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19 January 2020 - 10:25pm

Catrike discontinues Road recumbent trike model


The Road and the Speed were the first two recumbent trike models designed and built in the USA by Catrike. The Road is now being discontinued and follows in the Speed's footsteps from several years ago.

Catrike cited the popularity of other Catrike models as the impetus for shutting down production of the Road. With nine (9) models in their line-up, there is a strong argument for culling the selection. If nothing else, this change will clarify Catrike's offerings to the end consumer.

The Road has had a good run of it (17 years' worth). It is the longest produced Catrike model ever, and has evolved from a fully-welded space frame to a full-suspension adjustable-seat frame over its many years of production. Current Eola models have much in common with the original Road.

Fun fact: The Road is the only Catrike recumbent trike model ever produced with indirect steering... waaaayyyyy back in about 2005 -- and for that roughly 1/2 year, you could actually try indirect-steer and direct-steer Roads side by side at AlphaBENT.

We at AlphaBENT salute the venerable Road and the fact that Catrike has been steadily growing and making these fine trikes for so long!!!

If you have always wanted a Road and want to act on that impulse before your last chance is gone, you can call us and order one in your favorite Catrike color. You have until January 31, 2020 and then time runs out.


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