Catrike 5.5.9 Recumbent Trike
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Catrike 5.5.9 Recumbent Trike

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    Made in USA

    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.

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    Frame & Geometry

    Folded Length

    Folded Width

    Folded Height

    Total Length

    Total Width

    Total Height


    46 in

    32.5 in

    29.5 in

    81 in

    32.5 in

    29 in


    1168 mm

    826 mm

    749 mm

    1854 mm

    826 mm

    635 mm

    Wheel Base 44 in 991 mm
    Wheel Track 29 in 737 mm
    Seat Angle 44-51 deg
    Weight* 39.5 lb 17.9 kg
    Seat Height 11 in 279 mm
    Seat Width 14 in 356 mm
    BB Height 14 in 356 mm
    Ground Clearance 4 in 102 mm
    Height w/ Seat Folded 26.5 in 673 mm
    Turning Circle 5.49 m
    Turning Radius 2.74 m
    Rider Weight Limit 125 kg
    Rider X-Seam Range 39/46 in 99/117 cm


    Brakes Avid BB7 Disc Brakes
    Brake Levers Avid Speed Dial 7 Brake Levers
    Front Derailleur Microshift Triple
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X-7 10 Speed
    Shifters SRAM 500 TT Bar End Shifter
    Crankset FSA Gossamer Pro Triple
    Bottom Bracket FSA Road MegaExo
    Chain Guard FSA Guard
    Cassette SRAM 11/36 10 Speed
    Chain FSA 10 Speed
    Idler TerraCycle Sport Power Idler 15T
    Headsets FSA Zero Stack
    Front Tires 406 Schwalbe Marathon Racer
    Rear Tire 559 Schwalbe Marathon Racer

    Standard Features

    Padded seat

    Ergonomic adjustable seat back

    Roller wheels for rolling when folded

    Padded wrist rests

    Rear Fender

    Flag Mount & Flag
    Mirrycle Rear View Mirror
    Multi-Purpose Clipless Pedals
    Computer Sensor Mount
    Brake Lever Velcro Strap for Parking
    No Brake Steer
    Self Centering
    Ackerman Steering Compensation
    Structural Front Boom
    Quick-Release Indexing Boom Clamp
    Aluminium Rod Ends
    Low Friction PTFE Flared Chain Tube

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    Catrike 5.5.9 Review on November 9, 2015, updated December 1, 2020

    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 5.5.9 over the top comfortable. The 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 while folded can easily be rolled around the house or garage effortlessly. The Catrike 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.

    Seat: Catrike was the first company to offer a padded seat and it was a huge home-run for them. People love the idea of a padded seat and without even sitting 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 for 2021 will have a breathable padded, vented, seat out that the back and bottom are independently adjustable. 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 making it easier to get in and out of. Only the Catrike Villager has a higher seat with it being at 12 ½ inches. The seat angle on the Catrike 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. So who does the Catrike 5.5.9 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, 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 Catrike 5.5.9 gained a bit of weight over some of the others 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.