As standard the trike come with Schwalpe Marathon Plus tires approved for e-bikes at up to 50 km/h (E50). These tires are the best on the marked with regards to puncture resistance. As standard the front tires is 1.75″ wide, and the rear time 2.0″ wide.
For driving on ice and snow is is recommended to mount Schwalpe MARATHON WINTER PLUS 2.15″ front and 2.0″ back.
Depending upon the model ordered (Base, Touring or Power) the 3 driving modes will come as default according to the table below:
There is a hand throttle integrated as part of the left handle bar. The hand throttle is must be deactivated when driving on public roads. When driving off road the throttle can be active, and you can drive the trike at up to 60 km/h using only the throttle (you don’t have to pedal).
The Trike has three brakes. Two coupled front wheel 160 mm hydraulic disc brakes, and one rear wheel electrical brake (e-brake).
The two front wheel brakes are operated by using the right brake lever. The rear wheel e-brake is operated by using the left brake lever.
For normal braking and when riding downhill, the rear wheel e-brake is preferred, as this brake will convert the moving energy of the trike into energy in the battery (energy regeneration).
The rear wheel e-brake will regenerate up to 1500 watt of energy, depending upon how much you press the left brake lever. The amount of regeneration is shown on the display, as a negative watt amount.
When using either the left or the right brake lever, the electrical assist is turned off immediately.
When braking hard, use both front and rear brakes simultaneously.
to stop the trike from rolling and for parking the trike, you can use the parking brake, which is integrated into the right brake lever.
(NB, e-braking/regen is NOT available if you choose the freewheel option)Category: Brakes
Serial numbers are located on the front crank housing.
You can testride the trike at VELOKS’s home at, Rudegårds Alle 26, 2840 Holte, Denmark. Please contact VELOKS to make an appointment first, so that we can ensure we have the right trike for you. You can contact us via email [email protected] or via phone: +45 61 77 57 33. See https://veloks.com/contact/ for more
The recommended load limit for the rear rack is 40 kg. The rack is designed to carry two bags of up to 35 L each (e.g Ortlieb back-roller pro plus).
Overweight is not a problem within limits. The total load limit is 200 Kg, this includes the weight of the rider plus the weight of luggage. This means that rider weight of up to 180 Kg is ok. We will ensure of cause that the springs have the correct strength and adjustment to fit your weight.
- You can concentrate on pedaling and not have to worry about keeping the balance.
- When stopping at a red light, you can keep your feet in the pedals.
- It is much more stable, and it is more fun to drive.
- You can most likely drive it if you have a back or balance problem
- Your bum will not hurt, even after many hours of driving.
- Better stopping power with two front brakes and one rear brake.
- Will drive faster on a flat road or downhill due to less wind resistance.
- Prepared for more power and higher speed.
- Will take higher load (200kg).
- More difficult to transport, as it is wider and heavier.
- Difficult to get through narrow doors openings.
- Take up more space when storing.
If you have back pains or problems, and cannot ride an ordinary bike, you will most likely be able to ride a VELOKS trike. This is because you lean back and the seat supports your back, and because the suspension will avoid bumps in the road from hurting you back or spine.
Recumbent refers to the seated position; many also call recumbents for ‘bents.’ Recumbents have two, three or four wheel.
Any vehicle that consists of two wheels in the front and one wheel in the back is a tadpole trike. A tadpole trike is also called a “reverse trike” or a “recumbent tadpole trikes”.
The battery will typically last 500 charge cycles at which point the capacity is reduced to around 80%. One charge cycle is counted as a full discharge followed by a full charge. So if the battery is charged when it is 50% full, this only count as half a charge cycle.
When fully charging the battery, it is best to use the trike immediately after the charging, as prolonged storage of a 100% charged lithium battery degrades the battery. If the trike needs to be stored for a long time (1-2 months), it is best to ensure that it is only charged between 30% and 80%.
Storing the trike for very long time (2 months+), an intelligent charger such as GRIN Satiator must be connected so that the battery is not discharged to 0% which destroys the battery.
The number of charge cycles are calculated and stored to the center display. If charging to only 80% capacity, the maximum available charge cycles will double. This is possible using the intelligent GRIN Satiator charger.
