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Note: we offer either SPINERGY, HED or NIMBLE carbon wheels.


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Freedom Ryder : a philosophy of performance

All handcycles are not alike. FREEDOM RYDER builds the finest handcycles in the world. If you do your research you will find out why this is true. First of all FREEDOM RYDER frame design is completely different. Most other handcycles use a bicycle type headset & front fork steering method. The new Freedom Ryder Classic uses the same steering method, in a new way.

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Weight distribution is the second most important design factor, but one often overlooked. This becomes apparent the first time you attempt to climb a steep hill. Dirty pavement, gravel or dirt roads further compound this problem. The Vietnam Challenge riders spent much of their journey on hilly roads. That's why they picked Freedom Ryders (Freedom Ryder s), the handcycles with the best forward weight bias for maximum traction.

Another important requirement of today's active individual is the ability to "take it with you." The Freedom Ryder uses extremely light top quality parts and components. The result is an extremely light weight bike. The footrests and rear wheels are easily removed with the supplied allen wrench. This design allows the Freedom Ryder handcycle to become a very light package that will easily fit into a station wagon, and is reassembled and ready to ride in a matter of minutes.

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The Freedom Ryder aluminum footrest design allows for easy adjustment to fit your particular leg length. The crank height is adjustable too. It will fit your arm length and your upper body size, so that you can deliver maximum power. The triangle shaped backrest adjusts in height to give you the support you need when you push and free your shoulders and upper arms when you pull. Because of Freedom Ryder 's unique adjustable frame designs, there is only one frame size for each model.

As with anything else it's the details that make the difference. That's why the Freedom Ryder handcycles use many hand crafted CNC milled aluminum parts. We make our own custom aluminum sprocket guard, aluminum axle clamps, aluminum leg supports and aluminum T-handle that has its spindle drilled offset so the Aluminum handle always hangs down in the correct position. We then install sealed cartridge bearings and chrome plate the spindles for a finished product that will last the life of the Freedom Ryder handcycle. Owners often report their handcycles have 3-7 thousand miles on them and even some up to 15 thousand miles!

Check out all the details that make up a handcycle and you will find that "body lean steering" is where it's at! You will see why your guarantee of quality, performance and durability is in the name FREEDOM RYDER, for years of enjoyment and pride of ownership.

So why a headset (pivot steer) Freedom Ryder design now

While focusing all our energies evolving "body lean steering" for many years, we noticed that the evolution of 'headset' style handcycles wasn't moving forward like we thought it would. We noticed that many of the basic shortcomings of a 'headset' bike weren't being addressed. Over the years we've had our own ideas on how to build a better 'headset' handcycle, but chose never to release them. That is until now. We weren't going to build a 'headset' bike unless we knew we could build it better. So after careful study of these problematic issues we decided it was time to cure them. Just what are these issues? We're glad you asked!

Before we list them we'd like to state our design philosophy: "Simplicity is always the best design." ("Less is more.") From its basic clean frame layout to its quick and easy adjustment and disassembly, there simply isn't another handcycle on the market today that offers as many advantages or innovations.

Freedom Ryder handcycle Every FRH-1 comes from the factory with a disc brake. The disc brake offers superb stopping power on any hill without the risk of over-heating the rim or blowing tires due to heat build-up at the rim. The brake lever for the disc brake is part of the integrated shifting and braking mechanism on the right pedal. Our patent pending cable configuration eliminates the feeling of the cables on your wrists and keeps the cables out of your line of sight. This combination of braking and shifting at your finger tips and the tremendous stopping power of the disc brake along with all of the other features listed below make the FRH-1 the best head set bike you can buy.

Freedom Ryder handcycle 1) First is the way other 'headset' bikes twist up your legs when making a turn. The sharper the turn, the more they twist up your legs. By careful placement of the rider relative to the 'headset' tube and proper choice of 'headset' angle, we've designed a bike that not only won't twist up your legs no matter how sharp you turn, but our 'headset' bike will turn sharper than any other 'headset' bike out there. "The proof is in the ride".

