Frequently Asked Questions


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Here in our FAQ section are some commonly asked questions on issues with Trikke vehicles. If you do not find what you are looking for here, feel free to contact us for more information. Our blog and youtube videos are also filled with plenty of how to segments to increase your Trikke knowledge.



Common Questions

  • Remove the front fork.
  • Using the Allen wrench that came with your Trikke, find the hole in the plastic cap located at the bottom of the steering axle.
  • Insert the short end of the Allen wrench, remove the cap by prying it out with the hex wrench.
  • You should now be able to reach the pin and push it back into place.

If the alignment pin is missing please contact us for a replacement pin.

  • Remove the handlebars.
  • Open clamp on quick release lever.
  • Remove the bolt located in the quick release lever.

There is a plastic bushing that keeps the handlebar stem post tight when the quick release clamp is engaged. This bushing can make the handlebar stem post removal a little tough because of the tight fit. After completing steps 1 through 3, the stem post will pull out. Just give the stem post a few tugs and the bushing will come loose.
Once you have the stem post removed you should be able to push the pin back into place using a long stick or dowel. Once the pin is in place, reinstall the stem, quick-release and the handlebars.
If the alignment pin is missing please contact us for a replacement pin.

This can happen because of excess paint or burrs in the fork alignment hole. To fix, use a small round file and clean the fork hole. Once this is done your fork should install with no issue.
This happens from abuse or letting your Trikke roll backwards.

  • Measure the distance of the outside of the decks. This distance should measure 23 inches apart, +/- 1 inch.
  • If the distance is further or closer than 23 inches, you can push the arms in or pull them apart depending on the correction needed. You can do this a few times before you have major problem (because the T67 and T78 are steel).

Remember riding backwards voids the warranty on your Trikke vehicle.

  • Remove the wheel.
  • Place one finger against the bearing on one side and keep this finger stationary, with your other hand place a finger on the bearing on the other side of the wheel.
  • Turning one finger and keeping the other stationary try to manually turn the bearing. If you can\’t feel the bearing trying to turn with your stationary finger remove the wheel bearings.
  • Check the bearing seat for debris. Remove the debris if there is any present.
  • Check the measurement of the spacer between the bearings, For the 8.5 tires this should measure 26mm. If it is too short or too long you will need to replace the inner bearing spacer.
  • If you have done this and your bearings just seem to not spin freely they may need to be replaced. Please call South Bay Trikke support to resolve your issue.
  • Remove the polyurethane wheels using two 5mm Allen wrenches.
  • Using a pair of pliers or a nut driver and a 5mm hex wrench, remove the brake pad axel bolt and the brake spring.

Note: Move the brake location one at a time so you can use them as reference for spring position and orientation.

  • There are three or four sets of holes on the frame for the brake pad axle bolt location and three holes for the spring. For your brakes to function properly you will need to move the location of the brake to the third hole furthest from the wheel axle. Position the spring first; make sure the spring is in the right orientation.
  • Once the spring is moved, move the brake pad by placing between the windings and under the spring.
  • Install the brake axle bolt. Make sure the bolt goes through the frame, spring and brake pad.

Note: If the brake is installed and you do not have tension on the brake from the spring, check the orientation of the brake spring. If the spring is upside down you will not have tension.

  • Once you have the brake pad axle in place do not tighten the brake axle nut yet! First install the air tires using the new wheel spacers that were included with your tires.
  • When installing the tires make sure that the arrow on the side of the tire is facing in the forward direction. (The air tires are directional).
  • Once the tires are installed you will need to adjust your brakes. Loosen the two bolts that hold the cable to the brake pad using a 3mm Allen wrench.
  • Pull the cable toward the front of the Trikke leaving a slight gap 3mm to (1/8in). The Desired result is to set the brake pad as close to the wheel as possible with out the brake pad rubbing on the tire.
  • Keeping your cables turned like this will optimize the operating effectiveness of your brakes. Now tighten the bolts back to hold the tension on the brake cables.

Note: If you have difficulty removing the slack from the brake cable there may be a kink or slight bend in the cable. Check to insure the cable is not bent or hung up some where in the brake line.

Return the brake lever adjustment knobs to there seated position.
Turn your Trikke upside down and loosen the two bolts that hold the cable to the brake pad
Pull the cable toward the front of the Trikke leaving a slight gap 3mm to (1/8�). The Desired result is to set the brake pad as close to the wheel as possible with out the brake pad rubbing on the tire.
Keeping your cables turned like this will optimize the operating effectiveness of your brakes. Now tighten the bolts back to hold the tension on the brake cables.

Note: If you have difficulty removing the slack from the brake cable there may be a kink or slight bend in the cable. Check to insure the cable is not bent or hung up some where in the brake line.

Note: If you are converting your T78 air wheels, be sure to order the correct (16 mm) wheel spacers.

Remove the air wheels using two 5mm Allen wrenches.
Using a pair of pliers and a 5mm Allen wrench remove the brake pad axel bolt and the brake spring. Note: Move the brake�s one at a time so you can use them as reference for spring position and orientation.
There are three holes on the frame for the brake pad axle bolt location and three holes for the spring. For your brakes to function properly you will need to move the location of the brake to the third hole closest to the wheel axle. Position the spring first; make sure the spring is in the right orientation.
Once the spring is moved, move the brake pad by placing between the windings and under the spring.
Install the brake axle bolt. Make sure the bolt goes through the frame, spring and brake pad.

