V2 Velocity2 (squared) Recumbent Bicycle
New in 2000
the RANS Velocity squared (also known as V-2).
This bike is
designed to be the fastest RANS bike made. It probably was till the RANS
Force 5 models arrived. It is
a good value at under $1400, (without a fairing.) The Velocity
squared got a lower price and a less expensive parts group in 2002, and it
still works very well. The V-2
uses a larger diameter, thinner wall frame tubing than previous RANS
models, making it stiffer without added weight. The stiffening makes the
bike faster, particularly noticeable on sprints and climbs. Rotator and
Lightning have used large, thin-wall tubing for some time, it is harder to
work with but the ride is worth it.
Its 20" (406)
front wheel fits a much larger variety of tires than the 20x1 1/8 (451)
found on the Haluzak Hybrid-Race and the Easy Racers "SS" models. The 406
is available from (several) thin racing tires to fat, rugged touring tires
and many types in-between, depending on the type of riding you'll be doing
this summer. On a tour you will find functional spare tires in bike shops
that think "recumbent" is another name for a used bike (yes, this has
over 6'2" and camping tourists over 5'10" or so should consider the XL
frame version. Taller riders may find reaching the handlebars to be a
stretch, especially if they like to recline their seat much. The velocity squared offers comfortable high performance
and a good value.
New in 2004 is
the RANS V-2 Formula. The Formula is an aluminum V-2 with substantially
upgraded components. Higher performance, lower weight and a higher price
($2999) define this new bike.