TW-Bents Trident Recumbent Trike

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The 2016 TW-Bents Trident features a 100% 4130 chromoly frame. The construction quality is outstanding, welding, paint, fit and finish and component choice is equal to trike costing much much more.

There are a number of new features on the new TW-Bents Trident models. First is the folding frame so the trike can be easily transported or made smaller for storage. The chain is managed by teflon chain tubes and a few lengths of flexible rubber tubing. In less than a minute you can easily fold or unfold your trike.

The TW-Bents handling is very smooth, light and responsive. There is no brake steer, and no pedal steer. The Trident handles very well with only one hand on the bars even at higher speeds. Trike handling just doesn’t get more dialed that what is offered on the Trident.

The Trident comfortable cockpit doesn’t take anything away from its smooth ride either. The seat pretty much disappears beneath you which is pretty much what you want in a seat. The Trident bottom bracket isn’t obnoxiously high either. The handlebars are widely adjustable also so dialing those in shouldn’t be an issue.

All of the components worked well together on the Trident. The Tw-Bents crank comes with 30-42-52 chainrings and the cassette is a SRAM 11-32 tooth 8 speed cassette.Giving the rider a nice baud range of gears to choose from.

The Tw-Bent Trident is one of the best valued trikes on the market, couple that with one of the best rides and you have a trike that is hard to beat.

Specification :

Shifter:SARM Centera twist 24 speeds

Steering link-rod: Aluminum Alloy

Handle bar:Aluminum Alloy

Front derailleur:Shimano Sora

Rear derailleur : MicroSHIFT

Cassette:SARM PG-850 11-32t

Tire :Kenda high pressure F/20",R/26"(F/406,R/559)


Rim : Double wall CNC side walls

Seat:Aluminum alloy frame with AIR MESH

B.B.:Alloy BB-7420AL F2001E

Brake:PROMAX Mechanical disc brake

Hub : Alloy, Bearing

Cranks/Chainwheels:Alloy 52/42/30t

Steering forks: Direct steering

Pedal : Alloy, Bearing

Chain:KMC Z72

Spoke :Sus

Brake lever:Alloy

X Seam Minimum: 37"

X Seam Maximum: 52"

Max Rider Weight: 275 Lbs

Trike Wright:42.5

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I had the opportunity to test both the TW-Bents Artifice and Trident

back to back at TW-Bents USA distributor Industrialbicycle in Dearborn,

Michigan. When most people think of Dearborn, Michigan, they think Ford

Motor Company. Ford World Headquarters is on the same road as

Industrialbicycles and only about two miles east of their location. I

have had the opportunity to ride the trike on the famous Edward Hines

Drive which is a very busy road but not for cars but for bikes. There is

a nice smooth blacktop path along the side of the road for cyclist,

skaters and walkers. The hard core cyclists ride the shoulder of the

road and car traffic seems to be at a minimum within the park. The

Industrialbicycles staff said Edward Hines Drive it the best spot in the

area for riding and that they ride it often. Starting in Dearborn you

can ride all the way to Northville, a 40 miles round trip.

Visiting Industrialbicycles, you will find 37 different trikes on their

showroom floor and somewhere around six hundred trikes in their


TW-Bents is new to the USA, but not new to the trike manufacturing

business. TW-Bents has been manufacturing trikes since 1999. TW-Bents

builds trikes for a number of different brands in the USA, Japan and


Frame: The frame on the TW-Bents Trident is made out of

100% Cro-moly steel, TIG welded together in Taiwan. The tubing is

shaped and manipulated to optimized the frame for strength but not

sacrifice the ride in any way. The welds are beautiful and equal to the

best trikes in the industry. TW-Bents hinges show no flex and was easy

to operate. All the cable routing was smartly ran through braze-ons

attached to the frame. TW-Bents did a real nice job at finding the right

placement for the braze-ons so you do not have to put those ugly

plastic wire ties around the the frame. I noticed an extra set of

braze-ons on the rear of the frame and was surprised to see that they

ran back to where you could add a disc rear brake. The disc rear brake

mount was so cleanly made, you barley notice it added to the frame. Rack

fittings were also brazed onto the back of the frame and there are

spots to add a rear fender as well.