When charging, the temperature must not be below zero degrees Celsius.
The battery is designed and produced by VELOKS in Denmark. Only new quality cells from Panasonic, LG or Samsung are used. For 1.5 kWh and 2.3 kWh 18650 lithium cells are used, and for 3.3 kWh , 4.1 kWh & 5.0 kWh 21700 lithium cells are used.
The batteries consist of 16 “cells blocks” in series, i.e. 60 V nominal. Each “cell block” consist of either 6, 12, 18 or 21 matched cells in parallel. The cells are connected via 100% pure nickel strips that are spot welded to the cells. To ensure equal current load to each individual cells, the main power wires are connected to the cells blocks by means of a solid cobber bus, and “cells blocks” are interconnected in series between each individual cell by nickel strips. The battery box is a sandwich construction that is made of carbon fiber as the outside layers, and fiber glass as inside layers. This ensures a very strong and stiff, yet crack resistant box, which is electrical isolated.
The battery is protected by means of a battery management system (BMS). The BMS will monitor the battery and cell voltage, the battery temperature, the charge & regen current and the discharge current and protect the battery by turning if off if appropriate. When charging the battery to 100%, the “cells blocks” are balanced (i.e. have identical voltage)
Yes, you can easily remove the battery, the motor and the motor chain.
This will reduce the weight of the trike with between 9 kg and 22 kg depending on the installed battery capacity.
- The battery has 4 mounting points, and can be easily removed by opening the two snap clips and sliding out the battery.
- The mid-drive motor has 4 mounting bolts that if unscrewed the motor can be removed. (the hub-motors cannot be removed, as they are integrated parts of the wheels)
- The mid-motor chain is removed by lowering the rear wheel to allow the chain to be removed.
The VELOKS MK3 trike support battery capacities from 1.5 kWh to 5 kWh, and such batteries have a relatively high weight from 6 kg to 19 kg. By placing this weight at the center under the seat, it will improve the stability of the trike (lower center of gravity). It also “hides” the large battery from sight and makes the trikes look better. Thirdly, the battery has 4 mounting points, and can be easily removed by opening the two snap clips and sliding out the battery. This is handy if you need to charge the battery inside due to lack of external power, or to ensure that the battery starts with maximum capacity when it is very cold outside.
The VELOKS MK3 Mid-Motor version has the motor placed in front of the rear wheel, and the motor chain is attached to the rear disc mount on the hub. The advantage of this setup, is that it support:
• Much higher torque transfer to wheel.
• Mid-motor, which enables lower point of gravity, which again improves stability
• A much stronger motor chain.
• Regeneration of energy and electronic braking.
• The use of all types of internal hub gears and all type of external gear systems.
• Two independent drive systems, motor of the left and human on the right.
Yes, the VELOKS MK3 trike is defined as a Pedelec (pedal electric cycle). The VELOKS MK3 come with a “EC Declaration of Conformity”, and is EC marked. This means that the VELOKS MK3 trike, is a regular e-bike with a maximum continuous rated power of 250 watt, power by a battery which cuts out at 25 km/h, and which only active when the rider pedals.
For the “Base” model, all 3 driving modes (Low, Medium & High) are legal and there is no way to exceed the legal limits.
For the “Touring” and “Power” models, the “low” driving mode is legal, but the “Medium” and “High” driving modes should only be used off road or on private roads as these will not be legal in most countries.
The battery box contains the lithium cells, the motor controller and the battery management system. The total weight of the battery box is for 1.5 kWh 9 Kg, 2.3 kWh = 12 Kg and for 3.2 kWh = 15 Kg, 4,1 = 18 Kg, and 5.0 kWh = 21,5 Kg
Depends on three things, the state of the battery, charger current, and the installed battery capacity.
Using the standard charger (8A) , the 1.5 kWh battery, charging an empty battery to 100%, will take approx 4 hours.
For the 2.3 kWh approx 6 hours, for the 3.3 kWh approx 8 hours, for the 4.1 kWh approx 10 hours, and for the 5.0 kWh approx 12 hours.
The table below list charging times to fully charge an empty battery using the charges available.
In practice the above to times will be shorter, as the battery rarely is fully discharged (empty)