AZUB TRIcon Recumbent Trike

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Yahoo! It’s finally here – my new AZUB TRIcon recumbent tricycle. It just shipped in from the Czech Republic to Bentup Cycles in North Hollywood, CA. Dana and Kate were terrific to work with. All questions were answered. Kate, especially wrote long detailed email responses to all of my newbie questions. She made sure the tricycle fit me perfectly and installed all accessories with precision.

Literally minutes before I was about to shove off on my first ride I noticed a single link on the chain that was not fastened 100%. Thank you, Jesus! The IMG_1190disconnect was slight enough to still pass through the chain tubes and over the gears, but it would have done major damage if it had eventually caught into the derailleur or chain tube. With frustration, I postponed my ride and disappointingly drove back out to the shop to have it fixed. Dana immediately owned up to the error, saying that he probably just didn’t push the fastening pin all the way through to the other side when he was sewing the chains together. He apologized and had it fixed in 10 minutes, then checked over the entire tricycle just to make sure. He even gave me $15 gas money for my trouble of having to drive back out. When is the last time you heard of customer service like that? If you are thinking about a recumbent and you live in the area, Bentup Cycles is the way to go.

Otherwise, what do you think of the color scheme? Never mind – in the words of the Rock, “It doesn’t matter what you think!” It’s so beautiful I can hardly stand it! It’s a one-of-a-kind machine for sure. Thank you, Honza Galla of AZUB for putting up with my request for this wild color scheme. I can’t wait to take my first long ride.

I will try to post a short movie of my first ride, and keep a journal of my riding adventures in general including mishaps as well as successes. This is the machine on which I will be taking my inaugural cross-state ride in the summer of 2015. I’ll be training in the mean time.

Below is a gallery of pictures where you can see the details of the construction and features of the TRIcon.

31 thoughts on “AZUB TRIcon Recumbent Trike

    • Hi, David.

      Yes, it has Deore trigger shifters. I like them very much because I can break, downshift, and steer all at the same time. I don’t think that would be as easily accomplished if I had to twist a throttle.

  1. Very nice David. The Tricon is the machine I have been wanting to try myself. Would be curious how you find the disassembly for travel. Did you also get the tricon bag?

    • Funny you should ask, because I just returned from a three-day camping trip. I had it folded in half on the top of the platform that covers the bed of my Chevy Avalanche.

      I found the entire process a bit “fussy”, but manageable. Patience is key. First the seat must be removed, which is relatively simple because it is fastened to the frame via quick-release levers. Once the seat was gone, I removed the rear rack. I did this because I noticed that as it descended toward the front of the tricycle it came into contact with the small bar which rises from the boom where the front derailleur is attached. The rack has four fastening points (two bolt only, and two screw & bolt). That took some time and I had to make sure not to lose the bolts and screws. On the return trip I saved time by not removing the rear rack. I folded a cloth and used it as a pillow where it contacted the front boom. I removed the two lights and their clamps from the front of the tricycle both times.

      You must be careful, because once the rear wheel is lifted and swings down toward the front, the tricycle is now one two wheels. I had to be careful not to let the front chain ring bang down onto the ground. The largest gear is protected by a guard, but I did not want to scratch edges of the guard. I fashioned a crude wooden stand to hold the front of the tricycle off the ground, it was ugly but it worked well. I’ll have to find something a bit more elegant.

      Lifting the tricycle was a bit awkward because of its general shape when folded. However, it weights only about 38 pounds including the rack, so it was manageable. I suggest having someone help lift it to protect your back. My wife helped me lift the trike.

      I think the folding feature is definitely worth it. It causes the trike to take up much less room for transport than it ordinarily would. You just have to go slow and pay attention to the entire process. I think after a couple of times it will be routine for me.

      By the way, I did not get the TRIcon bag. I suppose if I really had to disassemble the trike I would remove the wheels, rack, and fenders and carefully package them into a strong cardboard box.

  2. My congratulations to you. It is an interesting looking trike and even moreso with that wild paint job. :) I hope it gives you many years and many miles of great service and is a true blessing to you. And while I am here (for the first time) I was elated to discover that you are a Christian man. Thank you for taking a bold stand for Jesus! May He bless you always.

  3. That is one very nice looking machine. I am more and more inclined to go with an Azub when I see such designs. Thanks for sharing and your great photography which really provides a good look at the trike. Much appreciated.

    Enjoy many kilometres in your new ride :)

  4. That is an extraordinary trike. It looks to be beautifully engineered and I think the color scheme is stunning – it is exciting, vibrant and lively. You have taken an already good looking machine and turned it into something truly and uniquely yours. Congratulations!

  5. Howdy David,

    Okay, now that everyone has been pumping you up, it’s time to let a wee bit of air out of your sails. Perhaps unbeknownst to you, the cardinal triangular sin has been committed in your text material of this page. For your righteously grievous transgression, you must go to the garage and do 100 “Hail Azubs” at the foot of your front crankset.

    By now, you may be asking what this noteworthy error actually is. By examining the photographs above, it is quite clear to me that you have purchased (hope this is not a surprise to you) a TRIcycle, otherwise known on the street as a TRIKE. Being a newbie, we shall forgive and forget all about this, assuming, of course, that you expediently replace all the unspeakable “B” words with the heavenly “T” words that rightfully belong there.

    Truly, there is no quicker method for experiencing a mechanical failure out in the great wilderness regions you may ride than to refer to your capable and superior steed as a bike. You must now go out to the garage and beg forgiveness to Azub until you are convinced that your new magic carpet ride is once again happily restored to its former grand self.

    All righty, just modify all the bike words above with trike words, and you shall be redeemed in the eyes of Trike Asylum readers! You have survived your gauntlet into the realm of triangular travelers. Welcome aboard my friend! I hope to meet you soon.