Freedom Ryder handcycle2) The second is a lack of adjustability in other 'headset' bikes. Over many years of designing 'body lean' handcycles we've noticed that the size of handcyclists varies greatly and therefore the requirements of those riders varies also. So to properly fit the rider to the handcycle and not require them to 'adapt' to it, you must have a significant amount of adjustability. We've always designed in a wide range of adjustability into our 'body lean' handcycles, and with our new FRH -1 we were able to design in even more than ever before. Not only do our cranks have a broad range of up and down adjustability, but also forward and back. All this adjustability is accomplished with only (1) 5 mm Allen wrench. Because of the simplicity of the design that adjusts in seconds and offers such a wide range for that perfect fit, we feel the new FRH-1 is a far superior design to other handcycles.

Freedom Ryder handcycle 3) Back rest angle. This seems to be an area that handcyclists are very particular about. The FRH -1 has a 'dual pivot telescoping' design that allows not only for a wide range of adjusting the backrest angle, but also allows the entire backrest to be adjusted forward or back relative to the seat bottom. These adjustments are accomplished in a far simpler manner than other handcycles and require loosening only (1) 5 mm bolt and (2) 1/4" bolts. In addition, both back rest pans as well as the seat bottom are adjustable. Combine the features of #2) with these features and you can configure the FRH-1 to have a comfortable laid back cruising position, an upright 'trunk power' position, or any position in between. These features assure that you get a perfect custom fit that is so important if you plan to spend many enjoyable hours riding your bike.

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Tremendous adjustability in crank, seat back and riding positions from reclined to trunk power

Freedom Ryder handcycle 4) With the advent of shifters and brake levers being mounted on the T-handles some problems have occurred with the cables. We've tested pedal mounted controls before and noticed three things. The first is the most annoying: The way the cables are constantly in your field of vision because they are routed upwards. The second is high maintenance: The short life of the cables before they break. The third is annoying also: The way the cables weight is located above the pedals causing them to be 'off balance' which can lead to wrist fatigue. Our new revolutionary design cures all three of these problems and is so simple. It's never been done before and we have a 'patent pending' on the design.

Freedom Ryder handcycle By simply mounting a curved metal housing called a 'noodle' to the controls where the cables attach to them, the cables become routed in a horizontal direction rearward. By doing this the cables now do three things: They are routed completely out of your field of vision even when the cranks are at their top position. They eliminate the constant flopping and rotating of the cable which is the cause of cable breakage. And an interesting side benefit is the pedals become balanced in a 'neutral' position that eliminates wrist fatigue. If you closed your eyes and pedaled the bike you wouldn't know the pedals had cables attached.

Freedom Ryder handcycle 5) For the best ergonomic fit we angle the pedal handles in at the top to accommodate the natural position of your hands and wrists. We've further evolved the pedal connection design by mounting the head of the fastening bolt so it is now recessed into the bearing housing and covered by a smooth cap for a very clean look that won't snag your clothing when pedaling.

Freedom Ryder handcycle 6) We have taken crank design to a new level. Again, simplicity was our main focus. Many cranks on other bikes used straight tubes coming diagonally off the crank 'BB' shaft. These allowed the pedals to be mounted wider for more power, but several years ago the trend moved the cranks to a more 'low crank trunk power' position where they would contact your legs if the cranks were mounted very low. Several years ago we designed a curved 'L' design that cleared your legs completely when pedaling with the cranks mounted low.

Freedom Ryder handcycle Also, we were the first to come up with a simple clean way to attach the crank arms to the crank 'BB' shaft using a simple pinch bolt design on the left arm and welded the right arm directly to the shaft. This design had the crank arms coming straight off the end of the 'BB' shaft and was not only cleaner and simpler, but also stronger. Other designs not mounted in this manner had problems with breaking. This became the best design out there. Since it worked so well we decided to use the same idea on the right side! Now with only (1) 5 mm wrench you can remove 'both' crank arms in just seconds. For the crank arms themselves we use light thin wall 4130 Chrom-Moly which not only makes them light but also very stiff. This assures there's no loss of power from flex.

Freedom Ryder handcycle 7) Last, but not least. Portability. I've seen many handcyclists transport their handcycles to events out in the weather on trailers or on top of their vehicles. Why? Because disassembling them for transport is such a hassle. Headset designed handcycles using a 'bicycle headset' are complicated and messy to take apart and were never designed for quick disassembly.

Freedom Ryder handcycle We decided that there was a better way and simplicity was the answer! Our new design uses a simple two plate mounting system with a through bolt which holds the front fork assembly to the rear main frame using only (1) bolt. The sealed bearings are located permanently in the 'head tube' of the main frame. This new simple, innovative design takes less than a minute to remove the entire front wheel assembly. Combine this with the new crank design that comes apart in seconds and the easily removed rear axle and your handcycle is ready for transport in just minutes. From a trip across town, across the state or around the world, no other handcycle makes it this easy or packs in such a small package.

