Sun Baja Review
Sun Baja Review on August 12, 2022
The Sun Baja was the first fat tire trike on the market and now there are other companies trying to copy them but they have not come close to the value and quality that Sun Bicycle brings to the table. Sun Bicycles, based in Miami Florida, has been building quality adult tricycles for over forty years and has become the largest seller of adult tricycles in the world.
I personally have known Jack and Ben, the owners at Sun Bicycles, for over forty years. Jack and Ben started a company called JB Importers in 1971 and have grown the business to the largest distributer of bicycle parts in North America. There are no harder working guys in the bike business than the team at JB Importers, Ben is in his late 80’s and still comes to work almost every day. Sun Bicycle’s philosophy has always been to offer good quality products at a low price and then stand behind the product. Sun really is
the best in the industry, they carry an incredible amount of replacement parts so you can be assured if you need a replacement part they will more than likely have it in stock.
Frame: The frame on the Sun Baja 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. The Sun Baja’s frame design gives you an extremely low step-through for easy on and off access. Sun offers the trike in Aqua Gloss and Graphite Metallic. The Sun Baja uses a pedal forward design on their trikes where the seat is set back about an additional three to four inches from the crank similar to a traditional two wheel bicycle. For some reason, older people really like this position much better. People tell me that it is easier on their knees but I am not sure why that would be. Some of the advantages to the seat setting farther back is the seat is farther from the pedals so you can have a lower overall seat height yet have the correct leg extension. By moving the seat farther back it centers the rider weight farther back over the two rear wheels adding more stability to the trike.
Gearing: The Sun Baja comes with a Sunrace seven speed drivetrain mated with a Sunrace twist type shifter. The shifter has nice little window in it that shows you the gear you are currently in. Having a trike with gears is a nice benefit especially if you need to ride up a hill or into the wind so then you can just easily down shift into an easier gear.
Braking: The Sun Baja uses disc brake front and rear. The brakes are simple cable actuated disc made by Promax who is a huge brake
manufacture for the bike industry. The trike used 160mm rotors both front and rear and it made the trike stop very well.
Seat: I found the large oversize seat with springs to be very comfortable. Sun Bicycle, and other companies, offers Gel seat pads that can go overtop of the existing seat for the ultimate in comfort. The seat is supported by an oversize seat post that it can be raised quite high for a tall rider looking to stretch out their legs as they ride.
Ride: We really like the ride on the Sun Baja. The Sun Baja’s handling is precise and predictable, and all of our testers thought Sun Bicycle has offered up a well thought out produce with a good, safe design.
Wheels: The wheels are what makes the Baja the Baja. The big oversize 24″x3.5″ tires with a smooth file tread design on the tires rolled well and offered a nice, smooth, soft ride. The spokes are stainless steel so they will not rust. The rims are aluminum with large cut outs to shave off weight. The hub has sealed bearings which should require no maintenance and should last a very long time.
Other Stuff: A very light weight large rear basket and reflectors set are included.
In conclusion: I think the Sun Baja is the coolest looking upright type trike on the market. It is practical with its seven gears, premium Disc brakes, extra wide seat and it’s safe, predicable ride, along with good build quality and a dealer network that can service your trike.
Pros: The Sun Baja brings safety, durability, and stability to everyone who rides this well built trike. Features: sealed rear axle bearings, extra wide seat with springs. The frame is MIG welded together and the construction is solid. The trike is very corrosion resistant; paint is applied evenly and consistently.
Cons: Only a 250 Lbs weight limit.
Best Place to buy: Your local bike shop or www.industrialbicycles.com
- Corrosion resistant
- Good paint
- 250 lb weight limit
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Trike Detailed Specifics
- Seat height (seat to pedals): 33″ (838 mm)
Wheels and Tires
- Wheel size (front wheel): 24″ x 3.5″
- Wheel size (rear wheel): 24″ x 3.5″
- Ground clearance: 7″ (178 mm)
- Width: 30.5″ (775 mm)
- Length: 75″ (1905 mm)
- Height: 47″ (1194 mm)
- Standover height: 16.5″ (419 mm)
- Basket size: 53″ x 38″ x 22″ (1346 x 965 x 559 mm)
- Bottom bracket standard: Steel, for OPC, Caged Bearings
- Weight: 55 lbs (880 kg)
- Max payload: 250 lbs (4000 kg)
- Frame material: Hi-Tensile Steel