ICE Adventure HD

“High capacity”, high seat position recumbent trike

Of the three trikes in the ICE range the Adventure is the least sporty, being aimed more at the relaxed rider and particularly those who appreciate the ease of getting into (and out of) a higher seat position.

Obvious differences aside, the ICE Adventure shares the majority of its parts with the ICE Sprint and so you can read many parts of these reviews interchangeably.

This particular trike is the HD (Heavy Duty) model, designed to appeal particularly to those of a more portly disposition, by virtue of the wider wheel track, extra-wide seat and handlebars.

ICE Adventure HD side

Hover to view: [Adventure HD] [Sprint 20RS]

While the Sprint enjoys a lower centre of gravity, by no means does the Adventure feel unstable to ride; in fact I took an earlier model Adventure 3FS on a 200km brevet in northern Scotland and was comfortable on rough singletrack roads up to 35-40mph.

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(above: ICE Adventure 3FS on the classic Pitlochry 200km brevet)

The higher seating position does make the Adventure less aerodynamic, but that’s unlikely to be a primary concern for this trike’s target market. In other ways it excels, with the same pleasant handling as the Sprint and the fantastic design detail and build quality that make the whole ICE range stand out above the competition.

The Adventure model (heavy duty or otherwise) shares its tail end with the Sprint 20RS, as can be clearly seen. However, the front half of the frame features a flat crossbar, lifting the seat while reducing the bottom bracket / seat height differential.

This has the effect both of making the trike easier to mount and dismount and also a little more conservative in terms of the riding position – both welcome to many people.

ICE Adventure HD front

Hover to view: [Adventure HD] [Sprint 20RS]

Versus the Sprint, the Adventure does enjoy higher ground clearance, but before venturing off road you should be extremely cautious of the rear mech, which is just a couple of inches from the ground (this could be addressed with a hub gear, but not generally as OEM – speak to your dealer).

The photos above highlight what is probably the interesting bit – the super wide seat, handlebars and extended wheel track of the Heavy Duty model. Without beating about the bush, the Adventure HD simply makes it easier for the larger rider to physically fit (and ride comfortably) relative to the standard Sprint and Adventure models.

It’s hard not to observe that it was targeted at a certain overseas market… but I won’t go there 😉

Otherwise, most comments made in my Sprint 20RS review apply in spades to this very similar model (at least until I spend some quality time with a regular Adventure and paste together an article, that’s as close as you will get).

One interesting feature of this particular trike which I’ll dwell on briefly is the drum brakes, by Sturmey Archer. These are an option on any Sprint or Adventure trike:

ICE Adventure HD

While discs are certainly the fashionable option, there’s a lot to be said for Sturmey drum brakes – they are impervious to the weather, can’t be damaged by impacts or in transit, while they are also less likely to suffer from heat fade.

They are not significantly heavier in the context of a loaded trike.

Drum brakes have a unique feel that takes a little bit of getting used to, but if anything I think they may offer slightly better control than discs (while lacking the same ferocious ‘bite’).

Summary

As I’ve written elsewhere, I recommend prospective buyers to get in touch with a knowledgable dealer such as Laid-Back-Bikes to benefit from their experience fitting people to the ICE range (and perhaps a demo ride).

And again, there is enough in common between the two models that I highly recommend to you my ICE Sprint 20RS in-depth review for a much more comprehensive write-up of the range.

When I have time to put together a regular ICE Adventure review, I’ll come back and update this section to link to it :)

5 Comments

  1. Hi Dave,

    Interesting to read this review. When I was in Mönchengladbach in December 2012 I popped into Liegerad Schumacher, a German trike distributor, and they were trying to sell me an ICE Adventure HD. They said that the vast majority of their punters want the larger size for general comfort purposes. The chap said that they don’t have problems with the width of the trike but I have to say my Trice Q, which is 10cm wider than my ICE Sprint, is a lot more awkward to use because of that extra size, so I was unconvinced. I also found the seat a bit large for me (although I’m pretty big) and I felt I slid around from side to side a bit, whereas the normal-size ICE seat holds me nicely in place.

    Anyway, here’s the link to my post about visiting this bike shop – http://auntiehelen.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/monchengladbach-a-visit-to-mars-and-a-recumbent-trike-shop/

    They also said that half of the Adventure HDs they supply have electric assist.

    Auntie Helen

  2. Dave

    Hi Auntie Helen,

    Thanks for the link – very interesting. I especially liked the mine photos – wow!

    Have to agree that my base position wouldn’t be to start with the Heavy Duty model. That would be an option if the rider is… larger. (Whereas the Adventure in general has a definite purpose in terms of, for instance, the higher seat making it easier for people to mount and dismount)

    thanks,

    Dave

  3. john wanberg

    Dave,
    I’m relatively new to recumbents (although I participated in an HPV competition in college) but am intrigued by the higher seating position of the ICE Adventure that you’ve reviewed here. I’m looking at designing my own recumbent trike with similar proportions to the Adventure, mostly because of the higher profile and visibility it would afford all those SUV drivers who pass me on my bike each day. Do you know of any additional trikes with this similar size that I may add to my research as I work on my trike design?
    Thanks,
    John

  4. Marilyn Sutton

    My Husband and I had Kettwiesel Trikes about 9 years ago, when we lived in Ohio along the bake path and loved them, we since have moved to AR and they were sold, we are going to start RV’ing full time and with our age and weight getting in and out of trike might be a problem, my husband found the Ice Adventure HD online and it looks like it would be easier to get in and out of. Could you tell me where we might be able to see and possibly buy 2 of them.

  5. Mike Grimsley

    I have a ice adventure and I love it. The only improvement would be a real shock on it instead of the colored rubber .
    I had an issue with my legs and spine, but if you lock the wheel out and place your hands like it shows then there is not too much trouble getting in or out. I ride about 10 to 12 miles a day at the end my legs are tired and there is a little trouble getting out, I will not go back to a two wheeler, I fall over.

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