Sun Atlas Cargo Industrial Tricycle Review

Sun Atlas Cargo

Sun bicycle have been building quality adult tricycles for over forty years and has become the largest seller of adult tricycles in the world.  I personally know Jack and Ben, the owners  at Sun Bicycles, and there are no harder working guys in the bike business.  Sun Bicycle’s philosophy has always been to offer good quality products at a low price and then stand behind the product.  The Sun Atlas is Sun’s most durable industrial tricycle.

Frame: The frame on the Sun Atlus Cargo is MIG welded together in Taiwan and has a 500 Lbs. capacity.  The frame is easily put together by bolting the rear section to the front by using four bolts.  The Atlas has a rear platform that bolts directly to the rear frame for carrying your cargo.

Gearing: The stock set up of the Sun Atlus Cargo is a one speed freewheel.  Most factory and industrial users will add the coaster brake kit to the trike so the trike can be stopped by pedaling a quarter turn backwards with the pedals.   Sun also offers a three speed and five speed coaster brake kit which is a nice addition of you have to ride up a ramp or hill.

Braking: The Sun Atlus Cargo uses a “V” style front brake which is welded to the fork of the trike.  The “V” brake come with oversize brake pads and can stop the trike more than sufficiently.  The rear brake is a band brake which has a disc on the rear axle and a bad that squeezes down on the disc when you wish to stop.  Band brakes are very popular in Asia and third world countries because of there simplicity and reliability.

Seat: Big, oversize and with springs, all of our trike tester feel the stock seat is of good quality and more than comfortable enough.

Ride: We like the ride on the Sun trikes.  The cranks are positioned a bit farther forward and gives the Atlus Cargo a more recreational feel and adds stability.  While moving the cranks farther forward helps stability it also make riding the trike standing a bit more awkward.  The Atlus Cargo handing is precise and predictable and all of our testers thought Sun has offered up a good designed product.

Wheels:  Sun offers only one wheel set for the Atlas Cargo it is a steel set of wheels with extra thick spokes.

Other Stuff: Large rear platform, front fender and reflector set are included.

Pros: The Atlas Cargo brings safety, durability and stability to everyone who rides this well built trike.  Features sealed crank, headset and rear axle bearings, extra wide saddle with springs, heavy duty platform  The frame is Mig welded together and the construction is solid.  The paint is applied evenly and consistently and should last for the life of the trike.

Cons: You have got to like safety yellow or you are out of luck.

Best place to buy: Local Sun Dealer or www.Industrialbicycles.com

Pros:

  • A very comfortable seat bottom
  • Easier to get on and off of compared to a tadpole style trike
  • Low price

Cons:

  • A little more tippy than a Tadpole style trike

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Trike Detailed Specifics

Spec Type Spec Value
Wheel Base
56.5″ (143cm)
Overall Length
73″ (185cm)
Width
30.5″ (77.5cm)
Seat Height
22″ (56cm)
Weight
56 lbs
Weight Limit
300 lbs
X-Seam
32-48″
Full Specifications As of 2013
Frame: High Tensile Steel, TIG-Welded
Fork: High Tensile Steel, TIG-Welded
Headset: Steel, Caged Bearings, Sealed, 25.4 x 34 x 30mm, Black
Handlebar: Steel w/2 Bottle Braze-ons
Stem: Alloy, 22.2 x 240mm Quill x 40mm Ext., Black
Grips: 2-Tone Kraton Gel
Front Brake Lever: Alloy, Linear Pull, Black/Silver
Rear Brake Lever: Alloy, Linear Pull, Black/Silver
Front Brake: Alloy, Linear Pull, Black
Rear brake: Single Mech. Disc
Front Shifter: Sram MRX 3-Speed Grip Shift
Rear Shifter: Sram MRX 7 Speed Grip Shift
Front Derailleur: Microshift, DP, 31.8mm Clamp
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tourney, Black
Sprocket: Fixed Sprocket 15mm x 20T
Rear Axle: Rear Axle EZ3/X3 SX
Saddle: Contoured Foam w/Tri-Color Cover
Seat Mesh: Cool Mesh Seat Back
Seat Back: Cool Back Steel w/2 Bottle Mounting Points
Seat Cover: Tri-Stitch, Permanent
Seat Mount: Steel 1″ Black
Seat Mount Binder: QR M6x50mm Alloy
Seat Back Pivot Bolt: 10mm, Chrome
Upper Strut: Steel 150mm Black
Upper Strut Bolt: M5x35mm
Upper Strut Washer: Curved Nylon Washer
Lower Strut: Steel, Clamp Type, 240mm BLK
Strut Clamp: Pin with QR
Crank Set: Alloy 170×48/38/28 (steel rings)
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridge, 68 x 118mm
Chain: 1/2″ x 3/32″, Sil/Gry, (218 Link Total)
Chain Guide: Single Guide Wheel
Chain Guide Hardware: Guide Wheel Hardware Double
Pedals: Resin Pedals, 9/16″
Front Hub: Alloy, 28H x 14G with Q/R Axle, Black
Rear Hub: Trike, Pinned Steel, 36H, Black
Front Rim: 16 x 1.5-1.75″ Alloy SL 36H
Rear Rim: 20 x 1.5-1.75″ Alloy SL 36H
Spokes: 14G Stainless Steel with Brass Nipples, Black
Front Tire: 16×1.50 BW Kenda Kwest 60psi
Rear Tire: 20×1.50 BW Kenda Kwest 60psi
Weight: 56 Lbs