Best Drift Trikes to Go Back to Your Childhood

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 25, 2018
Drifting is one of the coolest things ever and now it has also become more affordable and less dangerous. Instead of watching pros on hi-end cars drifting in competitions, get a drift trike and take up the challenge yourself. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
FRAME
WHEELS
SEATS
HANDLEBAR & GRIPS
PEDALS
Warranty
 
PROS

Lowered center of gravity, combined with the 20% wider track, enhances the stability. You can adjust the seat within 17 cm of range to make it perfectly comfortable for your build.

CONS

Rather difficult in assembling.

OUR VERDICT

Great teenagers and kids drift trike—reliable and stable. The wider front wheel will help with curbs and similar obstacles, while rear wheels will provide high maneuverability.

detailed parameters
FRAME

Triad Exclusive Snake Head Gusseted Twin Tube Frame Design Large

Triad Exclusive Sentinel Platform

WHEELS

Rear Wheels: New 15mm 49’er Interchange Slick Drifting Wheels, Nylon Hub With P.P Slick

Front Wheel: Commander Elite 20 Inch Cro-Mo Disk Brake

SEATS

Ergonomically Designed, Lotus Seat; Quick Release Adjustable Slider

HANDLEBAR & GRIPS

Oversize 31.8 Alloy Flat Bars 620mm Wide With Zero Rise

PEDALS

Large Resin Anti Slip Platform

Warranty

6 months

PROS

The trike is able to make 360° turns during a drift. It has a durable steel frame for long life and comes with 5 bright stickers that will be loved by your kids.

CONS

The bolts need re-tightening quite often.

OUR VERDICT

The model's already high safety further enhanced by the upgraded braking system makes it a good choice for kids from the age 5 and up.

detailed parameters
FRAME

High-Tensile Steel Construction

WHEELS

Rear Wheels: Blow Molded Fat Treads

Front Wheel: 16" Sturdy Grippy Tire

SEATS

Adjustable Bucket Seat (2 positions)

HANDLEBAR & GRIPS

Steel Handlebar; Rubber grips

PEDALS

Anti Slip Platform

Warranty

 90 days Limited Warranty

PROS

The 10-inch rear wheels offer the best maneuverability and high spinning speed.

CONS

The pedals are a bit tight.

OUR VERDICT

Moto-style double frame and BMX bike-style pedals really make this drift trike stand out. The cool design is combined with good speed and offers a range of possibilities.

detailed parameters
FRAME

2-Piece welded steel frame 

WHEELS

Rear Wheels: 10” kart style blow molded POM, 4” wide with slick surface, speed bearings, and chrome hub caps

Front Wheel: pneumatic 20” x 2.125” aluminum rim with internal freewheel

SEATS

Adjustable (2 positions), 356 mm bucket style seat

HANDLEBAR & GRIPS

Moto-style handlebars; Pro-style soft rubber grips

PEDALS

BMX style platform

Warranty

 90 days

PROS

The ScooterX drift bike is equipped with a 6.5 HP 196cc OHV gas engine to provide the freedom of movement few competitor models can offer.

CONS

Needs gas.

OUR VERDICT

Full-fledged drift trike with large plastic-sleeved rear wheels and huge front wheel that can conquer just about any obstacle. Lowered racing seat and foot pegs enhance stability.

detailed parameters
FRAME

Tubular Steel Frame

WHEELS

Rear Wheels: Plastic sleeved for maximum drifting ability

Front Wheel: 16" Fatbike with Street tire

SEATS

Hard molded racing seat

HANDLEBAR & GRIPS

BMX style handlebar and stem; Soft rubber handgrips

PEDALS

Adjustable foot pegs

Warranty

 30-day Seller Warranty

PROS

The seat is easily adjusted and has a special finish that makes it highly comfortable for the user.

CONS

Heavy and bulky.

OUR VERDICT

This is an adult drift trike, geared towards tall bikers; it can hold a weight of up to 222 lbs. The front wheel is big and wide, with factory tire for better performance. Takes half an hour to assemble.

detailed parameters
FRAME

Triad Exclusive Snake Head Gusseted Twin Tube Frame Extra Large

Triad Exclusive Sentinel Platform

WHEELS

Rear Wheels: Oath Vanguard with Replaceable PVC Slick

Front Wheel: Commander Elite 20 Inch 4130 Cro-Mo Disk Brake

SEATS

Ergonomically Designed, Lotus Seat; Triad Thermoformed Padded Seat Liner; Quick Release Adjustable Slider

HANDLEBAR & GRIPS

Oversize 31.8 Alloy Riser Bars 620mm Wide, Grip: Oath Chameleon TPR 130mm with Color Rims

PEDALS

Large Resin Anti Slip Platform; Rota PEG Adapter

Warranty

6 months

Triad Underworld

Race with the Beings from Hell

If Hades ever decided to upgrade his chariot to be on the same page with the modern world, he would be pleased with this drift trike—it is quite fast, maneuverable, and sturdy enough to handle steep roads no doubt paving the Underworld. Maybe his young wife would be willing to stay with him without any seeds, then. Or maybe she would "borrow" it to run away, outmaneuvering Cerberus the three-headed hound of Hell. But alas.

Jokes aside, though, the Triad Underworld 3 is a very fine model. First of all, you can use it both as a trike and as a scooter thanks to the Sentinel platform behind the seat (a feature exclusively used by Triad). It is also possible to ride with the driver in the seat and a second person behind them on the platform but check out the weight limit (222 lbs according to the manufacturer) and always wear a bike helmet and other means of protection.

This drift bike has replaceable 49er drifting wheels on big bearings necessary due to the enhanced rear axle made of strong boron steel. The front frame is twin-tube, also for enhanced strength. The lotus seat is designed specifically for racing and drifting with comfort, it is adjustable in height up to 17 cm and has an adjustable slider for the base.

The trike is good for adults and kids alike though we recommend having someone watch over the kids, at least, when they drive for the first couple times.

Review of Triad Underworld 3 Drift Trike Tricycle

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Madd Gear 204-878

Kids' Favorite Toy

MADD Gear is an Australian company that has exploded worldwide around the 2010s with their action sports equipment and has upheld their reputation since then to the point that professional sports people prefer MADD equipment to any other.

Seeing the part "Mini" in the name of this drift trike, you have probably guessed that it is mainly created for kids. Well, maybe some teenagers who are not too tall or heavy, too, considering the weight limit this model has is 150 lbs. All the same, most users are kids, 5 years and older.

Everything in this 3-wheel vehicle was designed for the kids' first drifting sessions. The big flat rear tires drift smoothly while the tire on the front wheel is treaded for better grip on the road, allowing 360° turns without having the trike tip over. The frame and the handlebars are heavy-duty, made of high-tensile steel. You will need to check the bolts frequently, though you'll do that anyway when it's your kids on the drift trike, right?

There is another point in favor of this drift tricycle for kids: it has taken its breaking system from BMX bikes. Since these bikes are designed to do tricks, they must have extremely reliable brakes to make the extreme sports a little less extreme. If you are looking for something exciting yet relatively safe for your kid, do try this model.

Review of Madd Gear 204-878 Mini Drift Trike

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Razor 20030501

Pro-level Trike From a Famous Manufacturer

Razor is one of the first names that come to mind when you start looking for sports vehicles for kids and adults alike. From hoverboards to scooters to replacement parts for them, this company is famous for the variety of products and high quality.

The Razor DXT drift trike has a 2-piece steel frame with moto-style handlebars. It is highly durable, definitely, and it also looks absolutely the coolest in its neon yellow color with a stark black logo. The 10" rear wheels are easy to control the riding with and they handle drifting with perfect precision, maneuvering to show-off your skills, covering all the turns and curves at high speed thanks to quality bearings with strong chrome caps. Professional grips will help you hold on tight and not lose control.

The seat here is adjustable, though it offers two positions rather than manually controlled height. According to the majority of customers, assembling this 3-wheel bike is fairly simple, especially as the purchase includes the necessary tools for that. The BMX-style pedals might be somewhat tight at first but with some practice, the use will come naturally.

DXT is an adult drift trike, with its big front wheel that kids won't properly see over. However, teenagers can use it too.

Review of Razor 20030501 DXT Drift Trike

 

ScooterX Drifter 6.5hp 196cc

Speed Up with Engine

The ScooterX model is a gas-powered adult drift trike, meaning there is no need to pedal. Hence, there are no pedals, obviously. There are foot pegs, though, adjustable for your comfort during the ride.

The engine is an industrial-grade 4-stroke OHV one, with 6.5 horsepower in it, fast enough for a good deal of drifting but limited enough to make the control easily manageable and accidents nearly non-existent. It is, again, a gas engine, which needs refueling and can be smelly at times so we recommend keeping the trike in a garage and not at home, but otherwise, it is quite simple to maintain.

This drift bike has a 16" flat bike front wheel with street-adapted tire, both front and rear disc brakes, and enhanced upgradeable exhaust and intake, providing carefree and comfortable riding. The seat you will sit on is designed after racing seats, it is easy to move when you do your maneuvers. The maneuverability, in general, is further enhanced with a BMX-style stem and handlebars—they are easy to move at the speed, offering you the extra seconds to make the perfect turn with a drift.

ScooterX Drifter can handle quite the weight, up to 250 lbs. This model is the best choice for tall and big riders.

Review of ScooterX Drifter 6.5hp 196cc Drift Trike

 

Triad Syndicate

Stunt Machine

Whatever else one might doubt about the Triad company but the product naming is a talent one can't deny them; their drift trike models tend to have fairly intimidating and thus easily remembered names. However, names are not the only things this brand is good at.

The Triad Syndicate 3 is a strong competitor on the market thanks to its design, heavily geared towards performing stunts without breaking down. It has a twin-tube frame that transitions into the CroMoly bladed fork, which is quite hard to damage. It is further reinforced with a wraparound head tube gusset. The stem and handlebars are also made of metal—aluminum, in this case—and handlebars have grips with screw end caps that will not let your hands slip; losing control due to sweaty palms is no longer an issue.

Instead of flat tires, the rear wheels are PVC-covered for perfect 360° trike drift.

The seat is adjustable in height up to 20 cm, making this tricycle convenient for a wide range of users with a different build. The quick-release slider is easy to use. Behind the seat, there is a platform where you can stand for stunts yourself or give your kid a ride with you.

In the package with this adult drift trike, you will find some extras. The coolest of those would be the seat cover. You don't find that included often, and it is a comfy addition—the seat cover is thermoformed, it will absorb vibration (at least, to some level), making your ride comfier and letting you do stunts better and for longer.

Review of Triad Syndicate 3 Drift Trike Tricycle

 

What Is a Drift Trike?

Trike drifting is a young sport that nevertheless has got quite a following already. The American Drift Trike Association was even created in 2011, and this means something! So what is it?

If you've stumbled upon this article, you probably know about drifting, right? In case you don't, it's a driving technique, a fairly flashy one, at that, which basically consists of oversteering when passing a corner at a very high speed. Most people know it thanks to the Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift movie from the famous franchise. Although the classic drifting is associated with cars and motorcycles, it is possible with tricycles as well.

A drift trike is a trike with a front wheel larger than that of a normal tricycle and hard plastic rear wheels that create traction loss and, thus, drifting effect. These trikes used to mostly be DIY projects, home-made. Today, you can find a variety of models, some with electric or even gas engines, there are different types of frames, seats, and wheels. The selection is quite rich.

If you are a drift fan in search of more toys, check out the RC drift cars.

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Publish Date: 2018-07-18 14:31:50