Catrike 700 no. 005
Still enamored with the idea of "ultracycling " with a trike, I have been looking at the Trice Monster for a more comfortable, more aerodynamic and potentially more stable ride on the flats and descents. After having made up my mind of handing over $8000+ for the custom ICE Monster, Dana Lieberman from BentupCyles mentioned that Catrike had come out with the 700 series under $ 3000. I was immediately sold! Pictures on the web were sensational!
Got mine a few days ago and I am one happy camper. We fitted 155 mm Rotor Cranks 26/39/53. SRAM rear cassette 11-34.Tried to fit SRAM Dual Drive but were unsuccessful. The 700 allows for a 130 mm axle rather than the Dual Drive's 135 mm. Probably could "cold fit " it. But I was worried that I would have a hard time fixing flats. Riding the hills this weekend, it became quickly clear that I needed lower gears to ride comfortably in the Santa Monica Hills without the chance of ruining my knees.
Despite a much longer wheel base and 700 wheel the new trike fits perfectible in my Toyota Sienna van:
The Catrike 700 puts you in a far more reclined position than the Catrike Speed .While I never use the headrest on the Speed, climbing while basking in the sun makes a headrest less of a luxury for the 700.
In "good" company!
Following several reports on tipping a trike after rear tire blowout, I installed a TUFO tubular clincher on the Catrike 700 clincher rim. All the advantages of a tubular tire except for the weight, which equals a clincher tire with inner tube and rim tape.
Installed the new Catrike headrest. Works well.
Installed SRAM Dual Drive fitted for 130 mm dropout ( from GreenSpeed ) with 650 rear wheel and TUFO tubular clincher C Jet Special 650C x 19mm, June 2007:
Short " break in " run on climbs from Hwy 395 near Lone Pine, Big Pine and Bishop, CA. First off 4000ft climb in 12.8 miles to Horse Shoe Meadows. Worked well without wheel slip. The last 1000 ft I required the lowest gear of 26/34/ mountain setting Dual drive ( 13.6 gear inches ):
Next day White Mountain Road to Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Elevation over 10000ft, grades of 20%+. Running out of air!!. Southfork Lake from Hwy 168 to finish the day ( and me as well ):
Whitney Portal Road the next morning:
November 2007, changed back to the 700 rear wheel without Dual Drive. Installed the 650 Dual drive on the Expedition. Installed SRAM XO rear gripshifter.
September 2009, installed the new Van Arkel Catrike 700 bags