Customer Comments

"Hi David,


I honestly love my FAW+ and have been very pleased with it so far. I had a recumbent trike initially and wanted to go faster and be able to ride in pretty much every condition. I made a coroplast velomobile shell for the trike. Unfortunately it wasn't very durable and had no suspension. I rode that for a few years and then I later discovered the FAW+. I am very happy with the decision I made.


Durability was one major factor in getting the FAW+. I don't have to worry about people touching it or damaging it like I would with a fiberglass or carbon fiber one. I can and have let people test ride it including kids. I don't have to worry where they step or what they grab onto. It's nice not having to worry about the gel coat cracking or doing expensive repairs if it gets hit. A few years ago I rolled it and that night I pounded out the dents. I was riding it the very next day. A few months ago I nailed a crater (massive pothole) doing over 30mph. Even though there was damage, I was able to do some roadside repair using a rock and rode it home. I'm sure it would have been a different story if my velo was fiberglass or carbon. The next day I had all the panels straightened out and everything was good.


I really like the fact that it costs quite a bit less than a new Quest/Strada/Mango/etc. It would have been really tough for me at that time to spend over $10,000 purchasing a new velomobile. I was happy only having to pay about half that and ended up taking out a personal loan so I could purchase it.


While it may not be as fast as a Quest or others, it is definitely faster than my Catrike Trail corovelo, and more importantly roadies. I can do a pretty decent job keeping up with the faster velos on the flats and uphills, but they have the advantage downhill. I witnessed this while I was at Martha's Vineyard last year and this year. I still have been able to hit 61mph down a long straight hill and am able to get over 40mph everyday on my commute to work. I have done some aero modifications on the tail end recently. I also recently replaced both chaintubes with flared-end tubes from Terracycle. On Sunday, myself and a few other velomobile owners are getting together for a ride. It will be interesting to see how mine does now that I've made those changes. I love the DualDrive shifting system on it. It is plenty of enough gearing for my needs.


I am 5'9" and weigh around 160 lbs. I have more than enough space to fit in mine without any issues.


Another thing I had issues with was the stock rear shock. This isn't specifically directed against the FAW+ as most other velomobiles use the same one. Unfortunately it is dangerous on rough or broken pavement, especially rumble strips. I nearly lost control one day having to cross rumble strips. It took me the entire road to get it back under control. Thankfully there were no cars around. A few years ago I replaced the stock rear shock with a Risse Genesis. That has been a huge improvement. I have since crossed rumble strips and have had no issues whatsoever.


I do kind of wish that the bottom bracket could be movable and separate from the boom itself. I do understand that there is not much room for this to be accomplished though. I think that would add more strength into the boom itself if the boom bracket could be separate.


As far as building it goes, I feel that the English manual was a bit lacking. I was able to get a lot of help from the Dutch manual though by looking at the pictures.


Not so much a problem but I did add a return idler on the boom. I got the bracket for it from Bill M. out in CA.


Besides these few things, I think that the FAW+ is an excellent velomobile and I would not trade it for anything. I ride it as often as I can and commute with it 28.3 miles R/T to my job regularly. With my homemade hood I can ride in any weather and be comfortable."