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The Linear Sonic Recumbent was produced in Iowa until 2001.

 

The Iowa built Sonic is permanently out of production.

 

The Iowa built Linear Sonic was an unsuccessful recumbent bike model in terms of handling, reliability and sales. We have no plans to revise it though we do hope to replace it.

 

Sonic Handling "issues"

 

Most riders initially found the Sonic difficult to ride due to its head angle and frame flex. I found more pedal steer on the Sonic than I expect from a SWB recumbent. We had one Sonic in our shop. We hid it in the back room because it riders who tried it often came away intimidated. No one who tried it here liked it. Additionally the Sonic seat was relatively high, to high for most riders under ~5'8" or 5'10". Once mastered it  was a fairly comfy and somewhat sporty bike. Some Sonic riders love their bikes and still ride them. If you ride a Sonic I caution you to watch for frame cracks, they can lead to unexpected failure, loss of control & potentially serious injury.

 

 

Sonic Reliability problems

 

A few Sonic owners report that their bike's frames failed. This was most commonly at the weld where the bottom bracket attaches to the frame. The Sonic used the same rear chain-plates as the Iowa LWB and had the same reliability problems as the Iowa LWB there. 

If you ride a Sonic I caution you to watch for frame cracks, they can lead to unexpected failure, loss of control & potentially serious injury.

 

Sonic Sales disappointing

 

Given these limitations it is easy to understand why the Iowa built Sonic was unpopular with most recumbent riders and most Linear dealers. Linear (Iowa) made the Sonic SWB USS recumbent bike until 2001 when Linear (Iowa) closed down. Most riders found the Iowa built Sonic difficult to ride due to its vertical head angle.  It  was a comfy and moderately fast bike once you learned to ride it. Some Sonic riders love their bikes and still ride them. If you ride a Sonic I caution you to watch for frame cracks, they can lead to unexpected failure, loss of control & potentially serious injury. 

 

Linear Recumbent Bikes in Western New York is working on a NEW SWB USS bike to replace the Sonic - stay tuned...

 

Due to demand for our Limo LWB production of the new Linear SWB USS Recumbent Bike has been delayed till 2009 or 2010. Our prototypes have been well received by test riders. Most riders have find it maneuverable and easy to ride. It weighs under 31 lb, not bad for a prototype.  over all length is about 65 inches though The envisioned production 3.0 version with a 26" rear wheel, front V and rear disk brakes and 27 speeds will be about 70 inches long. We still have some work to do before it goes into production, we don't want to release it till is is ready for prime time, stay tuned.
 

 

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