Our all new Catrike Dumont is getting closer to production every day. This is the most ambitious project we have developed and with all new products, there have been unexpected delays.
Our new time line looks like we will begin shipping on October 1, 2016. Following are some additional details.
At Catrike we design and manufacture all our fixture tooling in house, as well as all of our component prototypes.
The Dumont geometry is unlike any Catrike we make today. It uses many unique parts which requires the design, construction, and alignment of numerous fixtures.
New technologies were adopted and each Dumont fixture is aligned and inspected using our new CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) to unmatched precision.
The Dumont has been through rigorous testing. Including, many test rides and geometry tweaks, FEA simulations of the frame, front and rear suspension. All of our designs are then validated with actual fatigue testing of the frame and all new front and rear suspension components. The Dumont frame, front and rear suspension has been through the design, testing, and redesign process several times. Each step of the way the components are tweaked and fine-tuned to perfection.
The Dumont uses an all new suspension material, Cellasto; numerous dynamic tests were required to experiment with the behavior of this material to achieve a truly optimized design.
With new technologies and designs we encounter supply chain and logistics obstacles that are being ironed out smoothly.
We know you are excited about the Dumont as much as we are. We appreciate your patience and understanding for the delays and hope you recognize; this time is being used to further improve this amazing product.
The Dumont will truly be worth the wait.
The Dumont fits a high demand spot in our family of products for riders looking for comfort and impressive handling characteristics on long stretches of beautiful roads or for everyday use. It is also a very practical trike thanks to our exclusive folding mechanism incorporating the seat, frame, chain managing kickstand and rollers. It will fit in your car, apartment or you can stroll it in your garage for easy storage and portability.
Combining our award-winning engineering, design and techniques we have created the front suspension on this trike which creates a more dynamic ride with anti-dive and anti-roll behavior without needing a torsional bar between the front ends of the trike. On the rear, the swing arm, with a high travel rate, pivots on an oversized hollow alloy axle, actuating the air shock in a progressive manner through a linkage system that pivots through the frame. This allows a complete transfer of all pedal power to the rear wheel with complete efficiency. Using advanced materials and technologies, we make everything from scratch in our facilities in Orlando, FL in the USA.
With minimum weight and stack height, the advanced suspension system also improves shock absorption, damping qualities and noise vibration harshness (NVH) reduction. It combines Catrike’s award-winning engineering and design with advanced materials and technology, including Cellasto®, a microcellular polyurethane elastomer (MPU) developed by BASF Polyurethanes North America and sold as finished product mainly to the automotive industry.
We’re so passionate about the marriage of design and engineering and are always on the hunt for innovative technologies and materials that can make our trikes even better. We first learned Cellasto’s unique properties while developing our front suspension and knew that we had found the final piece of the puzzle to develop a superior system. Cellasto is far superior to ordinary rubber elastomers, and it is the only material at our level standards to be incorporated in a Catrike.
Front suspension is not the Dumont’s only design innovations. Catrike also redesigned the rear suspension to increase lateral stiffness with a new yoke, yoke pivot, axle and a fully triangulated swing arm. The yoke redesign includes oversized 37mm ball bearings, triangular side tunnels, and underside opening. The result is a 53 percent increase in stiffness. The updated yoke pivot boss now has a 360 degree three axis profile and a 25mm through axle.
Many other features that have been developed over the last several years are incorporated in the new model, including adjustable recline, a premium padded seat, 26-inch rear wheels, folding and strolling capabilities. The Dumont will also share all of the standard accessories and our specified high quality components: computer sensor mount, mirror and mirror mount, clipless pedals, hand rest, chain guard, peace boom, flag and flag holder, SRAM components and Schwalbe tires.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Dumont
When will the Dumont be available? We are planning for the Dumont to be available for ordering October 1, 2016.
Do you have purple? Yes, the new Dumont signature color will be purple,
What is the price of the Dumont? We have not determined the final price yet. We still need to get it into production to know the final costs then we can announce the price.
When will you have final specs? We expect to finalize the specifications after all testing is completed.
Catrike exhibiting at the largest cycling industry trade show in North America September 16-18th, 2015.
Be among the first to see the latest innovation from Catrike when we unveil our brand new Catrike model.
Consumers are invited to attend customer appreciation day on September 18th. For more details visit the Interbike site here
Thank you for joining us for the Catrike Rally and Factory tour.
