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Re: “Outdoor elliptical bike?

I want to state up front that I am the guy that sent in the video and am the Elliptigo rep for Southern Colorado. I agree that the potential for these is huge, however I wanted to comment on the comparison of the Street Strider to the Elliptigo. I have owned a Street Strider for over a year and rode an Elliptigo for the first time about 3 months ago and since then have put on a few hundred miles, so I feel I’m very qualified to share my opinion on both. The SS is in no way faster than the Elliptigo. They both have the internal eight speed hub (Although SS makes a 3 speed hub for less money) but the Elliptigo has a longer stride length and weighs less so there is no way it is faster. I can also attest to this from riding both. The engineering on the crank is very different between the two machines and I can tell you through personal experience that the Elliptigo is simply a better ride because of it. I develop hot spots on my feet within 20 minutes with the SS especially when it’s on a trainer inside. I’ve ridden for the Elliptigo for several hours at a time and never developed hot spots or knee pain which is also not my experience on the SS. The reason I bought the SS and later the Elliptigo was to combat cycling injuries. The SS did not fit the bill but the Elliptigo exceeded all expectations. That’s why I am now a rep for them. I would also like to point out that the Elliptigo can out climb the SS hands down. Colorado has nothing but hills and the Elliptigo has no problems. With the SS, I would have to choose a route carefully or I’d be walking hills. And since the SS is a three wheeler that is steered by leaning, it is very difficult to ride on the side of a road that has a crest (which is every road in Colorado Springs). While you are riding the side of a road with a slope to the right, you must lean to the left to keep the bike going straight which puts the left handle mid body. Not only is it annoying and makes riding difficult, but it’s not good body positioning while doing this exercise. The Elliptigo is easier to learn, easier to transport, and in my experience with both, is a better machine and value. On another note, there is a Street Strider in my garage that I’d be glad to part with if anyone is interested in buying it.

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Posted by cosken on 08/11/2010 at 5:10 PM

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