There is a man in Florida who makes front wheel drive tadpole trikes. His name is David Bruce. I am sure some of you have heard of him and his trikes. A few of you probably even know him. Back when I previously had my Tadpole Rider blog I had planned on featuring his trikes in a posting. I had emailed him to ask his permission and received it. However, I discontinued the blog awhile back and the article never materialized. So now that I have restarted Tadpole Rider I am doing the article. David has long been an avid cyclist and raced road bikes in years past. You can read his story on his website which I link to further below.

Like most any product one can name there has been “evolution” (improvement in design, appearance and quality of workmanship) in the design and building from when he first began. The trikes are looking better and better to where now they look great … like what comes out of the best of factory production.  The machining and welding are superb. See for yourself …

db first trike

david bruce front wheel drive trike 4

david bruce front wheel drive trike 3

david bruce front wheel drive trike

He not only designed and built his front wheel drive trike but he rides them. And not only does he ride them but he enters some contests with them.

Here is a walk around video showing various aspects of the build:

Here David is riding his trike on the West Orange Trail in Florida:

He has several YouTube videos available including various ones showing the building of the trike. Click HERE to see the listing.

Visit his WEBSITE.

david bruce front wheel drive trike 2

david bruce front wheel drive trike 5

Thanks David for working to create a unique product and availing it to fellow trikers.

I hope you have as much success as you can handle.  🙂

To the readers of this blog …

FREE GIFT awaits you!

Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (


  1. I must admit ., as an X owner of a rear drive ., I am impressed with the skill and the ability to build this FWD ….. but the why ??? A hell of a lot of fiddle for something with the same footprint … In the car context ., it makes sense ., packaging etc etc ., but this seams just to add weight & complexity .. Does any one have insight into the thinking .?

  2. good afternoon,
    David Bruce would like to know where I can buy the rear-wheel drive elements for my tricycle, I appreciate your cooperation and how beautiful your models are.

    Sincerely, Jonny Pedraza

    1. As I said to the first commentor you need to ask your question of David Bruce. Posting it here is not likely to accomplish anything. I don’t know if he is still around. His website no longer exists and the domain is available for sale. His Facebook page is stll up but hasn’t had an entry since 2015.

  3. Could you please tell us the advantages and disadvantages of a FWD in a tadpole trike, if the vehicle is made to travel on slopes or hills?

    1. I don’t know who you are asking that question of, but as far as I am concerned there is no advantage to FWD. It is extra weight and complexity certainly. I would not want it myself, but I assume there are those who do.

      1. Less chain length… but more mechanical parts like differential & 4 constant-velocity joints .

      2. This site is still here and shows a very advanced machine of such high quality that needs to be pushed out there on the market. There are millions who buy million dollar cars, when a mini can do the speed limit with comfort. I raced a Giant works full suspension, when they first appeared. I now race an 8.1 kg Specialized carbon, titanium, single speed mountain bike with great success. Took 3 years to find the lightest parts. Your DBT4 is beautiful complete with the joy stick. People would marvel and come to of my bike. But I’m not getting younger. I spent 27k on my bike. Am looking for a new show stopper that seriously should not be a locked away project. Your name would be introduced to the recon ant world of New Zealand and it’s beautiful landscape. My weight is 65kgs so with a new seat would whoo whee up the country side.
        Thank you so much David for the dream that should be real. It’s too beautiful not be become reality.

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