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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 04:02 AM
Hub gears have all the working parts inside a sealed unit, so they are very reliable and require virtually no maintenance. Hub gears are very easy to operate and can be shifted at any time, even under load or standing still. This is especially useful for novice riders or cycling in hilly terrain.
A range of systems are available on ICE trikes including the SRAM Dual Drive, Alfine 8, and Rohloff Speedhub.
The SRAM Dual Drive is a unique system that combines a three-speed gear hub with a traditional 9 speed cassette body all controlled by a single shifter. The system gives you 27 gears, so you’ll only need a single chainring on the chainset.
The Alfine 8-speed hub is very easy to use and has all the gears needed for most terrain. If you ride in hilly terrain consider combing the Alfine with three chainrings on the chainset. This combination requires two shifters, so is a little more complex, but you will have the benefits of a very wide range of gears.
The Rohloff Speedhub has 14 gears with even increments of 13.6% making it possible to ride continuously at peak performance. The Speedhub can only be used in conjunction with a single chainring, but the overall range of the hub means that you always have access to the right gear regardless of the terrain.
So, if you are looking for an easy to use, virtually maintenance free gear system, consider configuring your trike with hub gears.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 03:41 PM
This article was written by Adam Thomas, a mechanic at Saddle Safari, Marlow, England.
"We have been dealing with ICE for nearly two years now and to celebrate we thought we would share one particular success story that I’m sure most of our regular customers will be aware of with the owner of Saddle Safari, Andy. Andy had an exploratory operation on a spinal tumour in 2012 which led to spinal damage and lower body paralysis. Later more tumours were found in the brain and spine and a diagnosis of NF2 was made. Desperate to get back out and experience the freedom that a bike provides, Andy started to research recumbent trikes and one brand that stuck out was ICE Trikes. On an impulse he bought an Adventure trike without test riding and he hasn’t looked back since.
Once it arrived the first impression was, ‘how are we going to put this together?!’ All our mechanics are well versed in the art of bicycle building and maintenance however some of the trike specific parts and accessories had us stumped. Not that Mike likes to admit but he had to read the instructions – something he hasn’t had to do for a while. Once started, it took him 3 and a half hours to build but the end result was worth it.
Straight away the trike became a very important part of Andy’s life, giving him the freedom to ride to the shop on his own accord, bike rides with his young family and taking Barry the dog out for his walks. We were all so impressed with the quality of the trike that we took the decision to stock them which proved a wise move as they have become a successful addition to Saddle Safari. In Andy’s case the move to three wheels was a necessity however you may be surprised to know we get a 50/50 split between disabled customers that need them and able bodied customers who just want the stability, comfort and speed they offer.
Why not pop into the shop to try one?"
9 Dean Street, Marlow, Bucks SL7 3AA
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 04:59 AM
The ICE Full Fat is an expedition-tough trike, for wherever you want to ride.
True to its custom-build roots, each ICE Full Fat trike will be made to order at the ICE factory in England. This gives enthusiasts the option to customise parts and components, ensuring the best combination for their riding style.
suspension folding 26” wheeled fat trike
Fold: Compact Flat Twist fold (C.F.T)
Brakes: Tektro hydraulic disc (front), Avid BB7 disc (rear)
Drivetrain: Rohloff XL 14 speed hub gear
Parking brake: Locking discs
Seat: Ergo-Flow mesh seat
Front hubs: Hope FatSno
Rims: Surly Clown Shoe
Tyres: Surly Big Fat Larry 4.7” (front), Surly Lou 4.8” (rear)
4.7” tyres with suspension lets you go anywhere, and, let’s be honest, bigger is better! Adjustable Elastomer Suspension gives 4" (100mm) of push travel, for both comfort and traction.
Fatsno Hubs from Hope Technology, based in Barnoldswick England, have been designed specifically for fat bike wheels and are super tough.
Built with ICE’s customary attention to detail, the ICE Full Fat is designed to lead the way! Stainless Steel cables with braided outers for the smoothest gear change and durability.
Custom dropouts brazed into the Full Fats rear swing arm, fit all types of wheels and gears.
Rohloff XL 14 speed hub. All those gears in one hub create the ultimate off road gear setup, and they stay nice and clean!
ICE custom pulleys and chain tubes keep the full fats drive chain under control and clean in the toughest conditions.
Grip everywhere! Just waiting to be ridden.