What is a Crank Forward Bike? In essence Bob Bryant of the ‘BentRider Staff ask the same after introducing new models from Electra Bicycles. Then he gives us an answer.
Intro: For years the bicycle industry has been searching for a way to mainstream recumbent bicycles; to make them simpler, easier to ride, easier to sell — without all of the required hand-holding, explaining and education that dealers must endure. Some recumbents have have gotten less rider-friendly over the years with more reclined seats and higher pedals. The bike industry needed a more comfortable bike — thus the “flat-footed” bike or “crank-forward” bike was born.
The answer link above will take you to his article. It is a good read. My CF choice is the Citi made by RANS of Hays, Kansas. My earlier post should familiarize you with the Citi: The Citi that I’ll call Fay.
BTW, RANS has a Crank Forward Forum. Go there to share information, find answers to your questions, and communicate with others who share your interest in the RANS Crank Forward Bikes.