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2015 mainly trike news and price list

The number of changes and innovations we are going to introduce in 2015 is probably higher than ever before, especially in the trike world. Get ready for the ride!

After three years of building TRIcon and T-Tris trikes, we decided to do another step.

We adapted the frames so that they offer much more variability. The only major decision our customers had to do in the past was whether to have a rigid or suspension frame. Now, they will have a chance to decide between two different rear wheel sizes . Besides, all trikes will be available in a fast folding version with a new folding hinge and folding handlebars, or in a basic version with a separable frame (It will stilll be possible to split the frame and fold handlebars for transport or storage, but you will need a couple of minutes and two Allen keys.)

This all gives you opportunity to choose from eight different combinations. Any of them may be the right one for you.

Just answer the three basic questions :

1/ rigid frame or suspension?

2/ 26“ or 20“ rear wheel?

3/ foldable or separable frame?

And you are ready to go on configurating your custom made AZUB trike.

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TRIcon and T-Tris with 26“ rear wheel
It is the most significant change we have made.

Customers’ hunger for larger rear wheels made us spent long weeks working on the design and testing prototypes. Finally, we managed to combine great riding characteristics of our 20“ models with advantages of the 26“ rear wheel. TRIcon 26 and T-Tris 26 will be available from March, 2015 (pre-orders with 5% winter discount accepted from beginning of 2015).

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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.

Separable frames in standard
All AZUB trike models will be available with separable frames and without folding handlebars in standard. It will be possible to order a folding kit (folding hinge, folding handlebars) as an upgrade.

Customers who do not need to fold the trike often will have a chance to get a lighter and cheaper trike this way. It will still be possible to take the frame apart for transport. All you will need are two Allen keys and five minutes.

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Syntace X-12 axle for TRIcon 26
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.

TRIcon and T-Tris with the same components
In the past, the TRIcon came with high-end rims and quick release wheels as standard. Now, we would like to make our system of basic prices and surcharges easier to understand, and also to give our customers more freedom of choice. Both the TRIcon and T-Tris will come with strong and durable Remerx Grand Hill rims and solid axles as standard.

We redesigned the solid axles so that they look smarter from outside, and the wheels are easier to assemble.

It will be possible to order wheels with quick release axles and/or lighter and nicer Remerx Power Strong rims as an upgrade. This upgrade will also be available for bikes with disc brakes.

All trikes with disc brake caliper mounts for rear parking brake
There is not much to say except of the following, the rear brake shall only be used as a parking brake.

Standard colors in shiny
One of the most visible changes will be the swap from light matte colors to more vivid shiny ones.

We have a new powder coating supplier, and their deep shiny finish is simply amazing. It is time for a change. The matte finish will still be available as Colorshop option.

Pink and beige disappeared from the list of our standard colors, and olive green was replaced by stone gray. There is also a minor change in the standard red color tone. We will use RAL 3020 instead of RAL 3000.

RAL 5012 will be called light blue, RAL 6018 light green.

Shimano XT components
10 speed XT components will be used instead of 9 speed ones.

FCM-551 48/36/26 crankset with integrated axle will be a standard for all bikes and trikes with 26“ rear wheel and XT components. Shimano FC-R563 52/39/30 with integrated axle and an Alligt 52 teeth chainring with integrated chain guard will be used for trikes with 20“ rear wheel.

XT brakes will come in standard on all two wheelers with XT shifting.

Other component changes
Despite the fact that we are forced to compete with other brands with price, we will introduce component upgrades even in the most basic trike setups.

Black Driveline Durabi 52/42/30 cranksets with chainguard, which we have been using for bikes with Deore components, will become a standard also for Alivio setups.

As mentioned above, bikes and trikes with XT components will come with Shimano cranksets with integrated axle.

We will start using Shimano Tiagra FDR-443 front derailleurs for all cranksets with 52 teeth chainrings, which will guarantee smooth shifting and easier adjusting.

