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Why pedal all the time? Adding an electric motor to your adult tricycle not only will save you some energy but, because it doesn’t use gasoline, an electric trike motor is environmentally friendly, too!
Although many of our adult tricycles have an electric kit available for them that can be added as an option, ONLY the trikes that have an electric kit option are listed in this section.
Check out the tricycles that we offer an electric motor add-on for, below, and be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page where we provide more information on the benefits of adding an electric motor to your adult trike.
Worksman Side-by-Side Team Dual 3-Speed Recumbent Trike
Worksman Side-by-Side Team Dual 1-Speed Recumbent Trike
Trailmate 24 Desoto Classic Adult Tricycle
Trailmate 26 Desoto Classic Adult Tricycle
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Save Energy, Protect the Environment. Add an Electric Motor to Your Adult Tricycle!
Whether you are using your tricycle to run errands or you are using it to commute to and from work, sometimes you simply can’t pedal anymore. You get tired over long distances or a hill is just too tough to climb.
Never run into that problem again! Adding an electric motor to your adult tricycle allows you to pedal when you want to and switch to an electric powered bike whenever you don’t want to pedal.
When you reach your destination, you will not have to lug your adult tricycle inside to recharge it. The Lithium Ion cell battery can be easily removed and recharged. Then, just pop it back into the frame when you are ready to go again!
Sure, there are gas engines available for bicycles that could be easily used for adult trikes. But, is that what you really want? If so, why not just drive your car? An electric trike motor is clean burning and better for the environment so you can rest assured (literally) that when you need a break from pedaling, the motor your tricycle is using is not doing harm to the environment.
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Hub Drive VS Mid Drive | Electric Assist on a Recumbent Trike
Whether you’re all about the speed and want to accelerate your recumbent trike when out on the trails, find you’re tiring more easily, or just love the idea of getting further faster, e-trikes provide next-level riding experiences. However, you’ll have to make a few choices when shopping for your e-trike.
The first is whether you want pedal-assist or throttle power, and the second is whether you want a mid-drive or hub-drive motor. Unless you have limited leg strength, we always lean towards the pedal assist as it offers a far more enjoyable and intuitive ride. That leaves the mid-drive vs. hub drive option up for discussion. Here we look at the differences between the two to help you decide which is right for your needs.
What is a Hub Drive Motor?
Hub drive motors are located either at the front or rear wheel, with rear motors being the most common. As a result, they work separately from the gears.
How Does a Hub Drive Motor Work?
A hub drive motor applies torque directly to the wheel, which means it works separately from the gears of your trike. Torque refers to how much exertion the motor can provide. For many riders, this takes away from the intuitive, natural feel of the ride. It also reduces control over your ride when traveling complicated terrain that changes from hills to flat stretches. The rear hub is more common as it tends to put less wear and tear on your drive chain. Although hub drives can be operated with a throttle, the preferred systems are pedal assist, activated by pedaling using speed and cadence sensors. As you pedal, you trigger the motor, which stops when the pedaling stops.
How Much Power Do Hub Drive Motors Have?
Laid Back Cycles’ hub motors come in 350-watt and 500-watt options. If you enjoy basic riding, the 350-watt is recommended, while the 500-watt is best on hilly trails or if you need a little boost of power to tow a trailer. Hub motors also come with different battery options, which determine how many miles you’ll get out of the battery. On average, a hub motor battery will get you between 40 to 50 miles. However, you can opt for an extended-size battery to improve the travel range by about 20%.
What is a Mid-Drive Motor?
The mid-drive motor is located between your pedals, applying torque to the chain or belt. As a result, they work in hand with your gears, offering more control when faced with varying terrains.
How Does a Mid-Drive Motor Work?
Mid-drive motors are designed to be far more intuitive than the hub drive motor. As a result, the motor provides power differently. This torque-based system reads how much pressure you put on the pedals and uses a cadence and speed sensor to accelerate or decelerate. It also senses how fast the trike is going to calculate how much power is required. Mid-drive is much “smarter” than the hub drive, as it can also multiply its power across the drive chain because of its location. As a result, you can continually alter the power without worrying about adding too much stress to the drive chain.
How Much Power Do Mid-Drive Motors Have?
Mid-drive motors range from 250 to 625 watts, while dual batteries can reach up to 1250 watts. You’ll see varied ranges depending on how you use the motor, which can be as little as 20 miles and as many as 80. It all depends on the conditions you encounter while you ride, the power demanded throughout the ride and how you manipulate your gears.
