is the trikke that I am riding. It is my first new trikke.
(I also own a T8 v1). In my opinion, the T78CS makes a great
first Trikke. It comes standard with a front air tire or FAT,
as it is commonly known, and rear 7" polyurethane wheels.
The polys are great when you are trying to learn because they
have less resistance that the air tires do. The T78CS can
easily be upgraded to air wheels when you are ready. The T78CS
accepts 7" polys, 8" polys, and 8.5" air tires.
The T78 has a steel frame which gives you are smoother ride
than aluminum because it is less rigid. All of this and it
is priced quite a bit less than the T8 and T12. A great value
for the money.
are 3 different T78 models currently available: T78CS, T78
Air, & T78 Deluxe
A Review from my favorite Trikking bud, Uncle Glenn:
Trikke Comparison: T78 vs. T8 Air
The other day while riding my Trikke at my favorite ‘Trikke path' with my favorite riding bud, I thought I'd like to test the differences between the T8 Air and the T78 Convertible (which has been upgraded with the pneumatic rear tires) just for grins and giggles. At first, I thought there was going to be little, if any, difference between the two since both models share the same tire size and are similar in overall length and height.
I've been riding my T8 for a little more than a year now and have become rather proficient with numerous aspects of this unique body-powered, cambering vehicle. I've mastered hill climbing, endurance riding, along with low and higher speed maneuvering. My favorite maneuver is to let a bicycle rider pass, then turn on the gas and carve right past them. The look on their faces is priceless. I'm always being asked “what is that thing… that is really kewl!” So, I've discovered if you ever want to start up a conversation with a people you don't know and people you've never met before, ride your Trikke and it will never let you down… But I digress.
When I climbed aboard the T78, I immediately noticed that the stance was a little different than what I'm accustomed to on my T8. To make the riding position more to my liking, the first thing was to adjust the bar height. My riding bud is a little shorter than I am and doesn't have the same reach as I do. Fortunately, both the T78 and the T8 offer handle bar height adjustment to accommodate riders of every size and stature.
Once the bars were adjusted, we were ready to ride. The next thing I noticed on the T78 was the handlebars were angled differently and the span of the bars were about an inch and a half less than the T8.
The T78 is a solid ride. It offers a steel framed platform and cable actuated rear brakes. The T8, however, is fitted with an aluminum frame as well as an aluminum cambering knuckle. Although both rides do have similar widths, heights and stances, that is where the similarities end.
As I started down the trail, I noticed with the T78, I was not able to achieve the same level of speed that I was able to sustain with the same effort in each stroke as with the T8. Once underway, it seems that due to the subtle design differences between the two models, the T8 feels larger and offers better handling capabilities.
After a 30 minute ride switching off between the T8 and the T78, I can honestly say that both cambering vehicles are solid, fun and fast. If you are an adult rider, have never ridden anything like these vehicles, I would recommend learning on a T78 with the pneumatic tires. The T78 also offers a model with the standard pneumatic 8” front tire and 7” poly tires on the rear. This model would likely be suitable for the adult smaller in stature as a learning platform, then upgrade to the fully pneumatic rear tires for better handling and smoother ride.
The T8 Air is a full sized adult carving vehicle. In my opinion, unless you are someone over 6'2'' the T8 may not be the best learning platform for you. However, once you've gained experience and have learned the technique, the T8 Air can be ridden for short trips or on longer endurance rides as well.
Trikkes are fun, as they provide the perfect cross training platform for anyone looking to get into shape, stay in shape or just having fun while getting a great, full body work out as well. Since Trikkes are unique cambering/carving vehicles, there is a technique required to achieve the efficiency necessary to propel theses vehicles, since there are no pedals or chains.
It would be highly recommended that when deciding to purchase a Trikke, be sure you when make your purchase, to schedule a few riding lessons to eliminate the frustration during the learning curve. However, once you master the ride and find the “sweet spot”, you'll have more fun with your Trikke than you could ever imagine!