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Want to ride an e-trike? This model from Sixthreezero is tons of fun

The tricycle never really took off. With all do respect to the tiny bikes for toddlers and motorcycle sidecars, the three-wheeler never really went mainstream. But there’s a new electric trike in town looking to change the way we view the bike with an extra wheel.

The bike in question is the EVRYjourney electric tricycle from Sixthreezero. Combing through the marketing material, it’s easy to assume this model is for women as that’s pretty much all that’s pictured on the website, but it’s not gender specific (the sloped frame does resemble the rather antiquated “traditional” women’s frame, originally built to handle dresses). than anything, being a trike, it’s more for the kid residing in us.

Which brings up a point: riding a tricycle is different than riding a bicycle and that becomes abundantly clear right away. There’s more of a lateral wobble to the trike, which makes sense given your wider set. It takes some getting used to, but it won’t take long. Turning is a different animal, as traditional cyclists like to pedal into a turn. With a trike, you’ll want to slow into more turns to keep all three wheels grounded. Once you get the feel of it, riding the EVRYjourney is a breeze.

What we like about it

There’s a lot to like about this trike. For starters, it looks sharp. Looks aren’t everything but when you’re dealing in the realm of the tricycle — again, most synonymous with toddler toys — that added cool factor appeals to the adult rider. The synthetic leather accents, multitude of frame colors, and white-walled tires all add style points.

The battery life is impressive. Not only does it charge quickly, but a full pack will likely get you at least 30 miles, if not 40-plus. The wheels seems clumsy and oversized at first, but after tackling some gravel and grass, we learned to really appreciate them. The fenders too, while stylish, make this trike great in all conditions (the display did just find in the rain).

You won’t be breaking any land speed records on this tricycle but the 250-watt front wheel motor delivers enough pep and tops out around 16 MPH. The throttle is responsive, the display functions are easy to navigate and fairly useful, and there are five levels of pedal assist. Things are equally smooth when going manual, as there are seven gears to help you along the way.

We like the basket, which is large enough to carry a pup, large cooler, or a reasonable amount of groceries. The motor is quiet, keeping the ride peaceful, and the ride is a comfortable one. There’s a lot that can be adjusted, which is especially great if you’re sharing the bike and passing it from one rider to another. With the included toolkit, one can easily adjust everything the seat orientation to the handlebar angle.

What we like less about it

Right out of the gate, the trike takes some pretty heavy assembly. That’s a reasonable price to pay for having the thing shipped in a convenient and surprisingly-narrow box right to your door, but it’s still worth noting. Those with zero mechanical aptitude will be viewing and reviewing short tutorial videos from the brand while putting the thing together. This writer has a reasonable amount of bike tuning experience and it still took a good couple of hours to get it all prepped. But the good news is that once it’s ready to go, there’s little to do after that besides enjoy the ride and charge the battery when needed.

One other issue is the shear size and weight of the model. While it’s hard to imagine remedying this in any way (smaller wheels would look silly, not sure you could find a lighter motor, thinner frame perhaps?), it does present some issues, namely in the form of storage. The trike is large enough it sort of needs it’s own parking space. It’s not the simplest thing to tote in and out of the house, so consider having a designated spot for it and get a lock that can handle the larger build.

The bike huffs and puffs a bit dealing with hills of any significance so keep your surroundings in mind. It does its best work on flatter terrain. It would be cool if the cords could be less obvious, or even wired internally in a future model, but this is more of a tip going forward than a real complaint.

Some final thoughts

While it’s easy to say this is mostly cut out for a retiree living in Palm Springs, the e-trike is a workhorse and a great commuter bike. While sizable, it’s a good-looking bike that can do everything a quality cruiser bike can and more. We like it not for its technical ability or speed but for its aesthetic, utilitarian nature, and breezy ease of use. This is a genuinely fun ride that has summer written all over it. than a trike, it’s an electric tricycle and an adult tricycle in one, built for carefree cruising.

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The new EWheels Electric Trike can easily be operated as a regular trike by just pedaling, or as an electric trike with 100% electric power by just twisting the hand throttle. You can even combine pedaling and electric power at the same time.

