A "delta" trike is a recumbent tricycle with one wheel in the front and two wheels in the back. (A trike with two wheels in the front and one in the back is called a "tadpole" trike.) While tadpole trikes might be more popular at the moment, delta trikes have a lot of great advantages that deserve a closer look!
1. Small Turning Radius
The front wheel on most delta trikes can turn almost 90 degrees, giving the trike a very tight turning circle; the radius is nearly its own length. Generally delta trikes have a smaller turning radius than tadpole trikes, making them more maneuverable in tight spaces. The video below gives you a good look at how little space you need to turn a delta trike:
2. Easy Access to the Seat
Many trike riders find it easier to get on & off a delta trike. This is an important consideration for riders with mobility concerns. Many delta recumbent trikes are built with easily adjustable seats - the Hase TRIGO, for example, has a seat configuration that allows for adjustments in several directions (height, forward position, seat tilt, etc.) to ensure a comfortable ride. Delta trike seats are usually higher up than tadpoles, which makes mounting & dismounting easier.
3. Vertical Parking Function
Yes, recumbent trikes are a bit bulkier than a traditional bicycle, but HASE delta trikes can be parked upright, using the seat back as a "kickstand" to minimize its storage footprint.
4. 2WD with Differential
Hase's delta recumbent trikes offer an optional differential that transfers power to both rear wheels for better propulsion on variable surfaces, providing the ultimate off-road experience.
5. Trike Trailer Option
Hase delta recumbent trikes can easily be adapted for use as trailers, which provides a lot of flexibility for adaptive or special needs riders.
6. Good Ground Clearance
In general, delta recumbent trikes offer more ground clearance than tadpoles, which is great for riding on uneven terrain and negotiating obstacles like curbs.
7. Trike Tandem Option
What's more fun than a delta recumbent trike? TWO delta recumbent trikes! Most Hase recumbents can easily be converted for use as tandems. You can even create a "trike train" with multiple trikes hooked together - the video below shows 27 recumbent trikes in one train!
8. Top Handlebar for the Trigo UP Model
Most recumbent trikes utilize under-seat steering, but if you're more comfortable with the more traditional above seat steering, the Hase TRIGO UP has you covered!
9. Higher Seat Offers Better Visibility by Cars
Recumbent trikes are, by design, lower to the ground than a traditional diamond frame bicycle. This can be a problem if you're riding on the road, as drivers in cars won't be able to see you as easily. This is why most trike riders attach a flag to their trike to increase their visibility. Delta recumbent trikes generally offer a higher seat position than tadpoles, which helps to keep you safe on the road. The Hase TRIGO offers one of the most adjustable seats, allowing you to ride much higher than the average recumbent.
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