The HighRoller Short Wheelbase Recumbent Bike


A simple recumbent that can be built in a couple of days.

The Atomic Zombie HighRoller short wheelbase recumbent bike puts you between a pair of 26 inch wheels for a ride that is comfortable, fast, and smooth. Sitting at eye level with traffic makes this recumbent bicycle a great city commuter, as well as a long distance touring cycle. The simple square tube frame design makes it easy for anyone to follow our detailed DIY recumbent bike plan and create a high quality ride for a fraction of the cost of a factory built bike.

Re-use bicycle parts for your own HighRoller recumbent bike.

All of the parts and components used on the HighRoller can be salved form an existing bicycle or purchased new at any bicycle shop for minimal cost. The laid back recumbent seating position means that your full energy is delivered directly to the cranks, so you can take off from a stop with amazing acceleration and blast your legs on those high speed sprints. The handlebar position places the grips and controls in a comfortable position for optimal handling as well as long distance commuting, making this DIY recumbent bike a great all around ride for just about any purpose.

Adjustable bottom bracket and standard bicycle features.

Our short wheel base recumbent bike plan also includes a fully adjustable bottom bracket so that riders of just about any leg length can set up the cranks to the optimal position by making a simple adjustment. There is no crank or chain interference with the front wheel, so the HighRoller offers a very predictable and stable ride with responsive steering. Levers and shifters are standard bicycle components and placed in a position that makes them easy to use during normal riding.

You can choose tires based on your biking needs.

The HighRoller recumbent bike can be built with 700cc, 26 inch, or 24 inch wheels, creating a versatile long range commuting bike with a full range of gears and smooth handling characteristics. The HighRoller DIY recumbent short wheelbase bike plan uses standard bicycle components for the transmission, and can be made with 26 or more speeds, utilizing any type of crankset, derailleur system and shifters that you have on hand.

You’ll be a recumbent riding pro in no time.

Learning to ride a short wheelbase recumbent bike only takes a short time, and once you get the hang of starting and stopping you will be blasting into the corners and eating up the long roads ahead. Your legs will get a serious workout since now you can put all of your power into the cranks as your back is pressed into the recumbent seat, delivering an acceleration that is not possible on an upright bicycle. The recumbent seating position is also very comfortable for long distance riding and will allow you to enjoy the scenery without having to strain your neck.

HighRoller SWB recumbent is lightweight and easy to ride.

Once you have the feel for a new recumbent bike, you will be able to appreciate all of the unique handling qualities such as the ability to drive full speed into the corners and continue pedaling or the way you can slip through a strong headwind with less effort than on a regular bicycle. The short wheelbase also allows you to turn around in half the width of a city street, so you can easily navigate just about any type of traffic situation.

Blast around corners on your homebuilt bike.

The HighRoller recumbent bike plan uses the standard caliper brakes taken from the original frame, and can easily be adapted for a disc brake as well. Atomic Zombie plans are laid out in such a way as to allow the builder to make design changes or work with parts that differ slightly from those shown in the plans so that a completely unique recumbent bike can be made for minimal cost. You will only need the most basic tools and bicycle components in order to make your own DIY recumbent short wheelbase bike.

Recycle bike parts into your own handmade recumbent.

If you are looking for a way to cheat the wind and make that long commute in a more comfortable seat, then the HighRoller recumbent bike is the answer. There is nothing like the feeling of blasting into a corner on a speedy recumbent bike as you give your legs an amazing workout, and the satisfaction of building your own recumbent bike is great. Use our recumbent bicycle plan and convert that old upright bike into something faster and more enjoyable.

We Have Parts For This Plan!

Our ready to use DIY parts will help you get your project done in less time. Of course, our plans also include instructions or drawings that will show you how to make or salvage these parts yourself.

Please read the entire plan before purchasing parts so you can determine which parts are best suited for your project.

HTUBE Steel Head Tube BBRAC Steel Bottom Bracket

This plan uses 1 Head Tube

Our Head Tube Shells are weld ready for your DIY bike or trike project. Fits any 1-1/8" standard press-fit headset bearing hardware.

This plan uses 1 Bottom Bracket

A weld ready bottom bracket shell for your DIY bike or trike project. Fits any standard threaded 3-peice bottom bracket hardware and square tapered crank set.

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The HighRoller Short Wheelbase Recumbent Bike