Hase KettWiesel Delta Recumbent Trikes
Hase introduced a new KettWiesel in the spring of 2007. The new KettWiesel
AL has a lighter aluminum frame and lighter is always nice. The
KettWiesel’s road holding, maneuverability and stability remain
New for 2007 the Hase KettWiesel AL
enthusiastic about the available 27 speed dual-derailleur version:
finally a KettWiesel with gearing for hilly territory that is not a $500
The AL adjusts to fit a wider range of rider sizes without changing the
chain length than last year’s KettWiesel's.
The extruded aluminum front frame has a grove that mates with a pin in
the rear frame so you don’t have to think about keeping the front wheel
vertical when you set it to fit your leg length.
A more subdued black KettWiesel
KettWiesel AL’s seat is new too. Made from oversized aluminum tubing its
recline adjustment is much easier and stays where you set it much better
than the 2006 did.
To park the KettWiesel in a small space it can be stood on end. A little
rubber foot protects the rear reflector (and your floor…)
We typically stock the KettWiesel Al with 27 speeds; it’s hilly here in
western NY. I prefer the optional Shimano Dura Ace Barcon shift levers
over the Grip Shift but it is easier to mount a mirror with the Grip
KettWiesel AL prices start under $3000 for the wide range 9 speed
version (28 inches to 92 inches) with options you can spend hundreds
triple chain wheel dual derailleur with 27 gears,
Schlumpf Mountain or Speed drive for 18 gears,
Nexus 8 speed hub or Rohloff 14 gear hub.
KettWiesel AL dimensions:
Total length 63" to 81" (w/o front wheel: 54")
Total width 34"
Height 31.5" with seat reclined: 21"
Bottom bracket height 18"
Weight 35.5 lbs
For great climbing traction on gravel roads you might want the two wheel
drive option. It is quite expensive but puts more than 2/3 of your
weight on drive wheels; on a tadpole less than 1/3 of your weight is on
the drive wheel.
The KettWiesel AL is still the lightest & fastest delta trike on the
market, it's even faster than some tadpole trikes. It is also the only
delta trike I know of that should have the rear wheel alignment re-set
when the trike is adjusted for a rider of significantly different leg
length. The first model year of the Kett AL we had several rear axle
failures. This was due to a manufacturing problem that led to bearing
miss-alignment. This has been resolved on subsequent model years.
Greenspeed introduced their first delta trike, the Anura, in 2007. The
Anura is several hundred dollars less expensive and comes with two wheel
drive standard. The Anura is not as fast as the KettWiesel but has a
higher warranty weight is more reliable and much easier to set up
We stock the Greenspeed
Anura and may
stock a KettWiesel from time to time.