Registered: Mar 2008
Unless Rans has changed, you cannot put bar end shifters on their handle bars (the bar diameter is the wrong size!). If you want a friction mode of shifting, you have to get Tom Thumb adapters. This may seem like a small point, but it is something I regard as BIG. I had a Rans V2 and still have a Screamer. I hated the constant clicking noise of the twist shifters and always had the feeling I was going to break the mechanism. Plus, I've experienced sore wrists due to Roller Blade falls and even bad golf swings, and found twisting the shifter aggravated that situation. Also, I like the simplicity of a friction mode shifter. It is something that can be easily adjusted. I also think that bar end shifters go best on bar ends and not on thumb adapters. Sure the thumb adapters work OK, I've got em on my Vision 40, but the shifting methods are more versatile on the bar ends. I ended up converting my Screamer to P-38 bars just to get the right feel out of the cockpit.
ER bikes to their credit, are set up to go with Bar Ends right from the get-go, and that says a lot to me.
Also, I find the ER mesh seat much more comfortable than the Rans seat. I get a sore butt on my Screamer after about a 20 mile ride. I also needed a back pad on the V2 and Screamer to avoid getting a sore spot on my back near the tailbone.
If you look at other Rans models with tilt steering, you should know that Terra Cycle designs a much better tilting mechanism. The cheesy one that Rans designs is borderline dangerous. It was absolutely unsatisfactory for the Screamer. It seems odd to me that a company involved in aircraft design would produce something so inadequate.
If you are looking for functionality, comfort, and stability, go with an Easy Racer.
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