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Inbetween Christmas/New Year job.......

January 14th, 2010To the top

Super lightweight carbon city bike for Bram Moens' mother, because an electric bike was not an option!

Inbetween Christmas/New Year job.......It's in the genes, that much is clear. Bram's mother is almost 86 en
does around 6000 km all year round on the bicycle. Up till now she used
an already lightweight custom-made bicycle with Cr-Mo Reynolds tubing.
So, the weight of this city bike was already little with approximately
12 kg, but starting and stopping it was a bit hard because of the relatively high
positioned top tube. Therefore a full carbon lightweight bicycle with a
much lower frame curve and obviously a lot of lightweight M5
components (hubs, brakes and rims) was made. The result is a remarkably
rigid, smooth and lightweight (7.3 kg) carbon city bike with a 9 speed
gear system. The crank is acquired from another recumbent builder in the
USA (Lightning). Two carbon chain rims around the 42 toothed blade make
sure the chain is kept perfectly in place.

Inbetween Christmas/New Year job.......Inbetween Christmas/New Year job.......Inbetween Christmas/New Year job.......

From Rome to Mekka by M5 Carbon High Racer

November 11th, 2009To the top

A report of Henk Holsteins' riding experiences.

From Rome to Mekka by M5 Carbon High Racer On September 23 2009, together with twenty bicycle friends I started a cycling tour from Rome to Mekka in 32 days. With this trip a bridge was build between Christianity and Islam. We wanted to improve understanding and respect between religions in the world.

I selected this bicycle because of the comfort, combined with a low weight and high speed. Six weeks in a bend over position at a relative low speed didn't seem to be a pleasant prospect. Backache and a painful bottom seemed inescapable. However, the ride is finished and the anticipation that I would end this trip of 3000 km comfortably and painless seemed fully justified. During stretches that were reasonably flat, the CHR was undisputed the fastest. Up to 6% slopes the CHR remained a very fast and was still unbeatable. From 6 to 8 percent little difference was noticeable. Only above 9% I had to let my mates go first. Observe that I am a heavy rider (96 kg) and that heavy cyclists generally need some extra effort during steep ascends than their lighter colleagues. Therefore it remains a secret if the slight differences should be accounted to the recumbent or my bodyweight. In short, the ascending properties of this recumbent are definitely positive.

The bike rode easy and descending at high speed (80 km/h) went excellent. The higher the speed, the better the road-holding. Descending at high speed with an escort of several police cars with flashing lights ans sirens is an experience I'll cherish.
The CHR got a lot of attention. I was photographed thousands of times and seized the front page of Turkish newspapers. There's a lot of interest for this superior recumbent.
I choosed a chain line with little resistance. This means that the chain is guided along the front wheel and has no chaintubes around it. After some getting used to, it's not hard to ride with this chain line. When positioning a pedal before starting, while moving it in the opposite direction, it's important the have the front wheel pointing forward. If not, the front wheel pushes the chain off the blade and needs to be put back in place. The low chain resistance increases speed and fits perfectly with the design of this bike.
I'm very satisfied with this CHR and recommend a test ride to anyone, although I have the opinion that some experience with recumbents is useful, before this thoroughbred is deployed.
It took several hundreds of kilometers before enthusiasm kicked in. Really, an candidate buyer needs to appreciate the design criteria of the CHR, in which speed is combined with the comfort of a carbon frame and a long wheel base of 138 cm. Suspension is definitely redundant on this bike. So, after some exercise and adaptation you'll get a fast and comfortable recumbent bike. Perhaps a bike that's superior to this recumbent will be developed by M5 in the future, but this will not be an easy task. M5, congratulations with this Carbon High Racer!

A contended customer which has respect for the perseverance by which this bike has been developed.

Thanks M5, Henk Holstein

More info on this bike tour can be obtained at cycletourromemecca

Note by M5: the remarkable fact about the last published items, is that it handles every time about the same bike. No matter if it's a world record that needs to be attempted or another extreme tour. Apart from that the bike is of course used in large numbers by our commuting customers.

M5 riders: 6 new world records and a new Dutch record!

October 20th, 2009To the top

Or: Riding worldrecords with a standard commuterbike

M5 riders: 6 new world records and a new Dutch record!We already had some expectations, but this many world records in just
one weekend is rather unique!

The party started saturday with a new world record of our 'veteran'
Gert-Jan Wijers on our standard M5 Carbon Low Racer. He surely does not
show any wear and tear with 51.287 km in an hour, telling everybody
afterwards that it was so easy compared to last year...

In the afternoon Niels van der Wal squeezed out a new sprint record on
the 200 metre with the new M5 Carbon Medium Racer (28"/ 26") with a
stunning 64.696 km/h! Considering he only trained for the hour race...

This record was soon followed by another one when 13 year old Bas van
der Kooij set a new world record in the junior class with a completely
standard M5 Cr-Mo Low Racer at an incredible 57.066 km/h. A day later
he'd improve his new record to 60.231 km/h. Unprecedented for a 13 year old!

In the early evening Barbara Buatois set a new world hour record at the
ladies with a fast 46.048 km, just beneath the world record by Therese
Schuit of 46.42 km in the partly faired class.

Emmy Bezemer from Rotterdam surprised herself and the others with a new
Dutch hour record unfaired of 44.110 km with a standard M5 TiCa Low
Racer with a 26" front wheel. Emmy had only been able to train 150 km on
this bike. Probably to be continued!

The races on sunday were opened with an improvement of the world record
set a day earlier: Niels van der Wal doing a distance of 51.330 km.,
which is 43 metres more than the previous record. Technically this is
the fastest bike, but because of selecting a too high fixed gear Niels
was not able to get in a rithm and was continuously forcing his legs
around. The potential is there, we just have to wait for a new attempt.
Next came former world record keeper Aurelien Bonneteau. On saturday he
did an fruitless attempt, but this time he made his revenche: with a
formidable 52.074 km he can call himself keeper of the world hour record
once again. Notable detail is that Aurelien has only one hand on the
handlebar during his rounds for the world record.