On oll bikes, Shimano XT V-brakes will come with XT brake levers.

Hydraulic brakes Magura MT2 will be replaced by Tektro Auriga hydraulic brakes with lockable brake levers.

News in our offer
2.15“ Big Apple Plus tires for 20“ and 26“ wheels.

Electronical Di2 shifting for Shimano Alfine 11, which is very popular among disabled riders

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2015 Price lists can be downloaded from our web page here.
  
There are some increases in prices as well as some decreases. Mainly US customers can benefit from the better EUR/USD exchange rate and the bike prices stays the same in US and the trike prices goes a bit lower in the end.

Although 2014 models of trikes with old specifications can be ordered till the end of January with 5% off-season discount, also the new 2015 trike models with separable or folding frames can be pre-ordered with the discount as well within January 2015.

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28 Responses to “2015 mainly trike news and price list”

  1. tony says:

    In my modest opinion Azub trikes were already on the pol position of trikes. ( I tried them in Maribor Slovenia, Peter’s dealer ) but with this new innovations it’s going to be imbatible. regards. tony

  2. tony says:

    Another step further it would be Azub 5 foldable as well ? regards tony.

    • admin says:

      Well, we still think about the bikes, to be foldable, but it is not that easy and this folding hinge we have, cannot be used that way. But yes, this is an idea we share with you 🙂 It would be probably the MAX and MINI as they are symmetrical.

      Honza from AZUB

  3. TrentF says:

    Hi

    Any plans to offer 26 inch rear wheel retrofit kit for previous model years of the T-Tris? It would be great to have a rear half of the frame swappable between 20 and 26 inch.

    Cheers!

    • admin says:

      Hello,
      not really. We were waiting for the new folding mechanism, because the 26″ rear wheel put far more stress on the frame. And also the front part and rear part of old trike frames are belonging just one to each other so nor front, nor rear part can be replaced.

      So I have to say, that retrofitting will not be possible.

      Honza from AZUB

  4. Edmond says:

    L.S.

    Great to see all those innovations! Your folding mechanisms takes the cake surely at the moment. Makes for a harder choice when deciding to buy which trike. But there is always the SPEZI 8-)). So I’ll be visiting your booth surely.

    Recently we saw HP Velotechnik introducing a high-seater trike. With a higher seating position that makes it more easy for the rider to view the drivers in cars and vice versa.

    Bike revolution is offering also an option to attach a higher seat to their Wild One.

    Please would you kindly tell me if Azub is also contemplating such an option. I know the present seat is adaptable, but I mean really higher then that. (Anyway you surely know what your competitors are up to.)

    Personally I would welcome such a thing. When driving in the countryside one could use the lower seating position, but doing the shopping in the city, changing to a higher viewpoint, would be great for me.

    I hope you don’t mind me asking about an innovation from 2012. Any chance theat Johannes Rave will complete his Dryve design, the Velomobileskin. (See page 52 of your 2012 catalogue)

    I really really liked that idea (only the way the mirror was attached seemed to invite trouble).

    Thanks in advance very much for your answers.
    Best Regards

    • admin says:

      Hello,
      we do offer a 6 cm tall High Seat Adapter. This is not as high as HP offer with their high seats, but it makes the trike significantly higher. At the moment we do not plan anything higher than that. You have to consider that as higher the trike is, as more unstable it is. And with such high seats as HP provides, it is a trike just for very slow riding. We necessarily do not need to do everything our competition does 🙂

      The Dryve is dead project at the moment. Or better to say hibernating. We are working on other things and the Dryve was way too complicated as nobody has ever tried such thing the way we want. I cannot say we would plan to work on it sooner then next year again.

      Visiting the SPEZI show is a great chance to meet with us and test ride all our trikes. We will have the High Seat Adapter there for sure.

      Thanks for your e-mail.
      Honza from AZUB

  5. Edmond says:

    Dear Mr. Honza,
    Thank you very much for your quick reply and your explanatory email.

