I'm a not-yet X owner with a short wheelbase recumbent - which may or may not accept an X retrofit - and I have the same inclination as you showed. I've watched the crank forward design with keen interest, as a recumbent lover who's eager to see if and how the form can be improved....for me at least. I'd love to hear more about the your crank-forward experience, with and without the X. Thanks so much, and congrats man!
<<And thus begins the effort to go car-lite. :)
Got the new bike, a RANS Street (crank forward design) on Monday
evening. Quickly put it together and enjoyed it for the evening.
Tuesday night I started mounting the Xtracycle on it. A stop by the
hardware store tonight and its nearly finished. Need to stop at the
LBS tomorrow and get a longer full-length brake housing.
So far, I love it. The Street is one darn comfy bike to start with,
and almost as long as a regular mt bike with an Xtracycle. The Street
with the X mounted (my 'XtraStreet') is now 6 1/2 feet long. Bit of a
change from my usual short-wheelbase recumbent. !!!
First 'outing' is planned for Friday night. Head on down the road to
the Sonic 'Drive-In' for some grub, and then across town to the weekly
Friday night all-comers car show. A bit ironic, I think, to ride to
the car show, but it works for me. I usually take our old car over to
show instead, so this'll be a change.
I'm more than ready for this...