For the past 11 years, we have held our annual Rally to thank Catrike owners, dealers and fans for their support. People come from all corners of the country for a recreational ride and factory tour. The event is always well attended and we welcomed over 300 cyclists this year.
Going forward, in place of an annual rally, we will focus efforts on supporting rideATAXIA Orlando to benefit the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).
We invite the loyal Catrike community to join us for the 5th Annual rideATAXIA Orlando taking place Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Waterfront Park in Clermont, FL.
Read our press release on bentrideronline here
Learn more about ride Ataxia here
The Catrike 5.5.9, a premium Grand Touring Catrike capable of high performance and spirited long-distance rides with extreme comfort.
It fits a very desirable and high demand spot in our family of products for riders looking for impressive handling characteristics on long stretches of beautiful roads or to carve through the next set of corners rapidly approaching you. It also provides the practicality for everyday use, thanks to our exclusive folding mechanism incorporating the seat, frame, chain managing kickstand and rollers. It will fit in your car, apartment or you can stroll it to catch the next train. Because of its long wheel base and large rear wheel, it provides a very smooth, stable and self-centering ride. Its narrow overall width and the significant Catrike technology alloy frame deliver a lightweight, nimble and efficient.
Finally, the 5.5.9 is completely developed with comfort, ergonomics and safety in mind thanks to its high seating position, open cell padded seats, low bottom bracket, standard mirror mount, clip less pedals and fully adjustable padded hand rests. It is equipped with our unmatched Catrike group including our custom FSA external bearing crankset and headsets, SRAM 10 speed drivetrain, Avid disc brakes and TT500 bar end shifters. Each one is made per order with our premium materials from scratch in our facilities in Orlando, FL in the USA and distributed through our selected special group of Catrike dealers.
It’s time to cast your vote for 2014 BentRider Recumbent of the Year!
We are always grateful for the support we receive and it is a great honor to have our Catrike Folding Trail nominated in this year’s recumbent selection.
At Catrike, we design and manufacture the highest quality recumbent trikes. Our folding Trail is lightweight, rolls when folded, has an innovative frame lock, intelligent no touch – no mess chain management and all high quality components on a product that is under $3000.
We strive to make one of the best products in the world here in the USA. We appreciate the support from our customers and fans as this makes our team stronger. We encourage everyone to cast your vote for our beautiful Catrike Folding Trail.
Please follow this link with instructions on how to vote and as always, happy trails from the whole Catrike team.
Catrike to participate in Ride Ataxia. It is a great cause and a fun ride. Check their site for a ride in a City near You. rideataxia.org
Below is an excerpt with the first two paragraphs of the Wall Street Journal article:
"Tricycles are so hot that some of them are selling for thousands of dollars. But the new three-wheelers aren’t designed for tykes. They’re for grown-ups.
Recumbent tricycles—reclined, cushy versions of the three-wheelers many tooled around on as children—appeal to people of a certain age by being gentler on the body than traditional bikes, and more stable than two-wheel recumbents."
To read the full article go to the Wall Street Journal site here Read more
RCC is the largest recumbent focused trade show of the year and a great opportunity to see and ride all the latest recumbent trikes and bikes.
Check out the New Catrike 5.5.9 and all the latest from Catrike at Recumbent Cycle Con. RCC will be at the DuPage Expo Center in St. Charles, IL October 10th - 12th, 2014. Learn more on the official Recumbent Cycle Con website http://recumbentcyclecon.com/index.htm
Dan Zimmerman is riding a Catrike from Anacortes, Washington to Key West, Florida to raise awareness and benefit stroke survivors. He started his journey on June 29, 2014.
Don't Give Up Hope
The story of Dan Zimmerman who suffered a stroke in 2005 and how he has been able to overcome this and live a successful and rewarding life.
More info at: http://www.spokesfightingstrokes.org/
NBDA’s Signature Award - The “Specialty” Award
For a company that best manages its brand positioning and avoids being commoditized by mass-market sales channels. All nominees and winners have been voted in via the NBDA’s Supplier Scorecard program that ran from February 2014 through May 2014.
Waterford Precision Cycles
Catrike to participate in RAGBRAI XLII. Come visit with us at the start expo. You will find us in the Bike World and Connecticut Yankee Pedaller booths.
Catrike to participate in FARA The Ride to Cure FA in Chicago this Sunday July 20, 2014. Join for a day of cycling on 4 routes on scenic country roads to benefit Friedreich's ataxia research. Check the video above and link below to learn more.
