Fully integrated, incredibly nimble, and safeThe TRIX is a trike for young people with disabilities or recovering from injury. It is intuitive to ride and boasts extremely smooth handling. The brakes, like all components, are state of the art, and the stability is in a league of its own.
But perhaps most importantly, the TRIX is wonderfully agile and loads of fun to ride!
It also looks nothing like a standard special-needs trike. Because motivation is fueled by fun… and being at the helm of a cool vehicle can make kids feel like they’re on top of the world. The bold yellow frame and stylish spoke covers are a big hit with teen trikers.
Designed – and engineered – for young peopleAll technical features have been carefully chosen. For example, the trike is easy to adjust to riders of different heights. Thanks to its quick-adjust frame, the length can be adjusted without having to shorten or lengthen the chain.
Anyone between 4’1” to 6’3” (1.25–1.90 m) in height can ride the TRIX. The Pedals with Toe Clips and Straps also feature special heel straps that prevent the rider’s feet from slipping off. The brake levers feature a shorter reach for riders with smaller hands. But that doesn’t mean any less braking strength: The disc brakes offer excellent stopping power and precise modulation. And when the action stops, a flip of a lever is all it takes to set the parking brake.
Beyond a field of head-high crops, the sound of a motor can be heard. But not a real one: a child is going vroom, vroom, vrooommm! Then a boy comes barreling around the corner on a trike, screaming with delight. Vroom. Followed by a small cloud of dust, which has barely settled by the time he’s out of sight again.
“Samuel is our ray of sunshine,” says Betty Fernandez, the boy’s mother. “He wakes up practically laughing and is in a good mood all day long,” adds his father, David. Samuel and his parents are on one of their “walks”, which look something like this: 13-year-old Samuel races around on his TRIX while Betty and David try to catch him … the family’s own version of tag.
Or he rides ahead to an agreed stopping place and waits for them to catch up. Once the parents – finally! – arrive, Samuel gets a gummy-bear treat for his patience. “The two of us aren’t really bike freaks,” explains Betty, almost apologetically, “which is why we go walking with him. But we still have loads of fun.”
Especially Samuel. It wasn’t always this way: Samuel has Sjögren-Larsson syndrome, a genetic disorder that is actually most common in Sweden. In many cases, the disease progresses during periods of rapid growth, causing severe spasticity. After puberty, the condition remains stable. This is why Samuel is currently spending a lot of time in therapy sessions: occupational therapy, speech therapy, and wheelchair sports.
The disease also causes mental retardation. Therefore, he can only be out and about when someone is with him. Samuel first experienced triking at the summer festival of his special school for physically disabled children.
“The TRIX is part of his therapy – but it’s the part that’s really fun for him,” explains David, who works in the quality assurance department of a pharmaceutical company and is therefore no stranger to the field of medicine.
Samuel uses a rollator and can only stand with the help of special devices called “orthoses”, which support his joints. But in the driver’s seat of his trike, he experiences how much fun mobility can be. “Because of his spasticity, he wasn’t able to ride a standard TRIX with gears and a freewheel – he can’t pedal consistently.”
In other words, a little more customization was needed – no problem with the versatility of HASE BIKES: “We had them equip the trike with a fixed gear and special pedals with calf support. Now, riding is a piece of cake.” Without a freewheel, the pedals keep moving as long as the trike is in motion, even if Samuel loses his pedaling rhythm. And everyone knows that fixies are the latest rage.
Another requirement: the TRIX had to be matt black. Like all boys his age, Samuel loves super heroes. And with the TRIX, he now has his very own “Batmobile”. Thanks to the fixed gear, Samuel can even ride in reverse – if ever he accidently rolls a few centimeters past the agreed stopping point…