While this might sound negative, it is actually one of the benefits of the mid-drive, as it allows you to control your ride and make the most of your battery life. You can use your bike’s gears to improve efficiency using a natural pedaling cadence to maintain a nice level of energy use for your battery. For example, you’ll experience better energy use when taking on a steep hill because you can shift gears. This isn’t possible with the hub drive motor.
Which Motor Offers the Better Ride?
Because the mid-drive motor applies torque to the belt or chain, they provide a more intuitive ride that provides the pleasures of pedaling with less effort. The position of the motor is centered which can also create a feeling of better balance compared to the hub drive. When riding the hub drive trike, you might find a rear hub motor that feels like you’re being pushed forward, while the front hub has a feeling you’re being dragged.
Typically, the mid-drive offers a more natural feel to the ride because they use torque and cadence sensors to improve the speed, while hub drives depend on cadence sensors alone. The additional input provided by the torque sensor considers how hard you are pedaling to improve the response. Just keep in mind not all mid-drives include a torque sensor when shopping around.
Consider Your Goals
The best way to decide which motor is best is to consider your goals when riding your e-trike. For example, if you find you’re not up to pedaling as much as you used to, the idea of not pedaling at all has its appeal. If you either are tiring more easily or have leg strength or mobility issues, you’ll need an electric motor throttle as opposed to a pedal assist motor. Because it is very hard to find a mid-drive throttle, you’ll need to go for the hub drive with a throttle. If you’re looking to achieve higher speeds, want to extend your rides without tiring or want to get to where you’re going faster, the mid-drive is the answer.
Mid-Drive Motor Pros and Cons
- Helps when climbing steep hills
- Retains a better sense of balance
- Offers a more natural feel to the ride
- Easier to change tires as they aren’t attached to the motor
- Could be more vulnerable to chain wear and tear if you aren’t using your gears properly
- Can be more expensive than hub drives
Hub Motor Pros and Cons
- Less wear and tear on chains and cogs
- Still operates if the chain is damaged in most cases
- Less expensive in some cases
- Creates a pushing or pulling feeling depending on the location of the motor
- Most common on throttle e-bikes
- Changing tires is more complicated
We always advise taking the time to test-ride your trike to make sure it feels right for your needs. While we tend to sell far more mid-drive e-trikes than we do hub drives, if you’re looking for a throttle motor, so you don’t need to pedal, the hub drive is your only option.
Hi, this is James, the master trike technician at Laid Back Cycles. Today we are going to discuss the differences between a hub drive motor and a mid-drive motor.
So, first off, the hub drive motor is as the name implies. The motor is in the rear hub of the trike and this has its advantages. With the hub motor driving the rear wheel, it doesn’t put excessive wear and tear on top of the drive chain. The hub drive can also be turned on by use of a throttle. Primarily though, the hub drive is activated by the pedaling. It’s what we call speed and cadence sensor. When you pedal, the motor turns on and when you stop pedaling the motor turns itself off. So, it is never going to keep you going if you are not pedaling. These motors come in two powers, the 350 Watt and the 500 Watt. The 350 Watt is recommended for general riding in most areas. The 500 Watt is useful if you are in a lot of hills or if you are towing something. And there are different battery options. This particular battery is typically good for about 30 miles minimum. Some people have gotten up to some very high mileages like 60 or 70, but most people are getting around 40 and 50 miles. And the extended size battery will add about a 20% greater range.
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The mid-drive motor, like this Bosch on this Terratrike E.V.O., is kind of a misnomer in the trike world. It is called a mid-drive because in the world of bicycles it sits between the front and the rear wheel, there by calling it a mid-drive. But since trikes have the pedals up in the front it’s out in the front. I guess we could have called it a front drive motor.
The Bosch system is special, this one has a lot of electronics in it and it does a lot of thinking. So, the mid-drive motor operates with a combination of:
- How much pressure you put on the pedal, called the torque-based system.
- How fast the pedal goes, which is the cadence and speed sensor.
- And how fast the trike is going.
And from there it does calculations to determine how much power it should put into the system. The mid drive-motors on top of the trikes have the benefit of multiplying its power across a drive chain. The Bosch is special because it continually alters the power to make sure it doesn’t give too much power and stresses the drive chain out at any given time. This is the most natural feeling of all the motor systems.
