In 2010, I sold my custom Trice XXL trike in order to buy a new Vortex. I was hoping that the Vortex would be similar to the unobtainable Trice Monster. As it turned out, I was disappointed in the Vortex. It was so wide and tall, plus the seat recline was just not enough to satisfy me. The trike just felt big and slow to me. What I really wanted was a Monster. That was a long, low, narrow custom Trice. It had small (355) front wheels and a 559 rear wheel.
I contacted ICE to see what my chances were of having them build me a Monster. They are just too busy with their current production trikes, so the answer was a firm no. I managed to find 2 Monster owners – neither of whom wanted to sell their Monsters. So I came up with my own pseudo Monster by picking and choosing ICE parts from past and present.
Looking at the old ICE website, I saw the ICE S from 2005 and 2006 (I used to own a 2005 ICE S). It was a couple of inches narrower than today’s ICE trikes. It also had a 4″ longer wheelbase than the Q to accommodate its hard shell seat. I found a 2006 ICE S for sale and used it as my donor trike. I bought a Vortex rear end meant for a 700 rear wheel, boom and handle bars. In order to lower the trike, I installed smaller wheels front and back (349 front, 559 rear). In order to lay the seat back further, I re-positioned the rear seat mount further up the back of the seat. In order to accommodate this mount position, I had to pull the rear frame member out quite far. It turns out that the old S main frame is longer than the Vortex main frame as I was able to pull the rear out much further on the S than I was on the Vortex. I was not a fan of the Ventisit pad on the Vortex as it seemed too hard for my comfort level. I was able to buy a very nice covered pad from the guys in the UK who supply the seats to ICE.
Overall, I’m very pleased with this Trice. This is my favorite Trice of the 4 that I’ve owned. It’s low, laid back and narrow. It’s as close to a Monster as I’m going to get until I can get ICE to make one again or until I can find a current owner who will part with his.
Update… I did find a real Monster and have since sold the Pseudo Monster to a buddy in the VCRR group.