Standard tryke

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One of the two basic designs for a three wheeled buggy, with one front wheel and two rear wheels. See reverse tryke for the alternative.

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An example of a standard tryke.

Current teams using the standard tryke design

  • CIA
  • PiKA
  • SAE
  • SDC
  • Spirit


  • Simplicity: The single front wheel in a standard tryke is the only steering wheel and so design and implementation of a steering control system are much simplified. The driver's control is usually very direct and so there are limited failure points and the driver's feel of the buggy's handling is uninterrupted.
  • Alignment: A standard tryke format allows for the rear wheels to be mounted in a fixed position and possibly to a single structural element making it easier to ensure they are parallel.
  • Stability in the push: Some believe that the dual real wheels offer increased stability during the push.


  • Ergonomics: Some feel that having a wheel in the driver compartment is not ideal. The wheel opening allows for the possibility dirt and debris to be pulled into the vehicle as it rolls. Depending on the size and placement of the front wheel and steering mechanism, the steering unit may also present visibility problems for the driver. Again, depending on the design details, the front wheel may have to be removed to allow the driver to load and unload from the buggy.
  • Stability: Some believe that standard trikes are more likely to spin in the chute.