Cruising on theCatrike 700


About Desert Dune

Adam Lee (known as Desert Dune) was one of three correspondents who assisted Steve with updating the Badwater or Bust blog in 2009, while Steve was pedaling to and through Death Valley National Park on his ICE Q tricycle. Adam continues to fill in now and then as necessary while Steve is out exploring.
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4 Responses to Cruising on theCatrike 700

  1. Beautiful Day, nice road, open, and able to run flat out…! What more can a recumbent rider want..? It looks that you were having one hell of a day out there Steve… What road was this, and when was this ride taken place…? I could only wish to have been there as well…!

  2. Considering a 700 because I hear they have a faster average speed. All trikes seem to do very well downhill. I am interested i n watching an uphill video. I have a Greenspeed GT-1 that I bought for exercise that I use religiously. Next year I am considering joining some group rides and am wondering if the 700 would be advantageous.

  3. @ Keith Cosentino: As far as I know, to get a good climber you need to follow the same rules as with any bicycle: install a small chainring on the front, a big sprocket on the rear, and opt for a small drive wheel if you can.

    But the most important feature is to keep the overall weight to a minimum. The Catrike 700 is one of the lightest trikes out there since it weighs 15.4 kg (34lbs) with mirror, headrest, and pedals. The ICE VTX is 14.9kg (32.9lbs) with no pedals, and the Windcheetah wins it at 12.5kg (27lbs). If you can afford a Carbontrike Race SL (US$ 7500), you’ll probably be the King of the Hill with its overall weight of 11.5kg (25.3lbs) with no pedals.

    However, none of these trikes have suspension. The ride quality can be harsh, and as any trike tourer can tell you, having a suspended rear wheel makes a really big difference. Keep us informed about your decisions, and once you get your trike, post some pictures, please!

  4. Desert Dune says:

    Hello Keith,

    Steve has shared a considerable amount of information about his 2014 Catrike 700 at the following link:
    He shows that it is possible to have the best of both worlds, both high-end speed and low-end hill climbing capability. Read that linked page, and scroll down to see how he accomplished great hill climbing ability on the Catrike 700.


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