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01-22-2012, 08:21 PM
Hi to everyone,
I've bought the Spirit plan and I was wondering if an Under Seat Steering could be added, or what problems could I come across in positioning the handlebar in such a position other than lowering the chain idler.
I'm inspiring to the Voyageur, the Timberwolf or the Marauder mod.

thanks Mario

01-23-2012, 10:07 PM
hello, mario. i will be watching your thread because the spirit is the fourth bike i have planned in queue, after i finish at least 2 of my first 3 bikes and i am planning to make it uss as well. i dont think it will be all that difficult, however i can not answer any of your questions because i am not one of the resident geniuses. however, i do encourage you to buy a package of several plans instead of just one. its a good investment, especially since you are going to actually make your bike and not just have it made. you will start combining ideas and customizing in all kinds of ways. i had asked a question on the forum about uss steering before i brought the timberwolf plan, after i got the plan, i saw how simple and elegant it could be done.

01-23-2012, 10:57 PM
I have built the spirit, in fact I took it for a ride just today. The only issue that I see with adding USS to it is not having it in the way when getting on or off the bike.


Here is a production bike similar to the spirit with USS
Click image for review from BRO
http://www.bentrideronline.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/linearroadsterskull.jpg (http://www.bentrideronline.com/?p=5693#more-5693)

01-23-2012, 11:05 PM
Mario, I see no reason that USS could not be used on the Spirit although it would somewhat complicate a very simple, efficient bike. My next bike will be a Spirit. I rode my grandsons Spirit last week and found knee clearance a bit of a problem. USS would solve that problem I guess but I could reshape the handlebars and fix that problem also.
Good luck with your Spirit, I think it is my favorite, light and fast.

Radical Brad
01-24-2012, 01:15 AM

you could add USS, but just be mindful of your leg position. The steering should not impede your ability to plant both feet on the ground.


01-24-2012, 09:17 PM
What Brad says.
When your feet are on the ground you will find your thighs will be a lot further back that you think they would be.
Dont forget, its not just sitting and balancing in one place but walking the bike forwards to maneuver where they will hit and when you have to wack a foot down quick.
If it were me I would have the pivot towards the rear of the seat and use cable operated steering which will help keep everything away from the drive line.
Bring the handle bars forwards but tilted slightly outwards with the grip part tilted slightly upwards to get the correct wrist angle.
Also consider what you will hold on to when you dismount to prevent the bike twisting through your hand and falling over.
I dont like all those flapping cables on the linear, very bad design.
I love USS and will have it on every build I do from now.

01-26-2012, 11:57 AM
A few months ago i've tried the Actionbent Jet Stream of this video
and i liked it, then i bought an italian SWB ASS, the Trevi-bike F50, but i miss the feeling of having my arms relaxed.
Don't know if my first bike will be the Spirit, surely it'll be an USS.
Thanks, i'll keep you updated

01-26-2012, 01:15 PM
It seems that ActionBent has gone out of business or at least thier domain name no longer resolves.

01-26-2012, 05:15 PM
I knew,
my next bike will be homemade:)