PERFORMER TRIKES

These are the current models as of 2021:

Recumbent Trike JC20

Performer trikes have been around since 1999. Located in Taiwan they currently manufacture about 5 models according to their WEBSITE. Taiwan is known for bicycle manufacturing. Some of the well known trike manufacturers have their trike frames made in Taiwan. And HERE is a link to Performer’s Facebook page. The Performer website lists only 3 dealers here in the U.S.

In addition to the models shown above they offer 3 motorized models. They offer 2 models with rear hub motors and one folding model with a crankdrive motor.

 e-trike models

 One has a 26 inch rear wheel (MSRP US$3,580).

 

The other has a 700 rear wheel (MSRP US$ 3,380).

And they offer a folding model with a 26 inch rear wheel and a 250 watt crank drive motor (MSRP US$4,080) …

Folding E-JC26X

Doing an online search I have found these sources to purchase Performer trikes:

Alibaba.com

Lightfootcycles.com

Upzy.com

I still see some older models shown as available for sale which are no longer in production. It all gets rather confusing.

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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)

2 thoughts on “PERFORMER TRIKES”

  1. PERFORMER TRIKE X COMMENTS FOR THE TADPOLE RIDER WEBSITE

    Thanks for another great article, Steve. I’d like to add some personal observations about the Performer Trike I currently own.

    I purchased my Performer Trike X on Amazon, with RBR listed as the seller. It is a 27 speed machine, with rear suspension, a FRP seat, Shimano gears, and Tektro Novela disc brakes.
    As far as I am aware, Amazon shows three Performer Trikes listed as sold via RBR, in various combinations of equipment, including the option of either a FRP or a mesh seat. The machines are delivered via DHL directly from the manufacturer in Taiwan.

    I had absolutely no issues with regard to delivery (the trike came within a month of ordering, and definitely faster than promised), or with the packaging on this item. The trike was well packed with just one slight paint chip to be found on the frame.

    The trike is delivered 50% assembled, leaving the user to complete the job. The instruction manual supplied with the trike is awful, and I would advise those who lack the relevant knowledge either to enlist the help of a more bike-savvy friend, or to watch the many helpful You Tube videos out there so as to make sure everything is set up as it should be.

    I made heavy use of RBR during the construction phase, and Rob Gentry of that company was of the utmost help to me. We conducted our conversations via E-Mail. He would ask me to send him photographs of the trike, so as to assess the issue I was having, and his advice was always comprehensive, and just what I needed to help me to put things right. I never had to wait long for a reply from him. I just can’t fault RBR, especially Rob.

    I’ve been riding my trike for just over a year now, and I am very pleased with it. Yes, in due course I might well upgrade the brakes from the Tektro Novela discs fitted as standard (either to Avid BB5 or BB7 discs), and I will probably fit a Terracycle idler when the time comes to replace that particular component, but for now, all is well.

    I don’t have any major moans or gripes about this trike. It’s great value for money, imho, and the issues I do have are minor, and definitely not deal breakers. For example, the headrest isn’t the best and I’ve yet to find a way to adjust it to my liking (even with drilling new mounting
    holes); also: the Ventisit seat cushioning isn’t the most comfortable, and the velcro fitting system doesn’t really work that well (although, to be fair, after a few weeks of riding I found I’d forgotten about the seat cushion, as I was having so much fun riding the trike so nothing else
    really mattered).

    There are ways out there to upgrade the seat cushion (assuming you choose the FRP seat as I did, rather than the mesh seat option) – for example you can add additional padding by cutting a yoga mat to fit (there are You Tube videos and blog posts about this), or you can purchase the padded seat cushion from ICE Trikes via a local dealer (and it looks like it
    would fit perfectly with little or no work to be done to make that happen – I met a guy who rode an ICE Trike, and he let me try the seat cushion from his machine, and it didn’t seem to be a bad fit at all). RBR recommended a supplier of custom seats (located in Holland, I think), and,
    whilst their products looked to be very good, the price was quite high, and the shipping costs made the total cost too much for me to consider.

    Other minor issues would be with the front fenders, which are definitely cheap and nasty, and not really up to the job (it takes a bit of work to render them clatter-free). One of the cast metal fender mountings snapped when I was out on a ride, and the whole fender fell off. Rob Gentry came to my aid and supplied a pair of new fender mountings for no charge – how
    great is that?

    The bike carrier is also a bit on the weedy side, and whatever I did to make it fit correctly it has always ended up looking lopsided. Once again though, it’s perfectly fine if you’re just carrying light stuff, so I don’t have a problem with it.

    Would the Trike X be my first choice if money were no object? No, I don’t think so, but for what it is, for the quality of construction, and the overall level of components fitted, I think it represents excellent value for money. I compared it to a similar machine made here in the USA, and even with the shipping costs from Taiwan taken into consideration, I was still saving a fair chunk of cash, and I felt I was getting a better trike for my money.

    Okay, the trike lacks some of the more refined adjustments that you’d find on a machine made by, say, ICE Trikes, but, even so, with a little bit of time and effort I believe the machine can be set up to suit the needs of st riders.

    Yes, the Performer trikes do appear to be aimed at a particular price point, and the level of quality of the frame and the equipment fitted does reflect this. I think the frame on my machine is very well made, although I do agree with Steve’s point about the mounting for the derailleur. That is a potential flaw, and any damage sustained in that area of the frame
    could either be very difficult, or maybe even impossible, to repair.

    If you want to, you can purchase the machine directly from RBR in the USA, but it will cost you more money (then again, RBR will fully assemble it, and check it out for you).

    The proof of the pudding for me is that I still love riding this trike. I ride it every single day, given the chance, and each time I do it puts a big smile on my face. Whenever I ride down the road that leads onto the local bike path, I feel like a kid again, ready for the next adventure, so I’d say I was a pretty happy camper with this machine!

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