A LOW COST TADPOLE TRIKE … KENT 20 CAVALIER

Walmart is apparently the one and only source for this low cost tadpole trike. When I say low cost I am talking about $698. Of course, the old adage remains true … “You usually get what you pay for.” As you can see it is a rather odd looking creation … a very high seat … so it is not going to be a contender for great handling. I would have to agree with one description I read … basically “a wheelchair with pedals”. I have not been able to discover much technical information on this trike. I have been trying to find out the seat height but came up empty handed. It certainly is not my idea of a recumbent tadpole trike but I am sure they will sell. BTW, as I compose this Walmart reports that they are Out of Stock.. so apparently they are selling.

FEATURES

  • Comfortable recumbent position – the rider’s weight is distributed more evenly over a larger area increasing the longevity of comfort
  • Laid back and reclining ergonomic design
  • 20″ Wheels, 2 in front, 1 in back
  • Integrated head rest
  • 7 Speeds with a Tourney TX Derailleur making smooth shifts
  • Handlebar brakes within easy reach
  • Adjustable Seat
  • Dimensions: 35.43″L x 18.90″W x 26.62″H

HERE is Kent’s website. I had never heard of this company until I came upon this trike but according to the following paragraph I am not keeping up with the times.

Kent International Inc is an American bicycle manufacturer based in Parsippany, New Jersey. It imports and distributes bicycles and bicycle accessories worldwide. As of 2014, it was considered the 2nd largest manufacturer of bicycles in the United States. Philkam Cycle changed its name in 1958 to Kent International. In 1979 it began manufacturing bicycles in Kearny, New Jersey, but closed its factory and moved manufacturing overseas in 1990. It returned manufacturing to the United States in 2014, building a facility in Clarendon County, South Carolina.

Click HERE to download the manual.

It certainly would not be my choice in tadpole trikes but hey, if money is an issue this might not be too bad of a deal. At least it is American made. I just hope Kent stands behind their products offering good service and speedy parts when needed.

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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)

10 thoughts on “A LOW COST TADPOLE TRIKE … KENT 20 CAVALIER”

  1. I just received my Kent Cavalier tadpole trike via Walmart & shipped on Fedex. (Only sold through Walmart) Just as many others that have uncrated theirs’s also found the front wheel dust caps to be broken. (Youtube videos) After contacting Kent international, the dust caps are “out of stock” of course, and no idea when the slow boat from China will arrive. Fact, They are NOT made in the U.S.A they are a product of china. I found this out after receiving it as the box is marked “Product of China” Buzz kill… .
    Sadly, I have been searching for a comparable dust caps for the front wheels and found nothing. Kent international hasn’t a clue when or where what wheel MFG or hub size. Over all, It rides fine as a cruiser and surely not meant for high speed but is fairly quick. Somewhat a bit “squirrely” but being a 62 year old I don’t plan on any fast rides with it. IMHO Great for a leisurely ride . Spec’s: Front wheel width is 32″ Front axle center to rear axel center 38″ Seat height is 16″

    1. Kent is simply “import/export. They don’t have the specs because they drop-ship orders. Walmart doesn’t sell them, a seller uses their store front to sell. Kent is probably buying those for 200-300 bucks.

  2. I hope this is a start in a new movement and more trikes cut their prices down. I have back issues and I’d love to do long runs but its not possible with my current condition but an affordable recumbent would be a great fit. I guess if they were more popular abroad their prices would be lower. I honestly never seen a recumbent in footage of china so it might be awhile for the prices to do down, but I’m hoping!

    1. Yes, You are 100% correct! The price of this was THE factor in my purchasing the Cavalier. $695 us. Sure , I would have rather had a Utah trikes Tadpole but, The cost of any Utah trike product prohibited my investment. .

      1. I have to wonder about the logic of buying a piece of junk like this only to have to start spending money to have usable components or a stable trike to ride. Going TOO cheap gets you junk that breaks, is unreliable, performs badly, sometimes needs a redesign or machine shop work or could even get you injured in an accident. Why not save yourself numerous headaches & problems & buy a Trident Spike 1 for $1249? It would be a far better built trike than this Walmart contraption & after you spent your hard earned money doing the upgrades, it could end up costing you more than the Spike. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb4v25LKvQY

      2. daytriker, 1. Logic? are you implying I didn’t use logic Sir? Personally, I don’t have the $1249 just laying around. (Current economy pending ) Like I mentioned before, This is for riding around in my neighborhood on slow relaxing rides. I am disabled and just lucky to walk & speak again or even ride after a serious accident. All of my 2 wheeled bikes are now useless to me solely due to the accident resulting in permanent balance issues and spinal cord damage. Kind’a wrecked my life ya think?! Yeah sure, “You get what you pay for “applies, However why would I need a Ferrari to go to the grocery store and back a few blocks when a Rambler can do the same? Similar scenario IMHO. I am blessed just to have this. BTW Thanks for the highly discouraging reply. Kindness goes a long way M8

      3. Bob, I understand you buy what you can afford but if/when this trike starts giving you problems, needing repairs, requiring more money to be spent on it or contributes further to your poor health or another injury, you may start wondering whether the investment you made is helping or hindering your quality of life. To make your situation even worse, it could leave you stranded so I hope you have someone with a vehicle to rescue you if it does. As for the Ferrari reference, I’m afraid what you have bought is a Vauxhall Firenza. A car so bad the owners staged a protest & planned to drive to Ottawa to petition the Government to force GM to give them refunds. Most of the cars broke down on the way to the protest. If this trike suits your needs, more power to you & it is not my intention to discourage you at all but don’t ask me to pretend that what you have bought is a sensible, useful product when it is not. I simply call them as I see them. Wishing you good luck & happy trails.

  3. If the standard of the 2wheel bikes from Wally world is the same for their trikes then we will see them along the highways..

  4. I think I would be concerned about the 19 inch width. Sure hope that isn’t outside dimension to outside making the wheel track about 15 inches.

    1. I’m wondering if that’s the dimensions as shipped. Looking a the front view when assembled its at least double the width of the seat. Guessing over 30″+

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