We knew the Ti-FLY is a fantastic trike with unique look and amazing riding properties and we have received quite some very positive comments from people who could ride it as first ones, but this review confirms the Ti-FLY is truly the top product.
The riding season is in full power now, but with 6 weeks of delivery time, we have now, it might be a bit too late to order a custom built bike now. If you wish to have a new trike or bike as soon as possible, you can have it within few days
This bike is the classic European conception of 20/26“ wheels recumbent. This is the bike we started with, and it is a key part of our line-up. This bike is ideal for people who might prefer a 26” wheel, but are too short to comfortably ride the dual 26“ models. Compared to the Azub Mini (Bufo) you sit a little bit higher and you would have a better view around. Compared to the Azub Max (Ibex) the AZUB Apus is much lower and if you are around 175 cms tall you would feel much better on Azub Apus in traffic than on Azub Max. This recumbent are great for commuting or all-around everyday use.
Similarly to AZUB 5, Apus is also a very comfortable bike with reasonable seating height and a large rear wheel for greater comfort, which can be amplified by using additional components and accessories.
The AZUB Apuses are:
easy to use
the pedal bracket and the seat are the same height which provides for easy steering ability and fast starting so that even biking in a city traffic is relaxing and fun.
a great bike for commuting to work.
Features of the Azub Apus include:
Super-oversized main frame tube AZUB frames are recognisable by their central frame tube that carries fixations of all major elements, be it the head tube with the front fork, the seat, the rear fork bracket or the luggage racks. This solution not only gives our bikes a maximal stiffness and solidity, hence stable riding behaviour but also an important carriage capacity of its back carrier. You will utmost appreciate our technical solution when fully loaded with several bags behind you as their weight will not influence the riding performance of your recumbent.
IPS - Ideal Position System This system has made AZUB famous since the brand’s foundation in 2000. It allows riders to find the right position on their AZUB recumbent through a wide range of adjustable seat positions, through the possibility of adjustment their under-seat or upper-seat steering and last but not least, through the possibility of setting the ideal frame length.
Sliding seat bracket Our new system of saddle sliding immediately on a frame tube, which is used in all our bikes and trikes represents a further development of our IPS and we are really excited about it. It is really accurate in operation, fast and allows you to adjust your seating position with millimeter accuracy.
In order to facilitate handling, we have placed a guide rail on the frame, which prevents the sleeve from spinning and the angular offset of the seat to the seating plane and pedaling position. The entire bracket is then controlled by two quick releases. The upper one releases the seat, the lower one allows for moving the seat on the frame.
The bracket is made of heavy-duty plastic reinforced with glass fiber and we have been testing it in full operation for many months. The technology we use within its production also guarantees that the frame will remain free of major scratches even in frequent shifting.
3 types of steering You can choose from three different styles of steering. It is either the ASS - above seat steering (or as called in US the over seat steering) or the USS – under seat steering or the OC – open cocpit (or as is called superman position, or in Germany „Udf“. Read more about those three types of steering, their advantage and disadvantage in our Buyer`s guide.
Wide range of options and accessories We offer an unbelivable range of options and accessories. You can choose from basic Shimano Alivio components through Deore, or XT till Rohloff 14 speed hub. Also SRAM Dual Drive gearing or Alfine gear hubs are available. Not talking about a possibility of electronica shifting or even 18 speed Pinion hubs we build upon special request. Almost everything is possible. Then you can choose from endless list of brake options, cranks, forks, shocks, tyres etc. Also BionX electric motors are available. Not talking about all the accessories we offer you and which can be assembled on your bike. If you need help, please, read our Buyer`s guide or contact AZUB dealer or directly us.
Tyres Tyres are an important part of the bike or trike. With light components, possibly carbon seat and fast Durano tyres, you can have very fast bike, with front suspension, XT components and Racing Ralph tyres you can ride on a serious recumbent mountain bike. Or you can opt for Marathon Plus for long distance adventures or in case you simply do not want to have any punctures. Those are the reasons why we offer such a wide range of tyres.
Carriers AZUB recumbents are not only perfect for every day use, shorter or longer one day trips, but also for multi-day adventures which often require a lot of equipment and therefor luggage. We have developed a system of carriers which can carry up to six pairs of side bags like Ortlieb Front or Back-Rollers, but we think the best way is to use just four of them but have them on attached on our Expedition extension and Super expedition carrier. That way, you get them as low as possible with what lower the center of gravity significantly and make the ride far more stable. We are pretty proud of this set of carriers.
Production in Czech At AZUB, we are very proud that an overwhelming majority of production process and assembly of our recumbents take place in the Czech Republic. The rest is done in the neighbouring Slovakia. From the first sketch, continuing with bending of tubes, welding until the last screw screwed up, we produce everything in the heart of Europe!
The production process of all parts of our frames is computerized using the CNC technology, be it for welding of parts for the seat fixation or bending of the frame tube itself. You can appreciate human craftsmanship when looking at the visual aspect of welding on AZUB bikes. Their quality and aesthetics are incomparably better than the ones of frames produced in Taiwan or in mainland China.
The assembly of our recumbents takes place at the AZUB headquarters. It is undertaken by experienced mechanics who’ve been building up recumbents for almost a decade. Each bike is carefully set up according to the height and weight of its future owner and tested prior to shipping. Therefore, when ordering an AZUB bike you can be sure that the bike you’re getting is perfect.
