Carbontrikes Makes Us Want to Race Recumbents

Despite this video, we still want to get on board a Carbontrike.

Why? Because it’s a full carbon fiber monocoque recumbent tricycle that looks amazing and comes in at about 2/3 the weight of some racing handcycles we’ve seen, and they’ve got half or less of that heavy chain to worry about.

The seat and boom are adjustable to accommodate different height and size riders. Under the lower back support is a hatch that opens to the “trunk” inside the seat back that’ll hold your essentials for a day long ride. Complete bike weights are claimed at 10.5kg (23.15lb) with a respectable build kit. Ready to drool? Click through…

carbontrikes monocoque carbon fiber recumbent tricycle

The Carbontrike is designed to handle equally well with 16″ or 20″ front wheels. Rear is a standard road bike wheel.

carbontrikes monocoque carbon fiber recumbent tricycle

Do you still call it a frame? Or a hull?

Steering arms use an aero profile and the boom is ovalized rather than round like most alloy trikes. They say the ability to tune the layup gives them the same advantages found in carbon bikes in that they can make it efficient without beating up the rider.

Introductory pricing is $4,080 for a frameset (which includes the front wheels and full steering apparatus) and $5,100 for a complete build with hydraulic disc brakes up front.

Comments

Dan - 10/04/12 - 1:33pm

I think I saw that green thing at IKEA last week.

Androo - 10/04/12 - 1:37pm

I think it’s super cool, and impressive engineering, and I imagine it’s crazy fast…but why do companies insist on toeing the “comfort” factor? That frame is a massive, stiff monocoque (in the true structural engineering sense of the word, not the way it’s used in most bike literature) – there’s no way that that isn’t going to beat up a rider, unless it’s the specific biomechanics of the way the trike is laid out.

Mr. P - 10/04/12 - 1:46pm

@Androo: “but why do companies insist on toeing the “comfort” factor?”

Because a lot of riders want race bikes… but then don’t race them. They do their training rides on them.

P

Mindless - 10/04/12 - 2:54pm

Drivers do not see us on regular bike. Heck no, I am not riding roads in this.

Velorider - 10/04/12 - 3:07pm

Uhhh…..is it so comfortable that a helmet is no longer required?

ripinitup - 10/04/12 - 3:36pm

I agree with Velo… Nice helmet, must be one of those low profile flesh tone expensive models.

silverlining - 10/04/12 - 4:02pm

Helmet not required. Brown paper bag on the other hand………

Gerald - 10/04/12 - 4:34pm

Why is that even on this forum….”bike” rumor not “trike” rumor…..lame.

Tommy Nickels - 10/04/12 - 5:00pm

I’d like to try one out for kicks. I bet it’s crazy fast.

Rich - 10/04/12 - 5:21pm

I like how it’s got an aero wheel behind the rider.

Psi Squared - 10/04/12 - 6:58pm

How long does it take to oil that chain?

norm - 10/04/12 - 7:27pm

1) I want to see the blooper reel from that video; and, 2) can you imagine racing in the cat4 field with 75 of those rigs on the the road? I can make fun of the cat4s because I am a cat4.

Jack - 10/04/12 - 7:42pm

Velorider – Not all states have a mandated bicycle helmet law. This isn’t a debate on whether people should wear a helmet or not. I like the fact that people have the CHOICE to wear one or not. Are you one fo those people that wear a helmet while taking out the garbage?

Brian - 10/04/12 - 9:09pm

I’d pedal the crap out of that. Of course, I just added a RowBike to my stable, so…

professore - 10/05/12 - 12:38am

The only thing worse than that thing would be a tandem version.

Chris - 10/05/12 - 2:16am

@Brian

A rowbike in your stable? Sorry, anything with a rowbike in it cannot be a stable. More of a circus freakshow :-)

carl - 10/05/12 - 8:52am

After seeing this I’m investing in chain and chain lube companies. Probably fun though. I had a friend who bought a recumbent to ride while re-habbing from being hit by a car on his road bike. Regarding comfort, his take was “You just trade one set of problems for another”.

Denny - 10/05/12 - 10:27am

Wow. Super turd.

EricNM - 10/05/12 - 11:51am

Absolutely nerd-tastic! ; )

Androo - 10/05/12 - 12:15pm

All the haters are just jealous because they know that thing would leave any normal carbon roadbike in the dust…

Psi Squared - 10/05/12 - 12:41pm

Androo, it’d certainly do that on descents.

Frank - 10/06/12 - 7:06pm

It hasn’t got one of those fluorescent flags that most recumbents seem to have …

PeddlersTrikes - 01/19/13 - 9:04am

The ovalized boom is a great feature! No twisting under torque…

Jimm - 05/01/14 - 4:22pm

@Androo – agreed.
@Psi Squared – and on the flats, unless the wedgie riders all ganged up in a peloton/school-of-fish tactic. And possibly uphill too, if the rider has a good spin technique. People forget that ‘bent riders can sometimes press into the back of the seat to get a bit more leverage. While it is true that *most* bent riders do not climb well, it’s a falacy to say that all ‘bent riders can’t climb hills.

That said, ‘bents are not necessarily designed with hill-climbing in mind. Out of climbs, flats, and descents, most ‘bent riders are happy being faster in 2 out of 3 areas. :)

I ride a ‘bent trike locally, in Copenhagen, and the *only* people passing me uphill on a bridge crossing (which I cross on a daily basis) are other ‘bents, velomobiles, one guy on a racing Brompton, and a bike messenger half my age. You can climb on ‘bents if you know how, and if you want to.

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