So, which motor system is right for you? Well, for about 90% of people the mid-drive system is going to take care of you and because it is so natural feeling. If you have ever been on a regular unmotorized bike or trike and gone down a slight hill with the wind on your back, that’s what it feels like all the time. You know you are getting some exercise and our studies are showing that you only lose about 20% of the cardio. Current studies are showing that it follows a calorie burn and you are only losing 20% of the calorie burn on a motor vs a non-motorized trike. But because people spend more time on the motorized one, the net gains are huge.
The hub drive is recommended for those with any adaptive situation, or if you are the type of person who is now getting a little tired on some of the bigger rides. With the cadence speed sensor, it’s the pedaling motion that determines how the motor comes on. You don’t have to push as hard, especially for the end of the ride. Also, the throttle is there to get you out of trouble if for some reason you cannot ride at all. People get that all the time from cramps in the legs. And unfortunately, that is what happens as we all get older. Regardless of what you need, we have a motor system that will work for you!
Recumbent And Semi-Recumbent E-Trike Benefits
Are you someone who is tired of traditional upright bicycles and tricycles? Look no further than recumbent and semi-recumbent electric trikes. These innovative electric tricycles offer a plethora of benefits that make them an attractive choice for riders of all ages and abilities. They offer a more comfortable and relaxed riding position, allowing you to enjoy the ride longer. Plus, they often feature a reclined seating position, which can provide an extra boost in speed and efficiency.
Recumbent and semi-recumbent e-trikes stand out from the crowd due various reasons. By opting for a recumbent or semi-recumbent e-trike, you can enjoy a whole new level of riding experience that combines the joys of cycling with the convenience of electric assistance. So if you’re looking for a fun and efficient way to get around town, you should hop on a recumbent electric trike—it’s the new ‘cool’ way to ride!
We will delve into the advantages of recumbent and semi-recumbent e-trikes, exploring their ergonomic design, enhanced stability, improved comfort, health benefits, and overall suitability for a wide range of riders.
What is the difference between recumbent electric trikes and traditional electric trikes?
Imagine yourself riding a traditional upright trike. You sit upright, gripping the handlebars and pedaling away while your back is straight. We’ve all seen it before, isn’t it? Let’s switch gears now and get on a recumbent electric trike. The world of recumbent electric trikes is a little more relaxed and laid-back. Instead of sitting upright like you’re in a class, you recline or semi-recline in a comfortable seat just like sitting in a chair. You get to kick back, literally, and enjoy a leisurely riding experience.
The first noticeable difference is the riding position. Your legs are stretched out in front of you, and your body is in a semi-laid-back position. It’s like sitting in a recliner, but with wheels. This riding position is comfortable and allows for effective trike handling. It also gives you better visibility than other e-bike designs. This makes it a great choice for commuters. So, whether you’re looking for a unique way to get around town or simply want to indulge in a comfortable ride, give a recumbent electric trike a try. It’s a whole new level of cycling enjoyment.
Why should you choose a Recumbent or semi-recumbent trike?
There’s no doubt that everyone in the cycling community is always looking for exciting and innovative ways to enhance their riding experience. So, if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary in terms of comfort and stability, a recumbent electric trike might be the ideal choice for you. They are ideally suited to people with balance or mobility problems because they provide an unmatched level of comfort.
The ergonomic design of these tricycles reduces pressure on your back, neck, and wrists, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride. This makes them a great choice for elderly riders, as well as people who just want a comfortable, stable ride. They are also perfect for commuters, as they are easy to maneuver and provide a safe and efficient ride.
Benefits of Recumbent Semi-recumbent Electric trikes
Recumbent and semi-recumbent electric trikes offer many benefits to their riders. Some of these benefits are given to riders regardless of their physical fitness level or age. The seated position provides comfort and stability, and the electric motor provides assistance in pedaling, making it easier to tackle hills and other challenging terrain. Additionally, electric trikes are eco-friendly with zero emissions. Some of the benefits are as follows;
There can be no doubt that upright electric tricycles are also comfortable and offer a smooth ride. But if you’ve experienced the joy of riding a recumbent trike, you know the comfort is incredibly unparalleled. The recumbent or semi-recumbent position allows riders to distribute their weight more evenly, reducing pressure on the buttocks and lower back.
Additionally, the seat on these e-trikes is often well-padded and ergonomically designed, providing optimal support for extended periods of riding. The comfort factor is further enhanced by a backrest, allowing riders to lean back and relax while traveling. The M-360 Electric Trikes is a semi recumbent trike by Addmotor that is equally good in comfort and performance.
