Understanding Why the Liberty Trike Doesn't Have Pedal Assist

June 15, 2023

Find out why Liberty Trike doesn't have pedal assist
The concept of pedal assist on electric bikes and trikes has been popular for a while now. It's a feature that many riders find handy and convenient, often aiding the ease of their cycling experience. However, at Liberty Trike, we've made a deliberate decision not to incorporate pedal assist into our designs, despite having the experience and ability to do so.

You may be wondering, why would we choose to exclude a seemingly beneficial feature? Does it make the Liberty Trike less effective? Is it because the technology is too expensive or too difficult to install? The answer to all these questions is a resounding no. In fact, the choice to exclude pedal assist from our Liberty Trike models is entirely intentional and driven by the desire to provide the safest and most comfortable ride for our users, primarily seniors.



For over fifteen years, we've been in the electric bike and trike business, continually innovating and tailoring our products to suit our customers' needs. We've worked with a multitude of models, many of which do include a pedal assist feature. We could easily install a pedal assist system on any electric bike or trike, but when it comes to the Liberty Trike, we've made a different choice.

Let's dive into the technical aspects a bit. Pedal assist systems often involve what's called a Cadence Sensor. This sensor, which includes a disc with magnets, is attached to the crank of the bike or trike. As you pedal, the sensor tracks the rotation speed of the magnets, essentially measuring your cadence or pedaling rate.

So, how does it assist you while cycling? The sensor is programmed in such a way that every few clicks or rotations will trigger an automatic propulsion boost to your ride. Sounds pretty great, right?

Well, not always. The primary issue with pedal assist lies in the word "automatic". While this feature can make cycling more effortless, particularly uphill or over longer distances, it can also lead to unexpected surges in speed. This automatic, and sometimes sudden, propulsion can prove problematic, especially for our primary demographic - senior riders.

Safety is paramount when designing our Liberty Trikes. For senior riders, maintaining control and stability is essential. Unexpected surges can be disconcerting, leading to potential safety issues, or at the very least, an uncomfortable ride. We want to eliminate any risk of such occurrences, ensuring that each ride on a Liberty Trike is smooth, safe, and enjoyable.

It's important to clarify that pedal assist isn't inherently a bad feature. For younger riders or those seeking a boost in their cycling experience, it can indeed be a beneficial addition. However, for the Liberty Trike and its riders, we believe the potential risks associated with pedal assist outweigh the benefits.

At the end of the day, our mission is to provide a trike that is not only reliable and durable but also safe and easy to use for our riders. We've put much thought and consideration into each feature we include (or exclude), always with the best interest of our users in mind. That's why we stand by our decision not to incorporate pedal assist into our Liberty Trike design.

So, if you've ever wondered about the absence of pedal assist in your Liberty Trike, we hope this explanation clears up any queries. As always, we're dedicated to ensuring the best riding experience for you, and we're here to help with any questions or concerns you might have. Feel free to get in touch with us anytime.

In the meantime, happy riding on your Liberty Trike!

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