Freedom Ryder handcycle All these revolutionary new 'design firsts' listed above along with outstanding performance, adjustability, convenience and of course quality, combine to create a handcycle like never before. All from the most trusted name in handcycling: FREEDOMRYDER. "The proof is in the ride."


FREEDOM RYDER spares no expense when it comes to using only the finest components and materials. When you own a Freedom Ryder handcycle, you don't just own a handcycle - you own the best.

WARNING: You may be injured while handcycling. The performance of specialized handcycles may expose the user to injury from impact with the ground, pavement or any obstructions including, but not limited to, trees, other cyclists, automobiles, pedestrians or any objects that may be encountered during the use of the handcycle.
The risk of injury is even greater unless you always: 1. Wear a helmet, 2. Wear gloves, 3. Wear protective clothing, 4. Make sure the handcycle is properly adjusted for your size and weight. If you have any question about adjustment, call or e-mail us.
Be careful and have fun !

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Freedom Ryder handcycle

. Length: 70"
. Weight: 26 lbs

. Twist free geometry

. Turning radius: 8'-6"

. Adjustable forward/backward crank position

. Adjustable crank height

. Adjustable aluminum three-piece padded seat

. Adjustable back rest angle and height

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. Noodles to keep cables out of line of sight

. Anatomically shaped Aluminum T-handles with chrome plated spindles & sealed cartridge bearings

. Powerful ultralight front disc brake

. Easy to remove crank

. 27 speed Shimano components

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. Folds in minutes to fit inside your car trunk

. Aircraft grade aluminum frame

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. Full wrap-around 6061 T-6 aluminum adjustable telescoping leg supports

. 26" X 1" high quality wheels

. 26" X 1" performance tires

. Large diameter 6061 T-6 aluminum rear axle with threaded lugs

. Threaded rear axles

. R/C machined alloy 28 hole rear hubs with sealed cartridge bearings

. Oven baked powder coated finish (Extremely durable and long lasting)

. Foldable 6' orange visibility flag

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. Carbon wheels from:
Freedom Ryder handcycle SPINERGY (with PBO spokes - 680g)
Freedom Ryder handcycle HED (H3 tri-spoke - 750 and 950 g)
Freedom Ryder handcycle NIMBLE (Crosswind - 665 and 795 g).

. Memory foam cushion.

. Cycling computer.

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Freedom Ryder

Team Freedom Ryder are known as top handcyclists in the US. The experience of such great athletes is used by Brike Intl to constantly improve their handcycles.

Freedom Ryder 's performances are outstanding because of the unique design:

The ultra-leight weight makes climbing hills easier, the weight repartition prevents the front driving wheel from skidding, body geometry counteract the centrifugal force, remaining aligned on the crank allows for pedalling in turns.

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Handcycling has been around for about a decade. BRIKE Int. Ltd. began experimenting with body lean handcycles in 1984 and was the first company to offer a truly high performance handcycle in 1991. Since the introduction of the Freedom Ryder into the sport in 1991 handcycling world wide has seen a steady increase in popularity. Many world records set on FREEDOM RYDERS along the way helped to stimulate this growth.

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BRIKE is located in Oregon, one of the northwestern states of the US. BRIKE is recognized as the worldwide leader in handcycling. Thanks to its technical innovations and demanding product tests, BRIKE offers the most advanced, performant and reliable cycles.

Latest version of the award winning Freedom Ryder family, the Freedom Ryder FRH-1 has been designed to be the leading headset handcycle.

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Freedom Ryder handcycle . A long awaited successor to the Classic Entry and LX models.
. Outstanding frame and wheel rigidity.
. Outstanding adjustability.
. Powerful brake.
. Extremely comfortable ride.
. Fits any size cyclist.
. The seat is low, which results in better stability, but makes transfers a bit difficult.
. Delicate axle threaded lugs: you should be careful when mounting the wheels.
. Driving assembly similar to a regular bike (no long chain that slips out of the gears).
. Excellent traction on hills because of the weight distribution.
. Wrench required to disconnect the front frame.
. Once the front frame is disassembled, the bike fits even in a small car.

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