    Higher Seating
    
During the weekend I perused your website more and indeed found the High Seat Adapter. I can imagine that you do not want to go higher because of potential instability. The people of HP redesigend their trike and gave it a much wider “Spurweite” of 86cm, to combat instability. However that makes it indeed more an citybike for sedate driving that also can be used in the country.

    As I do a lot of driving in the old innercity where I live, with dangerous winding, narrow streets and lots of high bridges, I am looking for a trike that gives me a good viewing position. At the same time I can be very quickly out in the country with excellent flat bicycle pathes doing very long stretches.

    I know my ideal trike can’t be build; If I had the money and the space I would love to have several trikes for distinct purposes.

    The Dryve.
    Indeed a very complicated project that will take a long time to develop and mature, but in my humble opinion, in quite some years, this is the most interesting idea as far as nude-trike-2-velomobile-conversions are concerned. If it was now on the market i would have bought your trike with it right away. Anyway I’ll wait patiently, and wish you every bit of succes. 8-))

    SPEZI 2015
    
I was last year at the SPEZI for only one day, couldn’t get a room unfortunately. Have just been checking out the train trip and will came one of the days; surely I will visit your booth! Still remember also the nice tricycle that was on display. One day was really too short. I hope that you also will have the Push Brake option on the show. Very interesting concept!

    Again thank you very much for your explanations & Be seeing you!
    Best Regards, Edmond

  6. Edmond says:

    Oh, boy, here I am again, another question.

    What is the max. load on this new model? Still 125kg total?

    What would the max. load be in kg’s on the 26″ rear? Imagine someone sitting there on some sort of “seating arrangement”.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Best Regards, Edmond

    • admin says:

      Hello,
      the limit is still 125 kg. The rack can carry around 40 kg. Those 40 kg are included in the max. rider`s weight limit.

      Have a great day,
      Honza from AZUB

  7. James says:

    Hi, would you please advise if you are considering developing a full suspension trike…ie front wheels as well as rear wheel…..or is there a specific reason why you are choosing not to go this path.

    Regards

    J

    • admin says:

      Hello,
      we are working on a full suspension. Give us couple of months. You will be surprised!

      Honza from AZUB

      • Edmond says:

        Ow, wow! Full suspension!

        Great. I am expecting something very interesting judging by the way you designed that superb folding hinge, like I said before

        I just scored a room in Germersheim for two days, so I’ll be at the SPEZI 2015. Obviously my next question is: Will it be presented there?

        Well, you probably can’t say yet, I suppose and you don’t want to swing too much carrots in front our eyes, noses and mouthes. 8-))

        Keep up the good work, Honza; hope that all that spam is eradicated by now.
        Salut! Edmond

        • admin says:

          Hello,
          I do not think we will have the full suspension trike there. It is a project which can take a long time as we go a bit different way than others. First prototypes were promising, but not really working. I think it is a product we will introduce in 2016 or even later.

          Honza

          • Edmond says:

            Dear Azubians,

            So ” a couple of months” could grow into “2016” or so. No sweat! We’ll wait patiently! You guys come up with something incredible I really trust!! 8-))
            Hopefully, I’ll see you and talk to you at the SPEZI!

            KUTGW & Best Regards!!
            Salut! Edmond

          • Edmond says:

            Big smile!

            Need a beta-tester for the full suspension trike? Another 8-)))
            I’am in a sacrificial mood, willing to subject myself to that “terrible” ordeal. Free of charge, what more could you want? Can start very quickly.
            Salut! Edmond

  8. Edmond says:

    @James,

    I am totally with you rearding the full suspension question and I think looking at the genius-folding mechanism that they developed AZUB surely would be able to come up with some nifty frontwheel suspension contruction.

    I think they would be able to create a Wild One Killer. That’s just a joke as the W1 is a great trike in my personal triking experience.

