Footbike Trail Review

Footbike Trail

Product Tested:
Footbike Trail

Footbike Trail

Website’s MSRP:
$499.00

Specs:
Frame Alloy7005 T6, liquid coating (frame protection-plate, black anodized).
Footboard Alloy 7005 T6, black anodized.
F-fork RST CAPA T6, travel 3?, black.
Headset 1 1/8? ahead, Black anodized.
Stem Footbike, alloy 1 1/8? ahead, angle adjustable (-17 degrees – + 50 degrees), extension 120 mm, black anodized.
Handlebar Alloy, black anodized.
Bar-ends Alloy, long type, black anodized.
Rim front JetSet, double wall, black, 26?(559), 32H.
Rim rear JetSet, double wall, black, 18?(355), 28H.
Hub front Footbike, alloy, black anodized, sealed bearing, 100 mm.
Hub rear Footbike, alloy, black anodized, sealed bearing, 65 mm.
Spokes SS (14), black.
Tire front 26? x 1.95, semi-slick, black.
Tire Rear 18? x 1.75, black.
Brakes front: disc-brake Avid BB5, rear: V-brake, Avid 5.
Brake levers Avid FR5.
Rear-mudguard Plastic, black, SS nuts + bolts, double brackets.

Randy on Footbike Trail

The Footbike Trail is definitely one of the most interesting products that I’ve have privilege to test. I’ve been riding the Footbike Trail for a few months. I’ve taken it both on and off road.

Strengths:
INTENSE WORKOUT!!! It doesn’t take long to find out that a Footbike would give you a great workout especially when you take it out on a trail. You’ll have to run, push, carry, and kick your way up a hill. But the pay off on the down hill side is awesome! Going down a steep hill on a mountain bike is always fun. But taking the same hill on the Footbike Trail is such a blast!

I had my nephew shoot a short video of me riding the Footbike Trail down a hill.

Weaknesses:
One thing I didn’t like about the Footbike Trail was the clearance or lack of.

Clearance

Without any weight on the Footbike, you only get 2 inches of clearance from the ground to the protection plate. Add my “phat? arse on it, the give of the fork, and any slope or rocks on the ground takes away any clearance you had. Each time it bottomed out, threw my balance quite a bit.

Protection Plate

Testing the Footbike Trail has definitely been interesting. Riding it was always fun. Having it’s unique design turns quite a few heads. And the workout you get is unbelievable. For more information about any of the Footbike products check out FootbikeUSA.

Footbike Trail

Footbike, Just Kick it!

A few weeks ago, Randy posted an article on BikeCommuters.com featuring Footbike. We had met them at Interbike and found this thing to be pretty interesting.

So I contacted Footbike, located in Vegas to see about getting some samples to review for the sites. Keep in mind that most companies that we deal with will happily ship out an item via UPS or FedEx. But not FootBike. Moses, the big cheese of the company DROVE from Vegas to Orange County…DROVE…He must have left his house around 5-6am just to make it here in Fullerton for our meeting.

We met up at the Fullerton Loop trail head, basically this is the North OC Superior Court parking lot. As Moses was setting up the Footbikes, two guys that had just finished the Loop walked up to us and was pretty curious and started asking questions about the Footbike. I was riding one around and offered them to try it. At first they were hesitant, but after a few minutes, they were hooked.


After the two gentlemen said their good byes, Moses and I headed up the trail just to see how this thing really worked. I got on the off-road model and Moses on his racing Footbike.

This bad boy has Avid BB5 disc brakes in the front, and Avid V-brakes in the back. It also had an RST fork to soak up the bumps.

As Moses and I pushed/ran and kicked our way up the trail, he was telling me that riding the Footbike for 1/2 an hour is like riding your road bike for 1 1/2 hours…and I believed him! Oh man, riding this thing was super intense. In the 30minutes that we kicked it, I was hurting. My lungs were on fire, my legs were shaking…

The Footbike is definitely fun. It gives a whole new feel for riding on dirt. I’m looking forward to reviewing this bad boy. So stick around as we keep you all posted on the progress.