Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
Wow marz that is very cool. Seen all the other things over the hears, Harb Carvers, etc. but this looks really good.
Which model did you buy?
Do you have to be going downhill for the non-motorized version? If not can you actually generate enough power to go uphill?
I'm very interested in this.
You do not need to be going downhill on a Trikke. They are more popular on the coasts of California and Florida where there are nice flat boardwalks and bike trails along the beach. Definitely better to learn somewhere flat. They recommend a flat parking lot or outdoor sports court.
I can go uphill but not too steep a hill and not for very long . . . yet. Our driveway and the road in front of our house (short dead end road with only a few houses) is not flat. Still learning so I've gone downhill but not in a way that involves carving as a way to slow down, as in completing a ski turn by going uphill just enough to control speed. I use the hand brakes.
The models we tried out at the dealer were the 2014 versions of the T78CS and T78 Deluxe. The model names are based on the size of the wheels. The cheaper T78CS has poly wheels in back but can be converted later to air wheels. The differences you can't see in the Deluxe are upgraded brake cables and some other internal parts. I decided to get the T78 Deluxe, which says T78 Air on the frame.
If I were taller, I might have considered the T8, which has all air tires and has an aluminum frame so it's a little lighter. But not recommended for someone under 5'3".
The T12 is the best for on road longer rides, but pretty pricey. I think that's what they are riding in this short video demonstrating going uphill.