HISTORY

From the cheapest to premium

When Aleš Zemánek started constructing and assembling his first recumbent bikes in his former boyhood room, he was even then trying to achieve maximum functionality and quality that his resources and available technology offered. On the Czech market, the price was acceptable, and for the entire western world it was, rather than anything else, cheap. We need to remember that Aleš started four years before the Czech Republic joined the European Union and with each shipment abroad there was the hassle with customs documents and other bureaucracy. On the one hand, the low price was an obvious advantage, on the other hand it posed a significant problem, as our bikes were regarded as a cheap brand of recumbents from Eastern Europe. 

Nevertheless, over the years we have proved that the Czech engineering and industrial tradition that gave the world brands such as Tatra, Škoda, Česká zbrojovka, Jawa or Baťa has carried on through to the next generation and that the skill and the feel for high quality manufacturing has also been reflected in a small company in Uherský Brod, called AZUB. Gradually, the properties of our bikes improved dramatically. At the end of 2015, after fifteen years of hard work, our AZUB TRIcon 26 model was awarded the prestigious prize, the “Trike of the year” by the website Bentrider.bike (formerly Bentrideronline.com). It was the best gift ever for our fifteenth birthday which has definitely ranked us among the elite of recumbent manufacturers.

Trike of the year 2016

Trike of the year 2016
It is true that with the Ti-FLY model, we were a lot more confident for the Trike of the Year 2016 awards, much more than the year before with the TRIcon. We had worked on the Ti-FLY for more than three years, and when we introduced it to the world at the SPEZI 2016 fair, we were extremely happy with it and the response we got from the general public confirmed that this new model was very favourably received indeed. However, stakes were high due to the full suspension Catrike Dumont model joining the contest, so nothing was clear until the last moment. We are all the more thrilled with the award as it means a double triumph for us. Thank you so much! Without your votes it would not have been possible.

Intensive five-year development

Intensive five-year development
AZUB Ti-FLY is the epitome of an intensive five-year development of our trikes. In 2015, our previous top model, the TRIcon 26, was presented with the prestigious award “Trike of the Year 2015”, thanks to its superior workmanship, stable steering and the revolutionary design of the rear fork with a 157mm wide hub and a  solid-through axle. In the Ti-FLY model, all these technical details are complemented by a unique technology of titanium front suspension, which makes the Ti-FLY the most advanced trike in the world.

Trike of the year 2015

Trike of the year 2015
The news we received on January 1, 2016 announcing that we won the Trike of the Year award for 2015 was probably the biggest Christmas gift we could ever have received. It was a great reward for the long years of hard work we had done, confirming that if our aim was to produce the best recumbents in the world, we were going in the right direction. Many thanks go to our entire team and, of course, to all of you, our fans, who had voted for AZUB TRIcon 26.

The TRIcon 26 and T-Tris 26 were launched

The TRIcon 26 and T-Tris 26 were launched
After three years of building TRIcon and T-Tris trikes, we decided to take another step forward. Customers’ hunger for larger rear wheels made us spend long weeks working on the design and testing of prototypes. Finally, we managed to combine the great riding characteristics of our 20” models with the advantages of 26” rear wheel. The TRIcon 26 and T-Tris 26 were launched.

The hungriest model

The hungriest model
The hungriest model added to our range. Yes, you are right. The AZUB FAT trike.

We redesigned and improved all our bikes

We redesigned and improved all our bikes
We redesigned and improved all our bikes, introduced new under seat steering on the Mainstream Line and the Top Line bikes, and all bikes got a sliding seat bracket in the standard set up. The AZUB 5 was renamed AZUB SIX to show and confirm the next big step.

Origami

Origami
AZUB Origami added to our line of recumbent bikes. A folder which uses the same super stable frame geometry as AZUB ECO 20”. People like it for travelling as well as commuting.

