Reviewed by Adulttricyclereview.com
Catrike 700, Posted on November 13, 2015 and updated December 3, 2021
you are looking for the ultimate in all out speed and performance, look
no further. You found it with the Catrike 700. I have a small lake
cottage that my grandfather purchased back in the 1930’s. I simply love
being by the water and enjoy every minute I am there. This past spring I
loaded up the family and headed to our lake cottage for the weekend,
like most weekends in the summer. When we got to our cottage my neighbor
was standing in his driveway admiring his new toy. When I saw it, I
said to my wife, “Wow do you see what Ray has got?” My wife’s response,
“it looks like Ray got a new car.” I said, “that is not just a new car.
That is the coolest car ever made and AC Cobra.” I parked my F150 and
headed right over to Ray’s house. My wife and kids knew there was no
stopping me and they started to unload our truck with our things for the
weekend. Ray just picked up the car that day and gave me the low down
on his new car. 427 big block engine! Side pipes! Racing seats! Manual
I told him the AC Cobra was my favorite car of all time,
hoping some way he would offer to take me for a ride. Ray is a good guy
he said he was going for ice cream with his wife and would take me for a
ride when he returned. I waited impatiently for about an hour. From
about a quarter mile away, I heard him coming. I ran out to my driveway
and waited for him to drive up. My wife and kids came out as well. Ray’s
wife hopped out of the car and I hopped in. We then preceded down our
little dirt road to the main road. Without saying a word, Ray turns onto
the main road and stood on the gas pedal. From 10 mph to 90 mph in
about three seconds even on a curve in the road. The car felt glued to
the road, super stable, and fast as hell! That’s exactly how I feel on
the Catrike 700. The AC Cobra is basically a race car. No frills like
soft riding suspension, air conditioning or power windows, just flat out
performance and the Catrike 700 is the same.
The Catrike 700 is
one of the fastest trike made for recreational use. One of the things
that makes the Catrike 700 faster than other trikes is how you are
positioned on the trike. You are low, very low and laid way, way back,
making you very aerodynamic. The biggest thing holding anyone back from
going faster, is air drag on your body. The Catrike 700 is about as aero
as you can get without a fairing. Second, is the big 700c rear wheel,
and skinny fast rolling tires all the way around the trike. Our Catrike
700 test trike comes stock with a neck rest, mirror, wrist rest and
clipless platform pedals. I am very pleased to say that you can get a
Catrike much faster now than ever before. Up until the 2016 season,
every Catrike was made to order. The procedure was that the bicycle
dealer places an order with Catrike and Catrike would build the trike in
the color the dealer requested. This process took about four weeks,
until now. Catrike for 2016 will be stocking trikes. Hurry!!! Now you
can get your Catrike in your favorite color, in less than half the time.
The frame on the Catrike 700 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 upgraded the frame in
2019 to a through axle design for the rear wheel. The advantage to a
through axle is it adds a lot of stiffness and strength to the rear
frame. I think Catrike was also looking on down the road making the
frame stronger to accommodate motor kits.
Catrike 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.
The shifting is superb on the Catrike 700. 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. Catrike mating the GX rear derailleur with the
SRAM 500 TT Bar End Shifter and Microshift front derailleur. Catrike
uses this setup on all of 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 some other brands of trikes.
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 trike 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: The seat on the Catrike
700 is a breathable mesh that is padded for comfort. It has some nice
pockets sewn in the back for carrying your important things. The seat
height of the Catrike 700 is 8 ½ inches and the seat angle is a fixed at
25 degrees so you got to love it from the start because you can not
make any adjustments.
Ride: The ride on the
Catrike 700 is like the AC Cobra, stiff. It feels glued to the road, and
you can rip around corners and there is no concern about tipping over.
The Catrike 700 is blazing fast, good handling and just about as fun as
you can get on a trike. Is it practical for most people? No! Is it easy
to get in and out of? No! Is it something I would like to do a long ride
on? No! Is it a trike that you can probably be the fastest person on
you group ride? Yes!
In conclusion: Like my neighbors AC Cobra, is the Catrike 700 practical? No. Is it exciting to ride “Oh Yeah”. T
Pros: Fast, light weight, OMG paint
Cons: Not practical for most riders.
Try the Catrike Villager for a more universal trike.