WHEN TWO WHEELS WON’T DO: TRIKES

Odd looking, but fun to ride

Trikes are a different animal than a two-wheeled bike. They steer differently, and they ride differently overall. They can be a great thing for riders with balance issues. There are two types: delta trikes usually have an upright riding position and one wheel in the front and two wheels in the rear, or tadpoles, which have the rider reclined, with two wheels in the front and one in the back. Tadpoles can have a rear hub motor or a front-mounted mid-drive. That sounds awkward to say, but it is accurate. Delta trikes usually have a front hub motor.

CATRIKE EXPEDITION ECAT

Catrike is one of a handful of companies that make motorized tadpole scooters, and their new Expedition eCAT maximizes the fun level with two 20-inch wheels up front for easy steering and a big 26-inch
wheel in the back. 

Price: $5350

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: Bosch Active Line Plus

Battery: Bosch PowerPack, 400 Wh

Display: Bosch Purion

Range: 20-35 miles (claimed)

Drivetrain: SRAM Apex, 11-speed

Wheel size: 20” front, 26” rear

www.catrike.com 

SUN SEEKER ECO TAD SX

Sun Seeker has a range of recumbent and tadpole bikes. The Eco Tad has a small 500-watt rear hub motor that assists up to 26 mph—a great help for those with knee issues. There’s a built-in rear rack where the battery is mounted to carry stuff and four water bottle mounts.

Price: $2702

Frame: High-tensile steel 

Motor: 350W Electric Bike Technologies rear hub motor 

Battery: 480 Wh

Display: LCD with Bluetooth connectivity 

Range: 10-44 miles

Drivetrain: Sunrace

Wheel size: 20×1.5”

www.electrictrike.com 

PEDEGO TRIKE

Pedego’s trike is notable for several reasons. It has a rear bucket behind the captain’s chair (with a backrest) for cargo. The hub motor is the front, which allows the rider to turn the handlebars around and twist the throttle to back up. The two rear wheels are spaced in such a way that the bike will fit through a standard residential door. The handlebar is adjustable without tools for rider comfort. The bike has a low center of gravity and maxes out at 7 mph (throttle-only) or 11 mph with pedal assist to avoid tip-overs.

Price: $3495

Frame: 6061 aluminum

Motor: 250W brushless geared front hub

Battery: 396Wh lithium-ion

Display: 3.5” backlit LCD

Range: 20 miles

Drivetrain: Shimano Nexus, 3-speed

Wheel size: 20×2.15”

www.pedegoelectricbikes.com

IZIP TRISTAR PLUS

IZIP’s Tristar Plus is a fairly traditional trike with a metal basket in the back. To keep the center of gravity low, the motor is a mid-drive and the battery is slung under the basket. The larger 24-inch front wheel allows for additional stability.

Price: $3150

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: TranzX M16 mid-drive

Battery: 417Wh

Display: Tranzx

Range: Up to 30 miles

Drivetrain: Sturmey-Archer 3-speed

Wheel size: 24” front, 20” rear

www.izipbikes.com

TERRATRIKE E.V.O.

The TerraTrike E.V.O. was the first tadpole we ever tested. One of our test riders liked to tip it up and ride it for quite a distance. While the Terratrike is extremely fun to ride, better still, we also found it very a controllable trike with intuitively placed controls and grips that resemble traditional handlebar positioning. The Schwalbe Marathon tires offer plenty of helpful grip. 

Price: $4899

Frame: 4130 chromoly steel

Motor: Bosch Performance Line Cruise

Battery: Bosch PowerPack 400Wh 

Display: Bosch Kiox

Range: Up to 60 miles

Drivetrain: Microshift XCD Trigger

Wheel size: 20×1.75” front, 24×1.75” rear

www.terratrike.com