have been done in hilly country I think that is a great start. If these rides were on flats I think my average speed would be 18 - 19 mph or more. Not too bad for a 66+ year old guy! This would be at least as fast if not faster than on my GT. The comfort and the view are added benefits. I can not say enough about the pleasure of riding the Volae.
When I first started riding I had to walk up some hills. Now I am now riding all of them with a good turn of speed. I was very wobbly in the begining. This is gone now and the thrill of riding has taken over.
Thank you for all you and your staff have provided with help and support during the purchase process. The support after purchase was also outstanding. I will look forward to doing business with the Hostel Shoppe for a very long time. And oh yes, I am going to get better and faster still as I work and tune the engine a bit more. It's a little old but is still capable, perhaps, of some amazing things.
Thanks so much for designing and building the Volae!
Just wanted to say thank you for a very nice product and very nice service. I purchased the Alpha Q EX carbon fork for my Volae Club. It went on fine and the service I received from your sales, shipping and mechanics was unmatched by anything I have available around here. Thanks a lot, see you at the Rally.
I received the Volae Sport last Monday. I would have written earlier, but honestly, I've been having too much fun ripping around on my new speed demon. Alot of "uprights" have fallen to the wayside in the wake of the Volae you've crafted for me. I'm so glad I found your shop. I'm not sure I would have had it as easy as with you dealing with any other place. Thank you.
The attention to detail is first rate and the service is great. My Volae has totally rejuvenated my 22 year cycling hobby. My riding has been missing that passion the last few years that I used to get every time I went out the door. Bents, and my Volae Team in particular, have put that zing back in my riding.
The group I ride with usually breaks into a "fast" group and a "leisure" group. After riding to the ride start and seeing what this bike could do, I decided to go with the fast guys. Being on a new type of bike, I hung out back. I stayed well out of their draft and I could keep up quite easily! This really blew me away. If I was on the upright in the paceline, it would nearly kill me to keep up. Now I can stay out the draft and keep up with them, with only moderate effort!
Needless to say, I am pleased. God willing I will put thousands and thousands of miles on this remarkable machine.
I have been riding recumbents for 4 years and was already sold on the concept when I ordered my new Team this past summer. I have had my Team for about 6 weeks and wow, what a ride. I love the smooth power transmission to the road. For a first iteration model you have certainly done your home work because it has exceeded my expectations. One suggestion would be for braze ons on the riser bar so you wouldn't have to use the friction bottle cage, but hey that's pretty minor. The integral bag on the seat is also a great design, looks sharp as well.
I've been riding my Volae Club and I simply love it. It gets a lot of looks, questions, and 'where can I get one'. I am getting used to the riding position and getting my recumbent muscles all over again. It is very comfortable and it feels fast. I know a bike is as fast as it's rider but this bike does feel fast. In fact I did pass and leave in the dust an upright rider on a LeMond in very nice colors. I did notice in my mirror that the upright bent over the front wheel rider was trying to catch me but did not. I'm not a Lance or a Lance wannabe, but I was so surprised at how this bike handles and how well it performs. Thanks for such a great bike, I am really enjoying it.
I just wanted to email to thank you for putting together one of the best, if not the best, bike I have ever ridden (that includes a Klein, Lightning P38, an old Colnago and assorted others over the years). Today I went on a ride that according to the Lightning's computer is 16.4 miles and according to the Cateye wireless that I put on the Volae Team is 16.5 miles so they are roughly correctly calibrated.
On the Lightning my best average speed this year (I am not in peak shape by any means) is 15.5 mph. There are a couple of steep but not too long hills that kill the average speed. On the Volae Team today my average speed without straining was 16 mph. My average speed going up hills is 2-3 mph faster on the Team than on the Lightning. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't experienced it.
The reason I think is just just great ergonomics, at least for me. I can literally feel that I am getting more power out of my muscles because I am better positioned on the pedals. It just feels great.
Team arrived... and it's great! I actually enjoyed putting it together. Been a long time since I built a bike basically from scratch. Gave me a chance to really check out all of the details. Waterford does a REALLY good job. The dark blue contrasts really well with the carbon bits. I only had a chance to ride it up and down the street a few times to make sure that everything works but I plan on taking it for some more serious rides this week when I'm off. One long flat 110km out and back and my semi-usual 50km climbing loop. I have a Radical Alfa Solo seat bag that will work great with it. So far it feels just as good as the Club that I was raving about at the 'BentRide.
My Volae Team is only in its second day. But IMHO, Hostel Shoppe has done a magnificent job of designing and building this extremely competitive two-650c-wheel, state-of-the-art recumbent. AND WOW, IS IT FAST!
