Catrike 5.5.9 Recumbent Trike

Phone: 800 561-6670

EMail: info@industrialbicycles.com

Made in USA


Price: $3,450.00
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    Catrike 5.5.9 is Catrike newest offering featuring an aluminum folding frame now with a 26'' rear wheel. The Catrike 5.5.9 is a premium grade Recumbent trike suited for all day touring and spirited rides. The Catrike 5.5.9 offers a very comfortable rider with it's longer wheel base, larger rear wheel and padded seat. The new folding frame makes transportation very easy in the back of a suitable vehicle.

    Frame & Geometry

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    Length

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    US

    46 in

    32.5 in

    29.5 in

    81 in

    32.5 in

    29 in

    metric

    1168 mm

    826 mm

    749 mm

    1854 mm

    826 mm

    635 mm

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    44 in 991









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    29 in 737 mm
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    44-51









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    Weight* 39.5 lb 17.9 kg
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    11 in 279 mm
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    14 in 356 mm
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    356 mm
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    4 in 102 mm
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    w/ Seat Folded
    26.5 in 673 mm
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    5.49 m
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    2.74 m
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    Weight Limit
    125 kg
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    BB7 Disc Brakes
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    FSA Road MegaExo
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    Schwalbe Marathon Racer
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    Ergonomic adjustable seat back

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    Click Here for a review of the Catrike 5.5.9

    Revewed by Adulttricyclereview.com

    Catrike 5.5.9 Review on November 9, 2015, updated December 1, 2021

    People asked for a 26 inch rear wheel trike that folds and Catrike delivered. When Catrike was designing the 5.5.9, comfort and versatility was at the top of the list. Catrike called the 5.5.9 a premium grand touring trike, designed for spirited long distance riding. I will have to say it is the most comfortable riding Catrike I have ever ridden. The Catrike 5.5.9 is not just a Catrike Trail Folding trike with a larger rear wheel. The Catrike 5.5.9 is a totally new trike from the ground up. Catrike has made many upgrades to make the Catrike 5.5.9 over the top comfortable. Catrike designed a seat to be 11 inches
    off the ground, so getting into and out of the trike should be much easier than other Catrike models. Catrike also added a padded seat to the 5.5.9 for more comfort. The Catrike 5.5.9 is Catrike’s longest trike, having a longer wheel base will help smooth out some of those bumps. One of my favorite features is the two transportation wheels and kickstand on this trike. The 5.5.9 can easily be rolled around the house or garage folded effortlessly. The 5.5.9 also comes with a kickstand so the trike can be folded up and stood on end for storage. One of the things that set Catrike apart from other brands is that Catrike comes with some of the “got to have” accessories. Our 5.5.9 test trike came stock with a rear fender, mirror, wrist rest and clipless platform pedals.

    Frame: The frame on the Catrike 5.5.9 is aluminum, TIG welded together in Florida. I would have to say the welds are beautiful and of the highest quality in the industry. The frame is constructed out of oversized, shaped and manipulated aluminum tubing. Catrike does it all, cutting, bending, welding, heat treating, painting and assembly of your trike all under one roof.

    Paint: Catrike’s paint jobs are a work of art. There is no one in the bike industry that is better (maybe just equal) to Catrike’s paint jobs. Their standard paint jobs are everything you want in a paint job: clean, consistent and durable, along with seven colors to choose from. If you buy your Catrike in the winter when Catrike sales are a bit slower, Catrike will give you five additional colors to choose from.

    Drive Train: The shifting is superb on the 5.5.9. Catrike chose a premium SRAM drivetrain combination with ten gears to choose from in the rear and three in the front for a total of thirty. The SRAM GX rear derailleur performed flawlessly, making the SRAM GX with the SRAM 500 TT Bar End Shifter and Microshift front derailleur. Catrike uses this setup quite often on their trikes. Bar end shifters are Catrike shifter of choice and mine as well. Bar end shifters just make sense for me. I feel they are easier to use than the grip type shifters you see on most other brands. Grip type shifters work fine on a traditional bicycle but not such much so on most recumbents. If God knew I wanted to ride a trike with grip type shifters, he might have put my thumbs on the other side of my hands. I feel I do not have as much control of the grip type shifter compared to the bar end type shifters.

    Brakes: Catrike chose my favorite mechanical disc brake system the Avid BB7 brakes with the Avid Speed Dial brake levers. This combination stopped the trike consistently and had no brake rub. I have no issue with the mechanical brakes that Avid offers. They are simple, reliable and easy to adjust. A super convenient feature of the Avid mechanical brakes are that each brake pad can be adjusted independently so you can really dial in your brake adjustment. Catrike chose a simple Velcro strap that you wrap around one of the brake levers for your parking brake. I really like this because it is simple and adds no weight to the trike. This also allowed Catrike to be able to use a premium brake lever. ICE trikes and Hp Velotechnik chose a different route by adding a brake to the rear wheel and a remote shifter to control the brake. This works well but added almost a pound to the ICE trikes and Hp Velotechnik trikes.

