WizWheelz Terra Trike Tadpole Recumbent Trikes
WizWheelz TerraTrike out for a ride
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WizWheelz has been making TerraTrike Chromoly recumbent tadpole trikes for
over 10 years. The WizWheelz TerraTrike Tour, TerraTrike Cruiser and
Terra Trike path are the latest of these recumbent trike models. They
are simple, rugged trikes and fairly wide at 34”. These TerraTrike
Tadpole recumbent tricycles have indirect Under Seat Steering (USS).
They share a reliable Chromoly steel frame; at ~38 lb they not feather
weight but are lighter than the Sun trikes.
The WizWheelz Cruiser is the most economical trike I’d recommend for
distance road riding. All of the TerraTrikes are quite durable. They
adjust to fit the rider by moving the seat. This seat is a full mesh
seat which also can be adjusted to different recline angles with
telescoping struts & grenade pins as fond on many recumbent bikes. This
makes them more adjustable than many other tadpole trikes. One feature
of the TerraTrikes is their relatively low bottom brackets. Your feet
aren’t higher than your seat. Dual front disk brakes work well and cause
only a little brake steer. The adjustable seat means you don’t have to
mess with chain length when adjusting between riders, an advantage if
you plan to share the trike.
TerraTrike tadpole frames come in 3 sizes to fit a wide range of rider
sizes, from about 5’ to 6’5”. The Cruiser, Tour and Path have USS
handlebars which can be adjusted to a comfortable position for your arm
length. To fold them for travel you can remove the seats and that is
So, these trikes have the same frame, seat and handlebars, steering
geometry. That is enough for the similarities. Now for the differences.
The Tour and Cruiser both have dual derailleurs giving a good range of
gears. The Path has
One significant difference between the Cruiser and Tour you will notice
right away is the gear shifters. Now I don’t like twist shifters much on
any USS (Under Seat Steering) recumbent. 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. We have had several
customers who find their hand strength is not up to the task. I’ll admit
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 moist trikes (though the Greenspeed mirror mount is excellent also.)
If you don’t like twist-shifters either we can install Shimano Dura Ace
bar end shifters and a Shimano LX rear derailleur on a new WizWheelz
TerraTrike Cruiser for $145. The Shimano Dura Ace bar end shifters are
standard equipment on the Tour.
The brake calipers on the Road are easier to adjust but the Tour stops
fine once adjusted well.
Lets clear one thing up: WizWheelz IS TerraTrike
and TerraTrike IS WizWheelz. They just like to keep
us guessing like Bacchetta - X-Eyed. (How do YOU pronounce that?)
WizWheelz TerraTrike Tour
In our experience WizWheelz trikes have been more reliable than average
and they have honored the warranty without a hassle.
See WizWheelz TerraTrike
Specifications page for more info