A little more than 2 years ago I posted an article about a low cost tadpole trike called Kent Cavalier. They are sold thru Walmart but were out of stock when I posted the article. Apparently they have been selling them and even though they are a cheap entry level trike they seem to be getting pretty good reviews (which I find very hard to believe). I am not here to promote this trike as I am relatively sure I would find one a great disappointment. Today is Sept. 28th as I compose this posting and I checked on Walmart and they show if I ordered one today it would arrive shipped to my home by Oct. 11th. That is fast service. And I am amazed that the price has not gone up … it is still $698 and free shipping. If I were made of money I would have gone ahead and ordered one just so I could check it out With a 16 inch seat height for sure it won’t be a trike one could feel safe on and be able to ride very fast. Nope, I could not and am not recommending this entry level trike. I am afraid it would be all too much like the quality of Walmart’s cheap bicycles. In my opinion it is Chinese junk and I am not talking about a type of ship. I think this video below confirms it …
Low cost entry level trikes have come and gone. Here is one that has been around for awhile and looks like it may stay around. There are a couple of upgrades available for this trike which this video addresses.
Having made my first tadpole trike I know what is involved in doing so. I definitely saved money in building my own. Never the less I still had about $600 invested in my homemade trike. This man says he only has about $30 invested in building this one. I had written several sentences about this trike in which everything I said was negative. I came under conviction remembering the saying “if you don’t have anything good to say just keep silent. So I deleted everything I had written. Anyway, here is the video of his $25 trike.
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.
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
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.
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.