    Seat: Catrike was the first company to offer a padded seat and it was a huge homerun for Catrike. People love the idea of a padded seat and without even setting in it would say “Oh, that seat is way more comfortable that the mesh version.” Catrike did a nice job on the seat, they used a breathable foam pad that did not hold much heat yet offered a nice amount of cushioning. ICE trike followed with a breathable vented, padded seat about two years later, one upping the seat on the Catrike. Hp Velotechink came out with a breathable padded, vented, seat and made the back and bottom independently adjustable from each other. Everyone in the trike industry are always trying to one up each other which has lead to some amazing trikes on the market today. The seat height of the 5.5.9 is one of Catrike’s highest, at 11 inches. The only Catrike with a higher seat is the Villager at 12 ½ inches. The seat angle on the 5.5.9. can be adjusted from 44 to 51 degrees. I found the seat angle on the 5.5.9 to be quite comfortable.

    Ride: I found the ride on the 5.5.9 to be very nice, the 5.5.9 was my favorite Catrike until the Dumont was introduced now the 5.5.9. is in second place behind the Dumont. So who does the Catrike appeal to the most? Well, most people looking to buy a trike. The 5.5.9. has most things people are looking for, easy to get on and off of, good quality, good comfortable ride, 26 inch rear wheel and it just makes me look cooler and faster than I am. The Catrike 5.5.9. has it all except one thing, front and rear suspension. I found the 5.5.9. to be a very comfortable ride, I am sure some of the changes, like lengthening the frame, adding a larger 26 inch
    rear wheel and adding a padded seat, all helped in making the 5.5.9. Catrike the most popular trike.

    In conclusion: Catrike has been very successful with the 5.5.9., the 5.5.9. has stolen sales from the Trail, Expedition and Villager which I think is fine.

    Pros: Folding, light weight, 26 inch rear wheel, OMG paint, high seat and adjustable recline, great fit and finish.

    Cons: The 5.5.9 gained a bit of weight over some of Catrike other models. Catrike has lots of different models so it should be about choosing the best model for your riding style.

    Update from 2015: The Dumont
    which has front and rear suspension is now Catrike’s most comfortable riding trike.

    Overall Customer Rating of 3 Reviews:
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    Georgetown South Carolina

    Same as my friends trike

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    <p>My friend owns a Catrike 5.5.9 and talked me into buying the same trike. I will have to say that it is more fun than I thought it would be. We really love packing our two trikes up and traveling around and riding different trails in our area. Our average ride is about twenty five miles and we have gone up to fifty miles in one ride. We both have our trike set up about the same with a rear rack and side and a top bag on the rack. We both added flags, mirrors and a flashing rear light. I like that the Catrike 5.5.9 is very light and that it folds in half which makes it easy for us to transport both trikes inside one vehicle. The trike came with some very nice, high quality parts that function very well together. I patricianly like the bar end shifters over the Grip type shifters you find on most other trikes. The handling seems very precise and the ride quality seems to be very smooth for a trike without suspension.</p>

    St. Louis

    My favorite trike

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    <p>Catrike is known for high quality trikes that are made in the USA so I knew I wanted to buy a Catrike. I wanted a trike that was light weight and that would have a comfortable ride. I read a bunch of review and narrowed it down to the Catrike 5.5.9 and the Catrike Road. The Catrike Road has a rear suspension and a 20” rear wheel . The Catrike 5.5.9 does not have a suspension but does have a larger 26” rear wheel and padded seat. I got to ride both trikes back to back for a good comparison test. I chose the Catrike 5.5.9 over the Catrike Road, thought the rear suspension on the Catrike Road was a bit stiff and there was not a lot of travel. I was surprised with the ride quality on the Catrike 5.5.9. The larger 26” wheel helped because a bigger wheel can roll over a bump better than a smaller wheel. The Catrike 5.5.9 also had a padded seat which also added a bit more cushion but I think the biggest difference came from the longer wheelbase on the 5.5.9. The clincher was that the frame folded on the 5.5.9, not that I see myself using the folding feature but it is a nice thing to have if I need to.</p>

    Windsor Ontario Canada

    The perfect trike for me

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    <p>I rode a number of the Catrike models and the 5.5.9 really stood out for me. I wand the smoothest ride possible with a higher seat height and folding frame so I can easily transport the trike. The Catrike 5.5.9 satisfied all my need, The trike is very well made out of light weight aluminum and has high quality components. I thought the padded seat was going to be a big deal to me but at this point I think a simple mesh seat would have been fine. The seat does seem to be a bit warm but not so much that it is uncomfortable. I like that the Catrike are made in the USA, it give me confidence that if I need a part I will be able to get it without learning Chinese or another language. The paint is applied very even and has a very smooth shiny finish. For me the 5.5.9 really stood out above the other models with my second choice being the Expedition. The 5.5.9 beat the Expedition for me because of the higher seat height and being able to fold the frame for transportation.</p>
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