The Trailmate Desoto Classic is the industry standard for adult recreational tricycles, and it's easy to
see why. Trailmate has been building the popular Desoto Classic adult tricycle for over fourty years and the Desoto Classic is famous for its comfortable ride,
responsive performance and terrific value. Riders of all types appreciate the
extra wide western style saddle and optional three speed. Available in 3 sizes.
20", 24", or 26" for every size person.
Low step-through design makes access easy.
Western saddle seat offers hours of enjoyment.
Front caliper brake has convenient parking lock.
Complete reflector set and front chrome fender.
Rust-proof rear basket (white)
Many color choices on our 24" model.
Box Size 44"x16"x25"
Box Weight 66 Lbs
Reviewed By Adulttricycletrview.com
The highlights of the Trailmate’s Desoto Classic Trike is its low
step through frame, easy pedaling gearing and western style seat. The
Desoto Classic is available in three versions, Freewheel, coaster brake
and three speed coaster brake along with three wheel sized 20″, 24″ and
26″ Trailmate also gives you four standard colors to chose from blue,
red, lavender and green, they can also do a custom painted color for an
up-charge. Trailmate has the frames made in China and packages the trike
in USA for shipment to there dealers.
The frame is made of steel that is TIG welded together. The welding is
good, smoother than the offering by Sun Bicycles on there comparable
trike. The paint on our test trike was adequate sprayed on, the paint
was evenly applied but lacking a bit if depth and shine. The frame come
in two parts and is a pain to put together if you are installing a
coaster brake or three speed. The frame has a 250 Lbs limit which is
about the same as other trike we are reviewing, if you need a stronger
frame with a higher capacity check out the industrial trikes and heavy
duty trikes. We have seen a lot of Desoto Classic with bent chain
guards. This is not a problem with the chain guard just a problem with
the trike user. Many people for some reason feel they need to step on
the chain guard to boost themselves up onto the seat. The chain guard
was never designed for this and hence the bent chain guards.
The gearing on the single speed freewheel version is easy and most
people will find it not to difficult to pedal. Trailmate offers a
coaster brake kit where you can stop the trike by pedaling backwards a
quarter turn like a bike you rode when you were a kid. Trailmate also
offers a three speed kit which is preferable and very nice. The three
speed kit gets you a coaster brake so you can stop the trike with your
feet, and one gear easier and one gear harder than the single speed
Braking: The three speed coaster brake kit
worked very well and stopped our trike easily. The coaster brake is
ideal for people who may have some arthritis in there hands, low hand
strength or just feel safer with the coaster brake. All Trailmate
Desoto Classic’s trike come with a front hand brake which can stop the
trike just fine by itself.
Seat: The Western style
seat was wide and comfortable and appealed to us. The Western style
seat from on the Desoto Classic and the seat on the Sun trike were very
similar. We had numerous people ride both seats and the seats were
liked equally as well.
Ride: The ride was good but
we did not care for the steering so much. The fork is raked out very
far compared to other trikes we are reviewing and gave the Trailmate a
less steady and precise feel.
Other Stuff: Trailmate
offers the Desoto Classic with a vinyl coated rear basket, front
fender, reflector set, flag and front brake with parking lock. Options
include rear fenders, coaster brake kit and three speed coaster brake
kit, mag wheel upgrade, heal supports foot straps, and a lifetime frame
warranty. Weight 66-71 lbs.
Pros: Trailmate has
been building the Desoto Classic just about forever. It is a proven
well constructed trike with a large western seat. The seat is more
adjustable than the seat on the Sun Traditional and wider than the seat
on the Low Step. Available in single speed freewheel, single speed
Coaster brake and three speed Coaster Brake, 20″, 24″ or 26″ wheel and
four colors. If you live by the ocean the Trailmate can be had with
plastic mag wheel which not only look cool but do not rust. Come with a
vinyl coated rear basket, alloy rims and chrome plated front fender
Cons: If you get the coaster brake kit
or three speed kit it add a high level of complexity to get the chains
and frame adjusted properly. Wimpy looking fork compared to the other
trike and raked way out made it less responsive compared to the Sun
traditional or Low Step.
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