Shimano Steps motor: Automatically fasterThe e-motor provides assistance up to 16 mph (25 km/h) and harmonizes perfectly with your pedaling. With Di2 electronic shifting, you can change gears with the press of a button or let the system choose the best gear – automatically.
Full suspension for an ever-relaxing rideThe independent suspension system with air shocks makes the KETTWIESEL EVO STEPS a comfortable, full-suspension trike. A sway bar like the ones used in automotive design preserves the well-known KETTWIESEL feeling for maximum fun on three wheels. Down cobblestone roads or over curbs, the KETTWIESEL EVO STEPS always keeps its cool.
Adjustable frameAll KETTWIESEL models have a quick-adjust frame that can be easily adjusted to riders of different heights without having to shorten or lengthen the chain. The length-adjustment markings on the front boom make it easy to remember length settings for switching between various riders.
The folded trike has a maximum length of 3’2” (96 cm)The new EVO frame is foldable – and the folding process is as easy as 1-2-3: just open the quick-release levers to release the seatback and fold the seat forward. Then open another quick-release behind the seat, pull up on the cord, and – presto! – the rear portion folds down and forward. The folded trike has a maximum length of 3’2” (96 cm) for easy stowing.
The ROLLER BAG: so much more than a pannierThe ROLLER BAG is a large-capacity, waterproof pannier (available in 50 and 100-liter versions) that can be mounted behind the seat with an easy click. Its design is focused on comfort and versatility. The cover can be opened and closed with a single hand for loading and unloading the huge compartment. The 50-liter ROLLER BAG fits to any aluminum KETTWIESEL, and the 100-liter version is compatible with rear-suspension models (both available as accessories).
“The pain in my sitting bones was immediately gone.” Maria told the story of her first experiences with a recumbent trike. “But I always felt so uncool!” she added with a laugh.
For her, recumbent cycling had always been something for eccentrics. But the bright-eyed 37-year-old is not an eccentric – and didn’t want to be seen as one. She just wanted a trike that she could use for getting around on a daily basis – shopping and riding to work – and that would also be fun on outings in the countryside.
The e-motor was an important feature, as Maria lives near Detmold, in the hilly Teutoburg Forest. At the moment, she’s riding a tadpole, with two wheels in front and one in back – just opposite to the delta trikes of the KETTWIESEL family. Over time, her passion for recumbents grew.
So much so that she even started writing a blog on the subject, just as a hobby but with highly professional content. And specifically from a woman’s perspective, as the “recumbent-bike lady”: www.liegeradfrau.de. “I’ve always taken gender seriously,” said the social-education worker.
She discovered the stylish new generation of HASE BIKES at a bicycle trade show and was immediately fascinated. Not only by the trikes, but also by the people behind the name HASE. At a subsequent visit to the company headquarters in Waltrop, she made high-quality videos for her blog, showing how HASE BIKES designs and builds its trikes.
At the end of her visit, she even decided to take home an EVO with motor and ROLLER BAG for testing. After a few weeks, our HASE BIKES team visited her in Detmold, where she rhapsodized about her many experiences with the EVO – shopping, touring over all kinds of paths, and making countless daily trips.
Her conclusion: “The EVO is the perfect vehicle for the big city! Super practical, because – with its large bag – it can carry almost as much as a cargo bike, and it doesn’t take up much space at home. Tip resistant, super maneuverability – which makes it incredibly fun to ride – and the suspension is a dream! Plus, I can even get the EVO down the basement steps all by myself,” said the petite Maria.
She then shared a long list of detailed observations, because in her role as a tester – and blogger – Maria is extremely thorough. Today, Maria works in adult education. She used to coordinate community projects, for example with the homeless. “These roles made me really tough,” she said.
What impresses her most about the EVO: “You can just tell it was designed by people who love bikes. It’s more than just high-quality engineering: it’s an incredible passion for mobility that’s built into every component and feature. The people at HASE BIKES live this passion: perfecting the designs without making everything overly complicated – and such great things come out of their work.” Which, of course, is music to our ears.
But the admiration is mutual, and what impresses us in particular is that she looks at every detail – and also says what she doesn’t like. For example, the fact that she can’t tow her dog trailer when the bag is attached to the seat. We’re working on it.
And we will also continue to follow Maria’s blog with great interest. Because there’s certainly still a lot we can learn there, too.