Entered the US market

Entered the US market
We officially entered the US market by exhibiting at the first ever Recumbent Cycle-Con show in Los Angeles. We rode a car with three bikes from New York all the way to Los Angeles to visit over 10 recumbent dealers on the way.

First prototype of AZUB TWIN

First prototype of AZUB TWIN
More than seven years after the first prototype of AZUB TWIN was built, we started building it to order. It soon became a synonym for durable and strong tandem with both riders pedalling in truly recumbent positions. Several of them have travelled serious distances during long expeditions.

Just one year after the ECO

Just one year after the ECO
Just one year after the ECO trike we introduced two other trike models. Folding T-Tris with the same frame as the ECO, but with added folding hinge and folding handlebars, and also the TRIcon with not only the folding hinge, but also rear suspension and a trailer/case into which you can fold the complete trike for transporting and then use it as a trailer when travelling.

First AZUB trike

First AZUB trike
First AZUB trike called AZUB ECO, introduced at the SPEZI show. This model was renamed aTRIKE in 2014 and subsequently cancelled in 2015.

ECO

ECO
ECO 20” and ECO 16” were our projects of affordable good quality recumbent bikes mainly for eastern European countries like Czech, Poland, Hungary or even Ukraine, but sold also in France and Germany and known as one of the most stable recumbents available on the market. Three years later we realized the price crept up too much and a decision to redesign it was made. We added a folding hinge and created a truly folding recumbent called Origami.

New line of recumbents

New line of recumbents
We took a little step back and introduced a new line of recumbents called the Mainstream line. Those bikes have a simple single stay rear fork again, with just sliding bearings in the rear fork axle assembly and some other, let’s say cheaper, technical solutions to make the price a bit more acceptable. Still, those bikes have been taken on several hardcore expeditions to South America and Asia and their riders love them.

AZUB and Greenspeed

AZUB and Greenspeed
Cooperation between AZUB and Australian trike producer Greenspeed regarding assembling trikes for Europe.

Mini was born

Mini was born
AZUB Mini added to our range.

Asymmetrical rear fork

Asymmetrical rear fork
Asymmetrical rear fork with improved stiffness, lower weight and greater performance introduced at the beginning of the year. Many other improvements to production and further development of the IPS system for easier adjustment of our bikes. The name of the core AZUB 4 model changed to AZUB 5.

The second model

The second model
The second model called MAX. It was developed and built according to the customer’s requirement for just big wheels. So there it was. A dual 26” recumbent bike.

Evolutions

Evolutions
Several evolutions of one model named AZUB 2000, 2001, 3, 4. This model with 20/26“ configuration is still a part of AZUB‘s range and is called AZUB SIX now. That said, every major evolution in the whole bike range is celebrated with a new sequential number in the name of that particular model.

SPEZI show in Germersheim

SPEZI show in Germersheim
First exhibition at the world famous SPEZI show in Germersheim, Germany and also true entry to German and other foreign markets.

First three AZUB recumbents

First three AZUB recumbents
The founding of the company, first three AZUB recumbents leave the company to serve their new owners.

Quo vadis, recumbent?

At one time or another, each manufacturer of recumbents must ask himself this question. Over the past decade, the world of reclining bikes has turned its focus from two-wheel vehicles to three-wheeled devices. And because of this, they have become much more popular. Soon tricycles began sporting rear suspension, then they received folding mechanisms, and later still came 26” rear wheels and front suspension. What next? Trikes with all three wheels in 26”? Or the so called delta trikes with two wheels in the front or with two wheels in the back? Quadbikes? What about the practical electric velomobiles? And two-wheel bicycles, what about them? Will they really become a thing of the past? Here in AZUB we hope not, because we all see that they do have their place and hope that as much as recumbent riders were excited about the new trike trend, the situation will turn once again. So people who like trikes will fancy trying out recumbents and find that they too have their obvious uses and advantages.

Unleash your imagination and become a part of AZUB’s future. Take our survey and let us know the direction you would take.

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