We knew the Ti-FLY is a fantastic trike with unique look and amazing riding properties and we have received quite some very positive comments from people who could ride it as first ones, but this review confirms the Ti-FLY is truly the top product.
The riding season is in full power now, but with 6 weeks of delivery time, we have now, it might be a bit too late to order a custom built bike now. If you wish to have a new trike or bike as soon as possible, you can have it within few days
The TRIcon 26 is based on the well known TRIcon 20 recumbent trike which we have been producing from 2010. 26" rear wheel gives the trike great comfort, bigger ground clearance of the rear derailleur and slightly lower rolling resistance. Some of the riders also like the look of the trike more. On the other hand it also put more stress on the rear wheel and on the complete frame and rear fork. Way too often the trikes with 26" rear wheel are too soft and especialy cornering in higher speeds feels a bit strange.
That was the reason why we come with new solutions which we hope will decrease the disadvanteges to absolute minimum and will greatly improve the stifness of the whole trike and will also make your riding experience with 26" rear wheel trike better than on any other compettitive tricycle.
The main improvement is our folding hinge which is very precisely machined and which work so good the frame works like made out of once piece of main tube. The second improvement is wider rear fork with exchangable dropouts. All trikes with standard tripple crankset and cassette in the rear are supplied with solid Syntace X-12 axle with 157 mm wide hubs which make the whole rear wheel much stiffer and so bring better riding properties. Other gearing like Dual Drive, Alfine, Rohloff or electric motors can be assembled as well with dropouts for standard 135 mm hub width.
The rear suspension was redesigned as well so it is not just the TRIcon 20 with longer rear fork, but a completely new trike. Of course, we chose a proper shock absorber again. You can choose either the basic version of spring / oil, or use one of the top shock absorbers, oil / air combination. Selecting the correct shock absorber and its settings will provide you not only with pleasant comfort, but also very efficient transfer of power. Therefore the pulley position is also very important. We spent a long time "playing“ with this and the result is more than satisfying. We managed to reduce the so-called pogo-effect (lateral swinging of a recumbent bike when pedaling rhythmically or using a force) to an absolute minimum.
Excellent drivability plays a major role in the development. Not only front wheel geometry and control, but also the toughness of the rear fork is important. As same as when developing the 20" version the toughness of the rear fork was vital for us and we went the same way as before and even improved some technical details. To get a really tough fork, one must achieve its shortest possible length, which we achieved by using a massive and very lightweight supporting element. It bears the frame mounting to fork, extending to powerful rear stays of the fork. The overall toughness is then supported by the axis of the fork used that is large in diameter and also the position of the shock absorber together with the frame structure in the rear. Another element that contributes to the exceptional drivability are the Remerx double wall rims that not only look absolutely great, but also have unique toughness and strength. This ensures the stability especially in fast rides through sharp curves.
Features of the Azub TRIcon include:
Trike of the Year 2015
"The number one reason that people gave for choosing the Tri-Con was its innovative rear wheel mounting system that virtually eliminates the “flexy wheel” issue that many riders of large wheel tadpoles complain about. Other reasons were its superb handling, excellent build quality, its ability to fold down into a tiny package and its wide variety of options."
Bryan Ball, Bentrider.bike
IPS - Ideal Position System This system has made AZUB famous since the brand’s foundation in 2000. It allows riders to find the right position on their AZUB recumbent through a wide range of adjustable seat positions, through the possibility of adjustment their under-seat or upper-seat steering and last but not least, through the possibility of setting the ideal frame length.
Sliding seat bracket Our new system of saddle sliding immediately on a frame tube, which is used in all our bikes and trikes represents a further development of our IPS and we are really excited about it. It is really accurate in operation, fast and allows you to adjust your seating position with millimeter accuracy.
In order to facilitate handling, we have placed a guide rail on the frame, which prevents the sleeve from spinning and the angular offset of the seat to the seating plane and pedaling position. The entire bracket is then controlled by two quick releases. The upper one releases the seat, the lower one allows for moving the seat on the frame.
The bracket is made of heavy-duty plastic reinforced with glass fiber and we have been testing it in full operation for many months. The technology we use within its production also guarantees that the frame will remain free of major scratches even in frequent shifting.
F2F - folding trike The TRIcon is a folding trike with a folding hinge allowing you to fold the trike into a flat package within about a minute, or even less. The hinge we use is solid, easy to use and quick in operation.
The trike can be folded in half for transport in a car trunk. You can get a much smaller package by dismounting the rear wheel and folding the rear fork using just one quick release.
If you need to have the trike folded as much as possible, you can also quickly remove the front wheels and you get an amazingly small item.
For serious travels with your TRIcon trike, we offer a transport bag. This soft suitcase can also be used together with a special trailer for carrying baggage during your journeys.
