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The Duette is the smaller sibling of the Duo. The overall length is 75″, which is 18″ shorter than the Duo's 93″ length; the Duette is very noticeably more compact. It is lighter and easier to manipulate and lift. It will fit more easily in vans and small pickups.
If the second person is incapable of pedaling much or at all, the captain can maintain speed by herself or himself on level or mildly rolling terrain. If the second person is a child, is blind, developmentally disabled, or otherwise challenged, the pilot can monitor their safety and have immediate arm's-reach access to help them. A 5-point safety harness is optionally available for children and riders with special needs.
The Duette recumbent bicycle requires two riders for stability, and cannot safely be ridden solo. Fast or sharp turns with riders of dramatically different weights will require that the large rider exercise caution and lean into the turn. We do not yet offer a stabilizer wheel (which allows for limited solo riding on the Duo) for the Duette.
The rear wheels are 20″ and the front are 16″. With its standard 2″ tires, it will provide a good ride for medium size riders. It will not accept oversize tires.
Because of its small 20″ drive wheel and mountain bike style crankset and cassette, the Duette has much lower bottom gears and better climbing ability than most cycles. Its 7 "gear-inch" lowest gear is more than twice as low/powerful as the common 20-22 gear-inch low to be found on most mountain bikes, and is very much lower than the 28-30 gear-inch low to be found on many "road" bikes. Most riders will be able to climb steep grades in an appropriate gear, spinning at an appropriate cadence, without straining.
Frame: Chromoly steel
Finish: Powdercoat; polyester, UV-resistant, baked-on
Number of Gears: 3 X 8
Gearing: 13 to 80 gear-inches (87 high with 48t special order crankset)
Shifters: SRAM X.7
Derailleurs: SRAM 7.0
Crankset: Truvative Blaze 22-32-44T
Bottom Bracket: Truvative Gigapipe
Brake Levers: Avid 7
Brakes: Avid 7 Disk
Wheel rims: Alex DM-24
Wheel hubs: Shimano Deore
Tires: Kenda Kontact 1.75″
Seat Height: 22-24″
Total Length: 77″ (will fit 6′ with wheels turned to the side or taken off)
Wheel track width: 25.5″
Frame Width: 32.4″
Total Width including seats: 43.5″