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Performer JC-20 and JC-70 Overviews


3 responses

  1. I’d like to see a comparison of these trikes against other pricier options. After all, brands like HP Velotechnik and Hase Bikes have their frames built in Taiwan, the same place where Performer trikes are made. Also, they have quality components from Shimano and SRAM, and their finish is superb according to their owners.

    Of course western brands offer much more flexibility regarding sizes and customization, but if someone doesn’t need neither suspension nor a folding frame, a Performer trike might as well be a better option, one that can be have for a much lower price.

    January 15, 2018 at 10:47 am

  2. Hi there Alexander,

    I learned quite a bit about frame quality questions that typically plague Western society cyclists’ minds. This knowledge came to me as I researched frame choices and brand choices when I recently converted to a mountain bike instead of a trike. Your points are very well taken, and from what I have discovered, there is no reason to shy away from trikes or bikes with frames made in Taiwan. In fact, most cycling frames are made in Taiwan these days, and this includes the major well-known brands! The main corporation that produces cycle frames for the world is a company called Kinesis, based in Taiwan, and with a major factory in China. Here is a link that briefly explains the company:

    My new fat tire mountain bike has a titanium from, with welds of absolute perfection, and it hails from Taiwan. At this point in history, the archaic thoughts that items made in Taiwan or China, while once well placed, are no longer ideas we should embrace when it comes to companies on the level of Kinesis. Of course, I am not referring to second-rate businesses, either in Taiwan or any other country, including the USA, but when it comes to the dominant player like Kinesis, they know what they are doing, and they are doing it very well. Here are a couple of additional links to the company:

    Bottom line: There should be no hesitation to buy a trike simply because the frame is made in Taiwan, as you suggest in your comment. It may take some time for folks who are not aware of who makes frames and many cycling components to get used to thinking that something great can actually originate in Taiwan or China, but that is to be expected after decades of less-than-quality items coming from those areas, as well as Western governments and citizens who continue to perpetuate old, formerly valid, complaints. Today things are completely different, and outstanding cycling components come from Taiwan and China as the norm.

    So yes, a Performer is a solid choice, based on folks I know who have them, have ridden them, and who sell them. Most of the top manufacturers of trikes use frames built in Taiwan or China, and the frames of quality brands like Performer do not take a back seat to frames made elsewhere.

    January 16, 2018 at 9:14 am

  3. wayne

    The problem that I have found is that there are NO dealers listed in USA that sells Performer trikes I have e mailed Performer and was directed to a dealer that was not at all selling any Performers. Just note that i am in NY Hudson Valley area. The report seems to be fine as to JC70 is a great trike, but if no dealer support, before buying any trike it would be nice to ride. One can buy through sports warehouse direct, but they don,t do any assemble. Also Performers web page does not list any dealers. Looks and sounds great, but as noted buyer be aware. If any one knows of any dealer that is located in the NY area please e mail me Thanks

    January 30, 2018 at 8:48 am