    Most sincerely, and, of course, humorously,
    Steve Greene
    publisher, Trike Asylum
    Where trike fanatics freely flock frequently!

    PS: I am going to send TA spies back here to your website in order to verify your compliance – you never know who’s watching – ha ha.

    • Oh NO! My sins are more than I can bear! I shalt repent and never call my tricycle a “bike” again. How rude! All occurrences of “bike” have been corrected to “tricycle”.

      Thanks for the heads-up, Steve.

  6. Great trike! I’m thinking of getting one at the same place. I fell in love with the shifters on another bike I owned. Azub makes great use of them. The brake handles are in the perfect place. It feels like a cockpit when you sit in one. The tricon also has the best turning radius of the trikes I’ve tried. One question, are you a member of the Los Angeles cactus and succulent society? You have a nice collection. Maybe I’ll see you at the Huntington 28th-30th? I’ll have plants there.

    • Hello, Eric. Yes, I was really impressed with the TRIcon the moment I started my test ride. It seemed way more solid and smooth running than some of the other tricycles I rode. I love the shifting mechanism. The thumb push and trigger pull is very intuitive and requires no throttle twisting, which means I can break steer, and shift literally all at the same time and maintain control. I think the engineering and the craftsmanship are superb.

      Please let me know if you get one. I would love to put together a local group of recumbent tricycle riders.

      I’m not a member of the Los Angeles cactus and succulent society, but we have been to their show more than once. The dates are 28th to 30th? I think we can make that. I just finished a day of major redesigning in the cactus garden out front. It had been a while since I spent some time babying the babies, if you know what I mean. I have some blooms coming soon. I’ll take pictures and post. Thanks for writing, my Friend.

      • If you’ve never been to the Huntington show, you’ll rekindle your passion. 28th is less crowded. I believe it’s free. All expert plants. No other categories. There’s one in August at the arboretum as well. A trike group sounds great! Waiting on some money now, hoping I have enough left over. Will let you know. Happy trikeing!

  7. Put a down on a trike. They had a slightly used scorpion FX I fell in love with. Problem is, the wife and I havnt decided who it’s going to be set up for. Should have it within a few weeks.

    • Sweet! I say whom ever it fits the best with the least alterations. If your wife gets it, then that still leaves the possibility of you getting a brand new one for yourself.

      It would be great to be able to ride with your wife. Post a pic when you get a chance.

    • Hey, Eric.

      I would go with a 26-inch wheel. I am not a physics guru, but I know that using a wrench with a longer handle requires less force the point of attack than using a wrench with a short handle. All else being the same, the 26-inch wheel would deliver more force at the point of contact on the road. Although not a real concern, my average speed would be higher with a larger rear wheel. Also a 26-inch wheel would lift my rear derailleur higher off of the ground. I already got stuck in tall grass on my last trip. Depending on what gear combination I am in, my derailleur is sometimes only 1.5 inches above the ground. A rear wheel with a longer radius would keep my derailleur out of danger a bit better.

      One advantage of a 20-inch wheel is that it is inherently stronger that a 26-inch wheel. Same physics principles apply; all being equal it’s easier bend a longer rod of a given diameter than a small length of the same rod. Don’t forget also that carrying a 26-inch wheel requires carrying an extra inner tube to fit. I once saw Dana at Bentup Cycles installing a longer chain stay onto a tricycle that had come stock with a chain stay to fit a 20-inch wheel. Special kits are available. That might be a possibility for the TRIcon; I’m not sure.

      • I was afraid you’d say that. Wish I would have asked before putting a down on the Scorpion fx. Been trying to find a 26″ with suspension but haven’t seen any. The suspension really smooths the ride. The derailleur issue is the Achilles heel of these machines. Seen some that we’re just too low to be practical. The Shimano Alfine hub looks like a nice option to alleviate that problem. Haven’t priced them yet.

        I noticed in one of your vids you we’re riding next to a guy on a 26″ trike and seemed to have to put in a lot more effort than him to keep pace. That’s why I asked. I think I can resell the scorpion fx if I decide on a 26″, you just don’t find these things used very often. It’s a great trike. Cat I think, makes an extender so you can run a 26 on their trikes.

        I am now confused. Trikes are not cheap, want to be happy with whatever I sink my money into. Lol. Gonna have to pick this one up and see if the wife’s back is comfortable with it or if I’m getting it and go from there I guess. Thanks for the info.

        • Eric,

          Aw, man – I feel bad; sounds like a ruined your plans and outlook. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy my TRIcon; it’s a fantastic machine. It’s just that I think the larger wheel adds a few more benefits.

          If I do get another tricycle it will probably be the Scorpion fs 26 with front suspension. It’s heavier than the TRIcon at 52 lbs, but I think the added comfort of the front suspension makes it worth it, and I will mostly be using it for touring not road racing.

          Good luck, Brother. Keep me posted.

          • I didn’t know there was an fs 26. Fs is a fantastic bike! Very pricey, very comfortable. Don’t feel bad. I pretty much knew the answer to my question before I asked it.

  8. I saw a review on the fs 26. I’ve ridden an fs-20 at t-ryx. In my opinion, it’s the best touring/old man trike made. I can probably purchase the 26″ rear end for the fx. I especially like the way they fold. They fold in seconds after removing the seat, and have guards for everything that touches. It’s like cruising in a Mercedes that you pedal. So don’t feel bad, you gave me an option I didn’t know about.

    • Go, Dude! Last night my wife asked if I thought the TRIcon would fit her.

      I said, “Of course, Dear. We would simply move the boom in a bit and take out a few chain links if need be. Why do you ask?”

      She hinted that the fs26 might make a nice congratulatory gift when I retire in two years. All I could do was smile.

      Keep me posted.

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