Catrike's Recumbent Tadpole Tricycles
Catrike makes 6 models of Recumbent Tadpole Trikes and they are all Made
in the USA. The Catrike trikes are some of the best values around. From
the easy-to-get-used-to "Villager" 27
speed up to their low-slung, high-performance "700”; they all excel at
the type of riding each was designed for. The Catrike integrated
seat/frame design makes them lighter than their competitors. I’m pretty
sure all the Catrike models are more than 2 lb lighter than other trikes
in their price range. Their design also eliminates the possibility of
folding them for transport and makes them more rigid than some other
recumbent trikes, you may notice bumps more on a Cat. One after another
of the Catrike models have won the prestigious BROL trike of the year
award in 2003; 2004; 2005; 2006; 2007, 2008 and 2011! We have been a
Catrike Gold level dealer for several years now and in 2008 Catrike told
us we were the third largest Catrike dealer in the world, so we are
pretty familiar with them (even if this web page is a bit out of date
when you read it!)
Keith checks out a new Catrike Road
One of the
things I like about Catrike is that they stick to their strengths. Paulo
Camasmie designs simple, light, responsive, aluminum trikes. Then he
designs his own tooling and builds them efficiently in his own Florida
factory. He doesn’t build a prototype here and then import his
production models. Because of this all Catrike trikes have several
all have aluminum frames designed, cut, formed, machined, welded,
heat-treated and painted in Florida. American manufacturing can
compete when you have an inspired designer and are willing to put
the effort into it.
Tadpole trikes with two front wheels and one rear wheel.
Catrike seat frames are a welded part of the frame, no Catrikes are
foldable for transport and, as of 2012, only the Villager, Trail and
Road have adjustable seat recline.
Catrikes are similarly light, from 29 to 38 lb.
Catrikes have direct steering.
Catrikes have mechanical disk brakes, one on each front wheel.
Catrikes have 27 or 30 speeds with front and rear derailleurs.
Catrikes have little or no brake-steer, less than some other trikes.
Catrikes have slight pedal steer, more than some other trikes.
Catrikes are the lightest and among the most reliable in their price
I like the way the Catrike line demonstrates that US producers can
compete with Taiwanese imports, at least in a niche market.
Catrikes Made in the US
Apparently other recumbent enthusiasts like them too, a Catrike was
voted 'BentRider Trike of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Here are a few things you might not like about Catrikes:
don’t fold. If you need folding check the Ice Adventure or Sprint;
Greenspeed Magnum or HP Velo Gekko or Scorpion.
are pretty rigid, you may feel road bumps a bit more than on some
other trikes. The 2012 Catrike Road has rear suspension and rides
much smoother than other Catrikes. The Road is lighter than any
other suspended trike I know of.
6’2” with a long torso; I sometimes find the seat backs to be a bit
MPH a Catrike will steer better when you relax your arms. If you are
tense the steering can be touchy. It takes very little input to
steer a direct steer trike like a Catrike. When I’m relaxed they
steer by just thinking about it. A sneeze at high speed could be
exciting… I find the steering on the longer wheelbase Catrike 700
and Expedition more relaxing at higher speeds.
opinion twist-shifters detract from the Pocket, Villager, Trail &
Road. If you don’t like them either they are replaceable.
I don’t like twist shifters much on USS (Under Seat Steering) recumbents.
Twist shifters are designed for mountain bikes where you operate it with
your stronger index and middle fingers. On a USS recumbent trike or bike
with vertical handlebars you shift with your less robust pinky and ring
fingers. On a direct steer trike it can take some practice to twist the
shifter without turning the whole trike. We have had several customers
find their hand strength is not up to the twisters who switched to bar
end shifters. Twist shifters do leave the top end of the handlebar
available to mount a rear view mirror. I think this is the nicest place
to mount a mirror on most trikes (though the Greenspeed mirror mount is
If you don’t want twist shifters we can install Shimano Dura Ace bar end
shifters and a Shimano LX rear derailleur on a new Catrike Villager,
Trail, Pocket or Road, typically for $195. Bar end shifters are standard
equipment on the Catrike Expedition & 700.
The chain tubes are held in place with steel band clamps and have been
known to slip. Putting a piece of inner tube as a friction inducing shim
is easy and works well.
All Catrikes come with 165 mm crank arms which I think is a good idea
for most riders.
Catrike won the 'BentRider Trike of the Year award in 2003, 2004, 2005,
2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011, they must be doing something right!
Stop in for a test ride, we always have a variety of Catrikes in stock
so you can try before you buy.
Catrike Recumbent Tadpole Trikes from the Bicycle Man ~ the State's
Largest selection of Recumbent tricycles (trikes) from Catrike
including; Catrike 700, Catrike Expedition, Catrike Pocket, Catrike Road
and the Catrike Trail in stock and available to test ride.
In our experience Catrike trikes have been more reliable than average
and they have always honored their warranty without a hassle.
Owner's Manual for the 700, Expedition, Pocket, Road, Speed & Trail
the Catrike factory in March of 2005 and Paulo Camasmie - (Owner of Catrike Recumbent Trikes)
Linear Recumbent on a test ride