Bacchetta began in 2002 with three SWB bikes. They’ve grown and now
offer six models in different configurations and sizes to fit most
riders. Made from Chromoly steel, aluminum or carbon fiber they
range in weight from ~21 to ~34 lb.
Recumbent Bike For Fun & Fitness:
Recumbents For Touring & Commuting:
Giro 20, Giro-20 ATT, Giro 26, Giro 26 ATT
Corsa, Carbon Aero 2.0, Carbon Basso
High Performance Recumbent Bikes:
Bacchetta’s signature SWB OSS bikes lean toward performance
and are still the company’s bread and butter. They share
relatively high bottom-brackets, relatively reclined seats
and approximately 47-48" wheelbases. They also have the
Bacchetta “Tweener Bars”, so called because your knees are
between them. These bend down 90 degrees to give a vertical
grip area. I like the Tweeners adjusted about 60 degrees
from horizontal, comfy & relaxing.
Bacchetta has also ventured
into the recreational and touring markets with the Bella.
This new bike is a low bottom bracket long wheelbase machine
with above seat steering, similar to the RANS Stratus LE.
Novices often find them more comfortable and easier to ride
than some of the company’s more performance oriented
Bacchetta’s racing efforts have far surpassed those of other recumbent
manufacturers in recent years. In addition to countless wins in regional
races, Bacchetta has racked up wins in the prestigious RAAM - Race
Across AMerica. Company principle, John Schlitter also became the first
person to complete RAAM in the solo recumbent category in 2008.
After a few growing pains,
Bacchetta's quality has become top notch and at least on par
with the best in the industry. Most of the components are
made by SRAM which we’ve found to work great but some of the
lower end parts aren’t as durable as the Shimano
Here are a few issues we have found with Bacchettas:
The rear cable guide is positioned quite close to the brake making cable
housing length critical. Carefully cutting the rear brake cable to
length pretty much eliminates this.
It would be nice if their recurve seat came in 2 or 3 sizes for
differing height riders like Volae carbon seats. (But it’s nice you can
mount 2 water bottles on the back of the Euromesh seat & you can’t on
the carbon seats)
Bacchetta does not allow us to ship their bikes to customers in the US.
If you live to far away to come test ride and pick up a Bacchetta bike
and cannot find a Bacchetta dealer in your area we could ship a
Bacchetta to a bike shop near you for final assembly and adjustment.
As always we recommend extensive test riding if possible. We encourage
you to support dealers who offer you test rides if there is one in your
Click here for a
Bacchetta Owner's Manual (requires Acrobat Reader 1.22mb)