The Rambler has become TerraTrike’s paradigmatic trike. It began as a refinement of the remarkable Rover design, and has become the platform from which TerraTrike launches their new innovations. This spawned a folding Rambler (the Traveler), an off-road Rambler (the All-Terrain) and a couple of budget Ramblers (the Maverick and Rogue).
Now the Rambler itself has evolved, and emerges from its chrysalis like a hippopotamus in ballet shoes.
Let’s Get Big
TerraTrike had experimented with putting larger diameter wheels on the Rambler. Some liked the higher seat, but larger wheels make a trike more tippy. They also limit the trike’s turning radius. Steer sharp enough and the wheel hits your leg! TerraTrike solved this by widening the track, which is the space between the front wheels. This made for a much larger footprint for the trike, simply a larger object, but some people just didn’t care.
Given this spacious cockpit, TerraTrike beefed up the final design to support 400 pound riders. The new Rambler now replaces the Rover as TerraTrike’s high-capacity trike. Like the innovative Rover back in 2011, TerraTrike has created something new that creates a new appeal in cycling. This trike isn’t for everyone, but for some people it just looks right.
Simple, Effective Parts Spec
The old Rover had a 400-pound capacity, but we had to urge the heaviest riders to upgrade the light-duty single-wall rims to double wall, and to upgrade the economy tires on it to something more substantial. The new Rambler takes care of all that, with box-section rims and Schwalbe Big Ben tires. The 9-speed derailer shifting system is easily upgradable for wider ranges and bigger hills. The next generation mechanical disk brake system offers simple maintenance and crisp, strong stopping.
It has long been our view that the recumbent trike rider is best served by finding a seat that is as low and as reclined as possible. The second generation Rambler has a pretty high seat, and TerraTrikes will offer a pretty upright seat. Even with the wider track you’ve still got a tipping concern, as the landscape often holds surprises. The high seat makes it heavier, and that humongo front tire will still rub your leg in a 10 foot radius turn. But there are a lot of people who just want a high sitting trike, so they might as well get a good one. This is it.
Our price: $2150 An easy shifting Enviolo Trekking hub upgrade is a popular addition, which adds +$650 to the price.
Ramble on…. This second-generation Rambler is destined to become a TerraTrike best seller. The Rambler has a slightly higher seat height than its predecessor, but continues with the same Y-frame design, with many upgrades available for riders who want to go faster and farther. It now has a wider track for better handling and larger 24” wheels for even more versatility.
What really sets the Rambler apart, however, is the feel of the ride. It responds beautifully through corners and the lightweight chro-moly steel frame ensures a smooth ride. The Rambler is designed to do it all without sacrificing comfort or ease of use. With its acceptance of a large range of TerraTrike accessories it makes a perfect platform to create a trike for your specific needs.
The Rambler comes standard with 24 x 2.15 tires with many optional widths possible to help take you wherever you ride. The seat mesh is breathable and is fitted across a durable wide steel seat frame. Along with standard disc brakes and full seat adjustability, the Rambler is a quality machine for casual and serious riders alike. The frame comes in a fresh Solar Yellow finish with complimenting graphics.
Boring technical specs from TerraTrike follow, with our interesting comments
Who it fits, where it fits
Component Group for our showroom model
what parts you’ll find installed on the Rambler