    But developing such a construction will probably take an lot of time. .

    But indeed I would love to see a full suspension trike with an AZUB label. Those CZ and East-European guys are good constructors!

    Anyway, time permitting Honza will inform us.

    By the way, I would really really love a quad. Then I can put my wife on a seat behind me, she relaxing, hair in the wind and I would doing the hard pedalling. That’s the crazy idea. 8-))
    Best Regards, Edmond

  9. Edmond says:

    Having ridden the Windcheetah with the joystick* steering and liking it very much, I would like to know if the desingers at AZUB ever considered to offer joystick steering as an option for the trike?

    Of course you need a somewhat different steering technique and body posture going round the bends, but I for one had no problem with that at all.

    *
    I especially liked the assymtrical design of the joystick!

    Thanks in advance for your answer.
    Keep up the good work!
    Best, Edmond

    • admin says:

      Hello,
      we have never really considered a joystick steering, but we know how to build the trike with above seat steering for some special use. We can also build the standard trike steering with just one handed operation and it is very easy to steer it as well.

      Honza from AZUB

      • Edmond says:

        Cool man, cool!

        I have worked in the past for several years at a school for disabled children, and this kind of work has still my heart although I work now someplace else. Innovations in this field I can only applaud!
        Salut! Edmond

  10. Gustave says:

    I don’t really see the pro’s for a 26″ rear wheel on a trike. As you mention in your presentation, the 20″ wheel is stiffer. Moreover, having all three wheels of the same size may facilitate maintenance and parts availability when travelling, so where’s the point for a 26″ rear wheel ?

    • Edmond says:

      @Gustav,

      Well there is, or seems to be a general trend at the moment to offer trikes with a bigger “behind”. BUS Velomo, ICE, HPVelotechnik all offering 26″, Steintrikes offers 26″, 28″, and even 29″ now.

      Apparently the customers ask for it. I was in Erlangen on a demo day with Steintrikes and Thomas told me personally that he preferred the 20″ over a bigger wheel because of stiffness. Maybe the dragsteroptics have a certain extra optical appeal for us males? 8-))

      That’s why it is a good idea by the Azubians to use that extra wide axle. See their Syntace X-12 axle comment here above. Cannot wait to sit down an ride at the SPEZI 2015.

      I fully agree with you that having three wheels of the same size is very sensible, especially if you want to go on a longer trip. Wow, man riding a trike is for me something like the ultimate personal freedom, ok, ok, I am exaggerate a bit. But the ease an relax on a recumbent is just so good!
      SaluT! Edmond

  11. Rodger D. Reddish says:

    Hola All

    I have an T-Tris that folds. Yes I fully like and enjoy The Trike.

    But — if I knew The Separating T-Tris 20 x 20 x 20 was soon to arrive – I would have waited just a moment.

    Mmmmm – mmmmm – mmmm

  12. Annie Mills says:

    Hello

    Can i please receive any recommendations that anyone can offer please.
    I recently had an accident that hurt my foot which is now fixed however I have a sore knee. My doctor recommended riding a bike. I have never ridden a bike even as a child as we lived in a very busy city so was not possible. I have heard many good things about the recumbent bikes therefore if anyone can recommend one that is easy to ride and help me get my fitness back I would greatly appreciate it. I am 57 years old so need one that is easy to ride and maintain. I am thinking a fold up one may be an advantage as I could take with me to long distance places and ride once I get there.

    Any advice is really appreciated.
    Thank you in advance.
    Annie

    • admin says:

      Hello,
      I think that any trike would suit you best. I would strongly recommend to test ride some of them while visiting some of the recumbent dealers around your city. Where do you live? I might recommend you something.

      Best regards, Honza from AZUB

  13. Jody says:

    I just ordered my Azub Tricon 26 on Friday. I am very excited to get it, but I hear you are really busy. I am still looking forward to it very much because I think it will greatly improve the quality of my life! I hope you enjoy building my trike!

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