Spinergy wheels, Cane Creek Double Barrel Air and coil shocks, Schwalbe rubber – no it’s not a new down hill bike, it’s supposedly the first ever full suspension hand cycle from Lasher Sport! Now, before you go making a fool of yourself, this isn’t some crazy new trend – it’s a way for someone who doesn’t have use of their legs to actually mountain bike. For years, Stacy Kohut, Tara Llanes, and others have used essentially 4 wheel mountain bikes for down hilling, but those lack a drive train so they are gravity-only. I’m guessing the 4 wheel bikes will have the trike beat in the cornering department, though.
The Lasher ATH-FS combines full suspension with the hand cycle front wheel drivetrain to bring some XC into the mix. I would imagine it would require some super low gearing and massive upper body strength to ride a lot of trails, but the idea of getting someone back out onto trails under their own power is pretty rad.
Jump past the break for some action shots of the ATH-FS.
In spite of its long wheel base and smaller wheels, the ATH-FS still appears to be fairly competent off road.
Like most hand cycles, the rider’s legs are strapped down in the leg cradles to keep them in place.