Trident Terrain Posted on March 22, 2016
The Trident Terrain will probably turn more heads than any other trike in the market. My son Nathan, who is 21 years old and is studying mechanical engineering in college, got to be my riding partner for the day. We were very excited to try both the Trident Terrain and the Sun Seeker Fat Tad, back to back. The trikes are both Fat tire trikes, but that is where the similarities end. Trident makes the Terrain in two wheel sizes: 20” Fat and 26” Fat. We tested the 26” wheel version. The Sun Seeker Fat Tad only comes with 20” Fat tires. Now, these trikes really are quite different. Besides wheel size, the Sun Seeker comes with front and rear suspension and the frame is nonfolding. During my ride with Nathan, we had the opportunity switched trikes back and forth a number of times. I was excited to have him on the ride and see what he thought of the Trident Terrain vs the Sun Seeker Fat Tad. Trident was smart in the design of the Terrain. Most of design was borrowed from Trident’s other trike models. The frame is a modified Spike frame with a longer rear end to accommodate the 26” Fat tire. The handlebars are borrowed from the Trident Titan. Trident is known as a good quality trike at a low price. I think they really do a good job at delivering just that. Trident has their trike manufactured in China. Most everyone else manufactures in Taiwan, Germany, England or the USA. The people at Trident trikes are smart, they are keeping there overhead super low.
Frame: The Terrain has a steel frame with a telescoping aluminum boom. The TIG welds are precise and consistent on the Terrain and better than you would expected on a trike in this price range. Trident, uses direct steering on the Terrain which is simple and works just fine on this type of trike. The Trident Terrain can be folded very easily by removing the seat with the two quick release levers and then using the quick release lever on the hinge to fold the trike. The rear of the frame folds over the top of the front part of the frame. The Terrain uses more of a traditional fold rather than a flat fold. The advantage of a traditional fold, is that you do not have to remove your rack bag or pannier to fold the trike. I will have to say that the Trident Terrain folds easier than some trikes costing almost triple the price. The hinge looked to be well made and Trident gives the trike a 275 lbs weight capacity. Trident also makes an extra long boom for the Terrain.
Paint: The paint is a powder coat that is applied generously and should last the life of the trike. The paint was smooth and had a nice shine. Personally I think the green is awesome and just fits this aggressive looking trike perfectly.
Drivetrain: The drivetrain is a basic entry level Shimano seven speed coupled with a Shimano twist type shifter. The Crankset is an alloy Crank with a 32 tooth Chain Ring. Trident offers an upgrade kit where the Terrain can be upgraded to a 21 speed.
Brakes: Trident chose the Avid BB5 mechanical disc brake system on the Terrain and coupled them with locking alloy brake levers. I have no issue with the mechanical brakes that Avid offers; they are simple, reliable and easy to adjust.
Seat: The seat on the Trident Terrain is very adjustable. The seat height can be adjusted from 20 7/8 to 22 7/8 inches. The seat angle can easily be adjusted with one quick release lever from 38 – 45 degrees. Trident’s new seat frame is made of aluminum and much nicer than their older version that was made out of steel. The new aluminum seat frame received some new shaping and fit my lower back and bottom well. The seat fabric is padded, breathable and is well made. The seat fabric has a reflective strip across the top and a nice zipper pocket. The seat is a bit wider and taller than most other trike brand seats which is a good thing. The Trident Terrain seat width measured 16 inches and the height measured 22 inches.
Ride: Both Nathan and I felt that the Trident Terrain was just a blast to ride. The super large fat tires just ate up the bumps and rolled over everything in our path. With the Fat tires the ride became very comfortable. When I fist heard that Trident was going to do a trike with 26” Fat tires I thought there would be no way that thing would turn well. With such large tires I thought that the tire would be rubbing on the seat all the time when turning, but that just did not happen. I was very impressed in how tight a circle you could turn on the Terrain. I also thought that the Fat tires would take a lot more energy to turn the trike and I was shocked that the steering had a much lighter feel than I expected. We both preferred the seat at it lowest position and would have even preferred it a bit lower in relationship to the crank. This is just a personal adjustment and really just a bit different than most other trikes I ride. The Terrain crank is a bit lower in relationship to the seat than other trikes which is neither good or bad just different. Some people that have issues with say their feet going numb will prefer the lower crank to seat. A slight negative to the lower crank to seat is it will cost you a little bit of power. When we returned from our ride we had some other people ride the Terrain as well to get some more opinions. Everyone said the trike felt flexy and soft. I do believe there is a number of factors contributing to this feel. First are the tires at 10 Psi. The other trikers who rode the Terrain keep there tire between 50 Psi and 100 Psi which will change the ride dramatically. Second is the frame is longer to compensate for the 26” fat tire. Third there did seem to be some extra movement between the bottom seat quick release and the frame. Add all three things together contributr to the trike feeling a bit flexy. But, that is ok.
Accessories: Trident’s neck rest is very well made and I like the extra large pad. Trident’s rear rack is well made and a quality piece.
In Conclusion: You will not find a trike that will turn more heads than the Terrain. Simply, the Terrain is not very efficient but a real blast to ride.
Pros: A quality Fat trike that folds and a very reasonable price. Maximum coolness.
Cons: Big Fat tires with knobs take more energy to pedal. You will never win any races on this trike. Currently no mudguards are available.
Best place to buy: Your local Trident bike dealer or www.industrialbicycles.com
One might compare the Terrain to the Sun Seeker Fat Tad