Sun Atlas Transit Industrial Tricycle Review

Sun Atlas Transit

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.  Sun Bicycle has just recently upgraded there industrial tricycle and changed the name from the Atlas Deluxe to the Atlas Transit.

Frame: The frame on the Sun Atlus Transit is MIG welded together in Taiwan and has a 250 Lbs. capacity.  The frame is easily put together by bolting the rear section to the front by using four bolts.  Sun offers the trike in two colors, Yellow and Black.

Gearing: The stock set up of the Sun Atlus Transit 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 if you have to ride up a ramp or hill.

Braking: The Sun Atlus Transit 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 braking will very depending on which wheel set you choose.  The best stopping can be achieved on the aluminum rim followed by the steel rim and then the mag wheels.

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 which gives the Atlas Transit a more recreational feel and adds stability.  While moving the cranks farther forward helps stability it also makes riding the trike standing a bit more awkward.  The Atlas Transit handing is precise and predictable and all of our testers thought Sun has offered up a good designed product.

Wheels:  Sun offers lot of wheel choices for the Atlas Transit.  The stock set up is with Mag Wheel, you can also get aluminum wheels which come with aluminum hubs and stainless steel spokes or steel rims with heavy duty spokes.  The mag wheels are molded from a plastic like material which will not rust and should not get out of true.  A popular option is tire liner to help prevent flat tires or solid tires.

Other Stuff: Large rear basket, front fender and reflector set are included.  Sun also paint the handlebars, cranks and other parts to make the trike very corrosion resistant.

Pros: The Atlas Transit 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 rear basket and three different types of wheel to choose from.  The frame is Mig welded together and the construction is solid.  The trike is very corrosion resistant; paint is applied evenly and consistently to not only the frame but the other parts as well.

Cons: Only a 250 Lbs weight limit

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