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Evolve Trikes … interesting concept, but they are sure having problems getting into production and to market. Years and years seem to be passing by and still they are waiting for things to come together. It just doesn’t seem to be happening. Yep, they seem to be having trouble evolving to market.
Since it’s inception they have made some changes in its design. The main boast is that it folds faster and smaller than any other trike.
When I look at the design construction of trikes I am always concerned about how ell they are made and whether or not they are likely to fail. Mind you I am not an engineer, but I do have well over 50 years experience at welding and fabricating. In welding my “specialty” was repair welding. That means I worked on a whole lot of things that failed and required repair. In making the repair it was usually easy and obvious to see why the item failed. And in repairing it I always made it much stronger so that it didn’t fail again. Looking at many trikes I see areas of concern in many of them. They just look weak and apt to fail. Many folding trikes concern me for this reason. This one not only is no exception, but it is even more of a concern as it just looks weak. Any trike can have a failure, but some seem to have far more than others. Again, looking at the way they are constructed I can see why. A simple basic rule is that the more complex something is the more likely it will have issues over something with less complexity.
Here it is disassembled and folded up into a suitcase. The video below shows how it is done.
I don’t know what the weight limit is for the Evolve trike, but I think that it would be best for those who weigh very little. A heavy rider would stress those areas which are already suspect of failure.
I personally don’t think I would buy one of these trikes as it just has the appearance that problems would develop due to failure in one or more parts of the frame.
The folding hinge is quite often a concern and this one is no exception. When I look at something like this the thought that comes to mind is “designed to fail” due to being underbuilt. Mind you, this is far from the only tadpole trike which in my opinion looks underbuilt.
Another factor is wear and sloppiness developing in these areas. Things get loose and movement takes place where there should be no movement.
I know that the Evolve people are not going to like what I have said here and perhaps some of you may not either. I have to say what I think about these things. I hope I am wrong and this trike would hold up well. But my gut feeling is otherwise. I like the concept. I am just concerned about the quality of the build. Manufacturers underbuilding products brought a lot of repair work my way over the years. I would not want a trike that requires repair and reinforcing it to make it stronger. That would be my concern here. This may be okay for someone who rides very little and needs a small folding trike, but I could not recommend it for anyone who does serious riding. I don’t care how good of a warranty it may come with and how good the company may be in taking care of customers … when you are many miles from home and have a major failure leaving you stranded it is not fun. Nope, I will stick with my non folding Catrike which I am confident in … that it won’t fail me. I like to … KEEP ON TRIKIN! …. and ….
ENJOY THE RIDE!
I received an email from a man by the name of Dmitry Vinogradov in Latvia asking me if I could advertise a tadpole trike for sale on this blog. Since it is new and not used I can’t post it on my used trike page. I decided to first post it here on its own page and then include it in the other pages I have for new trikes. Here is what he sent me: (I have added a bit more here and there as I looked up the company and found various helpful things to include here.)
For sale – Comfort Trike, a full suspension recumbent tadpole trike by Design Bureau Specbike Techniks Ltd. (Latvia). New.
Features and advantages:
• 3 year manufacturer frame warranty;
• Independent three wheel suspension;
• Adjustable shock absorbers. Controlled trike stability;
• Front wheel hub features professional ball bearing, provides a smooth ride;
• The front steering wheel bearings with rust protection;
• Adjustable seat sport-comfort;
• Powder coating;
• Adjusting to the user’s body dimensions – height from 1,40m to 2,2m.
designation producer model pcs
1 shock absorber DNM DV-22:165x35mm/560lbs 3
2 front wheel custom Rim ETRTO 451, Tire Schwalbe Durano28-451, Bitex hub with industrial bearing, aluminum axle one screw easy mounting 2
3 front brake shimano mechanical disc brakes, rotor 6 screw, 160mm 2
4 front brake double handle no name with parking brake and adjustable 1
5 rear brake force mechanical disc brakes, rotor 6 screw, 160mm 1
6 rear wheel force 26″, 9 speed 12-25, disck brake, Tire Rubena Flash 26×1.5, quick release. 1
7 rear derailleur shimano Sora 9 speed 1
8 chain shimano 9 speed 1
9 front derailleur shimano Tiagra 1
10 pedal force MTB 1
11 crank arm shimano 48/38/28, 170mm, 3 speed, bottom bracket square, adjustable distance to the seat 1
12 shifter shimano Dura Ace Bar End 3×9 speed 1
13 seat custom composite fiberglass with soft mat, adjustable 1
14 idler custom with industrial bearing 1
15 headrest custom adjustable 1
16 front light bracket custom diameter 22mm 1
• Metallic parts galvanizing
• Colors chosen by the customer
Trike specification and technical characteristics available upon request.