Plus I find it very light, responsive, comfortable and easy to ride. I am very impressed and frankly, surprised at how much I like it and how quickly I seem to be adapting to it from my ride of the last two years, a LWB, low bottom bracket, Ti Rush. The Rush is a magnificent recumbent ... but at circa-35 pounds, it is 10 pounds heavier and a bit longer than the Volae Team. Although I love the Rush's comfort and feel, it does not have the incredible lightness and quickness of the Volae Team. It's just possible I'll keep both. There are some laid back, touring type rides on which the Rush could prove a little less demanding of the rider's attention and possibly prove to be more comfortable over many hours. And the Rush is an unmatched sight-seeing platform.
HOLY SMOKES! Grin equals rush equals freedom! Speed and comfort with the responsiveness of a skateboard. I rode ten miles around my neighborhood in sneakers before staying up all night to install accessories and dial in the fit. Like my aerobatic airplane, you wear this bike. But honest, not twitchy. Ride is firm but not jarring, softer than I expected.
I'm writing a book, "The Rail Gun Chronicles" about this bike and my experiences with it. Be calling you soon for an interview with the makers - if you don't mind. This bike has made cycling possible for me again and the experience of buying and riding it has exceeded my wildest expectations in every way!
Just a note to let you know how pleased I am with the Volae Century you just sent me.
As a 25 year year team mechanic and high end bicycle shop owner, I had high standards when it came to choosing my first recumbent for myself. With so many brands on the market, research was lengthy and extensive, but I knew enough to focus in on the few truly well designed and well equipped bikes out there. I am so lucky to have found your website and the Volae information. It was clear to me, that your company means business when it comes to recumbents, and your years of experience with multiple brands has allowed you to take the best features, design and components, and distill them into a line of bikes that are as good as you can get.
As a novice recumbent customer, my expertise with bicycles could only take me so far. Sure, I could see the high quality workmanship of the frame, and the excellent choice of components on the Volae, but I was unaware of how crucial sizing of the bike is. I am so lucky to have found your website which made it clear that the key to having a great experience with a recumbent is ultimately the fit of the bike to your body. I am sure there are thousands of people every year who make the mistake of buying a recumbent on the internet or on Ebay, that end up with a bike that does not fit them, and thus it makes their cycling experience virtual torture. With the variety of frame and seat sizes you offer, and with the specific measurements you require from the customer, the perfect fit is assured. The fact that your set up each bike specifically to the customer's personal measurements, means that right out of the box, the bike is perfect for that individual. My Century fit me like a glove, and my first ride ever on a recumbent was one of the greatest cycling experiences of my life.
I did not know what to expect from my first time on a recumbent, and with your generous offer of a trial period with each bike, I sure as heck was not going to throw out the packing materials and box until I knew what I was getting into. I think I had gone about 100 yards before I made the decision to fold up the bike box and put it in the recycling container. In a lifetime of cycling, I had never had a bike fit me so well. I had also never had a bike that was totally free from any discomfort. The carbon seat is so well designed, that there is absolutely no stress or pressure on any part of your back or tail. The position of the bars is such that just the lightest touch on the grips is needed, so there is no palm or wrist pain. The pedal stroke and position is totally natural, and if you closed your eyes, and did not know you were in a horizontal position, you would swear you were pedaling vertically. On my first ride, I was able to go further with much less effort than on my traditional bike. I noticed that headwinds are much less of a concern since the recumbent position does not cause nearly as much drag. I have suffered with asthma my entire life, and for the first time, I have a bike that allows me to keep up with other riders, and does not trigger my asthma by over exertion. Maybe it has something to do with the position I am riding in, but I think it must just take a lot less effort to ride at speed. Whatever it is, it in my opinion is the best benefit of the recumbent for me. Of course the 100% pain free ride is a close second!
I admit that at the age of 43, my motivation for researching recumbents was brought on by a need to find a bicycle that was comfortable. Your company has opened my eyes to a whole new world of cycling that I only wish I had discovered years ago. The two pieces of advice I have to pass on to riders, are that you should get a quality recumbent now, and not wait until your body asks for it, and that you make sure that it is one that fits you perfectly. The experience will be so great, that you will find your enthusiasm for cycling boosted 1000%. I can't wait to hit the road again today... I never used to say that!
Satisfied Customer #3,001
Rolf: The Hostelshoppe "RANS" bag arrived today. I posted my thoughts on bentrideronline to a query about the bag but thought I would tell you my first impression is very favorable. It is a real step forward from the RANS briefcase bag I bought several years ago for my then steed (V-Rex). The bag fits my Barcroft Virginia GT even with its much tighter tolerances with no problems at all. And its versatility with all the little nooks, crannies and divisions, together with its lightness, makes it ideal for what I was looking for.
St. Louis, Mo.
Satisfied Customer #1,492
To the Fine Folks at the Hostel Shoppe;
I just thought I'd drop you a note and Thank You for the great service and patience you have shown to me in my purchase of a new Rans Stratus I recently ordered from you.
