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Induction Certificate Number:   74020120510-548
Induction Date:   May 10, 2012
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Trikke Carving Vehicles (Bikes)
MSRP:   Variable
Company URL:  http://www.trikke.com/
Rating: 

Trikke Carving Vehicles (Bikes)

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Expert
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  05/10/2012

Sports and fitness are one of the strongest point of interest in US society today. Trikke Tech, Inc. has taken this fact into consideration and brought one of the most popular fitness solutions of the century into reality! Introducing the Tribred Carving / Electric Bikes.

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
3-Point Carving (Leaning) Bikes 2011 Consumer 4-Adult Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Critical Skills Development Design Quality Ease Of Use Marketability Saddle Structure Visual Appeal
5 5 5 5 NA 4.5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.
                     





image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types

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CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
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ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 

  
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
 Labeled/Appropriate



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
China

 

About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about.

Image of The Tribred Electric-Assist Carving Bike/Vehicle.

Sports and fitness are one of the strongest point of interest in US society today. Just imagine a variety of carving and balance bikes/vehicles designed for all ages so no member of the family is left out on family fun and fitness! Trikke Tech, Inc. delivers exactly that.

As you can see from the image at left, the design is so simplistic, stylish, and has a style like nothing else.

(The model in the image is a custom painted version of the Tribred Electric Assisted Carving Bike/Vehicle.)

You might be wondering what makes these Trikke products so special. The challenge is that there is so much to share it would take volumes of pages to fully encapsulate it all. As a simple introduction, Trikke designs and builds 3-point cambering (leaning) vehicles, that allow the frame to lean into turns while keeping three wheels (or skis) on the ground.

The unmatched stability of this patented platform, combined with Trikke’s durable, lightweight, folding frame provides superior solutions for manual and electric assisted mobility, no-impact fitness and recreation. Obviously this is not applicable to the balance bikes such as the Trikke Bikee1 that is featured later in this product evaluation summary.
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Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details and perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

With every Trikke bike whether a convertible or electric assisted, your body begins a new experience from your core and throughout the rest of your entire body. Low-impact exercise that is literally addictive! According to one of the credentialed kinesiotherapists who participated in our evaluation, "The bikes create natural motion of your joints which allows for a steady and progressive development of muscles and tendons."

Many of the recreational bikes that are on the market today may be associated with "fun" yet there a limited few that incorporate the ingenious design structure found in the Trikke bikes. One thing you can depend upon is their delivering the highest standards of quality, expertise and innovation to serve the needs of the riders while contributing substantially to better health and safety.

Riders can rest assured in the comfort of knowing the reduced shock from extended use of all Trikke bikes/vehicles enables riders to work at their own pace whether fast or slow while still enjoying a more natural full-body workout.

The line of Trikke products provide a generous variety of models to choose from. Each one is designed to fit a specific age group or specific application.

For some people, the T7 Convertible is the perfect model to use. An excellent choice for ages 9+. For other people, perhaps the T78 Series is a more suitable choice. Designed to be convertible with the wheels to fit the needs of the rider, it allows the capability of serving multiple styles of riding.

Of course there is also the more refined models that you can push to the limits and have the enjoyment and safety of disc brakes as well.

The company who produces the Trikke products has an outstanding video which I have included here. The video is not with the same model I use but one quite similar. Get ready to see what REAL fun and fitness is all about! Skateboarders, bicycle performers, now this is some serious business!




The Facts Speak For Themselves

While I could go on forever with all sorts of details about what makes the Trikke bikes/vehicles so special, the facts speak for themselves when you have someone who has gone from being bound to the use of a wheelchair for years, and now is able to use the Trikke Tri bred Electric Assisted vehicle using prosthetics! The custom painted model you saw with the young lady on it is the one that I use personally!

I began my evaluation of that model of the Trikke bikes in January 2012 and have put it through the ropes. As of the posting of this evaluation, I have lost 21 pounds from daily therapeutic use of the vehicle. I have regained a substantial amount of improvement in the use of my legs now and have an entirely different outlook on life. It is very important to realize that my weight was not lost from any fancy diet or similar approach. It came from daily use of the vehicle and workouts at the gym.

I can say without any inflection of bias that from personal evaluation and experience I can recommend the Trikke bikes without hesitation! Now I will move on to what one of our independent professionals who assisted us in our evaluation had to say.
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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.

Image of the The Trikke CV bike with woman posing.
Initial Report Outline
PRODUCT : Trikke Balance and Carving Vehicles

PLATFORM:
Bi and Tri-Wheel Riding Bikes/vehicles
CONTRIBUTION: Environmental and Fitness
TARGET AGE: 4 years to Adult (Variable models applicable to age group and use.)





