Join Date: Jan 2001
Bikes: Specialized Stumpie, Bianchi Pista, Optima Baron
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There are two basic trike configurations - "delta" (one wheel in front) and "tadpole" (one wheel in back) - with very different performances. The former is a slow-cruising platform and the latter is a speed-performance platform. The lightest and fastest trikes I've heard of are in the latter group, and include the Windcheetah Clubsport and the Trice Micro Lite (29 lbs.) Both manufacturers are UK-based.
There are trike makers in the US, but I don't think any are considered lightweight (50 lbs. or more) compared to the UK models. There is, however, one interesting US tadpole design I saw called the Sidewinder. It has a dual-wheel front drive with rear wheel steering (i.e., the fork is behind the rider and facing rearward). Apparently it can turn in its own radius just using the brakes (it does have steering, too.) Would be interesting to ride one I think.
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