Designed to be light, strong and give a superb riding experience, the Kiffy from France is a new concept in adult tricycle that is as practical as it is pure enjoyment
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For so long, the adult tricycle has been the domain of workaday machines, built purely for function, hauling everyday goods around, or somewhat unwieldy tricycles taking leisurely, creaky runs around the park.
But now, with extreme style and panache, France's Agence360 and NP Innovation have completely re-invented the format.
But the humble tricycle has now become the urban hauler par excellence with the introduction of the Kiffy, an intriguingly versatile vehicle created by French designer Norbert Peytour of NP Innovation, in collaboration with Toulon-based design firm Agence 360.
Kiffy’s not broad in the beam – at 22in, its wheelbase is just the width of the handlebars – but is easy to steer and tricycle-stable even on uneven and slanted ground. Credit the “Swing System” suspension, which allows the front wheels to lean independently, and creates bicycle-like handling.
So the Kiffy trike is very definitely something you can ride without embarrassment. That's because, with its low wheels, light weight, and front wheel "Swing" technology it looks as much fun as it does super cool. Despite its stunning cool looks, the Kiffy can transport bulky objects with ease.
But that is only half the story, literally. The Kiffy splits in half.
There is no aluminium origami at work here. Taking the Kiffy apart takes about 10 seconds and four simple movements. The two-wheeled front half becomes a dolly-like shopping cart, easily maneuverable through markets and over sidewalks.
It is pushed with the handlebars, and has a kickstand at the front that allows it to stand on its own. The back half can be left chained to a bike rack (without the front, only a felonious unicyclist could ride it away) until the shopping excursion or furniture-hauling is over, when it reconnects for the ride home.
For storage, the back half drops into a small shelf between the two front wheels, and two small auxiliary wheels help create a stable and nimble package that can roll into the corner of an apartment or garage. Compacted, the Kiffy’s footprint is less than two square feet.
At the equivalent of roughly USD$2,000, a fully kitted Kiffy is hardly priced like a children’s tricycle. Good thing, then, that it hauls an impressive spec sheet. The trike weighs just over 13kgs, but can carry as much as 30kgs in its cargo area. Hydraulic disc brakes on the front wheels ensure that such loads do not compromise stopping power. Smaller wheels make it a little shorter nose-to-tail than most commuter bikes, at only 57in. The trike comes with chain drive in Asia, with a two-speed rear hub.
The result is an adult tricycle that is as stylish, as it is practical, as it is fun. A trike for the cool and trendy.
Now the Kiffy is available in Asia.
With its low wheels (20”) and light weight it takes the practicality of a folding bicycle and combines it with the ability to carry light loads around safely and with stability – as well as being a joy to ride.
As a legion of food-cart pushers can attest, the tricycle is an ideal contraption for hauling big loads through city streets.
But for commuters who would occasionally go shopping, cargo trikes are simply too unwieldy.
They’re too wide for bike lanes, don’t fit on public transport or in the trunk of a car, and require secure, off-street storage space.
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