Both Gert-Jan and Aurelien use our completely standard M5 Carbon High
Racers, having the seats in the most flat position and using discwheels.

Finally a huge applause for all riders, builders, organisers and anyone
else who made the last weekend such a success!
M5 riders: 6 new world records and a new Dutch record!M5 riders: 6 new world records and a new Dutch record!M5 riders: 6 new world records and a new Dutch record!M5 riders: 6 new world records and a new Dutch record!M5 riders: 6 new world records and a new Dutch record!M5 riders: 6 new world records and a new Dutch record!M5 riders: 6 new world records and a new Dutch record!M5 riders: 6 new world records and a new Dutch record!

New from M5: UCI legal Carbon Tandems for road and track

January 26th, 2020To the top

Carbon tandems specially designed and build for the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020

New from M5: UCI legal Carbon Tandems for road and trackIn addition to the M5 recumbent bicycles, the 2-Spoke wheel (fastest wheel in the world) and the Minimal Bike, M5 has been designing and building tandems since 2018 for the road and the track on behalf of the KNWU. The specially produced carbon prepreg tubes are made in the autoclave by the van Beurden Technics company in Tilburg. The aluminum molds for the tubings were milled by Sturm Machine Parts in Serooskerke. All in all a 100% Dutch product!
After a fairly intensive manufacturing period, we can definitely say that the carbon tubes are of space quality category. The very first tubes were produced using the vacuum bag method in the oven. Also quite well but a maximum of 0.9 Bar pressure only ... I now dare to state that the tubes can easily withstand a truck riding over it. Photos to follow!
All other components such as the 100% full carbon rear drop outs, seat- and fork stays, steering head tubes and also the time trial handlebars are designed and produced in-house.

During World Cup competitions in September 2019, these tandems were by far the first in time trial.

Price and delivery time on request

Maurice Mahieu M5 Carbon High Racers bicycle trip from Amsterdam to Lisbon

October 28th, 2019To the top

2018 Amsterdam Northcape
2019 Amsterdam Lisbon

Maurice Mahieu M5 Carbon High Racers bicycle trip from Amsterdam to Lisbon Meanwhile my M5 Carbon High Racer has passed the 25.000 km milestone, this was just before Seville. After that I continued to Lisbon.
A fantastic 5-week trip through the Ardennes, Massif Central, Pyrenees and much more climbing in Spain. During the trip I upgraded to DT Swiss pr 1400 dicut oxic wheels. These have virtually wear-free ceramic rims. Together with the Swiss brake pads and M5 brake, these provide an enormous braking force and only wear the brake pads as they should. Better than disc brakes!

The bike still looks and feels like new.


Maurice Mahieu
Maurice Mahieu M5 Carbon High Racers bicycle trip from Amsterdam to Lisbon Maurice Mahieu M5 Carbon High Racers bicycle trip from Amsterdam to Lisbon

Stijn van de Maele (Belgium) 3 time world champion during HPV World Championships in Mannheim (Germany)

June 19th, 2017To the top
Stijn did it again!!

With only an upgraded rear wheel Stijn used his very standard M5 Carbon High Racer to prove that this bike works as well for commuting, shopping, vacation tours as winning world titles on speed championships....

With the highest excuses to his family for being out so many hours on training sessions

But the reults are stunning of course despite the fact that Stijn reaches 40 years of age. No trace of slowing down so far:

-1st place at the 333 meter sprint
-1st place at the kilometer standing start
-1st place at the 3 hours race

The climbing time trial was deleted because of an approaching thunderstorm while riding second place.


Historic victory M5 recumbent in mountain stage Viking Tour Norway amongst 300 road bikes

July 22nd, 2014To the top
Historic victory M5 recumbent in mountain stage Viking Tour Norway amongst 300 road bikesOn the third day of the Viking Tour Herke Wendt (40), one of the members of the M5 Team, won a 109 km mountain stage with uphill finishing. Herke finished a full three minutes ahead of the front group. He averaged at 35 km/h, which includes the mandatory first 12 kilometres at low speed while passing a tunnel with escort. Herke's victory is extra special when considering he did the full distance solo, while the group keeps changing the front man. All members of the M5 Team ride solo. The field of participants consists of very strong athletes. Among them is the National Triathlon Team of Norway.

Today another mountainous leg which started and ended with 550 metres of ascending. Again Herke was fastest among the recumbent riders, but didn't manage to overtake the leading group this time.

The atmosphere during the Viking Tour is very good. We had a warm welcome by the organisation board and the other participants and there's a lot of amazement about the accomplishments of the recumbent in these mountainous circumstances. Lengthy ascends are standard, but that doesn't pose any limitations. Descending is simply spectacular: Bram reached almost 94 km/h today. Obviously, every leg is hard work, especially in the current tropical conditions. But we're rewarded with a stunning landscape: mountains, glaciers, snow, forests, fjords, a more marvellous stage is hardly imaginable

Picture: Herke, Wout and Bram after finishing on the third day

Sunny bike tour to the medieval center of Veere

July 9th, 2013To the top
Starting from the M5 head office with M5's M-Racer and M5's Carbon High Racer through the

Weather alert?

December 17th, 2010To the top

Just keep on biking with spikes!

Weather alert?Despite global warming it is at least in the Netherlands usefull to stock an extra set of wheels with spikes for your recumbent. Even sharp cornering is without risk thanks to these wonderful pins. At least available in the following wheelsizes: ETRTO 406 and 559
Weather alert?
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