Extreme! 4-Wheel Pedal Bike

Walking the hall at this year’s Interbike trade show in Las Vegas, something I’d never seen before stopped me in my tracks — a pedal-powered “racing quad” from Portland-based Contes Engineering. The four-wheel Athos was “inspired by BMX, freestyle, downhill and motocross,” the company touts, and it is said to marry the “intense stability” and handling characteristics of a four-wheel vehicle with the flexibility of a bike. In a nutshell? It was designed for pure fun!


Athos: part bike, part quad, all for fun

This odd human-powered vehicle uses more than 8 inches of travel spread between its four-wheel setup. Both rear wheels receive power from a differential for traction, and disc brakes all around guarantee a quick stop.

Company literature encourages the “defiance of gravity” and states that the Athos “enjoys drifting, rock hopping and passing.” Need more attention at the local dirt jumps? We suggest rolling up on one of these suckers.


Launching the Athos is encouraged

Beginning in spring of 2012, the Athos will be for sale in BMX, downhill, or cross-country models. Weight of the four-wheel bikes ranges from 48 to 56 pounds. The BMX model will be single-speed; the other two will offer gearing choices.

Pricing to be announced in November. As a nice bonus, all Athos bikes are designed, tested and produced in the USA.


Bump-eating independent suspension on the Athos

Though certainly not as versatile as your standard mountain bike, I’d be fibbing if I told you I didn’t want to hoist a leg over this thing and throw down at the nearest pump track. Sign me up to ride!

T.C. Worley

Posted by chris - 09/27/2011 03:23 PM

Nice. Four chances to get your shock PSI wrong! :-)

Posted by Minh Nguyen - 09/27/2011 03:39 PM


Posted by john - 09/28/2011 08:52 AM

would be fun to ride for sure

Posted by Jordan - 09/29/2011 10:38 AM

Damn this looks fun.

Posted by willysson - 10/02/2011 01:45 AM

Off the subject but have been meaning to ask for awhile now: Are you aware of any lightweight hiking boots with the uppers stitched to the footbeds? Preferably supplemented by a rubber rand. Thanks.

Posted by neil - 10/25/2011 06:55 PM

are u workers going 2 b selling that

Posted by robert dunn - 11/25/2011 05:04 PM

november is near ending are you guys gonna anounce pricing????soon

Posted by Tart - 11/29/2011 07:16 PM

Were could I get one

Posted by sal rod - 12/24/2011 01:47 AM

keep me posted as to when n how much these babys will b available n cost…that thing looks hella rad 2 ride…

Posted by Antonio D'Agostino - 01/20/2012 03:18 PM

It looks interesting ,i wold like to see more of it

Posted by Carl Adam Ward - 02/25/2012 05:17 PM

I’m getting one as soon as they’re released in the UK. Then i’m getting 2 huskies :-D

Posted by shan - 03/26/2012 08:20 AM

how much are these rigs

Posted by Yannick Y. Larsen - 04/19/2012 02:40 AM

Wonder from where the idea came… I have been contemplating the exact same concept since 2002, and I hope and pray that this “rip-off” of my original design will constitute a franchise agreement with me as beneficiary in the near future. Or at least that I get creditted for the initial design propossal as shown in this picture-link:


Posted by Mike - 05/12/2012 12:03 PM

No doubt it will be priced out of any normal person’s reach. I’ll bet $5,000 or up

Posted by Jeff Birchem - 10/14/2012 01:52 PM

I have a special need son who loves to ride bike. Has out grown all bikes available with four wheels. I need to know how to get one of these bikes in Iowa. How much for one of these bikes

Posted by Wes Moore - 11/21/2012 10:07 PM

Jeff, they start at around 6k for a single speed 20’ wheel model, for that price you could have a custom bike company build a really nice custom quad that only he’d have and would be able to grow with your son.

Posted by Jimmy Wilson - 03/22/2013 10:57 PM

Where exactly do I go to purchase one of these. I think they are freaking awesome. An I can’t wait to get one an push it to the limits.

Posted by Apollo-Erik Malakiassen - 05/10/2013 04:08 PM

How can I buy this bicycle?

Posted by Francois - 05/24/2013 09:46 AM

Hi. I have a 20 year old handicapped son.Keeping him fit is extremely difficult and at his age it is rather important.I would like to inquire about the 4 wheel bmx bike. Can you get in in a do it yourself kit or must you buy it complete. We live in South Africa close to a beach. The idea is to take him down to the beach twice a week to cycle. Please inform me more or less how would I go about to getting a product like this.4-Wheel Pedal Bike

Posted by dan worcester - 01/29/2014 03:59 PM

This must be a case of if you have to ask , it costs too much …

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