Take the design ideas from the new TerraTrike Gran Tourismo and focus on the sportier aspects. Build the frame out of aluminum, size the rear wheel up to 26″ and you’ve got the TerraTrike Sportster.
The Sportster x20 comes in white
This trike isn’t your exotic Corvette or Jag-u-ar, but more your 4-door Dodge Charger. It is built for people who want a fast trike but it hasn’t let go of life’s practicalities. It offers easier access than most sport trikes and more adjustability than any of its competitors. Head to head against the Expedition it is hard to beat any Catrike in value, but the base spec Sportster beats it in price and cargo capacity. It is mainly those who connect best with TT’s approach to the seat and handlebars who need to see this trike. To us, it is important to represent the range of choices. Every rider’s individual needs are paramount to how we sell.
The Sportster comes in three spec levels, all using front and rear derailers. We typically stock the x20, with good quality Avid BB7 disk brakes and a wide ranging 2×10 speed transmission, along with high pressure, puncture resistant touring tires. The x16 uses a more generic disk brake and a 2×8 speed transmission. The SL model uses lightweight components, including a hollow carbon crankset and Schwalbe One racing tires, making it the lightest of all sport-touring trikes.
Our price: $2299 for the Sportster x16, $2699 for Sportster x20, $4099 for the Sportster SL
The Sportster x16 comes in green
Performance redefined….The Sportster brings out the athlete in all of us and is the culmination of 20 years of experience in trike design. Every detail of this trike has been finely calibrated so that the Sportster accelerates effortlessly, maintains high speeds with ease, and powers through tight corners. The Sportster capitalizes on its ultra lightweight aluminum frame and will allow you to move faster under your own power than you ever thought possible.
The Sportster SL comes in black
While it is undoubtedly a speed enthusiast’s machine, the Sportster is notable for its perfect blend of performance and usability. It features a balanced midline seat height for sleek comfort and can be customized with many of our accessories and add-ons, catering to all styles of riding. At the end of the day, the Sportster is a complete thrill to ride and will be sure to keep you grinning as you blast down the path.
The Sportster is responsive, lightweight, and delightfully fast. By utilizing a 6000 series aluminum frame, direct steering set-up, and a standard 26″ rear wheel, the Sportster is primed out of the gate to deliver a high-performance ride.
It is available in x16 and x20 component levels, as well as the all-out SL component level, created specifically for the Sportster owner who wants it all. The Sportster has a weight capacity of 250 lbs and has a fully adjustable seat for custom comfort.
Boring technical specs from TerraTrike follow, with our interesting comments
Who it fits, where it fits
- Frame Material – 6061 T6 Heat Treated Aluminum
- Steering System – Direct
a simpler and easier to maintain steering design
- Seat Type – 6061 T6 Aluminum Frame With Breathable Mesh
TT’s highly versatile seat, especially good for upright seat positions.
- Seat Adjustment – 11″ Fore/Aft 40-70 Degree Recline
a good range of seat adjustment on the frame and in recline
- Boom Type – Adjustable Boom
The boom is the fore end of the frame. Both boom and seat adjust, making this trike highly adjustable for many fitting options
- Wheelbase Length – 42″
the shorter this is the tighter it turns
- Overall Length (medium) – 80″
most like 76″ – 84″, depending on boom length adjustment
- Track Width – 30″
distance between the centers of the front tires
- Overall Width – 33″
how wide of a door you can get it through, but we can show you how to finagle it through a narrower one.
- Bottom Bracket Height – 15″
this is the height of crankset, or the pedaling assembly
- Seat Height – 15″
the distance between your patootie and the street
- Total Weight (lbs.) – 38 (x24), 38 (x30), 32 (SL)
- Combined Load Limit (lbs.) – 250
- Turning Dimensions – 9′ 11″ Diameter
That is pretty darn tight, especially for a trike with a 26″ rear wheel.
Component Group for our showroom model
what parts you’ll find installed on the x20 we typically keep
- Drive System – Derailer
a typical pairing of front and rear derailers, easily upgraded or modified
- Number of Speeds (Stock) – 20
You have a range of 10 speeds on the rear derailer. Depending on where you set your front derailer you’ll either have a closely-spaced set of 10 covering your lower range for climbs, headwinds, or when you are tired, or 10 widely spaced gears extending higher, for downhills, tailwinds, or lost weekends on amphetamines.
- Gear Inch Range – 24 – 116
A nice, wide range of gears with plenty on the high end. If you need lower gears that is easily done without sacrificing the high gears.
- Pedals Type – Standard Platform w/ Comfort Straps included
Comfort Straps are stirrups that hold your heel. You will want some sort of foot retention on a trike.
- Crankset/Rings – FSA Tempo Double 165mm 34/50t
two sprockets on the front
- Bottom Bracket -Integrated MegaExo
Better quality…this is a part that consumers rarely ever think about
- Chain Type – KMC X10 10 Speed
- Front Derailleur – Microshift Double
a brand you’ve never heard of, but good quality
- Rear Derailleur – MicroShift 10 Sp
this derailer can cover an exceptionally wide range of gears
- Cassette Size – MicroShift 11-36 10 Speed
10 cogs in the back, with a wide range of gears.
- Shifters Set – Microshift XLEvTrigger
trigger shifters modeled after Shimano’s Rapidfire line
- Brake Levers – Promax Linear Pull, Locking
This is a cool set of levers with a parking brake built in. They come as a set so you can lock both your front wheel brakes.
- Brake Set – Avid BB7 Mechanical
the best cable operated disk brakes on the market
- Wheel Set – TerraTrike Double Wall black
a durable wheel set that will stay true
- Tires/Size – Schwalbe Marathon 20 x 1.50 and 26 x 1.50
A great tire for touring, not optimized for speed but not bad for a touring tire.
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