TerraTrike is coming out with a new model they call Spyder.  Using their own words .to describe it ..  “designed for performance, the Spyder is stiffer and aerodynamic where it needs to be for acceleration and sustained speed, and yet compliant for comfort. All elements of the trike converge to deliver a performance machine which will satisfy your inner speed freak.” It will be interesting to see how this model measures up. Call me prejudice or whatever but there has never been a TerraTrike model which has impressed me. Looking thru the specifications I am already unimpressed. I see it has a 19 foot turning diameter. That is unacceptable for me. It needs to be down around 14 feet to “get er dun”.  I hate having to stop and zig zag back and forth to get around a corner because a trike won’t turn sharp enough. Terra Trike has always come up short in engineering in my opinion. They are just a cheap trike poorly made and have inherent problems out of the box. Anytime I see a Terra Trike I am reminded of Walmart bicycles.

This model costs almost $4000. For that amount of investment one could get a much higher quality better engineered trike such as a Catrike. I wonder if TerraTrike ever redesigned their steering heads and got the jerky side to side problem resolved. It says it is designed for sustained speed so I hope they fixed this problem as most TerraTrikes are downright scary to ride at even moderate speeds much less high speeds. The seat and it’s mounting looks weak and likely to fail.  It is beyond me why anyone would pay that much money and get so little for their money, especially when there exists much better products for the same price. I think they have a lot of people duped. Otherwise they would go out of business. Different strokes for different folks as they say. If I have offended you I am sorry but I call them as I see them. As a professional weldor I have a lifetime of repairing poorly made metal products … rebuilding, reinforcing and  yes … reengineering them. It is easy enough to recognize what I call junk which will fail. I simply can not recommend TerraTrike products … at least not their trikes. If you have $4000 to spend on a tadpole trike you could do much better than this brand.

Here is Larry Varney’s review of the TT Spyder …


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  1. I only recently found your site, and as a TerraTrike Rover owner, I CAN NOT DISAGREE MORE with your assessment of Terratrike and their products.
    I have had my Rover since 2018 and have ridden more than 9000 miles through every season; winter snows and summer heat, and have NEVER had ANY reason to have ANYTHING other than POSITIVE experiences.
    Maybe, if you would be more OBJECTIVE and less SUBJECTIVE in your assessment, deal with the product you’re discussing, and not attack the company, I would not be more informed by your article and about the trike.
    There are SO MANY people who HATE ANY product made by their “pet peeve” manufacture, you know the type;
    the letters F-O-R-D stand for “Found On Road Dead.”
    Sorry, you lost me as a follower of this site.
    Too bad….

    1. What I said about TerraTrikes is based on my experience with them compared to my experience with other brands. I am talking about performing work on them as well as observing them. It is also based on conversations I have had with dealers and mechanics. One dealer I know of won’t even work on them even though they sell them. I am sorry to know you are no longer a follower of this website. It comes down to what Jack Nickleson said … “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH”.

  2. Hi Steve,

    Not long ago, an industry source informed me that Ian Sims, the founder and owner of world renown Greenspeed trikes from Australia died. He further told me that Ian’s wife sold Greenspeed to TerraTrike, which I found interesting. I have not looked into this yet, but will see if the Greenspeed website offers any further information as to any potential changes in their trikes.

    My sister bought a TerraTrike Rover in 2011, which I helped her set up for her needs. In the process, I had a lot of time riding that trike, and I found that if I turned the steering either full right or full left, for a sharp low speed turn in a constricted area, the steering did not return to straight without a lot of conscious thought and effort on my part. The wheels wanted to remain in the full lock position. On my Catrike 700, I never noticed such a bizarre, and potentially dangerous, issue. I have no idea if TerraTrike ever corrected and modified their Rover steering problem in subsequent years and models, but it was totally unacceptable the way it was. I have written about this in detail on my Trike Asylum website years ago.

    Anyway, if this information about Greenspeed being purchased by TerraTrike is accurate, inquiring minds want to know more!

    Steve Greene
    Trike Hobo
    “the human powered cycle guy”

  3. I totally agree on your Terratrike assessments. When I first got into triking I did a lot of research and due diligence and have been a Catrike customer . The design and construction of their trikes is so inferior to Catrike and Ice that it seems foolish to spend that much money on such an inferior product. They are heavier, poorly assembled and just seem Low quality. It is a false economy to spend that much money on such products. I currently ride a Catrike 559 and 700 and they are incredibly well made and from Florida with super customer support.

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Wow..you may be right in everything you say ..but I have two Rovers and love them..especially the internal hub..I Don’t like the sprockets and shifting the stupid things along with the maintenance on them.. the best thing they could do is make a bullet proof hub… go ahead and spend big money on your Cadillac trike..and let me enjoy my “Walmart” trike..!!..dd

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