This Week's Independent Evaluators

Environmental Design and Research Engineer, BCEE
Director of Environmental Engineering Research

"Over the past few months of study of the Trikke products I have had to examine and study, I applaud the company for the well structured vehicle designs which demonstrate an optimized merging of environment, heath, safety, and mechanical engineering.

The major share of their product line consists of mobility vehicles that are what they refer to as '3-point cambering (leaning) vehicles that allow the frame to lean into turns while keeping three wheels (or skis) on the ground.'

Much as the design concept of skis, the design concept creates a level of stability well beyond the norm. The difference is that the range of motion in the activity for the rider is unlike any other product in its class. This represents a durable and lightweight frame that is not easily foldable, but enables a next to no impact recreational tool. "

* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate product or service evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member or division of Epiphany Communications and the International Parenting Institute, Inc..

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Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.
Child with Trikke Balanace Bike
The Trikke Bikee1 balance bike was yet another one of the many Trikke bikes/vehicles that really wowed the consumers in our spontaneous consumer hands-on evaluation. Every single child and adult alike found the products to have the right mix of price, functionality and visual appeal.

As you can see from the image at left, the Trikke Bikee1 was superb in providing a more effective way for a child to learn to balance on a bike before moving to a bike with pedals than using training wheels.

Literally every last family that participated in our spontaneous hands-on evaluation over the past 5 months with the Trikke bikes/vehicles, was well beyond the pointy of simply impressed. On our feedback forms, Mothers were always sharing how they felt so much more secure as to safety for their children with the bikes.

For the fitness enthusiasts, the Trikke CV bikes were the absolute rave with the way they got a whole body experience without the impact level expected. In the many schools that participated in our evaluation, they were nothing short of amazed with the combination of visual appeal, simplicity, and convenience with the Trikke bikes they were able to sample. Overall, the Trikke CV Bikes held the reigns in the popularity arena for the consumers.

In our going over all of the video tapes, feedback forms, and other content, all of the Trikke Bikes/Vehicles pulled the brass ring out of the lion's mouth. They were clearly a hands-down winner in this segment of our evaluation not just with our staff but the consumers as well.
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A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings." To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service are featured here.

The categories which have been selected to be featured in this evaluation report summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why each specific rating score was reached.

The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

CRITICAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

All of the Trikke vehicles/bikes contributed well above the norm when it comes to CRITICAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT. Whether child or adult, every one of the Trikke vehicles/bikes held a significant influence in critical skills development for the riders. With the unique design of the products, each rider experiences a vast array of stimulation of the senses of the body. Even with the electric assisted models the same effect applies.

The structural design of the products encourages extensive use of gross and fine motor skills. This results in a dramatic stimulation to the entire body and a greater level of development of critical skills alone, not counting sensory and so many others as well. In every evaluation, the results showed an extremely marginal variance in the influence of CRITICAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT.The Trikke vehicles/bikes pulled a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for CRITICAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT.

DESIGN QUALITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

DESIGN QUALITY was a piece of cake for the Trikke vehicles/bikes, including the Autistic children we worked with. Although the studies with the Autistic children were not our usual "official" studies due to the short term period of study, the results demonstrated so clearly that safety was synonymous with the Trikke vehicles/bikes. The ease of use and minimal learning curve of the products made them hybrid and easily adaptable to both home and educational facility use.

A quote from the engineer who performed the independent evaluation of the products said it so well; "Over the past few months of study of the Trikke products I have had to examine and study, I applaud the company for the well structured design of the vehicles which demonstrate an optimized merging of environment, heath, safety, and mechanical engineering.

Much as the design concept of skis, the design concept creates a level of stability well beyond the norm. The difference is that the range of motion in the activity for the rider is unlike any other product in its class."


When it came to DESIGN QUALITY, the Trikke vehicles/bikes had no problem with pulling a perfect score of 5 Stars in the evaluation category for DESIGN QUALITY.

EASE OF USE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

Ease of Use was a common characteristic of the Trikke vehicles/bikes. The ease of use and minimal learning curve made them easily adaptable to both home and educational facility use. This proved even more so when it came to Autistic children Iwo participated in our evaluation.

The Trikke vehicles/bikes clearly proved they each met the criteria to pass this evaluation category without the slightest risk of failure. No matter what the age or gender of the rider, the learning curve was next to zero. With most models we found that the riders were comfortable with their full use within no more than 5 minutes. the Trikke vehicles/bikes pulled a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for Ease of Use.

MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

When it comes to MARKETABILITY, the Trikke vehicles/bikes were a cut above anything else in their class. There were many variable attributes to be considered in the evaluation of each vehicle/bike yet each one proved it was nothing in evaluation scoring but the highest on all fronts pertaining to marketability.

