Hi all. First off I need to say that my literal experience with recumbent dwarfs the likes of the "Person" who runs and does reviews on the rip off site B...L. That being said, please read on for a real experts opinion, having actually ridden the trikes listed here quite extensively over the last year or so. Not just a "Pay me to give a glowing review and make sure I keep it and sell it. I first bought an HP Velotecknick scorpion FS full suspension trike about as soon as it landed in the USA so I was one of the very first to buy one. I put the most aggressive knobbies I could find in 20" and tore it up on single track, ocean trails, fire roads and rail trails for many 1000's of miles. It performed very well but was very limited, especially by the low ground clearance. I then bought an ICE Q wit rear suspension. That was great for the road but horrible off road the suspension was too limited and it had even less ground clearance. During that time I even brutalized my new Bluevelo strada velomobile on over 2500 miles of gravel!
When the scorpion full suspension came out with the 26" rear I immediately bought one, upgraded the rear shock to a rockshock minarch RL. Rolhoff hub, sclumpf mountain drive etc. Nice trike but too low to the ground, even with the bigger rear wheel and a super heavy and sluggish ride off road.
Then came the fat trike craze. I bought BOTH the trident terrain 26 for me, the trident terrain 20 for my kid and an ICE full fat , also for me. All within a few weeks of each other. I rode the terrain 26 and the ice full fat literally both on the same day over and over and over. I took them to the beach, woods, single tracks, fire roads, even the 5 borough bike tour in NYC with the terrain 26. I love Tom Florh at trident, great guy. All due respect those trikes are basically walmart garbage albeit more comfy but cheap, cheap Chinese junk. I hate saying that but it's undeniable. Even my then 11 year old sone basically destroyed his terrain 20. Etween his terrain 20 and my terrain 26, I bought all new drivetrains from the cranks and chains to the derailures, brakes, rotors, cables, chain tubes, wheel re-building, etc. the folding mechanism was trash and didn't work, blah blah . Obvious the review in the rip'off website was a paid endorsement but that's just the opinion of every member I messaged .
The ICE full fat was a different story. It's basically an Adventure with a widened rear frame section. The suspension helped, especially on banked trails and uneven trails. I have a home in Arizona and took it for a two day tour around saguaro lake and it performed well. It's also very heavy and with the rohlhoff and schlumpf drive, set me back 8k
So who cares about all this and what does it have to do with the terratrike AT?
Ok so after owning and riding the hell out of every major player in the off road trike market (I never did get to buy the Azub fat trike), I was ready for something new again (I have owned and ridden 78 recumbent bikes, trikes and even five velomobikes since buying my tour easy in 1991)
On a whim I stopped by my local bent shop and looked at everything. I have owned seven terratrike and still have my carbon fiber "Edge". I know the brand very well and when I saw the rambler AT, I was instantly intrigued. I liked the direct drive (No idlers), high ground clearance and what turns out is the perfect size wheels for an off road trike! I figured I'd give it a try and bought it.
I have now put 689 miles on it.
It is hands down the best off road trike ever made. It's light, agile, has lots of ground clearance, a tight turning radius, moderate width track, robust frame and seat, superior comfort and the perfect gearing. Ignore the nonsense review on the rip,off site where the amateur rips it for having too high a center of gravity and being "Tippy". Not true. If you want "Tippy" buy a fat trike with 26" wheels and watch how fast you roll it over in a trench. This trike has the perfect size wheels! They are not too tall so that they flip you over when you hit a raised tree root and snap spokes in a hard sharp fast turn (Both my 26" fat trikes suffered that fate). The wheels are not too small so that they can't roll over bigger obstacles and you need higher gearing to compensate. I find them to roll as fast as the 26" wheels with the durability of the 20" wheels. A perfect size like I said! The seating position, handlebars, lower bottom bracket, etc are all perfect for hard thrashing in technical single track as well as cruising on flat hard PAC cinder.
If I had to find one fault it would be the locking brake levers. I hate them because they rattle