Plans are to use mostly 6061 aluminum for the construction and some mild steel for the steer tube, crown, brake calliper mounts and steering linkage. I have several old full suspension frames in the spare parts pile so I plan to use the rear swing arm off of the Norco shown in the attachments for an inch or two of travel on the back end of the trike.
To date I have ordered some 20" BMX rims,20mm axle front hub, spokes, & tires for the front wheels, I have purchased my needed aluminum and steel stock shown in the photo attached here. I also plan to use the rear 24" electric wheel from my Giant xc mountain bike to start for this bike, and if it works well I will get a second electric rear wheel dedicated to stay on the bike.
Also shown in the photo here is the 1.5" OD aluminum tubing that has been bored out at each end for a press fit to my thread less head set cups and the bottom bracket shell assembly that will be an adjustable bolt on to the main boom of the trike.
Please feel free to comment on things that are heading the wrong way as I post my progress photos. I have read the A-Z plans over about 5 times and starting to understand implications of castor, centre point and Ackerman steering etc but trikes are new to me and I am sure I will need a lot of help during this build.
A few questions please......
1. Are there any forum members with a Warrior tadpole trike that has had a rear suspension substituted for the rigid assembly that is spec'd in the plans, and if so how did it work out?
2.Looking at some rear suspension tadpole models that I have seen in shops they appear to seem to have small suspension travel which makes sense I guess. I would want around 5" ground clearance under the lowest part of the frame when in motion so I am guessing without rider 6" ground clearance and then one inch of sag with my weight on board and then one more working inch of travel for when the bike is in motion but I am only guessing on these numbers?
3.Does anyone have a good explanation as to why these tadpole trikes as so expensive? Looking at the different models in the shops I feel they are way over priced compared to the value you get when purchasing a regular mountain bike. I am sure its because there are just not enough of these bikes sold but they are way too expensive in my opinion.
Any advise appreciated ........
I have been dreaming about building a tadpole trike after I first rode a Catrike at a dealership a few years back. I have purchased build plans from A-Z for there Warrior trike and feel this is a good starting point for what I am wanting. As I have a surplus of misc bike parts, a welder and a lathe so I should be able to make something that will work and also keep the costs down.
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