The TRIcon is a rear-suspended trike that packs. The basic frame is separable into two pieces, or as an upgrade it will fold. AZUB uses a folding assembly built from machined aluminum, giving an extremely precise and rigid folding joint. It also has an “extreme folding” frame option for an ultra-compact fold. Whichever way it travels well.
Originally created as a 20″ rear wheel trike for compactness and frame strength, AZUB recently offered the TRIcon with a suspended rear 26″ wheel for greater smoothness and speed. On this model, they introduced a changeable rear dropout system that lets riders spec a 12mm thru-axle rear wheel. This technology comes from mountain biking, but here delivers a stiff, sturdy, non-flexy frame, which is a problem with 26″ rear wheels on some trikes, especially 20″ trikes converted to 26″ using cheesy bolt-on adapters.
You get a range of options and color choices on these trikes, and accessories aimed at touring. Racks are available to mount up to four panniers (or more).
Our Price: Varies greatly by spec, but from $4200 to $6595 covers most choices.
When you sit in the TRIcon 26 for the very first time, it immediately becomes clear why this trike has won the title Trike of the year 2015. Just settle comfortably in the ergonomic seat, sit back and start pedalling. The first two or three corners will give you a taste of the best advantages of our revolutionary 26” rear wheel solution. The shortest possible stiff fork with the 157mm wide Syntace solid through-axle design that we “borrowed” from mountain bikes, work an absolute miracle. What previously was unthinkable in the world of tricycles with a 26” rear wheel suspension has now become a reality. Yes, we are talking about fast cornering with minimal rear wheel flex while making you feel that the trike is absolutely stable and reacts accurately and instantly to any correction of the direction coming from the handlebars. And this feeling sure is absolutely exhilarating.
All the above mentioned is complemented by the prized characteristics of the dimensionally smaller but older brother, the TRIcon 20. These include a very comfortable rear suspension due to a genuine cycling shock, perfectly tuned steering, excellent power transmission, comfortable seat and the F2F-U (Fold to Flat Ultra) folding system which allows the trike to be folded not only in half but which also allows the rear fork be rotated below the frame, thus reducing the overall size of the trike when completely folded. Nevertheless, for many people the appearance of their TRIcon 26 is an important factor as well. And in this sense, the trike is truly unique. Emphasis has been placed on details such as the red bowden ends, the removable anodized rear fork dropouts, the wonderful quick releases or the cleverly shaped front wheels caps. The TRIcon 26 simply exudes robustness and healthy aggression.
“Shall I choose a trike with a 20 or 26 inch rear wheel?” This is one of the most frequent questions we get asked. Many people just like the look of the 26” rear wheel and for them it is the biggest factor when they are deciding, but there are some objective reasons why to opt for this size as well. The more so when you learn that we in AZUB have managed to eliminate one of the major disadvantages of a 26” tricycle with rear suspension – its immense flexion when cornering. The 26” wheel has more inertia and therefore it is better at maintaining speed on flat terrain and when going downhill. It is also easier to find the right combination of gears and components because the 559 size (26”) is still more common than the 406 (20”). In addition, a larger wheel provides a higher level of comfort, since due to its size it is better at “coasting” potholes as the wheel doesn’t fall in so much, which in turn also makes the trike a little faster. And when you compare the TRIcon 26 with the TRIcon 20, the 26” wheel in the former gives it a kind of a more grown-up look.
If we were to carry on comparing the 20” and 26” TRIcons, we must not forget to mention that the TRIcon 26 offers all the available “gimmicks”, including the rear Syntace X-12 solid-thru axle or the removable rear fork dropouts not found on the TRIcon 20. Although, technically speaking, there is no real need for them.
For a discussion of parts specs, see our AZUB article on our shopping help page
Boring technical specs from AZUB follow, along with our interesting comments.
Frame & Geometry
Who fits on it, where it fits.
- WHEELS: 2 x 20″ in front, 20″ or 26″ rear
Choose a 20″ for compactness and maneuverability, 26″ for speed
- STEERING: indirect
Lighter steering action but less self-centering
- FRAME: Aluminum, Hand welded in Czech
And they’re damn proud of it. Nor are they afraid to put on quaint old-world clothes and ride these things around either.
- WELD: TIG method
Complicated way of saying this isn’t cheap crap.
- REAR FORK: suspended with proper shock absorber
They appear to be snobbing elastomer suspensions here.
- SEAT: Aluminum, mesh cover with passive suspension, unisize
“passive suspension” reflects the full-sling seat design which is common to most recumbent trikes
- OVERALL WIDTH: 835 mm
- TRACK WIDTH: 755 mm
- OVERALL HEIGHT: 700 mm – 820 mm (depends on seat position)
- OVERALL LENGTH: On 26″, 1980 mm – 2230 mm (depends on boom position). On 20″, 1850 mm – 2100 mm (depends on boom position)
- WHEEL BASE: 1238 mm (26″), 1170mm (20″)
- GROUND CLEARANCE: On 26″: 117 mm (30% SAG, 1,5″ tyres). On 20″, 110 mm (30% SAG, 1,5″ tyres)
- SEAT BOTTOM HEIGHT: 270 mm – 300 mm (30% SAG, depends on seat position)
A high seat adapter is available to raise the seat 2″ (50mm).
- SEAT ANGLE ADJUST: 34 – 52 degrees
- BOTTOM BRACKET HEIGHT: On 26″, 400 mm – 450 mm (30% SAG, depends on boom position). On 20″, 390 mm – 440 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
We’ll try to supply an estimate for this important figure, but folding suspended trikes are not the lightest!
- FOLDED WIDTH: 835 mm (650 mm without front wheels and mudguards)
- FOLDED LENGTH: min. 1265 mm (26″), 1120 mm (20″)
- FOLDED HEIGHT: 600 mm (26″), 530 mm (20″) (varies by boom position)
- EXTREME FOLDING: On 26″, min. 790 x 690 x 380mm (without front boom 610 x 690 x 380mm). On 20″, 790 x 690 x 340mm (without front boom 610 x 690 x 340mm)
This is an optional upgrade that let’s you compact the trike more, though it takes longer and adds slightly to the weight.