Paint: The gloss mango paint job on the Trident is as

good as you could ask for. No thin spots, runs or paint imperfections.

The decals are then applied and the final step is a nice clear coat over

everything, to keep everything looking nice for a long time.

Drive Train: The shifting is superb on the TW-Bents

Artifice. The Artifice comes with a premium SRAM Centera twenty-four

speed shifter set. The front derailleur is a Shimano Sora and rear

derailleur is a Microshift which gives the artifice it’s above average

drive-train performance. Microshift is a lesser known brand compared to

Shimano and SRAM, but gaining popularity very quickly in the bike

business. The Microshift derailleurs are also manufactured in Taichung,

Taiwan, the same place that TW-Bent manufactures their trikes and bikes.

Brakes: The mechanical disc brakes and Tektro brake

levers, stops the trike consistently and had no brake rub. I have no

issue with the mechanical brakes that TW-Bents chose for the Trident.

Tchey are simple, reliable and easy to adjust. A super convenient

feature on the brakes, are that each brake pad can be adjusted

independently so you can really dial in your brake adjustment. TW-Bents

chose Tektro brake levers with a simple push button which allows the

brake to be lock in the on position. ICE trike chose a different route,

by adding a brake to the rear wheel and a remote shifter to control the

parking brake. This works well but added almost a pound to the ICE brand

trikes. A rear disc brake can be added to the Trident as an additional

parking brake or for someone who wished to upgrade the front brake to

hydraulic brakes.

Seat: Both of our trike testers found the seat to be

comfortable. The seat is extra tall so taller riders should find it more

enjoyable. The seat is contoured nicely for lower back support and has a

nice breathable fabric down the center. The sides of the seat fabric

are padded with a foam, to offer a bit more support and pad the aluminum

seat frame. The seat can be easily removed by loosening the two quick

releases under the seat. The seat angle is not adjustable but felt just

right. With all the curving on the seat frame, the angle is difficult to

measure but I found it to be around 47 degrees. Clamp on water bottle

cages can easily be mounted to the back of the seat frame and the seat

frame has two flag mounts welded on.

Ride: I really liked the ride on the Trident. The

Cro-Moly frame did a fantastic job at soaking up the bumps. Not only did

I think the ride was comfortable for my 170 lbs. Body, but Nathan, our

other trike tester who is 300 lbs., was very surprised by the ride.

TW-Bents uses both direct and indirect steering on there trikes. The

Trident uses direct steering like Catrike and Terratrike. The steering

was spot on, no hint of brake steer or pedal steer, the steering is very

predictable and precise. The Trident ran straight even when pedaling

hard and not holding onto the handlebars. Personally, I felt the

steering was just a tad heavy but I am sure that is why it went so well

in a straight line. I am sure some of the above average ride quality

came from the twenty-six inch rear wheel. The Trident seat height is

twelve inches and the bottom bracket is seventeen inches. The higher

than average bottom bracket height makes the Trident feel like a high

performance, go fast trike but without the super low seat height.

Accessory: The neck rest is probably the best on the market, offering a very comfortable feel.

In conclusion: The TW-Bents Trident has a very nice ride. I was very

impressed with the Trident’s ability to absorb bumps. The handling was

spot on and better than many other trikes on the market. All the frame

braze-ons were nicely positioned and there was no need for any plastic

wire ties to hold any cabling. For someone looking for a trike that they

can stuff inside a small area, keep looking, but for someone that

folding feature is not so important, the Trident is worth a good look.

Pros: Light for a Cro-Mo frame 42.5 Lbs, above average seat comfort, above average ability to absorb road shock.

Cons: Does not fold small. We would have liked to see a

flat fold, like on the ICE Adventure Trikes, no pocket on rear of seat

for carrying small things like a wallet, cellphone, pump and spare inter

tube. At this time there is no front mudguard option.