The highlights of the Trailmate’s EZ Roll Regal Trike is its low step through adjustable length frame, easy pedaling gearing. The EZ Roll Regal is available in three versions, Freewheel, coaster brake and three speed coaster brake. Trailmate also gives you four standard colors to chose from blue, red, lavender and green, they can also do a custom painted color for an up-charge. Trailmate has the frames made in China and packages the trike in USA for shipment to there dealers.
Frame: The frame is made of steel that is TIG welded together. The welding is good, smoother than the offering by Sun Bicycles on there comparable trike. The paint on our test trike was adequate sprayed on, the paint was evenly applied but lacking a bit if depth and shine. The frame come in three parts the bad is it a pain to put together if you are installing a coaster brake or three speed. The good is the frame length is adjustable so if you are tall or short the distance between the seat and handlebar can be adjusted for your likening. The frame has a 250 Lbs limit which is about the same as other trike we are reviewing, if you need a stronger frame with a higher capacity check out the industrial trikes and heavy duty trikes. We have seen a lot of EZ Roll Regals with bent chain guards. This is not a problem with the chain guard just a problem with the trike user. Many people for some reason feel they need to step on the chain guard to boost themselves up onto the seat. The chain guard was never designed for this and hence the bent chain guards.
Gearing: The gearing on the single speed freewheel version is easy and most people will find it not to difficult to pedal. Trailmate offers a coaster brake kit where you can stop the trike by pedaling backwards a quarter turn like a bike you rode when you were a kid. Trailmate also offers a three speed kit which is preferable and very nice. The three speed kit gets you a coaster brake so you can stop the trike with your feet, and one gear easier and one gear harder than the single speed version.
Braking: The three speed coaster brake kit worked very well and stopped our trike easily. The coaster brake is ideal for people who may have some arthritis in there hands, low hand strength or just feel safer with the coaster brake. All Trailmate EZ Roll Regal trikes come with a front hand brake which can stop the trike just fine by itself.
Seat: I feel as if no one will believe us on our review of this seat. Most people feel as wider has got to be better which is simply not true. The shape of the seat is the most important issue followed by the amount of padding and density of the padding then possibly the size of the seat. The EZ Roll Regal’s Lawn tractor seat should have stayed on the Lawn tractor. The seat is thinly padded but the sharp front edge simple did not work well against the underside of our legs. When you pedal your leg moves up and down and the seat is not contoured for this.
Ride: The ride was good but we did not care for the steering so much. The fork is raked out very far compared to other trikes we are reviewing and gave the Trailmate a less steady and precise feel.
Other Stuff: Trailmate offers the EZ Roll Regal with a vinyl coated rear basket, front fender, reflector set, flag and front brake with parking lock. Options include rear fenders, coaster brake kit and three speed coaster brake kit, mag wheel upgrade, heal supports foot straps, and a lifetime frame warranty. Weight 65-71 lbs.
Pros: Trailmate has been building the EZ Roll Regal just about forever like the Desoto. You can get a better fit no matter if you are vertically challenged or very tall due to the EZ Roll Regal’s adjustable length frame.. The EZ Roll Regal frame is made of square tubing which is stronger than the Desoto although both bike have the same weight rating of 250 Lbs. Available in single speed freewheel, single speed coaster brake and three speed coaster brake all with 24″ wheels. If you live by the ocean the Trailmate can be had with plastic mag wheel which not only look cool but do not rust. Come with a vinyl coated rear basket, alloy rims and chrome plated front fender. 65 Lbs
Cons: The Lawn tractor seat should have stayed on the Lawn tractor. The seat is thinly padded but the sharp front edge simple did not work well against the underside of our legs. The only way around this problem was to run the seat to low which hurt our ability to go up hill efficiently. More difficult to assemble than the Sun Traditional or Low Step Trike. Same wimpy fork as the Desoto and same less than responsive steering.
Best Place to buy: Your local bike shop or www.industrialbicycles.com