A picture of me at the state park near my home. It's about a 3 mile round trip which I did on my own. Notice the cane. I use a cane and a walker to get around but I've found new freedom with my Liberty Trike. You have given me the gift of freedom! No problem moving my 6ft 1in, 240 lb frame.
I can't thank you all enough! Bless you all!
Published on Nov 18, 2016 on by Court Rye on ElectricBikeReview.com's YouTube Channel!
The Liberty Trike is a custom electric tricycle manufactured by Worksman Cycles, designed in conjunction with Electric Bike Technologies. Recently I visited Pennsylvania and got to visit the Liberty Trike factory and speak with Jason Kraft, the man behind the liberty trike. Jason is a veteran in the ebike space, he also manages EbikeKit.com and ElectricTrike.com which together, provide a wide range of electric bicycle and mobility solutions since 2008.
While on our tour Jason showed me some packaging which has their logo (an older fellow wearing a fedora riding the trike), he said that’s a depiction of his father in law. They shared the logo on social media to get feedback when launching it in 2015 using crowdfunding. In recent iterations the controller unit has been attached more securely, the battery has become smaller and lighter and the packaging is more compact and doesn’t use foam anymore. Jason also talked about the possibility of a metal rack in the future.
Worksman Cycles makes the frames and they are in Queens New York (just a two hour drive from the Liberty Trike headquarters) and this enables them to improve and fix things quickly. I was told that the paint is another area where they have made some updates and added more colors. The price on the Liberty Trike has dropped to $1,498 with a $98 flat rate delivery charge (to the lower 48 states in the USA).
Liberty Trike: https://www.libertytrike.com/
Electric Bike Technologies: http://electricbiketechnologies.com/
We make small changes in every production run of the Liberty Trike based on feedback from our customers. The biggest changes have happened since the Crowdfunding campaigns ended.
The Liberty Trike has a top speed of about 11.5 mph normally. Sometimes, this is too fast, though. It is important when you are first learning to ride the trike to go slower. It's also important to go slower through turns.
You can control your top speed by using the + and - arrows on the control pad. There are 5 levels, providing 20% increments for controlling the assist level.
When you're going up steep hills, adjust to level 4 or 5 if you've been using a lower level on flat ground - the extra power will help you get up the hill.
Some of our customers have been asking us to limit the top speed of their trike. You can do this by changing the settings on the screen to disable the higher Assist Levels. For instance, if you adjust it so that "3" is the max assist level, then you won't be able to turn it up higher than 3, and your top speed will be about 7mph. The procedure is as follows:
Limit Power Output:
If you're ordering a new Liberty Trike and need it to be adjusted, let us know and we can set it up for you during assembly, so you don't have to do it at home.
"It made me smile and went way above and beyond"
"There's something really cool about a stable platform that empowers people that need that boost the most: people who are older and want to be liberated. It's neat."
Electric trikes are not widely available - there are only 7 Electric trikes on Electric Bike Review. For Reviewer Court Rye, it was a stand-out experience:
"It's awesome to see something like this being done in the world of electric bikes"
Court also offers some valid critiques, some of which we've already addressed - we are always improving the Liberty Trike with each new production run, and we welcome your suggestions.
Read the review of the Liberty Trike to learn more.
We are having a blast with our new trikes! The only problem was getting down the street, we had so many people stopping us to ask questions.
Thanks Jason and crew.
Liberty Trike Bea, you tell us! How is your ride?
April 22 at 9:11pm
Bea Rice: It's a killer just like scenery!!
I am 4 years into my 8th decade! I cannot walk without sticks. When I do walk, I can barely walk a street block and it takes me a long time. Today the trike was put together and charged up. I spent about 45 minutes going up and down the street learning to control the trike and learning the controls. My buddy on her ebike and I set off on my maiden journey!
We intended just to go around a couple of blocks! Well a couple of blocks led to 2.4 miles of freedom!! I love my trike! I love my new found freedom and look forward to many more fun trips.
For what it's worth, I was never able to walk into or around the Palace, today I finally did it and it was great!!
Thank you Jason and all the team!
This is so wonderful that I can get to a local coffee shop and sit outside enjoying my coffee, knowing that now, I can go and do this any time I want! Another freedom, the Liberty Trike has given me back!
I love my trike! I love my new found freedom and look forward to many more fun trips. Bea in San Fran #LibertyTrike
The trike exceeds all of my expectations! The performance far exceeds that of my mobility scooter.
I have had six toes amputated because of complications related to diabetes. I also have arthritis of both hips and my lower spine. (It's hell getting old!).
The trike fits very easily in both of my SUVs, a Hyundai Tucson and a Subaru Forester. I just need to lower the handlebars and seat. A lot of people in my community have stopped me and asked about trike. I have referred them to your website.
Thank you again,
Mike L - Hemet, CA
We got my mom on the trike yesterday. She managed 3.5 miles of riding first time out! My girls (ages 4, 7 and 8) couldn’t keep up with her. They think she is the coolest Nana on the block with her new trike!
As you can see my mom is a heavy lady (about 310 pounds), she has very limited mobility due to her weight and also arthritic knees and a bad hip. She is scheduled for gastric sleeve surgery (bariatric surgery for weight-loss) next month. If she can drop some of this excess weight she will be a good candidate for the knee and hip surgeries later in the year. I truly think this trike is perfect for her during this rehab year.
We are are so excited to see Nana out with the girls bike riding. As long as I can remember, my mom would jump at the opportunity to ride bikes. We noticed a few years ago that her mobility was declining. I quickly went out and bought her a recumbent Sun trike (even added a front hub motor), however, her knees were already in too much pain for that laid back positioning. She couldn’t even lift her legs over the recumbent trike to get on it and then further, asking her to lift them with every pedal stroke with her over sized stomach in the way was almost impossible. We were hunting for a Granny style trike (she tried one out on a beach trip in Hilton Head and liked the upright positioning) when we stumbled upon your Liberty Trike. I gotta say, she just stepped right over and sat down on this trike with such ease, I was so relieved!
This is a game changer for people like my mom. A vehicle to help her regain her health. Thanks for dreaming this and then making it happen.
Wishing Liberty Trike much success! Let me know if I can help in anyway.
Today I took the first extended test drive on my new “Big Orange” Liberty Trike of about nine miles. Everything went pretty much the way I thought it would. I did get a lot of stares and smiles from walkers, drivers, outside diners, and especially kids.
I am very pleased with the power of the motor. It was able to handle my 275lbs in good fashion. In fact, I wouldn’t want it to be any more powerful or faster than it is right now. I have to admit to maxing out at 11.5 to 12 MPH when the way ahead permitted.
With flashing lights front and rear, I used the bike lanes on the roads here in Tampa when sidewalk riding might interfere with pedestrians or slower bikes. The basket was great for holding a cooler bag with water and my small camera bag. At the end of the trip, the battery still showed 4 bars. I’ll try 15 miles next time and see what the battery indicator says then.
The build quality is what I expected from a Worksman trike, since I have purchased three industrial trikes from them in the past for my workers. However, I was a bit surprised to find a 13mm nut on the handlebar clamp and 1/2” on the seat clamp. Huh?? I’m not a big fan of the quick release clamps anyway. I know they are necessary for breaking the bike down quickly without tools, but I can’t stand any movement at all.
I am a bit disappointed that the one speed is impossible to get up to any speed under pedal power. I had hoped that the trike could be somewhat useful without power. That overdrive on the Sturmey Archer 2 speed might have been nice. In fact, three or more speeds would be better.
I can’t wait to take this trike to the zoo. I’ll let you know how Lowe's and Walmart feels about running up and down their aisles.