Windcheetah FRO

The ultimate race trike

Forget your shopping and that bulky 3-man tent – this is all about speed. An evolution of the HyperSport, the Windcheetah F.R.O. (For Race Only) has been further refined to shave an extra 1/6 of weight – almost 2kg from the HyperSport.

Every component on the F.R.O. has been custom refined by hand to save every gram possible, with bespoke chassis carbon weave for a no compromise race machine.

hypersport carbon

Race-spec frame and castings

The FRO features custom weave Carbon Fibre as well as having its aluminium castings replaced with magnesium ones – not to mention other chassis refinements.

All this adds up to a 2kg weight reduction compared to the HyperSport yet still retaining class-leading stiffness for effortless forward motion for all-out speed.

carbon leaf springs

Enhanced driver comfort

Driver comfort is high priority; a unique carbon fibre leaf spring suspension system is standard, cradling a cutaway lightweight carbon seat and bespoke wicking seat cushion.

The perfect balance between comfort and weight reduction, this unique solution has no wearing parts and remains totally maintenance-free.

upgraded drivetrain

Upgraded drivetrain

Titanium front and rear axles have been further machined to reduce weight, while aluminium fasteners are used throughout save one steering point which is titanium. Only the chain and cables remain steel.

A race-ready Shimano DuraAce/Ultegra groupset with Shimano SLR cabling finishes the tech pack with fast, slick shifting when you need it most – at the front of the pack.

Windcheetah F.R.O. - Specifications

Physical

Colour Titanium/gun metal
Length 1900mm (approx)
Width 680mm
Height 670mm
Track 650mm
Seat from road 250mm
Weight 22lbs (10kg)*
Rider weight max 220lbs (100kg)*

*Approximate depending on final frame construction

Specification may alter, depending on availability of parts, we always look to upgrade rather than compromise the performance, contact us for further details if unsure.

The F.R.O. is a no compromise race machine, It is unashamedly offered for speed and distance. All potential customers are vetted for their suitability.

The original machine was built for a lady who had Parkinson’s disease and required a Windcheetah that would let her go as fast and as far when her power diminished with her worsening condition. And so, as they saying goes, necessity is the mother of all invention.

Frame Construction

Rear main tube is 6000 T6 series Aluminium tubing bonded to Electron21 Magnesium lugs. Front boom and arms are custom multi layer, high modulus carbon fibre construction, tuned balanced stack construction Bi Directional & Uni Directional, twill weave exterior. Tubes are hand bonded using aerospace specification epoxy adhesives.
All frame fittings are taper bored spigot to reduce stress points and reduce weight, with the seat mounted on multi layer laminated carbon fibre leaf springs. Shore50 rubber seat mountings for improved damping.

Equipment

  • Shimano Dura Ace 11sp shifters
  • Shimano Ultegra double chainset [50.34]
  • 11speed Ultegra cassette 11.32, Shimano Ultegra front and rear derailleur mech
  • All cables Shimano SLR cable system
  • Chain pulleys Advanced Velo Design large diameter, non toothed giving lower resistance

Alternative gearing can be specified if required, please ask.

Materials

Axles Titanium 6AI-4V, with additional weight saving machining

Fasteners Aircraft grade Aluminium, Titanium where applicable. Most fastenings are aluminium unless critical

Bearings High quality SKF labyrinth roller bearings throughout, modified for lower rolling resistance

Wheelset

Front Wheels
Custom weight-optimised Sturmey Archer 70mm single sided drum brake laced to 28 hole x 406 eyeleted rims, Sapin stainless steel spokes, brass nipples. Rim profile optimised with tyres to give greater aerodynamic efficiency and minimise rolling resistance.

Rear wheel
AVD/Burrows hub laced to 32 hole x 559 eyeleted rim, stainless steel spokes, brass nipples. Rim profile optimised with tyres to give greater aerodynamic efficiency and minimise rolling resistance

Tyres
Continental Grand Prix or Schwalbe One, front 406×25 rear 559×25, Other tyres can be specified if required, please ask

Seat

Carbon (High Modulus) composite, with Ventisit seat cushion (2 thicknesses available), washable and fast drying.

Sizing

Custom fit to riders individual specifications – 50mm of adjustment on the seat, Seat recline angle can be adjusted during build. Special engineering options available for disabled users.

From £4553.00 (net ex works)

Prices dependant on final spec, tax and shipping – please enquire for details

From €5353 (Net Ex Works)

Note due to currency exchange rates fluctuating in the recent economic climate the published prices are indicative Euro estimates of the UK prices available online NB £1.00 = €1.17 (Sept 2016)

From $6009 (Net Ex Works)

Note due to currency exchange rates fluctuating in the recent economic climate the published prices are indicative Dollar estimates of the UK prices available online NB £1.00 = $1.32 (Sept 2016)
US Shipping
Shipping a complete Windcheetah to the US will cost between $290 to $450. Please email for a shipping quote
US Duty
Duty is payable at the current US customs tariff of 3.6%. We can add this to your invoice or you can pay US customs direct at point of delivery. 

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