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Meet the Catrike 559
Do you want the 26-inch wheel of the Expedition, the handlebars of the Villager, and the folding capability of the Trail all in one incredible trike? Say hello to the Catrike 559! The 559 is the culmination of years and years of Catrikeís trike-building experience.
Frame and Adjustability
Stay in the Saddle
Designed with you in mind
Steering and Handling
We have long felt that Catrike has made all their trikes with superb steering and handling, and the 559 is no exception. All the buzzwords are there with positive affirmations. Ackerman - yes! Center point - yes! straight-line tendency - yes! The 559 features sealed bearings for headsets, and a custom teflon bearing in the upper portion. That teflon bearing/bushing allows you to customize the feel of the steering by tightening the headset bolt. It eliminates high-speed shimmy and is now a common feature on all Catrike models.
Steering is easy, smooth, and predictable whether you are cruising around a parking lot or racing down a big hill. Like most Catrikes, the stability at high speeds is astounding. The vertical handlebars put your hands in a very natural position and are completely adjustable. You can slide them farther or closer to you, swing in or out, and can tilt them to optimize comfort. The handlebars also feature adjustable wrist rests.
Wheels and Tires
The Catrike 559 features two 20-inch wheels in the front and, of course, the signature 26-inch wheel in the back. The 5.5.9 is actually the metric measurement of the back wheel, hence the name of this particular Catrike. The wheels are sleek, featuring black hubs, spokes, and sturdy, double-wall rims, and silver nipples.
All three wheels have quick-releases for easy removal. The stock tires are Schwalbe Marathon Racers; the two front wheels measure 20 inches by 1.5 inches, and the rear measures 26 inches by 1.5 inches. Theyíll give you a smooth ride and, with their RaceGuard puncture protection layer, theyíll last you a while on the road. They are a reasonable fast tire that is great for everyday riding.
Gearing and Drivetrain
The drivetrain of the 559 consists of the same upper-mid-level components found on all the current Catrike models. The components are a bit of mountain and road hardware to provide the rider with reliable shifting, and a very wide gear range. Up front, the 559 has an FSA Gossamer 52/29/30 crankset with integrated chain guard.
A SRAM TT500 bar end shifter controls the Microshift front derailleur. Another TT500 (indexed) controls the rear X7 long-cage derailleur across the SRAM PG-1050 11-36T 10-speed Cassette. This gives the 559 a great gear range of about 20-117 Gear Inches across all thirty speeds. Overall, the components will work well for most riders. If you are wanting to upgrade components we recommend doing that at the time you order so that we can get maximum credit towards any upgraded parts.
The chainline on the 559 is simple and efficient with a single power idler and flared PTFE chain tubes. Youíll enjoy incredibly smooth pedaling and, unlike some other trikes, youíll find thereís very little noise. Smooth. Quiet. Fast. Talk about an enjoyable ride.
Slowing it Down
The stock 559 comes stock with Avid BB7 disc brakes, Avid Speed Dial 7 levers, and 160mm G2 Cleansweep rotors. Theyíre set up as two individual brakes on the left and right handlebars. Catrike chose to go with the higher-quality levers instead of the locking levers found on some other trikes, but they do include a velcro parking strap so you can avoid your trike rolling away from you. Thereís no rear brake, but one can be added with our optional kit and a disc-compatible rear hub or wheel.
Extras and Upgrades
Catrike throws in a few extras with the 559 that you donít get with every trike. Youíll get the Mirrycle rear view mirror and mount, a computer sensor mount, the Catrike flag, and a rear wheel fender. Youíll also find extra pockets on the back of the seat for all your little gadgets. Unlike some of Catrikeís other models, the 559 does not include a headrest so that tends to be the first thing most trikers add.
So... Why the Catrike 559?
You canít go wrong when you buy a Catrike, and the 559 is one of the most versatile, comfortable and all-around quality machines available to you. At a price closer to $3,000 than $2,000, it is not an entry-level trike. Of course, even if you have never ridden a trike before you will likely love it. It does cost more than the Catrike Expedition, so if you donít need the folding frame or adjustable seat you may want to consider the Expedition.
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