Riding a recumbent – how did it come about?
You have all seen over the past year or two me riding a recumbent, first was a trike then a two wheel Bacchetta
tourer and now I have a Pelso/Brevet.
Originally my interest in recumbent riding came about with my neck arthritis and looking for something to alleviate my condition, therefore I quickly found out that recumbent riding is just another form of cycling very much like road cycling and mountain biking are two other forms of cycling.
I will go into the history of recumbent’s in another report but did you know recumbent cycles have been around as long as upright diamond frame bikes?
So a couple of years ago I reached out to recumbent bike companies to get some info on the benefits
of this style of cycling. Fast forward two years and I receive a message from Pelso who had one of my
emails through Schlitter bikes, I must admit I had never heard of Pelso so started looking on google
who these guys are.
Pelso – who are they?
What was quickly established was what a great bunch they are at Pelso and I felt like I had known
They wanted me to do a long term review of their carbon high racer recumbent.
The high racer is what bikes with full size wheels and a more race spec and design are called.
So I wanted to know who Pelso/Brevet were and how it all started so here we go as I speak with CEO of
Pelso and Szatuna Ltd. Janos Toth, besides the Szatuna Ltd. are world specialist in carbon products especially spoilers.
Long ride short – the Pelso story
The whole Pelso/Brevet story started 10 years ago, with an enthusiastic athlete from Hungary.
As a distinguished engineer, Ádám Novák did not have to worry about creating the first series of
Carbon Recumbent by Szatuna Ltd., because his main goal was to bring the conformity to bike fanatics and
hobbyists the like him, the highest standard comfort, a recumbent could give, therefore
he created the first prototype of Pelso/Brevet in his garage, which won the audience’s love at the Hungarian
recumbent meeting 10 years ago. He presented his invention to the family business, the Szatuna Ltd., where he started working at that time.
From that time, we have developed a method for machining and shaping carbon, which enables high
quality and quick preparation. Based on tiny flaws and customer feedback, we’ve managed to work
with Schlitter bikes where we launched the famous Schlitter Encore in 2014, above all it was chosen
“The Bike of the Year” by Bent Rider Online.
After the interruption of cooperation, we succeeded to work with Bacchetta and launched the Pelso/Brevet, as our new brand, which is not only sexy, fast, but also uniquely comfortable due to the new
ergonomic seats and the location and inclination of the fork. Our mission is to produce recumbents
that are not only fast, look good and they give the comfort like traveling on a cloud.
Pelso and Szatuna are based in Hungary around lake Balaton, an area I have now looked at, it’s
beautiful and from never considering Hungary as a ride destination, therefore I have put lake Balaton and a visit
to Pelso firmly at the top of my bucket list, check it out for yourselves looks amazing!