The ergonomic positions of shifting systems and brakes (USS)
Other manufacturers’ recumbents with under-seat steering are equipped with “bar end” or “grip” shifting systems. From our viewpoint, none of them is satisfactory. Especially in combination with non-ergonomic position of brakes as they don’t allow for a simultaneous use of shifting and braking functions. Furthermore, the grip shifts are being positioned on the little-finger side of a rider’s palm. Riders often complain about having difficulties turning the shifts and not having enough stopping power. It becomes almost “mission impossible” to shift when it is raining.
That is also why we focus so much on the ergonomics of our bikes’ components and on their safe and enjoyable usage. When you are riding AZUB recumbent, your brakes are readily available and your gears where you expect them to be. Also, you can choose for a wide array of components that you’ve been used to on classical MTBs or trekking bikes.
At the end the Dura Ace bar end shifters are a standard in recumbent world and many riders like them and require them. That is why we have them in the offer as well.
The security system (USS) All models with under-seat steering are equipped with a technical system that lowers the risk of damaging handlebars in case of falling. The handlebars are connected to the USS steering axis through a special slipping system that allows for their turning in case of an extreme situation such as a fall from a bike. Thanks to this innovation, the handlebars turn inwards and don’t get damaged.
This system also allows you to set the most comfortable distance of the handlebars from the steering axis (about 2 cm) Therefore, it is a part of our IPS.
Indirect under-seat steering All our recumbents can be equipped with under-seat steering (USS). From the very beginning of AZUB, we use the indirect steering or so called linkage system. It results in great maneuverability, tight turning circles, quicker response, and more comfortable riding position as well as better riding experience as the front fork is not too close to the seat. Another advantage of our system is the possibility of steering sensitivity adjustment. It is determined for experienced recumbent riders who can adjust how much the front wheel turn by turning the handlebar.
Do you look for even more information about the Apus? Read our blog where you can find pictures, stories, explanations, tips and tricks and inspiration as well.
PRICE: 2090 EUR
Q and A
STEERING: above or under seat steering (ASS or USS) or open cocpit FRAME: ALU REAR FORK: suspensioned, ALU FRONT FORK: rigid or suspensioned WELD: TIG method SEAT: composite or carbon-kevlar, size M, L and XL SEATPAD: standart 50 mm SEAT ANGLE (to road): 27-40° SEAT ADJUST RANGE: lenght 130 mm, height 60 mm, angle 14° (everything by two quick releases within couple of seconds) FRAME ADJUST RANGE: lenght 200 mm (by adjusting of the boom) WHEELS: 20"/26" WHEELBASE: 1040 mm TOTAL LENGHT: min 170 cm (same as standard bike) TOTAL HEIGHT: min 105 cm SEAT BOTTOM HEIGHT: min 57cm BOTTOM BRACKET HEIGHT: min 61cm BARS WIDE: USS 65 cm, ASS 45 cm BARS ADJUSTING: different lenghts and angles CHAIN LEAD: PA tube (almost no friction) RECUMBENT WEIGHT: around 16 kg (according to the type) MAX. LOAD: 125 kg
I travel a bit with my bikes on a rear rack on my car. Can this be carried on such a rack? (I currently use a Yakama Ridgeback.)
Answer by AZUB BIKE: Hello, carrying bikes on a rear rack is our favourite means of transporting recumbent two-wheelers. We use Thule racks where it is possible to fix also the wheels. However, even the Yakama carrier should work in case its clamps are designed for 60mm frame tubes. Best Regards. Milan Ètvrtník
I wonder how do you determine the right size of seat. I'm about 183cm tall - which seat is right for me to provide the best support to my back?
Bela from Hungary
Answer by AZUB BIKE: Hello Bela, you can find info concerning the seat size in our pricelist. L size seats are OK for riders 175 to 188 cm tall, which is your case. Shorter riders should go for M, taller for XL. Best Regards, Milan Ètvrtník
firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoff Simmonds)
Hi … The base price of the APUS is 600USD less than the SIX. It that difference due to the rear fork being different? thanks
Answer by AZUB BIKE: Hello. AZUB SIX has a stiff rear fork with unique assymetrical design. It allowes to sank the rear shock partly into the main frame tube, have it in optimized position, and keep the wheel base short. Besides, there is the pulley which helps to eliminate so called "pogo effect" and minimize energy losses.
AZUB SIX is the right bike for heavier riders, travelling with a loaded bike, pulling a trailer, etc. It is simply the best bike we are able to produce for reasonable money. APUS is a budget choice - a decent bike with riding characteristics similar to our TOP model. Best Regards, Milan Ètvrtník
drupi100@Ovi.com (avalos pedro)
yo quería sabes como puedo hacer viviendo en argentina con el envio y el pago
Answer by AZUB BIKE: Hola,
usted debe enviar un e-mail a email@example.com y mi colega le preparará una oferta por el envío a Argentina. El precio incl. envío sería casi lo mismo que en la lista de precios EUR, pero tendrá que pagar impuestos y cualquier tay que será requerido por su gobierno. Que tenga un buen día, Honza Galla, AZUB BIKE
firstname.lastname@example.org (MAZERY J-Pierre)
Quel est le poids du cadre du Azub APUS - vélo couché
What is the weight of Azub APUS - vélo couché
Answer by AZUB BIKE: Hello, thank you for your interest in our bikes. The weight is around 16 kgs depending on components. Best Regards, Milan Ctvrtnik