Stability is one of the biggest advantages of recumbent and semi-recumbent e-trikes. Rather than being balanced by continuous pedaling and body movements as on upright bicycles, e-trikes are more secure and stable. Therefore, considering their low center of gravity and three wheels, recumbent and semi-recumbent electric trikes provide exceptional stability even at low speeds. This stability is particularly beneficial for individuals with balance issues or those who prefer a more relaxed and stress-free ride.
While it’s true that the electric motor on these recumbent e-trikes does most of the riders’ work and provide good assistance in pedaling. However, still riding a recumbent or semi-recumbent provides riders with the opportunity to exercise. By pedaling the trike, various muscle groups including the legs, core, and upper body get the basic exercise they need. Additionally, cycling is a low-impact exercise that improves cardiovascular health, muscle tone, and enhanced joint mobility. Similarly, the ergonomic design of these e-trikes reduces joint strain, making them suitable for individuals with arthritis or other conditions that limit traditional cycling options.
With their ergonomic design, the recumbent and semi-recumbent e-trikes are also usually more accessible to a wider range of riders than traditional bicycles or tricycles. Anyone can ride it with ease. There’s no strain on the joints or back, which makes it an attractive option for people with physical limitations or mobility issues.
over, the stability and balance provided by the three-wheel design make recumbent and semi-recumbent e-trikes an appealing choice for older adults or those recovering from injuries. Therefore, they can be used for leisurely rides around the neighborhood, commuting to work, or running errands.
Recumbent and semi-recumbent e-trikes offer a wide array of benefits that make them a compelling choice for riders seeking comfort, stability, health benefits, and accessibility. They are designed to be a suitable choice for riders of any age or background.
The most popular trike in our range. You might ask how this differs from the JC20. It comes down to the back wheel. The JC70 will take a 700c wheel (vs the JC20 20″ rea wheel). The JC70, moreover, has a longer wheelbase at 116cm vs the JC20 with its 97cm wheelbase, and the seat angles are different.
For taking the edge off a bumpy ride on a long day. You’ll be sporting a recumbent grin no matter what … it’s just that your grin will be a little wider with the extra impact dampening effect. A bit more of a cushier ride— Why not?!
The Ultimate Folding Trike. No need to purchase expensive bike racks. Fold and stow in the back seat or the trunk and you’re good to fast-track your way to the trailhead.
Add lightweight carbon to a trike’s natural aerodynamic profile. What you get? A machine that is close to the ultimate FREEDOM machine. You really can “Ride Like The Wind” with this one!!
Recumbent Trike Range Overview
The 4 trikes in the Performer range have you covered. The JC20 is a sound choice for either your first trike or an upgrade. You’ll certainly not find better value for money trike-goodness anywhere else. You’ve got a range of options to choose from so you can dial in your budget according to your needs. The FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) seat with cushion mesh is standard. You can also install a full mesh seat if that’s a better fit for you. The JC20 27 speed sports a triple chainring with a 9s cassette. The gear ratios here are such that you can get up a very respectable head of steam on the flats as well as being able to power downhill. Plus you’ll be able to get up all but the steepest climbs on the lowest gear ratios. The mechanical disc brakes will give you exactly the level of control that you need when you need it. The 30 speed gives you that little bit of extra choice in gear selection along with exposure to more of Shimano’s super-awesome 10 speed Tiagra groupset. The JC-26X gives you rear suspension and a wide range of options across the 27 speed, 30 speed and XT choices. This is deluxe triking in, again, a great value-for-money package. The 27 Speed is characterized by the 9s Sunrace cassette and the Novela Mechanical Disc Brakes. The 30 Speed gives you the key components of Shimano’s fantastic Tiagra 10 speed groupset along with Avid’s powerful BB5 mechanical disc brakes. The X.9 gives you the choice of installing SRAM’s X.9 long cage 10 speed derailleur and TRP’s powerful SPYRE Disc Brakes. Or for the same price you can choose the XT package which basically swaps out the X.9 long cage with Shimano’s XT derailleur. The Performer Trike-F, or “folding” trike is convenience wrapped up in a neat package. If you live in an urban area which means a commute through traffic to get to the trail, this is what you need. No need for expensive, bulky, inconvenient trike racks on your car. Fold your trike, put it in the trunk, the backseat or the truck and off you go. The 27 speed model will give you all you need to get that triking recumbent grin. The 30 speed has more Tiagra 10 speed goodness included as well as TRP’s powerful SPYRE Disc Brakes.