What is the name of the hubs used on recumbent tadpole trikes. Those tricycles that have two front wheels and a conventional rear wheel

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    Their web site states "2 ea. Wheel Chair Hubs, with .5" axles"
    – mikes
    Feb 18 '16 at 21:26
  • @NateWengert this is a perfectly good answer, it should not be a comment.
    – Criggie
    Feb 19 '16 at 0:58
  • Possibly a dupe of bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/46329 but that's more about trailer wheels. You'll need something with brakes as well.
    – Criggie
    Jan 14 '19 at 6:08

They are often referred to as just that, a tadpole trike hub assuming you're looking for the front hub. They differ from standard trike hubs slightly. If you are in the united states or Canada you can get on of these from a shop. Let me know what country you are in as you are unregistered and I will do my best to answer.


  • I am in California The link looks like it goes to a tadpole front hub But it has no axle and I can not tell if it is disc brake compatible or what is going on on the side. The link also gives no specs i.e. axle dimensions or number of spoke holes
    – Earthling
    Feb 19 '16 at 17:26
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    It's a 36 hole, 6 bolt disc hub. The 36H in the description is the hole count, and the large flange on the right side is for the 6 bolt disc brake.
    – Nate W
    Feb 19 '16 at 17:48

Some DIYers repurpose pedal axles, e.g. starting at around 3:24 / 11:26 of Tinny's busy day - YouTube

Some pedals use the same bearings as front hubs; main challenges will be:
- threading/securing pedal axles into tadpole uprights.
- sorting pedals and hubs with compatible bearings and widths
- disassembling pedal and hub assemblies
- reassembly, replacing hub axles with pedal axles.

  • That's a really interesting thought. Could you please summarise the main advantages and disadvantages, and give a brief outline of their process? If the linked website ever goes away then this answer can stand alone. Okay, youtube's unlikely to vanish, but the video can be deleted, or it might someday go behind a paywall, any of which would rend this question into a kind-of dead-end. Welcome to StackExchange!
    – Criggie
    Jan 14 '19 at 8:21

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