Why choose MetaBikes?


"Not only is the MetaPhysic a fine looking machine, it is the most efficient recumbent I've owned. It accelerates and climbs better than any other bike I've had a chance to ride including the legendary efficient (Barcroft) Virginia, (Lightning) P38 and R84."
- Fred Larimer, MetaPhysic owner

"Be careful when you choose a bent. Most bents are aero but few will climb! There's a growing consensus that the MetaPhysic is a bit of a DF killer."
- Paul Worden, MetaPhysic owner

"The MetaPhysic is a very fast recumbent for sure. On our usual test loop it was the second fastest highracer ever. Only the Carbent Sea Dragon was quicker. The MetaPhysic is an outstanding climber. The frame is one of the stiffest I’ve ever been on and when combined with the light weight, it becomes a pretty potent hill conquering weapon. The closed position offered by the very high bottom bracket and slightly more upright seating position is also outstanding for generating a lot of power. This also makes the MetaPhysic a great bike for sprints. The aerodynamics are pretty clean with the narrow handlebars and nothing rolls quite like a dual 700 highracer so flat land speed is also quite impressive."
- Bryan Ball, Managing Editor, BentRider Online

BentRider Online recently reviewed a MetaBike for the second time in two years. See what they have to say about the latest iteration of the MetaBike platform.

The MetaBike MetaPhysic builds upon the ongoing evolution of recumbent bicycle designs.

Designer Elias Almansa has produced a machine that climbs with the best bikes of any platform, while preserving the all day comfort and superior aerodynamics of the recumbent genre. The ability of the MetaBike frame design to resist pedaling and chain tension forces from 'tip to tail' is the secret to its uphill abilities.

Key features include the telescoping boom with triangulation back to the head tube, bracing between the head tube and main frame, an idler mounting point on the main tube, and a robust pair of chainstays mated to the main frame by way of a rear bridge plate. Even the rear dropouts are extra strong to resist flex!

But all of this muscle doesn't equal lots of weight. A MetaPhysic can be easily built to a complete bike weight of less than 24 lbs without resorting to fragile or exotic components and wheels.

Revolving around a single frame platform, the MetaBikes MetaPhysic US allows for a wide array of component builds in order to create the right bike for you and your riding style. Build up a supersleek racer, a rugged randonneuring machine, or the ultimate commuter. No matter how you build it, MetaBikes USA is committed to making your MetaPhysic 'a keeper'.

The US Spec

Here's what you get with the standard MetaPhysic US specification:

Frame MetaBikes frame (one size), heat treated 7000 series aluminum. Available in Pearl White, Pearl Blue, and Matte Black. 
Fork Bontrager Road Race carbon fork
Seat Fiberglass with Ventisit (classic) pad; three seat sizes available
Idler MetaBikes over/under polymer
Handlebar MetaBar SL, 7005 T6 aluminum, "preying mantis" style
Stem MetaStem SL, 7005 T6 aluminum
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9 long cage
Front Derailleur SRAM X9
Shifters SRAM X9 trigger shifters, 10 speed
Crankset FSA Gossamer, 170mm arms, 50/39/30T
Bottom Bracket Truvativ GXP
Headset FSA Orbit 1-1/8" integrated, threadless
Cassette SRAM 11-36t 10 speed
Brakes SRAM Rival
Brake Levers Avid Speed Dial 7
Front Wheel 700C Velocity Aerohead, 32H 3-cross w/ Velocity Superlight hub
Rear Wheel 700C Velocity Aerohead, 32H 3-cross w/ Velocity lightweight ATB hub
Tires Schwalbe Durano, 700x25C
Chain SRAM 1071
Pedals None
BB Height 32.7"
Seat Height 23.6"
Seat Angle 20 to 40 degrees (adjustable)
X-Seam 38-48" depending on seat and boom position
Weight Limit 250 lbs
Gear Range 22.5-127 gear inches
Bike Weight 24lbs without pedals and seat pad

MetaBikes USA offers plenty of options to build out from the base MetaPhysic US. Take a look at our Build page for details.

Buy and Try

Wondering where you can try a MetaBikes MetaPhysic US? Recumbent dealer RBR Recumbent Bike Riders Inc in central Pennsylvania is the US distributor and primary dealer. If you can't make it to RBR, you can take advantage of the MetaBikes USA exclusive return policy that allows you to buy and try a MetaPhysic.