Utah Trikes Catrike Fat Cat-4 Quad – join the fatrike revolution!

It’s not a trike, but it was custom converted from one. This is a fatquad, with four fat tires instead of three. The price is higher due to the extra mechanics involved, but word has it this is a barrel of fun out in the boonies, a very capable fat tire solution. The base trike is a Catrike. The base price is just $5,000.00 USD, and it can also be shipped right to your front door.

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According to Utah Trikes: “Introducing the FAT CAT-4. This new Catrike Quad configuration is based on our popular Army Quad. Equipped with 26×4 inch FAT tires, this quad is a blast to ride. Great for the beach, rough roads, or anywhere you’re willing to take it. AN AMAZING 90 GEARS!!! With the incredible success of our Annihilator X90, we decided to use the same components for the Fat Cat-4. You get an incredible wide range of gears with solid performance. Front Gearing – At the front, the Fat Cat-4 features the FSA Gossamer Triple Crankset. The Gossamer has an external bearing bottom bracket and comes with an integrated chain guard. The chainring sizes are 52, 42, and 30 teeth, so you get a wide range and smooth shifting. Rear Primary Gearing – The middrive utilizes a SRAM wide range 11-36 tooth cassette paired with a SRAM X7 10-speed derailleur. Shifting is smooth and reliable with a great high gear and terrific low climbing gear. Rear Secondary Gearing – In combination with the derailleur-based gearing we are using the Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub as the middrive. This allows you to keep the efficiency of a derailleur in a 1:1 mode and have an extra range of low and high gears.

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Learn more about this cool quad HERE.

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3 Responses to Utah Trikes Catrike Fat Cat-4 Quad – join the fatrike revolution!

  1. armadillozack says:

    I have one in white that was bought a year ago….! I’m already looking to upgrade it as well….
    Armadillo Zack

  2. Jerry Forster says:

    So Steve, when are converting to a Quad?

  3. trike hobo says:

    Hi Jerry,

    Originally, I was gung-ho on a quad. That was back in 2008. Only one company was making such a thing back then (not with these new fat tires though), but I cannot recall the name. Not only that, but they had recently stopped production due to low interest in quads and consequently poor sales of their machines. In 2008, I was seeking the “perfect” backcountry rig that I could operate out of in the middle of nowhere. Well, as things came to pass, I ended up in the world of recumbent tadpole tricycles. Oh, and that quad I was just describing – it had full four-wheel sophisticated suspension, so it could maneuver irregular ground without lifting the tires.

    So, as it turned out, on hindsight, I am happy to have become a trike-aholic, especially now that I have entered the off-road realm. This is because fatrikes keep all their tires on the ground most of the time, even when transitioning from one angled plane to another. On current fatquads, the four tires mean that transitions from one plane to another angle will result in lifting tires from the ground, at least momentarily. Yes, this happens on trikes too, but it is minimal. If a fatquad were to be fully suspended, that suspension would soak up much of the tire-lifting tendancy, but with rigid fatquads, which is all that exist currently to my knowledge, when a tire lifts off the ground, tremendous stress loads are placed on the frame and welds. If there is any weakness in these key spots, time-based fatigue could lead to failure and breakage.

    Clearly, a fully suspended quality fatquad would be very expensive, even more so than the ICE Full Fat I ended up acquiring. I am sure if that original quad I had my eye on in 2008 were still around these days, and had fat tires on it, the price would be at least 10k. The suspension on that rig was very high end. I am sure it would have been a joy to ride, although with only the skinny mountain bike tires that were on it at the time, the traction would be inferior to what we now expect with the new fat tires. The fatquad in this post has no suspension, so the integrity of the frame will depend upon the weld quality from Catrike (which is outstanding, by the way) and the frame tube durability if used in rugged terrain conditions over time. I have not read any reports of a Catrike/Utah Trikes fatquad owner who has ridden significantly high mileages on degraded and irregular surfaces, so it’s all speculation right now.

    I would be very happy to have one of these, even though it is rigid – probably use it around town as the ultimate errand-runner, with some heavy duty trunk mounted on the rear. One thing about this fatquad is that it would be darn hard for a thief to steal. Of course, so is my Full Fat. These things are not light, if compared to standard street trikes. I have invested in a mega-lock for mine if I end up taking a long distant trip on it. They cost too much to let it go (took me months to save up for it).

    A nice feature of these 26-inch fatrikes and quads is that the rider sits about eye level with most drivers of standard sedans, so they are looking right at you, unlike with my street trikes, where my head was well below their window level – I could pull right up next to a car at a stop light, and the driver would not even know I was there. The safety visibility of these fats is excellent.

    steve

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