Folding handlebars It took us hours and hours to develop probably the most solid and best functioning folding handlebars in the recumbent trike world. The folding mechanism with teeth makes it very easy to set the same position of handlebars every times you need to fold the trike and get it ready for a ride again. Left and right side of handlebars stay always perfectly aligned, of course. And all you use for that is just one quick release.
Another super important feature is that our handlebars won't tilt forward in case of hard braking, which may happen to some other trikes time to time.
Handlebars are adjustable in angle by twisting them in the stem itself using 2 Allen keys.
New folding hinge (and a separable frame) After three years of building folding trikes we decided to improve the folding mechanism. We have redesigned it completely to make it more user friendly, durable, and to offer more precise operation, easy maintenance, and last but not least, the possibility to replace the whole hinge easily in case of need.
The hinge itself is not an inseparable part of the frame, it is a single unit which is inserted between the front and rear part of the frame.
This offers many advantages.
It is possible to manufacture the folding hinge from 7075 aluminium alloy, which is stronger than any weldable material.
It is possible to use hard anodizing instead of powder coating. All parts can be manufactured with extreme precision. This surface treatment is well know for improving mechanical resistance, but we went a step further and decided to have all parts teflon (PTFE) hardcoat anodized. This method, usually used in armament industry, offers ultimate surface protection and also minimizes friction, which is exactly what we needed.
Thanks to presisely matching jags and sags, the frame resists torsional strain much better.
Larger diameter, longer hinge axle, which rests in maintenance free sliding bearings, improves the overal strength.
The hinge has an ergonomic XXL quick release lever which is positioned on the upper side of the frame. This makes both folding and unfolding extremely easy and smooth.
The hinge is easily adjustable with an Allen key.
And it is, of course, possible to remove the hinge and screw both parts of the trike frame together for hard core (ab)use.
Please note that the folding hinge has been optional from beginning of 2015.
Short rear fork for maximum grip and stable cornering The secret blend of perfect suspension performance and great handling characteristics is hidden in the extremely short rear fork and very solid fork axle. While designing the fork, we had in mind it has to be very short so that the rear wheel is as close as to the seat as possible for maximum grip on roads partly covered by sand or when climbing a steep hill. Not talking about all dirt roads or so. To have the fork and the whole rear part of the frame so short, we had to design a part called fork crown, which is completely CNC machined out of a single piece of aluminum. The crown, onto which the fork legs are welded, is attached to the main frame by a massive axle. The rear shock was placed just under the seat and was partly hidden in the frame in order to keep the rear part of the frame as compact as possible.
Syntace X-12 axle Poor lateral stiffness is the biggest problem of vast majority of trikes with 26“ rear wheels.
It is caused both by the lower stiffness of a standard 26“ bicycle wheel (if compared to 20“ wheels), and the lower stiffness of the longer rear fork. We managed to minimize this issue by using a wider hub and the patented Syntace X-12 through axle system, which you can find on majority of higher end mountain bikes.
There will still be the possibility to order the TRIcon 26 with gear hubs or a motor with standard 135mm wide hubs.
The ergonomic positions of shifting systems and brakes
Other manufacturers’ recumbents with under-seat steering are equipped with “bar end” or “grip” shifting systems. From our viewpoint, none of them is satisfactory. Especially in combination with non-ergonomic position of brakes as they don’t allow for a simultaneous use of shifting and braking functions. Furthermore, the grip shifts are being positioned on the little-finger side of a rider’s palm. Riders often complain about having difficulties turning the shifts and not having enough stopping power. It becomes almost “mission impossible” to shift when it is raining.
That is also why we focus so much on the ergonomics of our bikes’ components and on their safe and enjoyable usage. When you are riding AZUB recumbent, your brakes are readily available and your gears where you expect them to be. Also, you can choose for a wide array of components that you’ve been used to on classical MTBs or trekking bikes.
At the end the Dura Ace bar end shifters are a standard in recumbent world and many riders like them and require them. That is why we have them in the offer as well.
Rear shock choice for TRIcon 26 While designing the rear part of the frame and the rear swing arm, we tried to eliminate commom problems of trikes with a 26" rear wheel - lateral flex, torsional flex, and poor rear wheel adhesion. Syntace X-12 system + optimized shock position offer good results. If compared to TRIcon 20, it is necessary to use softer rear shock springs or lower air pressure to get the same level of comfort. Tricon 26" can be both a comfortable cruiser and an agile performance machine, depending on the rear shock compression and rebound adjustment. Therefore, we recommend using air shocks, such as Suntour Epicon or Fox Float, and adjusting them according to individual needs of the rider.
High seat adapter and adaptive accessories for disabled riders Seat height of the TRIcon is 31cm/12,5", but we also offer High seat adapter which increases the height by 6cm/2". It makes getting on and off the trike much easier. However, you should be aware of the fact that higher seat decreases the level of stability when going fast through curves.