Catrike demo day was a great success. People from all over the midwest participated in the 3rd annual Catrike Demo Days hosted by Bike World to see the new Catrike folding trail, test ride Catrikes and enjoy a BBQ with fellow Catrike fans.
One year ago today the City of Orlando’s mayor, Buddy Dyer, declared April 30 as Catrike day in the City. Since then, Catrike has experienced a 25% growth in sales, purchased strategic new equipment and created more robotic automation to optimize quality and efficiency.
Catrike has also hired 3 new full time employees and 1 talented engineering intern from the University of Central Florida that allows us to increase our production and match our demand.
We want to thank the City for recognizing all of our hard work; thank our network of Catrike dealers and especially a huge thank you to our customers for the continued support. We are dedicated to relentless innovation of new and exciting products and keeping our production in our World Class Factory here in the City Beautiful, Orlando, Florida.
Catrike to Exhibit at the Iowa Bike Expo. This event is occurs in conjunction with the RAGBRAI Route Announcement. It has grown every year. It is now a very popular event for people in the midwest who want to forget about winter and start thinking about the coming riding season and RAGBRAI which we hear is the largest multi-day bike tour in the world.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
We invite you to join us in this mission and to exhibit with us to make The Victory Summit
symposium in Jacksonville, Florida on January 25th, 2014. This is a high-energy, upbeat, and
interactive event aiming to both inform and inspire attendees. It provides actionable strategies,
connections to local and national resources for improving quality of life, and a solid basis for real
hope - addressing the apathy and inertia all too common in people living with Parkinson’s.
As we close the chapter on 2013 and look forward to a new year, we want to thank all of our loyal Catrike customers and dealers. It was an excellent year and we appreciate your support.
Some of the year's noteworthy accomplishments positioning Catrike for continued growth:
Catrike Folding Trail
New Manufacturing Technology and more new equipment on the way
Successful Year End Promotion
Expanded Market (one of the fastest growing categories in cycling industry)
Awareness and causes - Ahtletes helping athletes. Wounded Warriors Ride to Recovery. ride Ataxia, Ride with Larry.
Supporting FARA the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance.
Click above to watch the 1 minute video about the ride.
Click the graphic above for details and to register.
Ride with Larry the movie showing at the Orlando Film Festival Saturday October 19, 2013
Catrike is honored to be a part of Larry’s epic ride and important mission. There are lots of reasons we build the highest quality recumbent trikes here in the USA. Stories like this are the most personally rewarding. This inspiring story is about the power of the human spirit to triumph in the face of great challenges. It’s about life’s journey, how we rise above adversity and a great reminder of all we have to be grateful for. We encourage you to find out when it is coming to the film festival in a city near you.
Catrike announced a new 2014 Catrike at Interbike in Las Vegas September 18-20, 2013. Catrike's Founder Paulo Camasmie presented the Interbike Tech Clinic "Manufacturing Cycling Products in the USA" where he talked about lean manufacturing and how it is possible to competitively produce world class quality right here in the USA.
To download the new 2014 Catrike flyer
Catrike story featured in Bicycle Retailer & Industry News Magazine. Click here to view the article.
New Factory April 17, 2013
"This is a great achievement for us as well as the trike industry and consumers and has only been possible due to the support of our Catrike dealers, owners, vendors and members of the specialized media. So I would like to thank you for all the trust put in me and my company from many of you since I started this dream in 2000." -Paulo Camasmie, Founder
New Factory Moving in
After years of continued growth we have reached a milestone and are happy to announce we have moved to a beautiful industrial brick building in Orlando, FL. In our previous space we utilized every single square inch for productivity. Now we have moved to a much larger and nicer 15,000 sq ft factory, with over 10,000 sq ft of purely production area. This represents twice the area we had before for production.
New Factory Fabrication
We take great pride and care with every trike we make. We focus on product development using real life engineering applications for our products to consistently maintain and improve quality in everything we do.
Our new facility will allow us to continue to innovate through R&D, advancements in automation, design and processes helping us to expand our capabilities and increase capacity.
Automated Wheel Machine
As a lean manufacturer we can continue improving efficiency to meet demand and create the best atmosphere possible for all our employees which is an important step in our continued growth.
CNC Milling Machine
Our latest fiscal year has been a record in sales, revenues and productivity. The new factory will allow us to meet the growing demand for high quality trikes.
Our new location will allow for future expansion in research and development as well as customer service and support to our dealers and Catrike owners.
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