I popped round to Laid-Back-Bikes’ Edinburgh showroom yesterday to see no less than three different recumbent tandems!
From left to right: Nazca Quetzal 26″, Azub Twin, Nazca Quetzal 24″:
The Azub Twin is a much older design than Nazca’s Quetzal (reviewed in depth on this site). It’s quite interesting to compare these three models side by side, as while there are visual similarities, they could hardly ride more differently.
Laid Back proprietor David Gardiner putting the Azub Twin through its paces…
When it came time for me to give the Azub a spin, I was really quite surprised at the seat height, given it has only a 20″ front wheel. The 26″ Quetzal feels lower…
In motion the Twin feels very different to the Quetzal, especially the steering feel. Something about the front end geometry and bars makes it extremely lively (we slowed it down as much as possible using the adjustments on the tie rod support and handlebars).
David G has ridden it more, and with a passenger and found it quite a handful, although of course, a long enough acclimatisation period with any bike is only fair.
Getting back on the Quetzal with David as stoker just underlined the fantastic stability of Nazca’s design – it’s just so easy to ride, and I was able to u-turn it in the street no problem (even riding solo, I had to dismount to turn the Azub around).
To finish, here are a couple of shots of David providing a test ride on the new 24″ Quetzal… smiles all round!