Versatile Electric Trike at Interbike 2016
We make it a point to attend Interbike in Las Vegas every year to see what’s new and keep a close eye on the bicycle industry as a whole. Electric bikes have become more and more popular with increasingly large areas being dedicated to them year after year. Well, for 2016, electric bikes have taken over and are not just confined to a small area as they were found all throughout the Interbike show floor. It looks like ebikes are here to stay with all manor of frame styles and motors represented throughout the show.
One of the stand outs for us this year was the Skyway Happy Trike. This very versatile 3 wheeler is capable of being a two seat vehicle, a cargo bike, a kid carrier and even a partial hand cycle and is very well thought out. We were chatting with Andy, the designer of the Skyway when Court Rye from Electric Bike Review showed up. Court proceed to film the Blue Monkey team as we put the Skyway through its paces on the show floor. See the video at the end of this article.
With a new Dapu mid drive motor, the trike seemed very peppy during our indoor testing. We'd love to get one out on the road. We actually tried to get it up on 2 wheels and flip it but the trike felt very stable. The rear rider is in control of the steering and the electric motor while the front passenger can help with pedaling if so equipped. The Skyway trike is designed to be very modular so the front seat can be exchanged with a cargo box, or kid carrying seats or even hand cycle capabilities.
We are very interested in the uses for this particular electric bike. We can see it helping out the couple where one is not quite as strong a rider or maybe has balance problems. It can be used for food or package delivery. With 3 wheels, it is a much more stable cargo bike for families with multiple kids. The stability lends itself to being a true car replacement that anyone can hop on and propel. The learning curve is lessened with the addition of that one extra wheel.
We will keep you posted as to when the Skyway will be available in the U.S. We'd love to get our hands on one of these and see how it performs on Salt Lake City streets. In the meantime, enjoy this Electric Bike Review video: