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Azub Ti-FLY 26 Full Suspension Trike

Starting at $6190

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The All-New Azub Ti-FLY. YOU NEED TO SEE THIS. All the superior components of an Azub trike, now with the unique technology of titanium front suspension. Quality in components and performance makes the Ti-Fly one of the most advanced trikes in the recumbent world.



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Please note that we do not charge for assembly and actual shipping costs to you are subsidized by Utah Trikes. Optional items chosen through our Trike Configurator will be installed on the trike prior to shipping. Any price differences shown between items here and our standard parts catalog reflect the cost of installation and/or additional hardware needed to install the item. If you would like to install the item yourself please choose the options separately through our catalog. Also note, our trike customizer calculates the price difference between the stock component configuration and the many upgrades that we offer. When you choose upgraded parts through this customizer you will not get the stock parts as the Trike Configurator calculates the price difference between parts. If you want all of the stock parts in addition to the upgrades you must choose the stock trike from here and then choose the full-price replacement components from our catalog. We are adding new options all the time. If there is an option you want us to add let us know. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Deliveries are set to begin at the end of July 2016! Follow this link to pre-order yours today.

The shape and construction of tadpole tricycles, that is trikes with two wheels in the front, resemble the front of Formula 1 rather than a velomobile or a car with a monocoque body. So we thought it was pointless to create a cross member tube only to fix a McPherson type suspension on it. Thanks to extending the titanium springs transversely, we managed to create a concept that integrates the springing function with 40 mm travel and stabilization directly into the framework. Only the oil damping system remains “non-integrated”. We have replaced the cross member tube, coil springs and anti-roll bar with a pair of suitably shaped lightweight titanium leaf springs. This design is not completely new. The same principle has been used before in some sports cars axles, for example in Fiat 128 Sport or Chevrolet Corvette C5.

A typical anti-roll bar acts as a resilient connector of independently suspended left and right wheels. A part of the load thus gets transferred between the wheels, which reduces roll when cornering. In the titanium AZUB axle we exploit the fact that the outermost parts of our leaf spring form an independent suspension element and the central part is used by both wheels. Thus by making these parts of the spring suitably long and stiff, we have fully substituted the function of the anti-roll bar.

Why titanium?


When we want to decide which material to use for a spring, there are several options. A classic choice is spring steel which is however quite heavy. A lighter alternative is either a carbon or glass fibre composite, or titanium. Composite materials help to achieve great weight parameters, but their use is complicated due to their unreliability of connection to the rest of the metal structure, and in addition, it is difficult to manufacture blanks with particular mechanical properties.

Regarding strength, titanium, a sufficiently flexible material resistant to cyclic loading, is very similar to steel at almost half the weight. Its good weldability ensures reliable connections to the rest of the structure and its exceptional chemical resistance and surface hardness assure a permanent exclusive look without any surface treatment. Precisely for these reasons, the titanium alloy Ti6Al4V (also known as Titan Grade 5) has been used for decades in the manufacture of the most comfortable and most durable frames for road bikes, cross bikes, expedition and mountain bikes, as well as in aeronautics and modern medicine.


During the development and testing of our suspension, we could rely on the vast experience of people who have dedicated their whole lives to working with titanium. Taking into account the manufacture of titanium bicycle frames, Svatopluk Zatloukal has made a significant contribution with his top know-how from the aeronautical field. This gave rise to the creation of unique titanium frames and components called Morati, at the time used by many top riders at the Cyclo-cross World Championships and XC races at the Olympics. Among the most interesting Morati frames is the XC softail frame, where the flexibility of titanium substitutes the rear suspension pins. Other technical gems include metal cranks (titanium) – the lightest to this day, or one of the very first road bikes with disc brakes (also made of titanium of course). This knowledge is today reflected in the production of Czech frames FESTKA, whose bicycle won the prestigious NAHBS, and now also in our TiFly suspension.

During the development, key components of the front suspension kept undergoing rigorous testing at high cycle fatigue. The leaf spring on the test machine must reach maximum travel without damage a million times. Successful accomplishment of this test should guarantee virtually infinite lifetime of this key component. A different type of testing was carried out by Broňa Nagel who completed two journeys spanning thousands of kilometres around Europe with a fully loaded trike. And more expeditions are on the cards.

Detailed Specifications

Total Weight Capacity 275 lbs
Wheelbase 48.5 inches
Wheel Track 30 inches
Total Length 80-87 in depending on boom position
Total Width 32.8 in
Total Assembled Height 27.5-32 in depending on seat angle
Bottom Bracket Height 17-19 inches
Steering Type Indirect steer
Seat Angle 34-52 degrees
Country of Origin Czech Republic

 


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