Generation Razor is about to become Generation Trikke, thanks to the Razor Trikke E2, a new, three-wheel electric scooter and the product of a licensing agreement between Trikke Tech, makers of Trikke carving vehicles, and Razor USA, makers of the iconic Razor kick scooter.
Designed by Trikke inventor Gildo Beleski, the Razor Trikke E2 is being sold by Razor, which is marketing the product to thrill-seeking tweens, according to a company statement that also said:
“The Trikke E2 combines electric power with two cambering platforms for a unique lean-to-carve motion. This ride delivers the thrill of downhill skiing, without the freezing temperatures.”
The Razor Trikke E2 will be available this spring and retails for $279.99. It was unveiled by Razor as part of their 2013 product line at this week’s American International Toy Fair in New York City; and while the three-wheel carver could be seen as a small step for the scooter company, the new toy could represent a giant leap for the makers of Trikkes.
“It’s enormous,” says Trikke Tech CEO John Simpson, who sees the Razor Trikke as the reach-for product of the year. “It’s got real legs, enough to establish us on a massive scale we’ve never come close to. It’s gonna get our brand and our patented ride out to the masses.”
It’s a positive outlook shared by Beleski, who also serves as Trikke Tech’s Chief Technology Officer.
“This is very important, a big opportunity for us,” says the Brazilian native. “It brings more value to our technology.”
That value can been seen in the Trikke branding on the trailing arm of the new vehicle, as well as the owner’s manual, which contains the following acknowledgement:
“The website of Trikke Tech, Inc. contains many useful videos and helpful tips. Trikke Tech, Inc. has licensed certain technologies to Razor for adoption and use in this Razor Trikke E2, and Razor highly encourages review of Trikke’s experiences and pointers to maximize rider enjoyment and safety.”
The manual also provides insight into the vehicle’s design with the following note:
“Although the Razor Trikke E2 is designed to primarily use electrical power, the product still can be assisted by Trikke Tech, Inc.’s technology allowing conservation of angular momentum, the basic physical principle used to add body power to the Razor Trikke E2. Turning, weight transfer and movement of the rider can help propel the product forward.
“The painstaking research and development of Trikke Tech eventually combined its body-propulsion techniques and technology with an electric product, creating a totally new experience. The Razor Trikke E2 adopts these principles for younger riders, allowing some degree of “rider-assist,” which young riders may learn to achieve.
“Enjoy the added fun of learning to manually add some power to the Razor Trikke E2’s electric ride, but also be careful and practice safe riding. Be sure to check the Trikke website at for more tips and guidance.”
Something else young riders may learn: the joy of three-point carving, says John Simpson, who doesn’t see anything to “stop kids from getting their three-wheel religion on” well beyond their Razor years.
All the more reason the Razor Trikke E2 represents a touchstone moment for Trikke Tech, a moment that renders Gildo Beleski proud but not surprised:
“I knew how great the Trikke was 10 years ago. What’s been frustrating is that it takes so long for people to see the value. It’s had to happen one by one. Now, this time, it will be more than one by one. I’ve always believed it will happen in due course.”
That course may come due sooner than later, if Razor’s new Trikke carves out a special place in the hearts and minds of today’s kids.
The specs on the Razor Trikke E2 are as follows:
·24 Volt (two 12V) SLA rechargeable battery system (charger included)
·High Torque Chain driven motor
·Speeds up to 9 Mph
·Up to 40 minutes continuous use
·Variable speed control
·Push Start System up to 3 Mph
·Dual, Independent rear brakes
·6″ Urethane wheels
·Product Weight: 32 pounds
·Product Dimensions (in inches): 41.0 x 26.0 x 13.7
·Child Weight Min:40 lbs
·Child Weight Max: 120 lbs
CORRECTION: The Razor Trikke’s weight is 32 pounds, not 64 pounds, as listed incorrectly in Razor specs.
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