This well balanced trike can reach speeds up to 15 mph and travel up to 20 miles on a single charge. It features:

  • A low step-thru steel frame for easy seating
  • 500 watt direct-drive hub motor
  • A 48 volt sealed, maintenance-free battery
  • Oversized seat with backrest
  • Forward reverse switch
  • Front storage basket and large rear storage basket
  • LED front electric light
  • Electric horn electric battery indicator

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Specifications

Warranty

Weight Capacity

Fully Assembled

Number of Wheels

FWD or RWD

Max Passengers

Airline Approved

Seat Dimensions (LxWxH)

Type of Seat

Type of Battery

Overall Width

Overall Height

Overall Length

Armrests

Scooter Weight

Shipping Method

Top Speed (Up To)

Distance (Up To)

Light(s)

Turning Radius

Braking Type

Left Hand Control Option

Horn

Incline Capability

Ground Clearance

Suspension

Type of Tires

Battery Charger

Speed Control

Basket

Forward/Reverse

Throttle Type

Alarm

Front Tire Size

Cell Phone Holder

USB Port

Voltage

Motor Wattage

Motor Type

Storage

Extras

3 Year Limited Warranty
400 lbs
Yes
3 Wheels
Front Wheel Drive
1
No
10” x 12” x 9”
Oversized seat with backrest
Deep Cycle Sealed Lead Acid
29”
38”
67”
No
128 lbs
LTL Freight
15 mph
20 miles
LED Headlight
75
Hand Brakes
Yes
Yes
Up to 10 Degrees
6
Front
Tubed
48 volt offboard
Variable Twist Throttle
Yes
Yes
Twist
No
22” x 1.95”
No
No
48 volts
500-750 peak
Brushless Front Hub Motor
Front and Rear Basket
N/A

Warranty

Models Included

EW-10, EW-11, EW-12, EW-14, EW-19, EW-20, EW-29, EW- 36, EW-36 Elite, EW-46, EW-52, EW-54, EW-66, EW-72, EW-Vintage, EW-Bugeye.

Three Year Limited Warranty

Three (3) years from the date of purchase on all structural frame components, seat post and frame.

One Year Limited Warranty

One (1) Year from the date of purchase, if any part or electronic component of the scooter is found upon examination to be defective in material and/or workmanship, it will be replaced at Ewheels discretion.

Two Month Warranty

Two (2) Months from the date of purchase on the batteries. Batteries are subject to a stringent wear and tear clause. Any battery faults due to a manufacturing defect will become obvious within the first two months of use. Any gradual deterioration in performance after this period is normal and associated with fair wear and tear, misuse or accidental damage and as such is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

One Month Warranty

One (1) Month from the date of purchase on the scooter’s charger.

WARRANTY EXCEPTIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

Service and Labor Costs

Unless previously authorized, service calls and labor costs are NOT included or covered under any warranty. The purchaser is responsible for the delivery to the authorized repair facility. Satisfactory proof of purchase is always required for warranty service. Please contact Ewheels directly for any assistance in locating a service provider or to make a warranty claim.

Consumable Items

Consumable items which may need replacing due to normal wear and tear like tires, tubes, lights, chains, upholstery and seating, brakes and brake pads, cables, fuses, buttons, shrouds and covers.

Damage, Accidental Damage and Misuse

Damaged caused by: battery fluid spillage or leakage, abuse, misuse, accident, negligence, improper operation, excessive loading, maintenance, storage, acts of God, commercial use, or use other than normal, extreme riding, modifications and alterations.

Second Hand Owners and Reselling

No warranty will be offered or honored for second hand owners. The warranty is exclusively offered to the original purchaser.

HOW TO MAKE A WARRANTY CLAIM

Initiating A Warranty Claim

To initiate a warranty claim, please contact Ewheels service department by calling 888-571-2845, or by email at “Service@ewheelsdealers.com”. Note that before any warranty claims will be fulfilled, satisfactory proof of purchase will be required, and a photo or video of the damaged part must be sent and reviewed by Ewheels.

Returning Faulty Parts

Do not return faulty parts to Ewheels without prior consent. A request for a return authorization is required prior to returning items. All transportation costs and shipping damage incurred while submitting units and/or parts for repair or replacement are the responsibility of the original purchaser.

SHIPPING DAMAGE AND SHIPPING POLICIES

Shipping Damage

In the event shipping damage occurs, it must be reported and addressed in a timely manner. Shipping damage claims are time sensitive and cannot be delayed. In the event the packaging is extremely damaged and the bike is beyond repair, please refuse the shipment, and contact Ewheels for further steps.

Shipping – Domestic

When applicable, part costs will be covered under warranty, and all warranty items will be shipped via FedEx Ground. Shipping fees will be at the expense of the purchaser.

Shipping – International

When applicable, parts will be provided under warranty at no charge, but shipping to any offshore and/or international location will be the responsibility of the original purchaser. International and offshore end-users must contact Ewheels directly to initiate the warranty process.

