True Bicycles Fold and Go Review

True Bicycles Fold and Go

True Bicycle makes there Fold and Go Tricycle in many different variations of the same trike. The Fold and Go come in a single speed with two hand brakes or three speed with front Drum Brake and rear Coaster brake. Both the single speed and three speed versions are available with a 500-750 Watt motor and numerious lithium batteries to choose from. We tested the Fold and Go with the three speed coaster brake.

True Bicycle Fold and Go adult tricycle is probably the most practical trike that we have ever tested. The folding mechanism works superbly. Simply unfold the quick release lever and lift up slightly to disengage the safety lock. The front of the trike will then fold back upon itself and the front wheel will be positioned inside the left rear wheel. The handle bar stem and handlebar can be easily removed by loosening the quick release lever on the handle bar stem and slipping the handlebar stem out of the fork. The shifter cable and brake cable are long enough, so you can place the handlebar inside the basket. The seat and seat post can either be removed easily or lowered down by using the quick release seat post clamp.

Frame: The frame is made out of steel that is Tig welded together. The welds are very nice and consistent looking. True Bicycle did a very nice job with the hinge, adding a safety engagement pin and some extra reinforcement inside of the hinge. We liked the extra gusseting that was welded to the hinge to add extra strength to the frame. The hinge would be the weakest point of the frame so the Fold and Go Deluxe has a 215 lbs. rider limit.

Drive Train: The Fold and Go three speed uses a Sturmey Archer, three speed hub with a coaster brake for sure stopping. The Sturmey Archer model SRC3 hub is made of aluminum to help keep the weight down. The gearing seemed to be just right, not too easy or not too hard and the gears are spaced a good amount apart. The rear axle is coupled with four high quality sealed bearings along with two sealed bearings in the non drive wheel. The chain is a standard 1/2 x 1/8 that you can find at any bike shop. The crank is a simple one piece design with a traditional American bottom bracket.

Ride: Folding trikes are meant to be light and versatile. The Fold and Go is both of these. The short wheelbase of the folding trike, along with the smaller 20″ wheel make the trike perfect for tight areas. One area that we thought the extra maneuverability would be great, at is street fairs or group outing. Folding trikes are perfect for shorter rides. If you want to go say five miles or more at a time, you might be better served by a recumbent trike that folds, but for short rides, the Fold and Go is close to perfect.

Summary: The Fold and Go is perfect for people who wish to transport their tricycle often and need a convenient folding tricycle that can be stored in a small space. The low step through frame makes this tricycle ideal for senior citizens, mobility challenged people, and people who have balance issues. The Fold and Go is very versatile and can accommodate everyone from kids to grandparents. Not only is the Fold and Go perfect for shorter riders it is ideal for people between 4’-6’’ and 6’-0’’. 52 lbs.

Pros: Far superior quality to all the other trikes in our review

Cons: Something I would not want to ride for twenty miles at one time but other than that I think the trike is perfect.

Best place to Buy: Your local bike shop or www.industrialbicycles.com or www.truebicycles.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