It was a common factor with every Trikke product that they each had great visual appeal, the best workmanship and design, best features for their specific use, and held a price point that practically guarantees sales. This resulted in the Trikke vehicles/bikes coming through in this evaluation category with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for MARKETABILITY.

SADDLE STRUCTURE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Saddle Structure is obviously a not directly applicable due to the fact that none of the Trikke vehicles/bikes have seats! You need to remember that you are standing when using them. At the same time though, the platform upon which you are standing is in a sense "the saddle". Now looking at it in this perspective, the platforms on the Trikke vehicles/bikes are not just a stationary place where your feet rest as you use the Trikke vehicles/bikes.

What you have is a design with most of the Trikke vehicles/bikes that moves constantly. The design structure is such that each wheel is independent of the rest. In a quote from our independent evaluator, "The major share of their product line consists of mobility vehicles that are what they refer to as '3-point cambering (leaning) vehicles that allow the frame to lean into turns while keeping three wheels (or skis) on the ground.' "

The importance of this is strongly associated with the idea of "the saddle". Having that structural design for the platforms, eliminates the level of impact to the body as you are moving with the bike/vehicle at any speed. You not only are able to lean and bend more easily, less stress is occurring to your body. It is based upon this thinking and example that the Trikke vehicles/bikes pulled in the gates at the conclusion of this evaluation with a perfect score of "5" Stars for SADDLE STRUCTURE.

VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

When it comes to VISUAL APPEAL we all thought that would be near impossible to establish accurate scoring for each of the products being summed up in a single evaluation report summary. We soon discovered that we were far from correct.

Each of the Trikke vehicles/bikes were unique and impressive when it comes to visual appeal, some more than others yet beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We decided to query a large number of our evaluation participants as well as retail store staff and people in public malls that we spoke to on a random basis. The end result was the same as our own results in-house.

The Trikke vehicles/bikes all came in with a score in this category of 4.5. This equates to falling short of a perfect score by just a 1/2 a digit! The final scores was a rating of [4.5] Stars in this category for VISUAL APPEAL.


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EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
 
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
    Seal of Approval:  
     
    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       


THE TOY MAN® PRODUCT GUIDE AWARDS

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yet they provide the well earned recognition well beyond the average that is truly deserved!"

The Toy Man® Recommends...™ Award is by far, the most challenging of our awards to acquire. 
Products that receive this award are officially <em>recommended</em> by The Toy Man® Product Guide. They are given recognitionas being one of the limited few judged as having the best return on investment. This includes yet not limited to both immediate and long term benefit from use. "The Toy Man® Recommends...™" Award is by far, the most challenging of our awards to acquire.  Products and Online Services that receive this award are officially "recommended" by The Toy Man® Product Guide. 

These products and online services are given recognition as being one of the limited few judged as having the best return on investment.  This includes yet not limited to both immediate and long term benefit from use."


THE TOY MAN® ECO-RECOGNITION SEAL

"An emblem of the highest recognition...
for support of ecological concerns applied in full measure."

The Toy Man® eco-Recognition Seal™, by Rev. James
G.W. Fisher, (Chief editor and Product Evaluation Specialist of The Toy Man® Product Guide), and staff.  
These products have demonstrated that they possess the potential as well as high probability to be top sellers.
The Toy Man® eco-Recognition Seal™ embodies the highest recognition for products and services which provide a significant contribution to ecological concerns by one or more of the following;
- earthFriendly™ / Recycled / Recyclable materials are being used primarily or entirely in the manufacturing of the product.

- Product is or will soon be available exclusively or primarily online.

- A substantial effort is being made or is already available to provide a bio-polymer greenProduct™ option.


The products and online services which become recipients of "The Toy Man® Award of Excellence" achieved an evaluation category rating average of [5] Stars, the highest level of rating available on a 1-5 scale evaluation model.

The "Evaluation Category Rating Average, ECRA," is based upon the overall average from all applicable evaluation categories, not just the 6 evaluation categories featured in this evaluation report summary."

* There are a total of 357 evaluation categories with a minimum of 231 being applicable to any one product or online service.


The Toy Man® eChoice™ Award, by Rev. James
G.W. Fisher, (Chief editor and Product Evaluation Specialist of The Toy Man® Product Guide), and staff.  
These products have demonstrated that they possess the potential as well as high probability to be top sellers.
The Toy Man® An image of the editorsChoice logoAward serves as an emblem of recognition for products & online services that contribute substantially to positive skill growth and/or productivity.

This distinguished award is exclusive as well as unique, with the editor's signature which represents a product being selected as an An image of the editorsChoice logo.

PLEASE NOTE: The eChoice™ Award images which were used from 1971-1984, 1984-2007, 2007-April 2010 have been retired. Although the former versions of the eChoice™ Award have been retired, they still remain valid.
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