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ICE has a long heritage, emerging from the Trice range of recumbent trikes. Here are some of the milestones in the journey.

1986 Trike


The original Trice had three 20" wheels, 1988 saw the introduction of 16" on the front, easier leg length adjustment and many other refinements.

1990 Trike


By now Trice were selling in the USA. A lighter frame had been developed and customer demand led to bigger wheels all round, 20" front and 700c rear.

1993 Trike


The original Fiberglas seat was replaced with a lighter weight and totally breathable mesh fabric one. It was easily removed from the frame so the machine could be flat packed for transport.

1994 Trike


Development continued and the frame was refined so that it could be split into short sections. Production volumes increased and improvements to the steering geometry were made in 1995.

1996 Trike


For its tenth anniversary, the Trice was subtly redesigned to improve its ride characteristics and reliability. Chris Parker (now an ICE Director) joined Peter Ross to help with production and development.

1997 Trike


The English 20" (451) and continental 700c (622) tyre sizes were dropped in favour of the market dominant American 20" (406) and 26" (559). This gave the Trice sturdier wheels and a better tyre choice. From a user's point of view the introduction of plastic tubes covering the chain made riding much cleaner.

1999 Trike
1999 Trike
1999 Trike


Towards the end of 1998 Chris teamed up with Neil Selwood and together they formed Inspired Cycle Engineering, which took over the manufacture of the Trice from Peter Ross. Within months two new models were launched, the XL and the Explorer. There was now a range of Trice packed with new details and features.

Sales were better than expected, but time was found to develop a tandem, the X2, soon followed by another, the Expedition. Chris and Neil were aiming to make the Trice range the best in the world and throughout 2000 and 2001 improvements were made on a monthly basis. In order to keep up with the pace of development ICE went headhunting and came back with two technical experts Ben Dickinson and John Olson.

2000 Trike
2000 Trike


One year of riding and selling ICE Trice had shown a need for a narrower trike so Narrow Track (NT) Trice were developed and added to the range. Rear suspension became an option on most models.

The Trice Micro was introduced and became a legendary super trike even before it was officially launched. It looked like a Trice but it has many new ideas, at the heart of which is its Carbon fibre seat. It was intended as a low volume dream machine, but it quickly became a best seller.

2001 Trike


Following on from the Micro ICE launched their super commuter, the Trice Mini. It is about as small and nippy as a trike can get.

2002 Trike
2002 Trike


Following the brief to "design a Micro for BIG boys" ICE came up with the XXL for launch the following year. Intended to be halfway between the XL and the Micro testers quickly found it has a character all its own. It has more X.

As the Micro was being ridden to outright victory in the 2002 World Championships (Tricycle class), ICE were testing a new speed machine the Monster. It proved to be a bit of an animal!!!

2003 Trike 2003 Trike
2003 Trike 2003 Trike
2003 Trike 2003 Trike
2003 Trike 2003 Trike


After years of gentle persuasion by their wives the ICE men finally got round to designing a Trice specifically for people closer to five feet tall than six. But one model was not enough...

The second model designed for those around 5 feet tall. The Elf was like a Pixie but it had a composite seat for a sportier ride.

The Pixie proved to be very popular (as we had been repeatedly told it would be). Demand from those too tall for a Pixie lead ICE to develop the Pioneer.

For those too tall for an Elf, the Raider muscled its way into the Trice line up.

During a period of unprecedented development at ICE 26" rear wheels fell under the spotlight. The Eclipse reaffirmed the benefits of big wheels.

Hot on the heels of the Eclipse was the Meteor with a roomy cockpit and composite seat, it’s a "big boys" Monster.

A Super Narrow Track has great benefits in tight spaces so the Classic becomes the first Trice available in 3 track widths Standard, Narrow and Super Narrow.

The classic Trice design lost its hard shell seat in 1993. After a decade it's back with a new seat and a new name the 'Leader'.

2004 Trike


As we headed in to 2004 development was still a big part of ICE's work ensuring the Trice range stayed on the cutting edge where it had always been!

First shown at Cycle 2003 was the Concept Trice Monster - a super light trike weighing in at just 21.5lbs.

2004.. Trike
2004.. Trike


ICE introduced two new fantastic value trikes - the ICE Q and the ICE T. These two models were similar in layout to the popular Trice XL and Trice Explorer.

2005 Trike


Building on the success of the ICE Q and T, we added the ICE S, a sports trike modelled on the race winning layout of the Trice XXL but at the great value pricing of the ICE standard range.

2006 Trike


We launched rear suspension and folding as standard on the Trice Q,S and T

2007 Trike


Hydraulic disc brakes and hard shell seat were now optional on Trice Q and T. Trice S discontinued. Trice QNT could now be configured to the same as the Trice S (NT and hardshell seat). Narrow Track option for Trice T was available.

2008 Trike


Trice T and Q came equipped with ICE custom wide range gearing as standard.

2008 Trice brochure (PDF)

2008 Trike
2008 Trike

Sept 2008

Trice Q and Trice T with 26" rear wheel Trice Q & T were available with a big 26" rear wheel.

2009 Trice flyer (PDF)

2008 Trike


ICE introduced three new trikes: the Adventure, Sprint and Vortex. These models brought many major innovations in recumbent design, including No Brake Steer, Road Response Suspension and Compact Flat Twist fold. The company launched a new logo and website.



The Vortex was redesigned to make it lighter and faster. Features like the folding frame and adjustable handlebars were sacrificed for weight. A new model in the Sprint range, named the Sprint X was launched for riders wanting the high performance of the Vortex with a folding frame and suspension options. To accommodate larger and taller riders, ICE developed the Adventure HD. This trike has a wider seat and strong frame, with all the practical features of its smaller cousin.



The Vortex was completely redesigned, with a hydroformed back and and many minor adjustments giving the overall effect of a completely new trike. Such a dramatic change demanded a new name, and the VTX was born. Launched at Eurobike 2013, the VTX was available to purchase from the very end of the year.



Through 2013 ICE designed and built a custom "Fat Trike", which was successfully ridden across Antarctica to the South Pole. This trike generated such a strong interest that ICE developed the ICE Full Fat