30 days Delivery
Price $2499 USD
Delivery $249 USD (Total Price is $2748)
Best way to place order – use our email firstname.lastname@example.org ,,,, or ebay listing: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/dmitrijsv2005/m.html?_nkw
I know nothing of this company or this trike so I am in no way personally endorsing them. I am just sharing this to let you know of their existence. I am always leery buying anything from overseas in a far away country as I am quite concerned about getting any needed parts or customer service. This is not to say that this company would not respond quickly to customers should they need something. I simply have no idea since they are not an established international sales entity with a good and proven track record.
It is said that “you get what you pay for”. That is usually true. I hope it isn’t the case when it comes to cheap trikes that come from China. They certainly offer some low prices. Of course, shipping isn’t cheap ($500 – $700) so the price increases considerably over the list price of the trike alone. The fairly well known website, aliexpress.com, has gobs of tadpole trikes listed for sale. Among them are electric pedal assist trikes. They come with either 250 watt or 500 watt Bafang brushless rear hub motors.
As you can see in the pictures the batteries are positioned up high under the rear rack. They are handy to get at there, but it also means that adding that weight at that height affects the center of gravity and handling suffers. The higher the center of gravity the easier a trike can tip over.
As to quality they do skimp on components using brands which are not among the more common names we usually see on trikes. So be aware that should the cheaper components fail sooner than later you might be laying out some money to buy better quality components. If that happens, then I would say that there was no real savings realized in buying these lower cost trikes. And the components may not perform to one’s liking in comparison to brand name components.
Their 250 watt model with no suspension (shown above) sells for $1,818.76 including shipping to the U.S.
Their 250 watt rear suspension model (shown above) sells for $1,818.76. That is the same price as the no suspension model. “Go figure” as they say.
Their 500 watt rear suspension model (shown above) sells for $2,265.76 which includes shipping to the U.S.
Delivery time to the U.S. is said to be 11 to 19 days.
Their trikes come with: high carbon steel frame, choice of 26 or 20 rear wheel, fenders, neck rest, rear rack, mirrors and a flag pole. They also come with a rear V-brake for parking which can be replaced with a disc brake if preferred. The mesh seat can be exchanged for a fiberglass seat.
They say they can custom make a trike if a customer is too heavy for their stock trike (which has a weight capacity of about 264 pounds). The same is true for customers who are too short or too tall for their standard trikes.
I would not care for the electronic digital display to be mounted vertically. That is quite impractical trying to view it. I am assuming that the battery pack has an integrated taillight of some sort although I have not read anything about it.
As to top speed and battery power endurance these trikes don’t measure up to some of the more expensive motorized trikes out there we normally read/hear about. They won’t go as fast nor as far using battery and motor power. They do have 5 levels of power including a button to push which will give full motor propulsion which does not require pedaling.
Being made of high carbon steel rather than chrome-moly steel or aluminum they will be heavier. One plus is that should there be frame breakage high carbon steel can be readily repair welded successfully by a qualified skilled weldor. Although high carbon steel offers more flexibility than aluminum is doesn’t flex as much as chrome-moly steel does.
They also sell kits to motorize trikes which, of course, is a much cheaper way to go if you already have a trike. Installing it would require considerable mechanical ability.
BTW, they also offer lots of tadpole trikes which are not motorized which are, of course, cheaper yet. And they offer at least one FAT tire trike which I will be writing about quite soon.
In closing I am going to throw this out for what it is worth. In my nearly 70 years of life on this earth and most all of those years involved in various sorts of mechanical things including a career as a weldor and metal fabricator since age 12 I have a lot of experience with metal objects. I have a lifetime of repairing them when they break. I would be very concerned about the quality of these trikes and probably would not spend my money on one myself. My gut feeling is that I would regret it and wish I would have just spent a bit more. Then I would know I bought quality and would have the assurance of a company and dealers who stand behind the products. Buying something from China pretty much leaves the buyer on their own should problems arise. Even if there is some support dealing with a company on the other side of the world doesn’t appeal to me.