I stopped in at your store in early October of this year while vacationing in Wisconsin and your sales staff, was very helpful in allowing me to take several bikes on test rides down your local bike trail. That was much appreciated. It was very helpful in allowing me to decide what type of recumbent I would be most interested in. I left that day knowing that when the time was right, I figured in the spring of next year, I would be placing an order for a Rans Stratus. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to have you e-mail me with some end of the year specials on several bikes including the Rans Stratus, and that was all it took. I placed my order the same day and received my new recumbent within about a week. Great Service! Everything arrived perfect and was easy to put back together with everything adjusted just right and ready to go. Again, much appreciated.
I know who I will recommend to anyone who asks about my recumbent or any other, it will be the Hostel Shoppe. When I am ready for any upgrades or options, and perhaps in the future, replacement parts, you can be assured I will be in touch.
I appreciate your newsletter, and will look forward to future issues.
Again, Thanks from a very satisfied customer.
Orange City, Iowa
(forwarded from our friends at Greenspeed)
A few years ago I saw my first recumbent trike. I was instantly obsessed. After looking at nearly every trike on the web for months, I knew I'd someday own a Greenspeed. I joined the trikes group and have enjoyed reading everything that's going on there. I admit... I have no idea what most of the tech stuff means, but every now and then I find a nugget to hold on to.
Well, It's finally happened. My Greenspeed GTR is here! A big thanks to Rolf Garthus at the Hostel Shoppe. He talked me through my purchase and helped me get EXACTLY what I had been dreaming of.
I wanted to share this joy earlier in the week, but I've spent every spare moment on the road. I can't get enough!
So, can anyone recommend a good way to keep the bugs off of my teeth?
I'm off to work......My car's getting lonely!
Some months ago we purchased a Rans Rocket, at a shop 120 miles away. After getting it home and riding it for awhile, we noticed the front derailleur was not shifting well to the largest chain ring. We really had to crank on that left grip shift to get that chain up on the largest chainring. After two months, the front derailleur cable broke. I replaced the cable. It still shifted hard, and I knew it was only a matter of time before the new cable broke.
While visiting your web sight a few weekends ago, I clicked on Tech Talk, more out of curiosity to see what was there, than anything else. I notice your photograph and explanation of the PROPER way to route the front derailleur cable OVER the little leverage tab.
The next day I looked, and sure enough, I had it routed UNDER the leverage tab. I think the bike shop had done the same thing. So I re-routed the cable OVER the leverage tab. Huge difference! Now the Rocket shifts like a dream!
I just wanted to let you know how helpful your Tech Talk feature was. Without it, I never would have figured out what was wrong.
Satisfied Customer #1,721
Thanks for the great service on Thursday and Friday!! I can't stay off that super bike (Gold Rush) since I brought it home on Friday. The tune up is perfect and that's a really innovative way to brace the carrier.
My first 30 miles have been delightful and painless. I really think I'm into "bents" now and hope to join you next June for the Recumbent Rally.
Our EZ-1 was received last week in excellent condition. The bike went together just great thanks to your excellent setup. The EZ-1 was for my wife and she has taken to it better then I thought. We went on a 18 Mile one way trip on a local Rail to Trail path last week end and she did just great on it. It was money well spent to get her back on a bicycle again. Her big problem has always been a very sore butt and we have tried many styles of saddles and set ups to try to stop the pain, and last year she just gave up riding, much to my dismay. But because of the EZ-1, its' excellent seat and recumbent design she is "back in the saddle again."
Itchin' to Ride
Just want to thank you for sending my V-Rex as fast as you did. I also wanted you to know that I love it. Went for a ride yesterday (20 degrees out) but had a lot of fun - Hoping to do the same today. I will continue to do business with you and let other people know about you. I wish I had considered a recumbent a few years back!
I love my EasyRacer EZ-1, which I ordered from you back in September. I have become a recumbent evangelist. It makes this coming winter weather just a little bit harder to take than it usually is; although I try not to let the cold stop me, the ice and snow probably will.
Your service was remarkably good. I phoned in my order and the woman who took my order was very nice and helpful and although I was a little disappointed when she said it would be sent to me "as soon as we get it in" because I invisioned that it would take weeks and weeks. But it was here maybe as much as 10 days later- much sooner than I expected! Your web site is also excellent, filled with lots of helpful and interesting information.
My only complaint, and it's minor, is that in the catalog you picture the bike I bought with a kickstand, so I assumed it came with one, but it didn't.
Keep up the good work!
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Rocket arrived today in excellent shape. It was packed and padded thoroughy, better than I have ever experienced. It was a pleasure doing business with you and you can expect more business from me by way of accessories.
Satisfied Customer #2,075
Thank you so much for replacing my broken mirror. I really appreciate your outstanding service and will continue to be a loyal customer.
Thanks again and regards,