When most people think of an e-assist cargo trike, they probably think of something with a single wheel in the back and a storage box in the front. Well, the retro-cool Helicon eº three-wheeler is different because it moves the cargo-carrying action to the rear.
Manufactured by German company Helikon, the Helicon eº’s “sleek retro design” puts a single wheel up front and houses a set of helicopter-like handlebars.
While trike trikes (two rear wheels, one front wheel) are generally considered less stable when cornering than tadpole trikes (one rear wheel, two front wheels), they also tend to have a smaller turning radius. They’re also usually easier to get on and off.
The Helicon eº features a hand-welded steel frame with a 4mm fiberglass front fairing and 175 liter (46 US gal) lockable rear cargo room. A 250-watt mid-mounted motor enhances the rider’s pedaling power, enabling them to reach a top assist speed of 25 mph (40 km/h). The 15.6-Ah lithium battery should provide a range of about 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) on a single charge with a moderate amount of electric motor assistance.
Some of the trike’s other features include a padded ergonomic seat, Enviolo Automatic 2 transmission, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, Supernova head and tail lights, SR Suntour front and rear suspension, and Ryde Andra 40 with Schwalbe BigBen Plus tires Rims – The front wheels measure 26 inches and the rear wheels measure 24 inches.
The whole thing is claimed to weigh 59kg (130lb) and can support a maximum rider/cargo weight of 150kg (331lb). It measures 200 cm long and 79 cm wide (78.7 x 31.1 inches). A child seat is currently being developed that users can use to replace the cargo compartment.
“Our main goal is to make trikes an attractive option for everyone,” Helikon founder Pascal Löser told us. “There is often a misconception that tricycles are only for the disadvantaged, but our aim was to demonstrate their versatility and wider application.”
The Helicon eº trike is now available to order through the Helikon website. It’s priced at 6,499 euros (about $7,063) and is available in metallic gray, red, or blue.