Note: if the brake is installed and you do not have tension on the brake from the spring, check the orientation of the brake spring. If the spring is upside down you will not have tension.

Once you have the brake pad axle in place do not tighten the brake axle nut yet! First install the poly tires using the new 16.mm wheel spacers.
Once the wheels are installed you will need to adjust your brakes. Loosen the two bolts that hold the cable to the brake pad using a 3mm Allen wrench.
Pull the cable toward the front of the Trikke leaving a slight gap 3mm to (1/8�). The Desired result is to set the brake pad as close to the wheel as possible with out the brake pad rubbing on the wheel.
Keeping your cables turned like this will optimize the operating effectiveness of your brakes. Now tighten the bolts back to hold the tension on the brake cables.

Note: If you have difficulty removing the slack from the brake cable there may be a kink or slight bend in the cable. Check to insure the cable is not bent or hung up some where in the brake line.

Note: If you are having difficulty with your Trikke not rolling or you notice the brake pad is rubbing on the tire you will need to fallow the brake pad adjustment procedures.

Make sure the brake tension adjustment screws are tightened as far into the brake lever as they will go.
Loosen the two bolts (do not remove) that hold the cable to the brake pad using a 3mm Allen wrench.
Pull the cable toward the front of the Trikke leaving a slight gap 3mm to (1/8�). The Desired result is to set the brake pad as close to the wheel as possible with out the brake pad rubbing on the wheel.
Keeping your cables turned like this will optimize the operating effectiveness of your brakes. Now tighten the bolts back to hold the tension on the brake cables.

Note: If you have difficulty removing the slack from the brake cable there may be a kink or slight bend in the cable. Check to insure the cable is not bent or hung up some where in the brake line
Warning: if you failed to adjust your brakes properly during or after assembly and your wheels are damaged your Tires will need to be replace before you can safely ride your Trikke chambering vehicle.

Note: If at any time during brake adjustment procedures, you strip the 3.mm bolt on the brake pad you will need to replace the bolt for safe and reliable braking. Please contact Trikke at 1-310-803-0445 to order any replacement parts.
Note: To remove the bolt you can use the following tool. A pair of Vise Grips when used properly will remove this bolt. Adjust jaws slightly smaller than bolt head and squeeze into place. Rotate bolt counter clock wise to remove.
Warning: remember to use caution when working with tools. Always ware safety goggles and other proper safety gear following the correct safety procedures for each specific tool.

Once the bolt has been removed, replace it with a new bolt (part # BT-026) using a high-quality 3mm hex head (Allen) Wrench. Tighten Fully, Be cautious to not over tighten and strip the new bolt.

Remove the Bearing’s from the rim and check the bearing seat. If there is access material in the seat you will need to remove the material.
Grease the bearing seat using a premium bearing grease.
Make sure the bearing spacer is the correct length and that the bearing is seated properly by turning the inner bearing race against your finger.

Wheel Axles and Spacers

MODEL
YEAR FRONT AXLE REAR AXLE AXLE SPACER BEARING SPACER WASHER HEX

T78

2008   71.mm   71.mm   2 @ 13.mm  16.2mm   none   5mm

T8

2008  75.mm   75.mm   2 @ 12.0mm  26.mm  2 @ 2.mm  5mm

T8h

2008  102.79.mm  102.79mm  11.9mm/31.5mm  37.5mm  2 @ 2.mm  5mm

T12

2010  100.mm  100.mm  2 @ 10.5mm  52.0mm  2 @ 2.mm  6mm

If the noise continues to persist please call Trikke Tech Inc Technical support at (1-310-803-0445) for further assistance.

To Install the Front fork on your Trikke,

Make sure the 2 Front fork bolts on your Trikke are loose enough for the clamp to have sufficient space to allow the steering axle to fit inside of the fork clamp. If you still have difficulty installing the fork you can loosen the wheel axle and this will loosen the fork clamp a few more millimeters allowing sufficient clearance.
Depress the alignment push pin on the lower steering axle and slide the fork onto the steering axle until the lock pin engages in the fork alignment pin hole.
Tighten the 2 fork bolts and tighten the wheel axle if it is loose.

To remove the front fork.

Loosen the two fork bolts and depress the alignment pin on the lower front steering axle.
Now you can remove the fork assembly.

Note: If you are having difficulty removing the fork at this point, Loosen the wheel axle this should give you a few more millimeters of clearance in the fork clamp to allow removal.

This can happen because of excess paint or burrs in the fork alignment hole. To fix, use a small round file and clean the fork hole. Once this is done your fork should install with no issue.
Note: Please read the Trikke Tech inc., warranty policy and fallow the warranty claim procedures.
STOP! Before you contact Trikke Tech Inc.
Before you email or call, be sure to have the fallowing information ready to place a warranty claim.

Proof of Purchase and Purchase date.

Note: Trikke warranty is good for 1 year only. (90 days for electrical components).

Trikke Identification number. (Located opposite side of the reflector on the front structure or on the side of the front structure (Pon-e only)
Be sure to have photographs of the damaged or defective item in question.
Your full name and contact information.

Once you have this information please call Trikke Tech Inc for further assistance. Thank you.