You are here

 
20 April 2017 - 10:18am
 
 

Catrike Road-AR quietly introduced -- full-suspension recumbent trike

 

Catrike recently removed the Road rear-suspension recumbent trike from its model line-up and replaced it with a full-suspension Road-AR.

The change was made with little or no notice to dealers and potential buyers, and has taken Catrike aficionados a bit by surprise.

For Catrike, with the main development work on the new front-suspension spindles behind them, it was probably a very easy change to make.

Catrike's new front suspension spindles have different engineering constraints, so a straight-across front-suspension upgrade path does not exist for end-users. But, with the manufacturing process completely under their own control, Catrike can easily change tubing specifications to meet the needs of the new spindles, and this seems to be what has happened.

The pricing of the new model is interesting. At $3550, the new Road-AR is $400 more than the Road model it replaced, but $600 less than its nearest comparable Catrike option -- the Dumont.

And, $3550 for a full-suspension recumbent tricycle with these specifications is extremely competitive. By comparison, HP Velotechnik's full-suspension trike with 20" rear wheel, the Scorpion FS-20, starts at $900 more with a very different set of components.

Comparing such models is difficult, though. With its integrated sway-bar, and indirect steering, HP's FS-20 is undoubtedly more expensive to build and the suspension handles bumps quite differently.

It is also important to note that the Road is NOT a folding trike like the Catrike Dumont and the HP Scorpion FS-20.

Top-level recumbent dealers like AlphaBENT expect to have Road-AR recumbent trikes in stock by the end of May.

 

Image gallery

 
 

Information

Azub Ti-FLY build-up

Azub announces pending price increase. Buyers have limited time to buy before prices go up on models like the winner of the 2016 BROL Trike of the Year, the full-suspension Ti-FLY recumbent trike.

Front cover Issue 57 Recumbent Tandem Rider Magazine Spring 2017

Long-time print-only recumbent news source begins online publishing

Recumbent trike riders converge on Sacramento for TARTAR Spring 2017 ride along the American River Trail in Sacramento.

Half-off racks stimulate the recumbent trike industry.

Catrike straightens out eon-green production issues. Eon-green Catrike recumbent trikes for sale again.

Closeup of Catrike frame showing hyperyellow color

Catrike has discontinued its popular Hyper-yellow and Eon-green colors and replaced them with Firefly-yellow and Candy-green.

Shimano STEPS pedaling system installed on an HP Velotechnik Scorpion recumbent trike

HP Velotechnik offers electric recumbent trike options for most trikes models using Shimano STEPS motor system.

Shimano has entered the e-bike market with its STEPS motor system, and HP has adapted this system to most of its recumbent trike models.

Catrike Dumont full-suspension recumbent trikes FINALLY shipping.

Classifieds

Catrike

This new hyper-yellow Catrike 700 is one of last 700's produced in this color.

The eye-catching color is best described as a dayglo or tennis-ball color and it contrasts well with the black highlights of the rest of the trike.