We also offer adaptations for disabled riders, such as brake levers and shifters that can be operated by one hand, or our famous push brakes allowing braking to people who cannot operate standard brake levers.
For those who have hard time to operate even shifters, we offer Di2 electronic shifting from Shimano as a solution.
Carriers Our standard carrier can carry up to 35kg/77lbs and is designed for carrying two pairs of bags - standard front and rear panniers like the Ortlieb Front and Back-Rollers. However, when you want to fold the trike completely, you need to unscrew the carrier, which takes about a minute and for what you need some tools as well. That is the reason why we have developed the lower carrier which can not only stay on the trike while it is folded ultimately, but which is great also when you do only some light touring, and two small front bags are just OK for you. The thing is that it moves the centre of gravity forward and lower, which improves the stability of the trike significantly. And it also looks nice.
Wide range of options and accessories We offer an unbelivable range of options and accessories. You can choose from basic Shimano Alivio components through Deore, or XT till Rohloff 14 speed hub. Also SRAM Dual Drive gearing or Alfine gear hubs are available. Not talking about a possibility of electronic shifting or even 18 speed Pinion hubs we build upon special request. Almost everything is possible. Then you can choose from endless list of brake options, cranks, forks, shocks, tyres etc. Also BionX electric motors are available. Not talking about all the accessories we offer you and which can be assembled on your bike. If you need help, please, read our Buyer`s guide or contact AZUB dealer or directly us.
Tyres Tyres are an important part of the bike or trike. With light components, possibly carbon seat and fast Durano tyres, you can have very fast bike, with good rear suspension, XT components and Racing Ralph tyres you can take your trike into demanding terrains. Or you can opt for Marathon Plus for long distance adventures or in case you simply do not want to have any punctures. Those are the reasons why we offer such a wide range of tyres.
Production in Czech At AZUB, we are very proud that an overwhelming majority of production process and assembly of our recumbents take place in the Czech Republic. The rest is done in the neighbouring Slovakia. From the first sketch, continuing with bending of tubes, welding until the last screw screwed up, we produce everything in the heart of Europe!
The production process of all parts of our frames is computerized using the CNC technology, be it for welding of parts for the seat fixation or bending of the frame tube itself. You can appreciate human craftsmanship when looking at the visual aspect of welding on AZUB bikes. Their quality and aesthetics are incomparably better than the ones of frames produced in Taiwan or in mainland China.
The assembly of our recumbents takes place at the AZUB headquarters. It is undertaken by experienced mechanics who’ve been building up recumbents for almost a decade. Each bike is carefully set up according to the height and weight of its future owner and tested prior to shipping. Therefore, when ordering an AZUB bike you can be sure that the bike you’re getting is perfect.
Do you look for even more information about the TRIcon? Read our blog where you can find pictures, stories, explanations, tips and tricks and inspiration as well.
PRICE: 3140 EUR
Q and A
WHEELS: 20/20/26" STEERING: indirect FRAME: Hand welded in Czech, ALU WELD: TIG method REAR FORK: suspended with proper shock absorber SEAT: ALU, mesh cover with pasive suspension, unisize OVERALL WIDTH: 835 mm OVERALL HEIGHT: 700 mm - 820 mm (depends on seat position) OVERALL LENGTH: 1980 mm - 2230 mm (depends on boom position) TRACK WIDTH: 755 mm WHEEL BASE: 1238 mm GROUND CLEARANCE: 117 mm (30% SAG, 1,5" tyres) SEAT BOTTOM HEIGHT: 270 mm - 300 mm (30% SAG, depends on seat position) SEAT ANGLE ADJUST: 34 - 52 degrees BOTTOM BRACKET HEIGHT: 400 mm - 450 mm (30% SAG, depends on boom position) MAX LOAD (RIDER + LUGGAGE): 125 kg MAX TYRE WIDTH: 60 mm OVERALL WEIGHT: depending on components and accessories HALF FOLDED WIDTH: 835 mm (650 mm without front wheels and mudguards) HALF FOLDED LENGTH: min. 1265 mm HALF FOLDED HEIGHT: 560 mm (depends on boom position) EXTREME FOLDING: min. 790 x 650 x 340mm (without front boom 610 x 650 x 340mm)
Do any of your trikes have anti-dive features?
Answer by AZUB BIKE: Hello,
well, the non-suspended trikes do have it, of course, as they do not dive when braking. The new Ti-FLY dive a bit, but it is nothing you would notice significantly or which would significantly decrease the level of comfort or the usability of the trike.
We wonder, why the anti-dive is so important for you. Can you let us know to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would provide you with additional comments if needed.
Honza from AZUB