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Drift trikes come in a range of sizes and specs – whether you’re an absolute beginner or an advanced rider taking on 360s on their local hill. Here’s our guide to getting the right sized drift trike frame dimensions for your age and height, plus handy measurement charts.
Have you ever been sliding sideways down an epic hill only for your legs to catch the front wheel, or feet not be able to reach the pedals? This guide makes it easy to find the right drift trike frame and wheel size for your age and height.
To get the most out of your drift trike, it’s important you start by choosing a model that is the right size for you.
If you are riding a drift trike that is too small, you will end up being cramped and uncomfortable – no one wants that while sliding! If the frame is too big you will not be able to reach the pedals to keep those drifts under control.
Here at Rideminded, with the team at Triad and Sullivan, we have devised a pedal to seat measurement to compare which size trike will fit best for the age and height of the rider. Check out our drift trike size chart for the right frame.
How to measure yourself for a drift trike:
- To find your measurement, place your hand on your hip where your belt would sit
- Measure from your hand on your hip to the ground to find your leg length
- Take your measurement and compare to the Drift trike size chart to find your size
Below, we’ve made it easy to choose the right drift trike frame size for your leg length measurement. These models have the correct distance between the forward-most pedal to the back of the seat, plus a comfortable seat position.
Choosing the right drift trike frame:
Some drift trikes feature an adjustable seat, allowing younger riders to adjust the seating position backwards as they grow. If you use our drift trike size chart above, you’ll have the best chance of feeling comfortable while riding.
The Sullivan Junior 18” Big Wheel trike has a 2-position seat, allowing riders with a leg length of 65cm to 75cm.
Triad drift trikes come in different frame sizes depending on the model, but all feature a quick release adjustable slider, this allows for the rider to really dial in their preferred seating position (the same as a high-end bike seat post clamp).
CounterMeasure is great for younger riders with a leg length between 80cm -100cm. It has a smaller 18” front tyre.
The Underworld and Notorious Drift trikes have the same steel frame with a 20” front wheel and will suit riders with a leg length between 95cm and 115cm.
For taller riders, the Syndicate trike frame is extended under the seat. It is best suited to riders with a leg length of 100 cm and up. Getting the right size drift trike frame dimensions is essential to not catch the wheel, especially if you’re tall.
All of our Drift trikes have been tested to a rider weight of 100 kgs or 220 lbs.
Now you’ve chosen the right size drift trike, don’t forget…
- Have fun!
- Be Safe.
- Be Seen.
- Wear a helmet!
- Stay Upright.
Choosing the right size drift trike frame is just the beginning – trikes require regular maintenance to be at their best.
Wheels: Check the front tyre to make sure it’s properly inflated. Inspect the rear wheels for cracks and wobbles, they should spin freely and not have any play in them. You can also browse our full range of drift trike wheels here.
Brakes: Check the brake to ensure correct operation. Inspect the pads, calliper and cables, adjust the pads, lever and cable, or replace the pads as needed. Having the correct drift trike frame size ensures you can reach them too!
Bolts: Check the entire Drift Trike to make sure all nuts and bolts are firmly tightened.
Check trikes before every ride. If you feel you’re getting too big for one, it’s worth rechecking your leg measurements. Now you’ve read our guide to choosing the right size drift trike frame, check out our latest selection of drift trikes.