After years of rumors and recent teases on social media, Trikke Tech unveiled the long-awaited T10 Roadster yesterday to the delight of fans. This new carving vehicle fills the void left at the high end of the body-powered lineup when the T8 and T12 ceased production.
The first thing you’ll notice is the striking new appearance of the hexagonal tubes used throughout its construction. This aluminum frame is greatly reinforced compared to the T12, and will prevent the cracking issues experienced on some of the older models. The added strength will not compromise agility though, as the T10 will weigh in at an estimated 29 pounds. For comparison, the outgoing T8 Sport weighed 27 pounds and the T12 Roadster 30 pounds.
As the name implies, the T10 Roadster will ride atop 10” x 2” light-treaded, high-pressure tires. The tread design will match the familiar pattern used on the T78 and T8. This is another compromise that will provide increased ride comfort over the T8 while reducing the T12’s high step on and off the foot decks which is often difficult for shorter riders.
Although dimensions for the frame have not yet been shared, creator Gildo Beleski explained that the geometry has been optimized from lessons learned from the T8 and T12. “One of the main differences between the T12 and T8 is the height from the ground (your leaning contact point) to the main axle (the link that drives the leaning of the trailing arms and the relationship to the handlebar height… you will notice a big difference in leaning leverage when you extend or shorten the handlebar. The T10 seems to be in the sweet spot. T12 decks and main axle moves a little too far (transversal displacement) for a given leaning angle compared to T8.”
The new “T” flat handlebars are the other most visible feature on the new T10. “Some may say primitive, some will say sleek,” Beleski admitted as the riding community was divided on their initial impression. The most important aspect though is the leverage provide when leaning the Trikke, and the T10 has been designed to have the same feel as the T12. ”For performance what matters are the angles and position of the handles,” Beleski said. “Actually it is exactly the same as the T12… think if you close your eyes… and just grab the handles.. should be the same. The design in between the handles can be anything as well as the color.” This new bar has sections machined to the standard 7/8” diameter for attaching accessories such as lights and cell phone holders.
The foot decks have also undergone a radical redesign and are wider at the front with a new kicktail at the rear above the fender. The rubber mats are also ridged, providing more control and more comfort for long rides.
Other upgrades to the T10 are less visible but just as noteworthy. The T10 will use the same V3 cambering mechanism as the Trikke Pon-e and the upgraded headset with sealed bearings as the Trikke Defender. Beleski says this provides, “smooth turning back and forth. You can feel the difference.” The new height adjuster on the handlebars eliminates the pre-set holes with the push-pin so you can adjust them to any position that is right for you.
In a first for Trikkes, the T10 roadster features drum brakes on both rear wheels. Housed inside attractive new allow wheels, they are designed to provide the stopping power of disk brakes but are almost maintenance-free. If you’ve ever been frustrated with the complex adjustments to your disk brakes, you will appreciate this new feature. For those of us that carve in hilly areas and reach higher speeds, there will be an optional kit to add drum brakes to the front wheel as well. Beleski said that test runs of the front brake reduced the stopping distance by 30% and will reduce brake wear overall. “Disc brakes are exposed and people have a hard time to adjust them,” Beleski admitted. “Drum brakes are enclosed and protected. Basically, maintenance free. But what I like is the smoothness… like a car.”
The T10 Roadster is a welcome upgrade that incorporates decades of Trikke Tech’s design improvements as well a feedback from the carving community. Its production will be made possible by a 60-day crowdfunding campaign (July 21 thru September 19, 2017) with a minimum of 150 backers. This is a “necessary move” according to Beleski. “We need these initial orders to fund production and initial investment in manufacturing and tooling.” Payments will be refunded if the minimum orders are not received, but so far the response from the Trikke community has been strong. Delivery can be expected in January 2018.
There are several perks that come with pre-ordering your T10 Roadster:
$810 discounted price (versus $999 after it begins production)
Free T10 special edition T-shirt in either black or yellow
Special commemorative badge for the first 150 orders with your name and chosen serial number
Free shipping to the United States and Canada
Although the final production colors are still to be determined, black and blue have emerged as the most desired colors according to social media surveys.
I have already pre-ordered my blue one and am looking forward to putting it though its paces and comparing it to the T8’s and T12’s that I know and love. I’d like to extend a special thank you to Gildo Beleski, CEO of Trikke Tech for providing detailed comments on the T10 Roadster design as well as granting permission to share the pre-production images.
Jamie is 47-years young and enjoys exploring Pennsylvania's myriad rail-trails on her Trikkes. When she's not riding, she enjoys reading, writing, caring for her cats, and obsessing about Game of Thrones.