Yet one more tadpole trike is coming on the scene. Avenue Trikes if offering a fairly low cost trike similar to the TT Rover and Rambler, Catrike Villager and ICE Adventure as far as seat height.
This first model, the 1st Ave has a rugged chro-molly frame, 24 speeds and is made in Taiwan. The introductory price is $1495. Other Taiwanese models are planned, as is a more upscale US made line.
Here is what their website says:
Avenue trikes – designed so you can enjoy riding again!
At Avenue Trikes we design rugged trikes then price them for casual riders. We include the features you will want when you become a more serious rider. Start with a rugged CroMoly frame, add a breathable, padded mesh seat, give it 24 speeds and dual disk brakes to get up and down hills and top it off with dual parking brakes and you have an unbeatable package for under $1500.
Standard Features on the Avenue Trikes “First Ave”
14” High seat and easy reach handlebars so you can easily get on and off
24 speed derailleurs and convenient twist shifters
Chromoly frame designed for handling and pedaling efficiency
The adjustable mesh seat is breathable and padded for maximum comfort and easily removable without tools making it easier to transport
Disc brakes and dual parking brake function
The seat (including recline) and frame both adjust to fit riders from ~5’2” to ~6’6”
All this for $1495 and our trikes are fully assembled, adjusted and test ridden before being sent to a customer.
I have not read anything more about this company and the availability of these trikes. They make mention of a recent earthquake in Taiwan which has effected production and availability of tadpole trikes from that country. Their website says available in Spring 2016. In two weeks it will officially be summer so if they are going to start selling them in Spring they don’t have much time left. It will be interesting to see what other models they come out with and how they catch on.
UPDATE: The trike is supposed to be available in February 2017. They will be a deep blue color. If you would like updates as their arrival gets closer and the day more definite you can email them at email@example.com
Yet another velocar is making its appearance. Meet the VeloMetro, a product of Canada. Here is what they say about their offering:
“VeloMetro is creating the next wave of sustainable personal transportation. From the original inspiration that was the velocar, VeloMetro is creating a 21st century update with the latest technology and engineering: human powered, enclosed from the weather, fully networked, and assisted by electric and solar power.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, VeloMetro’s goal is to provide a completely sustainable transportation option for urban commuters around the globe that is also cool, cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and fun to ride.”
Several pictures of the VeloMetro can be seen HERE.
I have to admit that these velocars are cute and I am all for them as far as seeing people pedal them around when they are practical to use in place of a gasoline engine powered car. Whether or not they catch on and have a market is something I reckon we will just have to wait and see.
Mk. 5 Trike
Odyssey Trikes are a product of Wisconsin in the United States. They are electric motor assist and use KMX trikes for their platform. Here is their Facebook Page . These trikes do have pedals so they can be pedaled, but clearly these are designed for those who want to have a motorized tadpole trike capable of zooming down the road. I mean 50 to 65 mph isn’t exactly common place when talking about riding a non fairing tadpole trike. That just might make your lips flap around. 🙂 I understand that these trikes are shipped out to the buyer with the power turned down so that the comply with the 20 mph maximum law, but what I don’t understand is how they can advertise those high speeds without getting into major trouble with law enforcement folks since clearly the law* forbids ‘motorized bicycles’ from going faster than 20 mph. (*The federal Consumer Product Safety Act defines a “low speed electric bicycle” as a two or three wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals, a top speed when powered solely by the motor under 20 mph (32 km/h) and an electric motor that produces less than 750 W (1.01 hp).)
Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass are the inventors of these trikes.
They had a Kickstarter Campaign which has ended and didn’t go as well as they had hoped it would. They are not giving up hope of getting their product into production and to market. One thing they are attempting is the popular television program “Shark Tank”. They have an interview scheduled hoping to get on the show. They are also making other appearances to promote their trikes.
