Thursday, December 17, 2009

Trident Trikes Stowaway I & II

The self-proclaimed "New Kid on the Block" Trident Trikes has caused a big stir in the recumbent world. When Tom Flohr, the founder of Trident Trikes first called me and told me what he had in planned I wondered if he could really pull it off. He said he was producing a folding trike with good components for only $1299. My first thought as a trike reseller was "that's way too low of a price," and my next thought was "I wonder what kind of compromises he's going to make to get the price down." Well, I eagerly told him to put my name down as a dealer and send me some trikes as soon as he got them. The emails and calls started coming in almost immediately. Unfortunately, I couldn't really answer the questions regarding quality until almost 2 months later. When we finally got the aptly-named Stowaway trikes in stock it was an exciting day.

There are two foldable models from Trident Trikes, similar trikes with a few key differences, named the Stowaway 1 and Stowaway 2. So, what do we think? Does the Trident Stowaway live up to the hype? Read our review and see what we think.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New TerraCycle Idler Kit for KMX

We had the pleasure of having Robert from TerraCycle spend the weekend with us and we decided to take advantage of his expertise. So, what happens when you get two guys together that love clean and smooth chainlines with a minimum of chain tubing? You get some incredible idler kits. One of our best modifications is the new KMX Idler Kit. This kit eliminates almost 5 feet of chain tubing while keeping the stock chain routing. And anyone that has ever broke the side plates off the stock rear power idler kit will be extremely happy with the quality of TerraCycle's idlers. These idlers will last a lifetime. The result is a smooth running chainline that is much quieter and more efficient than the stock setup.

The Kit is available with the TerraCycle Sport Idlers for $149.95 or the new Elite Idlers (Titanium and Ceramic bearings) for $249.95. The Kit includes all the parts necessary to Kustomize your KMX. For more pictures view our KMX Idler Page.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Catrike Wheel Extensions

All of our SolidWorks training has paid off and we have created a very nice extension kit that will allow you to put a 26 inch or 700c wheel on your 20-inch Cat. Catrike owners have been asking for these from us for a couple of years and we have finally finished the prototypes. The results are fantastic.

So, what am I talking about? Well, let's suppose that you bought a Catrike Road a few years ago and then the Expedition came out. Well, you really like the Expedition with its longer wheelbase and larger rear tire, but you have a lot invested in your trike. Up until now your only choice has been to sell the road (or give it to your significant other) and then buy an Expedition for yourself. While there is nothing wrong with that (after all, we are more than happy to sell you an Expedition) it may not be in your budget.

Our kit includes the machined extensions and bolts. We are working out the exact parts for each kit, as some will require additional chain routing modifications. Our extension kit is setup with the OEM mounting for a Rohloff hub and we'll have many other wheel choices.

Our Catrike Wheel Extension Page shows our last prototype. We are going into production within the next two weeks. The final version will appear a little different in that it has disc brake dropouts and is black anodized with lazer engraving. We are trying to estimate how many to make on our initial run, so please let me know if you are interested. We should have pricing for the different kits up by next week.