RANS introduced the Fusion in 2003. The Fusion is a comfort bike that is easy for almost anyone to get on and ride away. It has most of the comfort of a recumbent bike with almost none of the learning curve.
RANS Fusion Recumbent Bicycle
The Fusion design is half way between a Comfort bicycle and a recumbent bike. It puts the pedals farther forward than on a comfort bike.
This has two advantages:
- You can easily reach the ground from the seat even when it is adjusted to give you maximum pedaling ease. When adjusted for a shorter rider the seat is only 25″ high, for a tall rider it is still only 30″ high.
- The Fusion can use a very wide comfortable seat without chafing your thighs like a seat this size would on a regular comfort bike. Because the pedals aren’t under the seat, the seat doesn’t have to fit between your legs.
There are two main drawbacks to this design:
- You can not stand up for more power on hill climbs like you could on a regular comfort bike.
- You do not have the aerodynamic advantage of a recumbent on flat roads and downhills.
For 2004 the Fusion has an improved seat post with a keyway to keep the seat from tipping to the side. It also has a quick release do you can adjust the seat position without tools. The Fusion frame is made from 4130 Chromoly Steel, keeping the bikes weight down to 29 lbs. This is a few pounds lighter than any recumbent in its $829 price range.
The RANS Top-Loading stem means you can change handlebars to customize your bike if you want to. The 50-inch wheelbase makes it more compact and maneuverable than most recumbents too. The Fusion comes in one size making it easier to fit a variety of riders than a comfort bike. The seat adjusts 9 inches to fit most riders from about 5′ to 6′ 4″.
If you are looking for performance this is not the bike for you. For a rider seeking the comfort of a recumbent with the compact convenience and familiar handling of a conventional bike, the Fusion is worth a test ride.