Quite often we hear different opinions on how recumbents compare with trikes following different criteria.
Here below I want to share some thoughts on how each category is comparable with the others:
This is a summary table I came up with after having talked with several others people.
There are 13 different criterias to be able to assign a certain ‘weight’ to each type of bike.
In summary we could say the following:
Recumbents stand out for their speed on straight line, hill climbing, weight and ease of transportation.
Trikes do perform better in terms of ease of use, low speed stability, confort, braking and loading for tourism.
Tilting Trikes are superior on high speed stability, overall safety, fast turning, braking and ‘fun’ (quite subjective…)!
It’s quite interesting also to note that there is no criteria where TT seem to be ‘worse’ than the other 2 categories.
At the bottom we can also see “total figures” to be able to give some quantitative indications on how each category perform.
Of course this is based on personal opinions and experiences but I would be happy to hear also from you what do you think!