please note that I have edited this article to correct some things I had wrong which were pointed out by PonderosaCycles in comments they made

PoderosaCycles of Italy has launched their flagship Poderosa HP8 urban recumbent trike. It most definitely is different looking. There is no denying that. It kind of reminds me of some of the Italian shoes I have seen.

Italian shoes

Poderosa HP8 trike

I don’t know if the handlebars are adjustable or not, but in this picture it looks like the rider’s arms are stretched out full extension in order to reach and operate this trike. I would think that would be rather uncomfortable. Hopefully they do adjust as one’s arms are much more comfortable with the upper arm down at their side like is found on most tadpole trikes.

The overall width is reported to be 32.67 inches. The seat height is 18.5 inches making for good visibility but poor handling compared to a trike with a lower center of gravity. Some people prefer/need this feature as a low seat is too difficult for them to get in and out of.

The boom height is quite low in comparison to the seat height so when pedaling the legs are headed downward instead of out in front or even upward as most trikes are designed. These things might very well be attractive to some riders who for one reason or another have problems with the seat/boom position of most tadpole trikes.

Here are some of the specifications on this trike:
6.5 inches of ground clearance
24 inch wheels on the front and 28 inch wheel on the rear
frame is aircraft construction grade aluminium alloy, TIG-welded
BENGAL Mechanical Disc brakes on front and a V-brake on the rear
hardback aluminum seat
8 speed using an 8-speed Shimano Nexus rear hub.
comes with front and rear lights, mudguards
Black, White, Blue, Red, Orange
price is approximately $3047

Poderosa HP8 trike 2

Who knows? It may have people standing in line to buy it. But it sure is different! That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. 🙂

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 (@gmail.com)


  1. Thank you for your virtual review and considerations on our PoderosaCycles Trike
    Just to clarify a few things, the width is 83cm( 32.67 in.) and fits perfect in EU cycle paths.

    The old HP8 (the black Trike) had a Shimano Hub, the new VagaMondo shown in the video had a NuVinci N360 Hub.

    The rear rack was bespoke item for a gentleman and can carry up to 75kg…..but we normally supply the classic 25kg bicycle rack, see pictures here:
    Thanks again and keep up the good work.



    1. Thanks for your input concerning this trike. I find it interesting that you state that the width is pretty much “standard” instead of what I read about it online and reported accordingly.

      1. The width of the new VagaMondo that was presented at the SPEZI 2014 is narrower than the HP8.
        your information was correct for the HP8, but not for the new VagaMondo.

        They are two just different Trikes.



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