From their kickstarter page:
The Mk. 5 trike is legally a bicycle, but has the power and speed of a motorcycle. It has a 4kW electric motor capable of powering you through your commute and a removable high capacity battery pack that makes charging simple, yet versatile. It has options for on-vehicle storage capacity, options for lighting, options for gearing, and – we may not have mentioned it before- pedals!
The Mk. 5 represents the culmination of a five year development process. We ended up with an effective vehicle design that uses the best aspects of everything between a motorcycle and a bicycle, but has the stability of three wheels instead of two. We keep pedals on these trikes to make them street legal- in every state in the US.
As an emerging form of transportation, the trikes themselves need to have options. So, we make sure that riders have access to all the capabilities they need.
The Mk. 5 has the option to remove the battery pack bag from its sliding rack for charging and also has significant carrying capacity, in the form of saddle bags that can be attached to the side of the battery rack. Add that to the fact that you can park this trike at any bike rack, and you end at transportation that gives you the options you need to use it on a regular basis.
It’s fast. That’s the easiest way to describe the way the Mk. 5 operates. It accelerates quickly and has a fast top speed. Specs follow:
This is the fifth iteration of our trike prototype and we are proud of what the Mk. 5 has evolved into.
The model is based on a frame design with well-known operational characteristics, and is the culmination of a variety of new technologies that have matured to the point where they work, and they work well.
The Mk. 5 represents the logical evolution of transportation.
The Mk. 5 has a well-designed, sturdy frame which will take the abuse of racing, trail riding, and even skipping the trails entirely. We know this because we have been there. We tested our prototypes to the point of failure and we were surprised at what it actually took to cause damage.
In addition to superior frame strength, we integrate LiFePO4 batteries which are known for their safety compared to other lithium cells. When overcharged, the cells’ electrolytes react to render the entire cell inert instead of bursting into flame like LiPO and other Li-ion cells.
We include disc brakes, which have demonstrated the ability to stop the trike in a hurry, and a bike flag and reflector for greater visibility.
Odyssey Trikes was founded by Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass, both of Slinger, Wisconsin. Dustin is out of college with a degree in International Business and another in Industrial Engineering, and Ryan is still in school, studying IT Networking. Besides racing and trail riding our trikes, our other interests include aviation, electrical engineering and nuclear physics projects, and gaming. Take a look at our bio’s on our website: http://odysseytrikes.com/About%20Us.php
Five years ago, Odyssey built its first trike as a side project in an airplane hangar in the neighboring town of Hartford, Wisconsin, as a high school business project.
From their About Us page:
Odyssey Trikes was started in an airplane hangar back in 2008. Our first trikes were functional but lacked reliability and needed work.
We spent years re-building, re-tooling, and re-engineering our designs and eventually came up with something we found as functional as the motorcycles we used to get to our engineering space. The big day happened on the 4th of July of 2010 – Our first truly functional trike was driven 10 miles to get home from the shop, and managed the drive at roadworthy speed with no issues.
We lent several trikes out and determined there was a market for the concept, so we moved the company to the nearby town of West Bend where we found adequate space to get our work done. We now have a small but capable production facility where we are able to do all the welding, 3d printing, and assembly work to build our trikes as well as the space and resources to engineer, build, and test new concepts and ideas.
We have set both speed and range records with our standard models and have created our own battery building processes and technology. We utilize 3d printing in all our trikes and are continuing to push the boundaries of what 3d printing and our battery technology can bring to the free market.
MK. 5 TRIKE- 55 MPH TOP SPEED, UP TO 245 MILES RANGE
A motorcycle in bicycle’s clothing. Up to 245 miles range. Road and bike trail legal.
The Mk. 5 is the result of several years of engineering and testing, and the result is a 55 mph, onroad/offroad capable machine that has handling similar to a gokart. The only faster, longer range electric trike in existence is this trike’s big brother, the Mk. 5 Super.
The Mk. 5 is street legal (if you keep the power setting down, but we’re not watching) and has a respectable 60 mile range with the smallest battery, or an incredible 245 mile range if fully equipped.
This trike comes standard with a seat riser (4″ rise), a frame mounted battery, headlight and taillight package, an APM display cycle computer and a rear rack capable of carrying any Topeak rack bag – or an auxiliary battery pack for up to 90 miles of additional range. It will come out of the crate preassembled with a charged battery, ready to roll.