Implied warranties, including those of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are limited to one (1) year from the date of the original purchase and to the extent permitted by law. Any and all implied warranties are excluded. This is the exclusive remedy. Liabilities for consequential damages under any and all warranties are excluded

Reviews

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.

Returns

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase for any reason, contact JHR Electric Transports LLC DBA EWheels on 888-305-0881 and speak with a Customer Service Representative. Please note you must start the Return Process within 14 Calendar Days after you receive the product. If it has gone beyond that period, we cannot accept a Return.

The product must be intact and have no form of damage, and a photo of the condition of the product on each side must be provided. If these prerequisites are met, we will authorize the Return. You are responsible for the all Product Shipping costs, as well as a 20% Restocking fee.

Once the product has been received back at our warehouse and has been inspected, we will issue a refund minus the Shipping and Restocking fees within 3-5 Business days.

Customer must have original packaging to start the return process.

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How to Select An E-Bike Kit for Trikes

If you own a trike and have been contemplating switching from manual pedal power to the new age of personal electric vehicles (PEVs), this article is for you. (Also, check out the video at the end of this post.) The steps below outline how to select an e-bike kit for trikes to gain electric pedal power. Often the plunge into the world of electric bikes is quite daunting. Though not a new market, the market segment has exploded in the past two years in the United States. This has generated tons of kit options and combinations to retrofit your current ride into the PEV you desire. The price for these kits varies from 350-1200 and is predominantly affected by the type and quality of battery as well as the type of motor chosen.

The Trike

There are quite a few models of tricycles (trikes) on the market. The model trike above is a common economical and versatile option available in several variants from online retailers including Amazon for around 300-400.

For this conversion we don’t want to exceed 1000 in total costs, including the original cost of the trike.

The key component for conversion is understanding your trike in relation to the kits available.

Wheel size is the most important. The motors are programmed specifically to the diameter of the whole wheel, tire included. It’s important to know what the full diameter of the wheel and tire combination is. The wheel size for this trike is 26” which is the diameter of the wheel from tire tread to tire tread across the middle of the wheel.

Brakes

The brakes are a vital factor for consideration. Disc brakes are optimal for e-bike conversions due to the increase in stresses to the trike wheel, brakes, and frame. The trike discussed in this post has v-brakes on the front wheel and Band brakes for the rear wheels. This style of brakes puts the kit selection into another specific group. Therefore, it’s important for the PEV to have enough stopping power. 36V motors would keep the trike near the limits of braking capability. Simply put, don’t get a motor more powerful than the rider’s perceived pedaling power. Get a motor that simulates the rider’s power for a sustained period of time.

Brake Handles

The structure of the brake handles on the trike is important. Some kits come with Hall sensors that are attached to the existing brake handles when installing the e-bike kit. These sensors detect when the brake handle is pulled and cuts off the motor. However, another kit may include full replacement of the handles with built-in sensors. Either way it is important to understand your options and whether or not the sensors will work with your brake handles or whether the replacement handles with built-in components are picked.

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Handlebar Real Estate

Though not an integral decision point for all e-bike conversions, it’s important to understand what is on your handlebars. The accessory space is needed and is required to add components like a display and throttle new or different. This trike has a twisting Shimano Revoshift Shifter for the rear derailleur. They can be purchased at multiple online retailers like Amazon.

Battery and Controller Placement

Take inventory of potential places to store your controller, motor (if mid drive) and battery. This trike is a bad candidate for a mid-drive motor. The addition of the motor would drastically reduce ground clearance below the bottom bracket. There is plenty of storage in the rear basket area of the bike and beneath the basket but occupying good usable space is not ideal. The installation should not overburden the available usable space or structural integrity of the trike.

The Kit

The trike used in our review of how to select an e-bike kit for trikes will be an introduction for the user into the PEV arena. It doesn’t need to beat any speed records and won’t be going any further than 20 miles at most. The location, Florida, is flat. So, the stress of extreme vertical inclines is minimal to non-existent. Remembering that our total budget is less than 1000 including the trike, a 36V Electric Bicycle 26″ Front Wheel Conversion Kit was chosen. The battery is small and stored in the wheel/motor/hub itself eliminating the need for space. Average travel distance for this kit is approximately 12 miles with an unassisted top speed of 15 mph. The necessary installation position, or angle of the battery side of the wheel might require the removal of the fender mount location for the fender. This will require a modification to the fender mounts if the fender is desired after the installation.

