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Old 02-07-10, 10:34 AM
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Anyone have comments or expierence on actionbent trikes

My wife is showing some interest in a trike. Does any member have a comment or expierence with Actionbent trikes. They are adv one for $1185 and free shipping. Does anyone know anything about it?
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Old 02-07-10, 03:04 PM
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No experience with Action bent but you might ask here: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/actionbent/

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Old 02-10-10, 06:44 PM
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Why Actionbent ?? There's others out there, personally I own the Catrike Trail. There's also the Villager which is a little less expensive than the Trail also an American company. As to your question, I'm not sure where this trike was assembled or fabricated could be an off shore company, someone will know. Here's some pix of my Trail
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From what very little I've heard about them, the Actionbent models are a bit heavier than models they'd like to compare themselves to; say, a Catrike. Also, if you were to order three of them, they'd all three come with slightly different component mixes. Apparently they use whatever they can get on closeout, and the parts don't *always* work well together. You're getting a 'good' price on them because there's no dealer to take his cut for setup or warranty work, meaning you deal with the importers/distributors rather than someone local. Most owners seem to know what they're getting into and overall are happy with them.
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Originally Posted by layedback1 View Post
My wife is showing some interest in a trike. Does any member have a comment or expierence with Actionbent trikes. They are adv one for $1185 and free shipping. Does anyone know anything about it?
I've had a swb uss Actionbent JetStream for 2 years and have had no problems. Love it. I just got a T1X tadpole trike from them. I've had it for nearly a month, but the weather hasn't been cooperating with me. Today is the first day where enough snow was gone from the roads that there is enough room for me and the cagers out together. I've been 'riding' it on a trainer in the house since getting it.

Today's ride was a 'test and tweak' ride, and I needed very little tweaking. I like the gearing and the seat positioning, but I had an issue with the headrest. After adjusting (bending the metal frame) several times, I find that I'm better off without it. I'm just getting to much stress bending my head forward that much. I think it has more to do with my being short (height) and not with the design. I'm ony 5'5". A shorter seat back would probably make a huge difference in my being able to use it.

That said, it is comfortable and easy to ride - and I think it is cost effective too. Significantly cheaper than the big names, and I expect what I expected with the JetStream.... that it doesn't have the highest quality components and that I'll be replacing them as time goes on. As long as you know that going in (and have the needed skill to do the work yourself) it is really a nice bike for the bang.

You DO have to have the skills to assemble the bike, or pay the LBS to do it for you. It took about 2 weeks to arrive - and the company they use for shipping was actually pretty darned nice. They deliver by appointment.

I'm not in to racing or speed - I use my bikes as my primary transport. From March to the week before xmas, I only drove my car 12-15 times. Since then the snows have been too much for me. I commute on it, go for groceries. I save up the big stuff to get on the rare occasions I drive and do them all at the same time.

Hope this helped.
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Why Actionbent ?? There's others out there, personally I own the Catrike Trail. There's also the Villager which is a little less expensive than the Trail also an American company. As to your question, I'm not sure where this trike was assembled or fabricated could be an off shore company, someone will know. Here's some pix of my Trail
Both are about $4-600 more MSRP than an Actionbent. Neither have a 26" rear - the Actionbent come in either 700c for the less expensive one or 26"/451 on the T1X. The Villager standard is only a 9-speed but you can opt for 27 and raise the price $150. The Actionbents are 27 speed.

There is a 7-8 lb difference between the Catrike and Actionbent. I have 2 Actionbents - a Jetstream and a T1X tadpole and like them both.
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They are good quality trikes for the $. While not as light as the Catrikes, they are similar in weight with almost every other decent trike made. You need to be mechanically inclined or be willing to pay a bike shop to set it up. The level of components are better than other trikes near the price point. I have had 2 used ones and with a little tinkering for individual tastes, they are quite nice.
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I would echo BKXray's comments. Mine was an ex-demonstrator, and the wheels were a bit loose when it arrived. They were true, but the spokes just needed a little extra tightening on each one. It needed no other tweaking before being ridden, and has proved to be a reliable, well-made bike. I did have a small problem with one of the chain tubes sliding out of its attachment, but a small flat filed into it ensured that the hoseclip had something to lock onto and the issue was solved.

I would happily buy another one, and the bang for the buck ratio is incredible.
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I have an ActionBent trike, an "Artifice" which is the folding model.
It weighs 38 lbs. 26 inch rear wheel, disc front brakes.
The importer, ActionBent, is helpful, responsive to questions, and knowledgeable.
The trike is well made, in Taiwan (Free China), imported with quality components.
The manufacturer is on the internet (TW bents).
The welds are clean and solid, and everything that should be in the package was there.
Some set ups come with fenders and mirror, and bottle clip, some do not.
I think basically, and this is just opinion, that they reverse engineer other products, and make them more cheaply,
and import them to the US for about half of the cost of a comparable set up.
The trikes come 90% assembled (Just put on the wheels, and tighten the steering, adjust the length), the others need full assembly by the buyer, or take it to a bike shop to get it assembled for around 100 bucks. A tool kit is included, allen wrenches, a spanner, and a chain tool.
Since in these days and times, my dollar is hard earned, and reluctantly spent, and also since I am no fan of political correctness, I
bought one, and am very happy with it.
Steve and Randy are the guys at the phone, and both are great guys.

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