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May 19, 2021

WHICH DRIFT TRIKE IS BEST FOR YOU?

Drift trikes are quickly gaining popularity across the world, and we completely get it. Who wouldn’t love to skim a tight curve at speeds that would make Usain Bolt jealous?

If you’re looking to get into drift trikes but don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. Before you purchase or construct your first trike, think about where you’ll be riding and how you want your drift trike to operate. Will you be riding uphill, downhill, or on flat stretches? Keep reading to find out which type of trike you might need.

Type 1: Gravity Drift Trike

These machines are perfect for riders who are new or inexperienced to drift trike riding. A gravity trike doesn’t rely on any propulsion system other than your body because it’s powered by pedaling. They’re also fantastic for learning the tricks to complex maneuvers since breaking and pedaling are required for use.

As gravity drift trikes aren’t powered by electricity or an engine, they’re the most cost-effective to purchase and maintain. Just keep in mind that pedaling uphill can be laborious, so these are best used for downhill triking.

Type 2: Electric Drift Trike

This kind of trike has a lot of power without an inflated price tag. Ideal for areas that don’t have a lot of hills, an electric drift trike can give you the thrill you’re looking for on a flat stretch of road. The downside is, they constantly need a charge, and the battery will run out of juice after only an hour or so. If you want to partake in racing or extensive trike trips, you might want to consider a gas-powered machine instead.

Type 3: Motorized Drift Trike

A motorized drift trike can easily be used on uphill, downhill, or flat roads. With the gas-powered engine comes higher max speeds, better handling, and higher grip. They’re the most expensive type of trike to construct/purchase/maintain, but even so, they’re a favorite among trike enthusiasts.

If you decide to build your own motorized trike, make sure you keep the following in mind.

Most drift trike motors produce between 6.5 and 7 HP. You want enough power to get you up hills easily, but not so much power that your trike becomes dangerous.

Your rear wheels will need to be deflated slightly and installed inside PVC pipe of the same diameter, then re-inflated to hold the pipe in place. We recommend going with a 10” or 11” diameter wheel since PVC for those sizes is easy to find. Avoid a 13" wheel if possible.

When affixing the seat to the frame, make sure it’s about 10 inches in front of the rear axle. This will help with weight distribution and will increase the handling capability of your trike.

Your axle determines how stable your drift trike will be. The wider the axle, the more stable. We recommend 40 inches for your axle length to minimize the risk of a spill.

The ROP Shop does offer two different drift trike kits. We offer a 36" Drift Trike Kit, and a 40" Drift Trike Kit. So if you’re looking to construct your own trike without breaking the bank, definitely give those a look. Also, be sure to check out our drift trike motor parts. We’ll also be offering replacement tires for our kits within the next few months, so keep an eye on theropshop.com! We’re here to help you have fun while staying rugged.

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