Review of Pedego Trike Electric Tricycle

Pedaling outside is not reserved only for fit young people and athletes with powerful legs and perfect balance. With an electric tricycle for adults like Pedego Trike, anyone can enjoy a spin around the town and get a good exercise.

This tricycle puts you in a comfortable upright riding position, and its low-step frame lets you get on and off with ease. Thus, it is very accessible.

  • Powered by a 250W geared front hub motor with 30Nm of torque.
  • The 396Wh (36V 11Ah) battery can take you up to 33 miles on 10 cents worth of electricity.
  • Disc brakes front and back ensure the best possible braking performance.
  • A 3-speed internal gear hub lets you shift at standstill.
  • Comes with a spacious storage container that can carry all of your necessities.
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Pedego Trike is a versatile three-wheeled machine that can help elderly people or riders with injuries reclaim their freedom. However, it can also be used by everyone else as a cargo hauler or just to have some fun.

Is it worth the money? Let us find out.

  • MSRP: 2,995
  • Class: Class 2
  • Motor: 250W brushless geared hub, 30Nm
  • Battery: 396Wh (36V 11Ah) with Panasonic cells
  • Range: 25 to 30 miles (estimated)
  • Read more on Pedegoelectricbikes.com

Frameset, Geometry

Pedego Trike is built around a low-step aluminum frame with a high tensile steel fork. The frame has a forward pedaling position, which puts the rider closer to the ground while giving them full leg extension. This provides more stability, and it makes it easier to hop on and off the saddle.

The frame is pretty bulky and strong, though the company does not disclose what the maximum carrying capacity is. All we know is that they say ‘most’ of their bikes have a 250 lb. weight capacity, but that there are examples of heavier people riding without any issues.

The geometry puts the rider in a relaxed upright position, while the wide saddle with a padded backrest provides extra support.

Pedego Trike is heavy, but not extremely so. The total weight of this tricycle is around 80 lbs, with the battery included. That’s not bad at all, considering the size. There are even some electric bicycles that weigh the same.

Pedego Trike Motor and Battery

Pedego Trike is a Class 2 electric tricycle, which means it offers both pedal-assist and throttle functions.

The company chose to equip it with a 250W geared hub motor, placed inside the front hub. Due to the unique frame design, there was no room for the motor on the rear axle. With 30Nm of torque, this motor performs decently, but there is an occasional wheel spin when you use the throttle too hard. The reason is that most of the weight sits over the two rear wheels.

Pedego Trike’s battery capacity is not impressive, but the low maximum speed means that you can still get a manageable range out of it.

Pedego Trike is powered by a 396Wh removable battery that’s neatly integrated into the frame. capacity would certainly be nice, but a 30-mile range you get from it is far from negligible. Depending on how often and how far you ride, you’ll probably charge it once or twice a week. The battery comes with a lock and a battery charge indicator, so you can track how much farther you can go.

An important thing to point out is that Trike’s maximum speed is limited to 7 mph in throttle mode and 11 mph in pedal-assist mode. Tricycles are very stable when riding in a straight line, but they can flip over when cornering too fast. That’s why Pedego limited the top speed for safety reasons.

Components

Pedego did a really good job when it comes to the components they chose to include on the Trike model.

Firstly, this tricycle has mechanical disc brakes on both front and rear wheels. That’s a big plus as it’s not very common; many similar trikes have rim brakes on the front wheel. This setup gives Trike great braking performance, especially when riding downhill with a heavy load.

Both brakes on Pedego Trike can also function as parking brakes, which will help you get on and off the saddle and load and unload the rear bucket.

Next, Pedego Trike drives with a 3-speed internal gear hub that requires no extra maintenance. It shifts smoothly, and the three gears provide enough range to pedal with ease on flats, downhills, and moderate climbs. Best of all, you can shift gears while standing still, so you can start pedaling from a full stop without stomping the pedals.

What’s also important to point out is that this trike rolls on 20″ wheels with Schwalbe Big Ben 2.15″ tires. They feature puncture protection and a slime inner tube sealant, so you don’t have to worry about flats.

Spacious Storage Container

Pedego Trike includes a massive, custom-built storage container mounted atop the rear wheels that can carry all of your necessities. It’s made of lightweight, but durable plastic, textured with an “orange peel” tread that masks any scratches.

The dimensions of the container are 20” W x 13” L; Overall Width: 30”. Pedego also included drainage holes on the bottom, so you can easily wash it and keep it clean.