55 mph top speed. 72v Li-Mn battery made by Blue Line Batteries mounted on the frame. 16″ wheels in the front with disc brakes, 24″ wheel in the back. You can request an 8 speed cassette, but if you don’t we’ll ship you a single speed.
And here is the information found on their website on the Mk. 5 Super Trike:
MK. 5 SUPER TRIKE – 65 MPH TOP SPEED, UP TO 300 MILES RANGE
This trike holds records for both top speed and range in this vehicle class.
The Mk. 5 Super consists of the most extreme electronics and mechanics packages possible to build into an electric trike. This vehicle has a wide-eyed, heart-pounding 65 mph top speed and can be equipped with enough batteries to yield a record-setting 300+ mile range. This outranges other electric bikes with the Mk. 5’s charge indicator still reading full – and is able to outrange the Tesla Roadster’s 245 mile range by 55 miles when the batteries have seen their charge through. That effectively makes this vehicle the longest range electric vehicle currently on the market.
This trike comes standard with a seat riser (4″ rise), a frame mounted battery, headlight and taillight package, an APM display cycle computer and a rear rack capable of carrying any Topeak rack bag – or an auxiliary battery pack for up to 105 miles of additional range. It will come out of the crate preassembled with a charged battery, ready to roll.
65 mph top speed. 88v Li-Mn battery made by Blue Line Batteries mounted on the frame. 16″ wheels in the front with disc brakes, 24″ wheel in the back. You can’t request an 8 speed cassette on this model – single speed only.
All trikes come with a helmet! Drop us a note for your helmet size when ordering, or we’ll send a medium helmet as default.
Expect 45 days between payment and shipping, but we frequently get these dispatched earlier than that. Freight shipping to anywhere in the continental US is included in the price.
Trikes ship out with a 750 watt maximum power limit set on the controller. Change this power setting at your own risk!
For questions, comments and test rides call them at 262-208-4889 or sending them a message thru their CONTACT web page.
I would encourage anyone considering buying such a trike capable of obtaining such high speeds to be extremely cautious while riding them. I learned as a young child that “SPEED KILLS”! It would not take much to wrap yourself around a tree or telephone pole attempting to ride at such speeds. As for me, I am going to just …
KEEP ON PEDALIN’
which is what I would advise everyone one to do.
Many of us have heard of the Edge e2 folding trike which is reported to fold up to about 45 % of the folded size of the new Catrike Trail Folder. Well, Trident is coming out with a full size model called the Odyssey which is reported to fold up even smaller than the Edge e2. At this point in time there doesn’t seem to be much information available on it online which surprises me since what I have read states that it is supposed to be available this Fall. What little I found online is on BentRider.com. HERE is a link to the article.
I have not seen a price, weight, or much of anything in the way of information. If any of you have please share it so I can post it here. As you can see this trike has a hard shell seat, bar end shifters, Avid BB7 disc brakes, 18 inch wheels and it’s folded dimensions are 31 ½ x 20 ½” x 12 5/8” with wheels and seat on. That is really small! At first glance 18 inch wheels rather than 20 inch concern me as far as finding tires for it, but Schwalbe is reported to make a few of their popular tires (Marathon Racer, Marathon Plus, Kojaks AND Big Apples) in 18 inch. By the way, the Edge e2 has 16 inch tires. The BentRider article states that Trident plans on some changes from their prototype on the trike they end up manufacturing. I don’t know where things stand as far as production and availability but this looks interesting … especially for anyone who needs a trike that folds up small. One thing for sure … carrying a full size trike or two or three in a relative small car is something which would no doubt appeal to some folks (myself included).
I did hear from a man I know who test rode an Odyssey recently. He said that the steering was twitchy … that is, it was overly sensitive to steering inputs when going straight ahead. He didn’t recommend it for that reason and said that only someone that absolutely has to have a trike which folds up quite small should consider the Odyssey. He further said that the Odyssey should be available soon. He is a trike dealer who sells Trident.
UPDATE: I just found out that Trident expects to have the Odyssey model available in late summer 2015. And they have made some changes from their prototype. I have no idea what the changes are.
With such trikes coming available it helps us to …
KEEP ON TRIKIN’