E-trike for the discerning cyclistThe EVO STEPS is the luxury model of our KETTWIESEL series. Some may argue that the name “KETTWIESEL” is too whimsical for this classy set of wheels, but what’s named is named. Moreover, it’s long since become the epitome of a sporty, high-end trike.
The EVO STEPS is our upgraded version for riders with even higher standards for comfort: The standard model features a Shimano Steps motor and the corresponding Di2 electronic shifting system. And its suspension is out of this world: independent wheel suspension, air shocks, and cornering-stability control like a car. A sporty ride doesn’t have to be uncomfortable.
E-motor from Shimano: power on demandIt’s the rider who decides when the Shimano Steps switches on. Then the powerful mid-motor provides smooth and seamless assist. It gives you more traction on the rear wheels than a front motor, and its 504Wh battery, hidden behind the seat, can be fully charged in a mere four hours.
The Di2 Alfine is an 8-speed, electronic, internally geared hub that coordinates perfectly with the motor. It can be operated in either manual or automatic mode. And the rider can switch between these modes with the touch of a button on the display.
The art of unfoldingWhen parked upright, the EVO looks like a futuristic work of art. Just as impressive is the folded version: all it takes is three quick steps to transform the trike into a masterpiece of compactness with a maximum length of 38 inches (96 cm).
Also foldable … and eye-catching: the KLIMAX Foldable Fairing, which is available as an accessory. The patented HASE BIKES fairing waits – compactly folded – in its carrying case for the next rainy day, when it can be mounted and unfolded in a flash. With the corresponding Rain Poncho, it turns the EVO into a weatherproof, all-season trike.
Recumbent trike + recumbent trike = 5-wheel tandemThe delta configuration – one wheel in front and two in the back – offers an exceptionally sporty performance: not only because the turning radius is very small, but also because the low center of gravity guarantees excellent safety and stability – even when cornering at high speeds.
The ride is twice as sporty – and will attract twice as many curious stares – when you connect two trikes with the HASE BIKES Tandem Coupling.
“The pain in my sitting bones was immediately gone.” Maria told the story of her first experiences with a recumbent trike. “But I always felt so uncool!” she added with a laugh.
For her, recumbent cycling had always been something for eccentrics. But the bright-eyed 37-year-old is not an eccentric – and didn’t want to be seen as one. She just wanted a trike that she could use for getting around on a daily basis – shopping and riding to work – and that would also be fun on outings in the countryside.
The e-motor was an important feature, as Maria lives near Detmold, in the hilly Teutoburg Forest. At the moment, she’s riding a tadpole, with two wheels in front and one in back – just opposite to the delta trikes of the KETTWIESEL family. Over time, her passion for recumbents grew.
So much so that she even started writing a blog on the subject, just as a hobby but with highly professional content. And specifically from a woman’s perspective, as the “recumbent-bike lady”: www.liegeradfrau.de. “I’ve always taken gender seriously,” said the social-education worker.
She discovered the stylish new generation of HASE BIKES at a bicycle trade show and was immediately fascinated. Not only by the trikes, but also by the people behind the name HASE. At a subsequent visit to the company headquarters in Waltrop, she made high-quality videos for her blog, showing how HASE BIKES designs and builds its trikes.
At the end of her visit, she even decided to take home an EVO with motor and ROLLER BAG for testing. After a few weeks, our HASE BIKES team visited her in Detmold, where she rhapsodized about her many experiences with the EVO – shopping, touring over all kinds of paths, and making countless daily trips.
Her conclusion: “The EVO is the perfect vehicle for the big city! Super practical, because – with its large bag – it can carry almost as much as a cargo bike, and it doesn’t take up much space at home. Tip resistant, super maneuverability – which makes it incredibly fun to ride – and the suspension is a dream! Plus, I can even get the EVO down the basement steps all by myself,” said the petite Maria.
She then shared a long list of detailed observations, because in her role as a tester – and blogger – Maria is extremely thorough. Today, Maria works in adult education. She used to coordinate community projects, for example with the homeless. “These roles made me really tough,” she said.
What impresses her most about the EVO: “You can just tell it was designed by people who love bikes. It’s more than just high-quality engineering: it’s an incredible passion for mobility that’s built into every component and feature. The people at HASE BIKES live this passion: perfecting the designs without making everything overly complicated – and such great things come out of their work.” Which, of course, is music to our ears.
But the admiration is mutual, and what impresses us in particular is that she looks at every detail – and also says what she doesn’t like. For example, the fact that she can’t tow her dog trailer when the bag is attached to the seat. We’re working on it.
And we will also continue to follow Maria’s blog with great interest. Because there’s certainly still a lot we can learn there, too.