The container is pretty large, so you can easily fit all of your weekly groceries inside or a large backpack with all of your necessities.

The good news is that the basket has a regular shape, so most of the space can be used. The bad news is that the container’s shell protrudes too far, so you can scrape your heels on it, especially if you have large feet. If this happens, I recommend just cutting off the part that protrudes since it’s there just for style, not for function.

Pedego Trike Assembly

Depending on where you buy it, you may receive your Pedego Trike fully or partially assembled. If you buy from one of Pedego’s local dealers, they will assemble the trike for you, adjust and tune all the components, and make it ready and safe to ride.

However, if you buy Pedego Trike on the company’s official website, you’ll receive it in a box, partially assembled. But don’t worry, you’ll receive all the tools necessary for assembly and detailed instructions on how to do the last few steps.

Pedego Trike is easy to assemble. It takes about 30 minutes or less, with just a few tools that come in the box, with the trike.

All you need to do is attach the stem to the frame using the 6mm Allen key and align the handlebar. Next, attach the pedals using the 15mm wrench, making sure to pay attention to the left and right size denomination. Finally, insert the battery in place, and lock it with the provided key.

After you check that everything else is in place and tightened up, you can take your Pedego Trike for its first real ride!

People Also Asked For:

Do you have some burning questions? You’re likely to find the answers below.

Is Pedego Trike safer than a bicycle?

Thanks to its three-wheel design, Pedego Trike feels very stable to ride. It’s easier to maintain balance and get on and off a Pedego Trike than a bicycle. However, keep in mind that tricycles are not very stable when cornering; if you go too fast, you might tip over.

How fast can Pedego Trike go?

Pedego Trike has a 7 mph maximum throttle speed and an 11 mph maximum pedal-assist speed. This is lower compared to most electric bicycles, but Pedego lowered the maximum speed to make Trike safer in corners.

Is Pedego Trike worth the money?

Yes, Pedego Trike is worth the money. It provides really good value for your investment with excellent components and a practical design. Pedego Trike features a high-quality motor and battery, as well as reliable mechanical components.

Why are Pedego bikes so expensive?

Pedego bikes are more expensive than similar bikes made by competition because they come with a 5-year warranty and a lifetime warranty on the frames. Pedego also offers seamless customer support through their massive dealership network in the US. Their bikes also have great components, made by reputable cycling brands such as Shimano.

Is it hard to ride a 3 wheel bike?

It is very easy to ride a 3-wheel bike. It is much easier to get on and off compared to a traditional bicycle. You also do not need to worry about keeping balance, as tricycles support themselves. Therefore, riding a trike is easier than riding a bike, overall.

Pedego Trike Size Recommendations

Pedego Trike comes with a one-size-fits-all frame. This is a low-step frame with a pedal forward position, so short riders should be able to ride with ease. You can raise the saddle quite a bit, so riders taller than 6 feet can pedal comfortably as well. You can also raise the handlebar using the adjustable stem.

Unfortunately, Pedego does not provide any type of size chart for the Trike model, so we can’t recommend it to you based on your height. It’s advisable to visit a local Pedego dealer and try the Trike if possible, to see whether or not it fits you.

Alternately, you can take a look at the geometry chart below to get a feel for the dimensions of this trike.

Accessories

The accessories you get with Pedego Trike are definite standouts. This tricycle features a front fender and a cargo bucket that doubles as a rear fender. Therefore, you will be completely protected from water, mud, or grit when it starts raining.

Trike also comes with bright front and rear battery-powered lights that will illuminate your way and make you more visible at night. The headlight is adjustable, so you can raise or lower the beam, improving visibility.

A few other handy accessories include a chainguard, a comfy saddle with a backrest, and adjustable stem, and the storage container that we’ve already talked about above.

Therefore, as you can see, Pedego Trike comes with all the necessary accessories to enjoy riding it in the city or around the block.

Bottom Line: Ride or Pass?

With a 2,995 price tag, Pedego Trike is far from being a budget-friendly buy. Still, once you look at what this electric tricycle offers, you realize you’re not paying through the nose. You’re getting your money’s worth back.

Pedego Trike provides maximum stability and comfort, which makes all the difference. If you’re not riding, getting the exercise, and spending time outside because you don’t feel confident on a traditional bicycle, you will love the freedom that Trike comes with.

Though there is some room for improvement, this trike has great components, an accessible design, good accessories, and a nice paint job.

We recommend it to elderly people, those looking to lose weight, riders with injuries or disabilities, or anyone else who fancies a relaxed three-wheeled ride!

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