“One usually gets what they pay for “… an old adage most of us are familiar with. And it has proven to be true in most cases. The lower the cost the lower the quality and usually fewer features and cheaper components. When it comes to recumbent tadpole trikes it certainly applies. For sure these trikes are expensive and there are many who just don’t have the money to buy a high quality trike. They have no choice but to buy cheaper products. I understand that but I will make the suggestion to buy the best you can afford. Save a little longer so that you can buy a better quality trike. Buy a used trike and save hundreds off of the price of buying new. If buying used if you don’t know much about trikes and mechanical matters have someone knowledgeable involved in checking out the trike you are considering buying.
Years ago I put together a page on this blog to help people know what is offered in the way of new trikes and the prices involved. Please note that it is not up to date. Models may have changed and prices no doubt have increased but at least this should give you some idea of what is available and the price range. I also have another page concerning used trikes. And I have an article I wrote on buying a used trike.
Very few people are satisfied with their purchase of trikes with very little gearing available on them so I would advise against buying a trike which offers a small gear range. If you have any hills to climb you will definitely regret it. And one trike I definitely would advise against is a Mobo. I don’t know of anyone who wasn’t disappointed after purchasing one. I have never read or heard anything good about them. Definitely it proves the adage … you usually get what you pay for. In short, buy the best you can afford. It will help reduce regrets. One more word of caution … just because a trike has a well known name does not mean it is high quality. I won’t name names here but one name comes to mind that is very popular but I consider them on par with a Walmart bicycle when it comes to quality.
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