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Old 03-19-15, 05:51 PM   #1
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Trike Recommendation?

I went bike shopping with a friend who is seriously interested in purchasing a trike. The dealer (near Nashville, Tennessee) carries both Catrikes and Terratrikes. Although my friend was initially interested in the Catrike Expedition, he felt really comfortable on a Terratrike Tour II. Does anyone in the Forum have experience with either model. I'd love to pass on any observations/recommendations. Thanks.
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Old 03-20-15, 11:48 AM   #2
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Our LBS in town Sells Cat Trike I've assembled a few, there, but not bought one Manufacturing quality seems Fine .. Welded Aluminum .


More comfortable may be HP Velotechnik HP Velotechnik - Products - Scorpion Trike (Dreirad) with their rear suspension.

this one has 3 wheel shocks HP Velotechnik - Products - Scorpion fs 26 Enduro foldable Trike (recumbent)
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I had my eye on a new Catrike Expedition, but was also interested in their Road model; however with dealers no less than 5 hours away, it was hard to arrange a shopping trip. When an ICE Sprint showed up locally on CL, I figured what the heck, let's go look. Turns out I bought it on the spot and every ride has me liking it more and more. The key to comfort is adjustability as I am finding that what felt great on the test ride is not necessarily what will feel good over a couple dozen miles.
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I'm not a trike guy, but both of those trikes seem to be well-accepted in the triker community. The Catrike has direct steer while the Terratrike has linkage steering. That'll make them ride differently, and whichever one your friend likes best will be the right choice.
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I haven't ridden the new models. A couple years ago I had a steel framed Terratrike, and following that I had an aluminum framed Cattrike. I found the steel Terratrike a bit flexy under heavy pedaling, no issues with the Cattrike. So while I can't give the specific advice you want, this is one characteristic to keep in mind as you evaluate trikes. And you definitely want to jump over to 'BentRider Online, an incredible wealth of recumbent knowledge over there.
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I can't speak to the Expedition model itself. However, my wife has the Catrike Villager and LOVES it. They are well made bikes.
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Catrikes are aluminum, and as such, they share a trait with other aluminum bikes or trikes, namely flex is verboten. Every time aluminum flexes, it work-hardens. Eventually it becomes embrittled and will spontaneously crack. That's why aluminum frames have a reputation for being stiff or even harsh -- because they have to be engineered that way. Catrike has internal stiffeners in the boom to help keep things stiff. Terratrikes, being Chromoly, are allowed to flex a little bit without endangering the integrity of the frame.
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I have the Catrike Expedition (modified by Utah Trikes as the Annihilator). It handles well, and is a lot of fun. I have not ridden the TerraTrike, so I don't have a basis of comparison.
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I appreciate all of the information and have relayed this to my friend. It seems that Catrike is a bit more widely known than Terratrike. A subsequent private message also pointed out that Terratrike may have a tendency to shimmy on a steep downhill. Thanks again.
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Thanks again for the input. I neglected to mention that my trike-shopping friend was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident some years ago. He has little use of his right arm and right hand and is also worried about his balance, but he desperately wants to resume cycling (not motorcycling). I received a private message from a Forum member who has owned both brands and noted the Terratrike's tendency to be less stable at higher speeds. We went shopping on a crummy, drizzly day so the sum of the test riding was done across the floor of the shop. The Catrike was harder to maneuver from a standstill, but I equated it with an old-time car without power steering - tough to steer out of a parking space but fine on the open road. As long as you're starting out in a straight line, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. I don't think it will be too hard to move brake and shifting controls to the left side. We'll see.
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Go over to BROL and ask ,, quite a lot of used trikes out there, save a bundle for special need mods,,,
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Old 04-03-15, 04:23 PM   #12
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I have a Terratrike and a Gekko (HP Velotechnic). I would recommend you check out the custom options at Utah Trikes for your friend. They can set up accomodations for diabilities on any trike. The seat is the most important thing to me. My Gekko is comfortable for hours while the Terratrike needs back support for rides longer than an hour. Gearing is important on a trike. The gear inch should be 10 on the low end (cant get off to walk it up hills). Good luck!
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